as Asst. D.A. Jack McCoy
Acclaimed actor Sam Waterston continues to earn accolades since joining the cast of “Law & Order” as Jack McCoy, a charismatic and tough Executive Assistant D.A., in 1994. He is a six-time Emmy Award nominee (three times for “Law & Order,” and three more for “I’ll Fly Away”) who won the award for hosting the 10-part NBC informational series “Lost Civilizations.” He also received a Golden Globe for “I’ll Fly Away” and earned the 1999 Screen Actors Guild Award for the role of McCoy.
Waterston also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his performance in “The Killing Fields,” and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Most Promising Newcomer for his portrayal of Nick Carraway in “The Great Gatsby.” He has also been nominated for several British Television Awards.
Waterston’s other notable film credits include the Woody Allen films “Interiors,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” John Waters’ “Serial Mom,” “Hopscotch,” “Heaven’s Gate,” “Just Between Friends” and “Welcome Home.” His upcoming features include James Ivory’s 2003 release “Le Divorce” (opposite Kate Hudson, Glenn Close, and Stockard Channing) and Mark Sobel’s “The Commission,” costarring Ed Asner and Martin Landau.
Last spring, Waterston starred as Dennis Shepard in the TV movie “The Matthew Shepard Story,” as the father of the hate-crime victim. He also recently produced and starred opposite Jennifer Beals and Lisa Gay Hamilton in the cable movie “A House Divided.”
In 2000, Waterston appeared in the Syracuse Stage production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” The critically praised production also starred his son, James Waterston (“Another Time,” “The Lady and the Clarinet”), as well as Elizabeth Franz (Tony Award winner for “Death of a Salesman”) and John Slattery (NBC’s “Ed”).
Waterston’s stage work includes Broadway and off-Broadway productions as well as many plays with the New York Shakespeare Festival, such as “As You Like It,” “Cymbeline,” “Measure for Measure” and “Hamlet.” He earned a Tony Award nomination for his role as Abe Lincoln in “Abe Lincoln in Illinois” at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York, and an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Benedict in “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Waterston lives in Connecticut with his wife and children. His birthday is November 15.