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.
  • Featured in a national advertising campaign for brokerage firm TD Ameritrade.

Awards

  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, 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
  • 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
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Winner
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Supporting Actor in Drama: Nominee
  • 1994, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2003, 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
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 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
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee
  • 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Graham Waterston — Son
  • James Waterston — Son
  • Alice Tucker Waterston — Mother
  • Lynn Woodruff — Wife
  • Barbara Rutledge Johns — Ex-wife
  • Elisabeth Waterston — Daughter
  • George Chychele Waterston — Father
  • Katherine Waterston — Daughter
  • George C. Waterston Jr. — Brother
  • Roberta Britton — Sister
  • Ellen Waterston — Sister

College

  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (BA in Drama, 1962)

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  • Birth Name: Samuel Atkinson Waterston
  • Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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