Sam Waterston

Highest Rated: 100% Swimming To Cambodia (1987)
Birthday: Nov 15, 1940
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Educated at Yale and the Sorbonne, Sam Waterston, born November 15th, 1940, is far more than the "general purpose actor" he was pegged to be by one well-known film historian. A respected player on the stage, screen, and television, Waterston has cultivated a loyal following with his quietly charismatic, unfailingly solid performances. After beginning his career on the New York stage -- where he has continued to perform throughout his long career -- Waterston made his film debut in The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean in 1966. For a long time, his film career was not nearly as remarkable as his work on the stage and television, although non-New York audiences were made acutely aware of the depth and breadth of Waterston's talents when, in 1973, he starred in the television adaptation The Glass Menagerie (appearing alongside Katherine Hepburn) and -- also on TV -- in Tony Richardson's A Delicate Balance. The following year, the actor further impressed television audiences when he starred as Benedick in the CBS TV adaptation of Joseph Papp's staging of Much Ado About Nothing. Also in 1974, Waterston proved to be the best of the screen's Nick Carraways when he was cast in that expository role in the The Great Gatsby; subsequent films ranged from the midnight-movie favorite Rancho Deluxe (1975) to the unmitigated disaster Heaven's Gate (1981). In the late '70s, Waterston was "adopted" by Woody Allen, joining the director's ever-increasing unofficial stock company for such films as Interiors (1978), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), September (1987), and Crimes and Misdemeanors. Waterston was nominated for an Academy award for his powerful portrayal of a conscience-stricken American journalist in The Killing Fields (1984); three years later he appeared in Swimming to Cambodia, Spalding Gray's acclaimed documentary about the making of the film. Subsequent film appearances included a turn as Kathleen Turner's hilariously timid husband in Serial Mom (1994) and a role in Ismail Merchant's The Proprietor in 1996.However, Waterston has continued to make his greatest mark on television, starring in the acclaimed The Nightmare Years in 1989 and in the similarly lauded series I'll Fly Away and Law & Order. In addition, he has gained a certain amount of fame playing Abraham Lincoln multiple times: In 1988, he starred in Gore Vidal's Lincoln on television, while he won a Tony nod playing him in the Lincoln Center production of Abe Lincoln in Illinois and supplied the president's voice for Ken Burns' documentary The Civil War.Though Waterson is most recognizable for his work in Law & Order, he took on a variety of other television roles throughout the 1990s and 2000s, among them including a turn as the District Attorney Forrest Bedford in I'll Fly Away (the role would win him an Golden Globe). In 2012, Waterson joined the cast of HBO's The Newsroom.


Highest Rated Movies



73% On the Basis of Sex Erwin Griswold 2019
No Score Yet En kvinna bland män Erwin Griswold 2018
No Score Yet The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science Actor 2018
No Score Yet Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators Actor 2017
76% Miss Sloane George Dupont $3.5M 2016
26% Anesthesia Walter Zarrow $22.9K 2016
No Score Yet Please Be Normal Dad 2015
33% Loitering With Intent Himself 2015
No Score Yet Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen Narrator 2013
No Score Yet Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray Abraham Lincoln 2011
No Score Yet Masters of Science Fiction Havelman 2007
No Score Yet Friendly Fire Actor 2006
36% Le Divorce Chester Walker $9M 2003
No Score Yet The Matthew Shepard Story Dennis Shepard 2002
No Score Yet Echoes from the White House Actor 2001
No Score Yet A House Divided David Dickson Producer 2000
No Score Yet Exiled (Exiled: A Law & Order Movie) Jack McCoy 1998
No Score Yet Miracle at Midnight Dr. Karl Koster 1998
0% Shadow Conspiracy The President 1997
No Score Yet The Proprietor Harry Bancroft 1996
57% The Journey of August King Producer Mooney Wright 1996
No Score Yet The Enemy Within President Foster 1994
63% Serial Mom Eugene Sutphin 1994
No Score Yet David's Mother John 1994
No Score Yet Assault at West Point Daniel Chamberlain 1994
No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The U. S. vs. Salim Ajami Jim Delmore 1993
90% The Man in the Moon Matthew 1991
No Score Yet A Captive in the Land Royce 1991
No Score Yet Lantern Hill (Jane of Lantern Hill) Andrew Stuart 1990
88% Mindwalk Jack Edwards 1990
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors Ben 1989
No Score Yet The Nightmare Years Actor 1989
No Score Yet Welcome Home Woody 1989
No Score Yet Gore Vidal's 'Lincoln' Abraham Lincoln 1988
No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (Hostile Witness) Actor 1988
67% September Peter 1987
No Score Yet The Room Upstairs Travis Coles 1987
100% Swimming To Cambodia Actor 1987
No Score Yet Thomas Eakins: A Motion Portrait Actor 1987
33% Just Between Friends Harry Crandall 1986
91% Hannah and Her Sisters David 1986
No Score Yet Views of a Vanishing Frontier Narrator 1986
11% Warning Sign Cal Morse 1985
93% The Killing Fields Sydney Schanberg 1984
No Score Yet Finnegan Begin Again Paul Broadbent 1984
No Score Yet Dempsey Doc Kearns 1983
No Score Yet In Defense of Kids Actor 1983
No Score Yet Mastermind: Target London Actor 1982
No Score Yet Mastermind: The Great Motor Race Actor 1982
No Score Yet Mastermind: The Infernal Device Actor 1982
57% Heaven's Gate Frank Canton 1980
77% Hopscotch Cutter 1980
No Score Yet Eagle's Wing White Bull 1979
No Score Yet Sweet William William McClusky 1979
No Score Yet Friendly Fire C.D. Bryan 1979
79% Interiors Mike 1978
65% Capricorn One Peter Willis 1978
No Score Yet Sweet Revenge (Dandy, the All American Girl) Le Clerq 1976
No Score Yet Journey Into Fear (Burn Out) Graham 1975
69% Rancho Deluxe Cecil Colson 1975
41% The Great Gatsby Nick Carraway 1974
No Score Yet Reflections of Murder Michael Elliott 1974
No Score Yet The Glass Menagerie Tom Wingfield 1973
71% A Delicate Balance Actor 1973
40% Savages James 1972
No Score Yet Who Killed Mary Whats'ername? Alex 1971
No Score Yet Cover Me Babe Cameraman 1970
No Score Yet Three Taylor 1969
No Score Yet Generation Desmond 1969
No Score Yet Fitzwilly Oliver 1967


89% Grace and Frankie
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No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
DA Jack McCoy Jack McCoy McCoy
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86% Godless
John Cook
  • 2017
No Score Yet The View
  • 2015
59% The Newsroom
Charlie Skinner
  • 2014
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  • 2012
No Score Yet Law & Order
DA Jack McCoy ADA Jack McCoy ADA Jack Mccoy Jack McCoy
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No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
  • 2007
No Score Yet Art in the Twenty-First Century
Appearing Host
  • 2005
70% Family Guy
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91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Jack McCoy McCoy
  • 1999
  • 1997
82% Tales from the Crypt
G.G. Devoe
  • 1993
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Oppenheimer J. Robert Oppenheimer