Sam Waterston

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Samuel Atkinson Waterston
  • Birth Place: Cambridge, MA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/15/1940, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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Sam Waterston Fast Facts:
  • In 1947, made his stage debut at age 6 in a school production of Jean Anouilh's Antigone.
  • Spent his junior year of college at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he worked with the American Actors Workshop and studied under blacklisted Hollywood director John Berry.
  • Has become closely associated with the role of Abraham Lincoln, whom he's portrayed on stage and screen, notably in the 1988 NBC miniseries Gore Vidal's Lincoln and in the 1993 Lincoln Center Theater production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Abe Lincoln in Illinois.
  • "It was the furious, aggressive, un-Hamlet-like character that attracted me," said Waterston about joining the Law & Order cast as ADA Jack McCoy in a 1998 TV GUIDE interview. "And then to have him forge through these problems that are very morally difficult. It's an endlessly interesting place to live."
  • Featured in a national advertising campaign for brokerage firm TD Ameritrade.
  • Sam Waterston Relationships:
  • Lynn Woodruff - Wife
  • Elisabeth Waterston - Daughter
  • Alice Tucker Waterston - Mother
  • Katherine Waterston - Daughter
  • George Chychele Waterston - Father
  • Barbara Rutledge Johns - Ex-wife
  • George C. Waterston Jr. - Brother
  • Roberta Britton - Sister
  • Ellen Waterston - Sister
  • Graham Waterston - Son
  • James Waterston - Son
  • Sam Waterston Awards:
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1984 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1997 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1995 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 1983 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1975 Golden Globe: New Star of the Year - Actor - Nominee
  • 1992 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 1985 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1994 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1993 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Winner
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1974 Emmy: Best Supporting Actor in Drama - Nominee
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1994 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1984 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor - Nominee
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Informational Series - Winner
  • 1993 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT (BA in Drama, 1962)

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