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Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston
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Birth Date

November 15, 1940


80 years old


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Salt and Pepper

Eye color



6 ft 1 in | 185.5 cm

Net Worth

$15 Million


72 kg | 158.5 lbs

Shoe size

Not available

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Sam Waterston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, on November 15, 1940, is an American actor.

Young Sam Waterston began his professional acting career on the New York stage.

He landed his Broadway debut in a play "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad" (1963) in role as Jonathan, at Morosco Theatre.

He made his big screen debut in drama film The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean (1965) in role as Andy.

He got his television debut in NBC medical drama series Dr. Kildare (1965) in episodes: "Life in the Dance Hall: F-U-N" and "Enough La Boheme for Everybody", in role as Mark.

Sam's breakthrough performance came as Benedick in the Public's New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Much Ado About Nothing" (1972).

He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Abraham Lincoln in a play Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1993-1994), at Vivian Beaumont Theater.

New Movies

The Man in the Woods (2021) mystery in role as Headmaster Waldorf, opposite William Jackson Harper, Marin Ireland and Kevin Corrigan

On the Basis of S*x (2018) biographical legal drama in role as Erwin Griswold, with Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Sydney Schanberg in biographical drama film The Killing Fields (1984).

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year for his performance as Nick Carraway in romantic drama movie The Great Gatsby (1974).

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) comedy drama opposite Martin Landau, Woody Allen and Bill Bernstein

Capricorn One (1978) thriller with Elliott Gould with James Brolin

Heaven's Gate (1980) epic Western opposite Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken and Isabelle Huppert

Hopscotch (1980) spy comedy with Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson and Ned Beatty

Serial Mom (1994) black comedy crime opposite Kathleen Turner and John Waters

The Man in the Moon (1991) coming of age drama with Tess Harper, Gail Strickland and Reese Witherspoon

Swimming to Cambodia (1987) drama comedy opposite Spalding Gray and Ira Wheeler

September (1987) drama with Denholm Elliott, Mia Farrow and Dianne Wiest

Rancho Deluxe (1975) Western comedy opposite Jeff Bridges and Clifton James

Warning Sign (1985) science fiction horror with Kathleen Quinlan, Yaphet Kotto and Jeffrey DeMunn

The Glass Menagerie (1973) drama opposite Katharine Hepburn, Joanna Miles and Michael Moriarty

Shadow Conspiracy (1997) political thriller with Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland and Linda Hamilton

Mindwalk (1990) drama opposite Liv Ullmann and John Heard

Three (1969) drama with Charlotte Rampling, Robie Porter and Pascale Roberts

Miss Sloane (2016) political thriller opposite Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

TV Shows

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Tom Wingfield in made-for-television drama film The Glass Menagerie (1973).

He was nominated for the British Academy Television Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as J. Robert Oppenheimer in miniseries Oppenheimer (1980).

He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and he was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor for his performance as Forrest Bedford in NBC drama series I'll Fly Away (1991–1993).

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Jack McCoy in NBC police procedural and legal drama television series Law & Order (1994-2010).

Freedom to Speak (1982) miniseries in role as Theodore Roosevelt

The Nightmare Years (1989) miniseries in role as William L. Shirer

The Civil War (1990) documentary miniseries in voice role as Abraham Lincoln

Warburg: A Man of Influence (1992) miniseries in role as Siegmund Warburg

The Newsroom (2012-2014) HBO political drama television series in role as Charlie Skinner

Grace and Frankie (2015-) Netflix comedy series in role as Sol Bergstein

Godless (2017) Netflix Western drama miniseries in role as Marshal John Cook


Attended Brooks School and Groton School in Massachusetts.

Graduated from Yale University (1962) with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Studied at Clinton Playhouse, Sorbonne in Paris and American Actors Workshop.

Has two sisters and one brother.

He was good friend with Bruce Lee.

Fan of the Mark Morris Dance Group.

He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2012.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Lives in Connecticut and Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, United States.


He was married to Barbara Rutledge-Johns (1964-1975) they have one son, James.

He married Lynn Louisa Woodruff in 1976, they have three children: daughters Elisabeth and Katherine and a son Graham.

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