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Name: Sam Waterston  
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Date of Birth: 15th November 1940
Place of Birth: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Profession: Actor
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Sam Waterston as Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy in Law & Order

Sam Waterston (born November 15, 1940) is an American actor noted particularly for his portrayal of Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy on the long-running NBC television series Law & Order, as well as for his many motion picture roles.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to George Chychele Waterston (an English immigrant) and Alice Tucker Atkinson (an American Mayflower descendant), Waterston is equally at home on the stage, in movies, and on television. Waterston grew up at the Brooks School, a boarding school in North Andover, Massachusetts. He attended the Groton School (another prep school), Yale University, and the Sorbonne.

His first film was Fitzwilly in 1967. Other films include The Great Gatsby, Rancho Deluxe, Journey Into Fear, Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate, Hopscotch, The Killing Fields (nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor), Interiors, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mindwalk, Serial Mom, and Predator 1 and 2 .

Besides Law & Order, he has played other television roles including D.A. Forrest Bedford in I'll Fly Away.

Waterston is a six time Emmy Award nominee, winner of the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild awards. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Killing Fields.

He is also on the Advisory Committee for the Lincoln Bicentennial, celebrating Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Waterston, who takes an active interest in Lincoln, has portrayed Lincoln on stage and screen (The Civil War, Gore Vidal's Lincoln and Abe Lincoln in Illinois on Broadway).

An active humanitarian, Waterston also donates considerable time to organizations such as Refugees International, City meals-on-Wheels, The United Way, and The Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.


  • He has appeared in episodes of four different series with Richard Belzer: Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
  • He also made a cameo appearance on an episode of Saturday Night Live as himself, extolling the virtues of Old Glory Insurance - meant to protect the user from robot attacks.
  • He lent his voice to the popular animated television series Family Guy where he played Dr. Kaplan, the psychiatrist Brian consulted during his midlife crisis in the episode Brian In Love. His character, Dr. Kaplan, was modelled to look like Waterston.

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