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Sam Waterston is a Actor and Producer American born on 15 november 1940 at Cambridge (USA)

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston
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Birth name Samuel Atkinson Waterston
Nationality USA
Birth 15 november 1940 (79 years) at Cambridge (USA)
Awards Emmy Award

Samuel Atkinson "Sam" Waterston (born November 15, 1940) is an American actor, producer and director. Among other roles, he is noted for his portrayal of Sydney Schanberg in The Killing Fields (1984), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and his starring role as Jack McCoy on the long-running NBC television series Law & Order (1994–2010), which brought him Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Emmy awards, having starred in over eighty film and television productions during his fifty-year career. He has also starred in numerous stage productions. Allmovie has characterised Waterston as having "cultivated a loyal following with his quietly charismatic, unfailingly solid performances."

Waterston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010 and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2012.


Waterston and his first wife, Barbara Rutledge-Johns, divorced in 1975. They have one son, James, also an actor. Waterston married his second wife, former model Lynn Louisa Woodruff, in 1976. They have three children, daughters Katherine Waterston and Elisabeth Waterston, who are also actors, and a son, Graham.

An active humanitarian, Waterston donates time to organizations such as Oceana, where he is a board member, Refugees International, Meals on Wheels, The United Way, and The Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.

In 2012, Waterston received the Goodermote Humanitarian Award from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for his longtime support of refugees around the world.

Waterston, a practicing Episcopalian, narrated the 1999 biographical documentary of Episcopal civil rights martyr Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Here Am I, Send Me.

He was a spokesman for the Unity08 movement, which unsuccessfully sought to run a non- or bipartisan
presidential ticket in the 2008 presidential election. Waterston has stated that he was a Democrat until he left the party in disgust following the airing of Lyndon B. Johnson's "Daisy" election advertisement in 1964. Waterston has also appeared in print ads, and announced in television commercials, for the liberal magazine The Nation. However, he endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.

Waterston is a longtime friend and fan of the Mark Morris Dance Group and hosted the television presentation of Mozart Dances on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center on August 16, 2007.

Best films

The Killing Fields (1984)
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Heaven's Gate (1980)

Usually with

Ken Burns
Ken Burns
(4 films)
Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(4 films)
John Waters
John Waters
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Sam Waterston (56 films)

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Anesthesia (2016)
, 1h30
Directed by Tim Blake Nelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Kristen Stewart, Hannah Marks, Sam Waterston, Gretchen Mol, Tim Blake Nelson, Glenn Close
Roles Prof. Walter Zarrow
Rating60% 3.048933.048933.048933.048933.04893
When Professor Walter Zarrow (Sam Waterston) gets violently mugged, it brings together the lives of people he's affected in the past.
Miss Sloane, 2h12
Directed by John Madden
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Waterston
Roles George Dupont
Rating74% 3.749783.749783.749783.749783.74978
Madeline Elizabeth Sloane est l'une des lobbyistes les plus réputées de Washington, D.C..
Le Divorce
Le Divorce (2003)
, 1h57
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Glenn Close, Thierry Lhermitte, Catherine Samie, Melvil Poupaud
Roles Chester Walker
Rating49% 2.451492.451492.451492.451492.45149
Isabel (Hudson) Walker travels to Paris to visit her sister, poet Roxy (Watts), who lives with her husband, Frenchman Charles-Henri, and her young daughter, Gennie. Roxy is pregnant, but her husband has just walked out on her without explanation. Isabel discovers that he has a married Russian lover, Magda Tellman, whom he intends to marry after securing a divorce from Roxy. Roxy refuses to divorce him.
The Matthew Shepard Story
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Shane Meier, Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson, Yani Gellman
Roles Dennis Shepard
Rating75% 3.7886753.7886753.7886753.7886753.788675
In 1998, a young gay man by the name of Matthew Shepard was robbed, viciously beaten and left tied to a fence to die. Although he was soon found by the police and hospitalized, he soon expired. This film recounts the events after the conviction of the two men responsible for this hate motivated murder.
Exiled (1998)
, 2h
Directed by Jean de Segonzac
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Chris Noth, Dabney Coleman, Dana Eskelson, John Fiore, Dann Florek, Paul Guilfoyle
Roles Jack McCoy
Rating64% 3.2467453.2467453.2467453.2467453.246745
The movie begins three years after Detective Mike Logan's final appearance on Law & Order in 1995. At the end of the episode "Pride", Logan punches a corrupt, homophobic politician in the face on the courthouse steps after the man's acquittal on a murder charge, in front of several reporters. Although he does not lose his job, Logan is "administratively re-assigned" to the Domestic Disputes Department on Staten Island. While he struggles to cope with feelings of resentment and isolation, fate offers him a chance at redemption when a forgotten murder case unexpectedly drifts Logan's way.
Exiled (1998)
, 1h24
Directed by Jean de Segonzac
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Chris Noth, Ice-T, Benjamin Bratt, Dabney Coleman, Jerry Orbach, Dana Eskelson
Roles Jack McCoy
Rating64% 3.2467453.2467453.2467453.2467453.246745
Mike Logan, un inspecteur de la police de New York, vient de passer trois ans à Staten Island, après avoir enquêté sur un politicien corrompu. La découverte du cadavre d'une prostituée dans les environs du port lui fait penser que s'il obtient le droit de mener à bien cette investigation, il pourra rejoindre son commissariat d'origine à Manhattan. Son ancien chef lui permet d'enquêter, uniquement s'il accepte d'être secondé par Frankie Silvera. Les deux policiers ne tardent pas à découvrir divers indices qui les mènent à un grand ponte de la mafia. Tout se complique lorsqu'ils découvrent qu'un policier véreux, du commissariat de Logan, est également impliqué dans l'affaire.
Shadow Conspiracy, 1h43
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Political films
Actors Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton, Stephen Lang, Ben Gazzara, Sam Waterston
Roles The President
Rating49% 2.451622.451622.451622.451622.45162
Set in Washington D.C., this film documents an attempted power grab by White House Chief of Staff Jacob Conrad (Donald Sutherland). Bobby Bishop (Charlie Sheen) is a special aide to the President who finds out about a plot to assassinate the President from a former professor. Bobby's old professor is murdered shortly thereafter and Bobby is left to try to uncover the conspiracy on his own. He recruits his journalist friend Amanda Givens (Linda Hamilton) to help him uncover the mystery and stop the assassination.
Nixon (1995)
, 3h3
Directed by Oliver Stone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Politique, Political films, White House in fiction
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Paul Sorvino, Bob Hoskins, Powers Boothe, John Diehl
Roles Richard Helms
Rating70% 3.549433.549433.549433.549433.54943
The film is non-linear, framed by scenes of Nixon listening to his secret recordings towards the end of his presidency as the Watergate crisis intensifies. As such, it covers all aspects of Nixon's life as a composite of actual events, usually in the form of memories triggered by the recordings or newsreel-style summaries. It depicts his childhood in Whittier, California as well as his growth as a young man, football fan and player, and suitor to his eventual wife, Pat Ryan. It explores most of the important events of his presidency, including his downfall due to abuse of executive power in the White House.
Serial Mom
Serial Mom (1994)
, 1h35
Directed by John Waters
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Crime
Themes Serial killer films, Comedy horror films
Actors Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard, Justin Whalin, Mink Stole
Roles Eugene Sutphin
Rating66% 3.349263.349263.349263.349263.34926
Beverly Sutphin appears to be a typical suburban housewife living with her dentist husband, Eugene, and their teenage children, Misty and Chip, in the suburbs of Baltimore. However, she is secretly a serial killer, murdering people over the most trivial of perceived slights, including mere faux pas.