Sam Waterston

Birth Place: Cambridge, MA, USA

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Samuel Atkinson Waterston is an American actor. Waterston is known for his work in theater, television, and film. He has received numerous accolades including a Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Tony Award, and a BAFTA Award.

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Shakespeare in the Park Production, 2015

Public Theater Production, 2011
King Lear


Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, 2004

Broadway Revival, 1993
Abe Lincoln

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1988
John Honeyman


Alexander Ignatevich Vershinin

Joshua Hickman





Hamlet/ Ghost

Torvald Helmer


Signior Benedick of Padua




Thomas Lewis

Simon Bliss

John Grass

Gary Rogers

Prince Hal

Prince Hal

Jack Argue (Muzeeka)

Jim (Red Cross)





Woodfin (Fitz)

Colin [Replacement]


Sam Waterston Movies

[1966]The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean Andy

[1967]Fitzwilly Oliver

[1969]Generation Desmond

[1969]Three Taylor

[1970]Cover Me Babe Cameraman

[1971]Who Killed Mary Whats'ername? Alex Monte

[1972]Mahoney's Estate Felix

[1972]Savages James, the Limping Man

[1974]The Great Gatsby Nick Carraway

[1975]Rancho Deluxe Cecil Colson

[1975]Journey Into Fear Mr. Graham

[1976]Sweet Revenge Le Clerq

[1977]Capricorn One Peter Willis

[1978]Interiors Mike

[1979]Eagle's Wing White Bull

[1980]Sweet William William McClusky

[1980]Heaven's Gate Frank Canton

[1980]Hopscotch Joe Cutter

[1984]The Killing Fields Sydney Schanberg

[1985]Warning Sign Cal Morse

[1986]Flagrant désir Inspecteur Gerry Morrison

[1986]Just Between Friends Harry Crandall

[1987]September Peter

[1987]Devil's Paradise Jones

[1989]Welcome Home Woody

[1989]Crimes and Misdemeanors Ben

[1990]Mindwalk Jack Edwards

[1990]A Captive in the Land Royce

[1991]The Man in the Moon Matthew Trant

[1994]Serial Mom Dad

[1995]The Journey of August King Mooney Wright

[1995]Nixon CIA Director Richard Helms

[1996]The Proprietor Harry Bancroft

[1997]Shadow Conspiracy The President

[2003]The Commission J. Lee Rankin

[2003]The Divorce Chester Walker

[2014]Please Be Normal Dad

[2015]Anesthesia Walter Zarrow

[2016]Miss Sloane George Dupont

[2018]On the Basis of Sex Erwin Griswold

[2020]The Man in the Woods Headmter Waldorf

Sam Waterston TV Shows

Grace and Frankie Sol Bergstein

Homicide: Life on the Street EADA Jack McCoy

I'll Fly Away Forrest Bedford

Law & Order John James 'Jack' McCoy

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit John James 'Jack' McCoy

The Newsroom Charlie Skinner

Sam Waterston Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1994 - Best Actor - Play

Sam Waterston, Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Drama Desk Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Actor - Play

Sam Waterston, Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Drama Desk Awards - 1973 - Outstanding Performance

Sam Waterston, Much Ado About Nothing

Obie Awards - 1973 - Distinguished Performances

Sam Waterston, Much Ado About Nothing

Sam Waterston Videos

Sam Waterston News

Fountain Theatre Co-Founding Artistic Director Stephen Sachs Will Retire

After 34 years as artistic director, Fountain Theatre co-founder Stephen Sachs has announced his retirement at the end of 2024.

Photos: Inside the 2023 Manhattan Theatre Club Fall Benefit With Christine Baranski, Nathan Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, and More!

Manhattan Theatre Club hosted its 2023 Fall Benefit on Monday, November 13. The evening began at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) with an advance screening of the new film ALL ARTS Docs: Manhattan Theatre Club, a Home for Artists ahead of its November 21 premiere on ALL ARTS.

ALL ARTS DOCS: MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB, A HOME FOR ARTISTS Lifts The Curtain On History And Influence Of Iconic Theater

Celeb Studded ‘ALL ARTS Docs: Manhattan Theatre Club, a Home for Artists’ explores the history and influence of the iconic theater. Featuring interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker, Christine Baranski, and more. Premieres on November 21 at 9pm ET on ALL ARTS.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Attends MODERN FAMILY Daughter Aubrey Anderson-Emmons's School Play

According to an Instagram post on his account, Jesse Tyler Ferguson reunited with his Modern Family TV daughter Aubrey Anderson-Emmon when he attended her high school production of The Burn last week.

Video: Go Behind the Scenes at Manhattan Theatre Club in New ALL ARTS Film This Month

Debuting on ALL ARTS on Tuesday, November 21 at 9 p.m., the hour-long “ALL ARTS Docs: Manhattan Theatre Club, a Home for Artists” traces the nonprofit Manhattan Theatre Club‘s storied 50-year history under the leadership of its artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove, Check out a sneak peek in this video!

Christine Baranski, Nathan Lane & Sarah Jessica Parker to Appear at Manhattan Theatre Club 2023 Fall Benefit

Manhattan Theatre Club will present its 2023 Fall Benefit on Monday, November 13. See who is attending and learn how to purchase tickets!

Red Bull Theater to Continue Revelation Readings With THE INN AT LYDDA

RED BULL THEATER will present THE INN AT LYDDA featuring Amir Arison, Alfredo Narciso, Jay O. Sanders, and more in their Revelation Readings series.

New Documentary Will Tell the History of Manhattan Theatre Club

​​​​​​​ALL ARTS, the streaming platform and channel dedicated to the arts, will debut the new film ALL ARTS Docs: Manhattan Theatre Club, a Home for Artists on Tuesday, November 21 at 9 p.m. ET. Learn more about the documentary and find out where you can watch it here!

Video: Go Behind Manhattan Theatre Club in New ALL ARTS Doc With Sarah Jessica Parker, André De Shields & More

Through interviews with stage and screen stars who honed their craft at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), including David Auburn, Christine Baranski, André De Shields, Laura Linney, John Patrick Shanley, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sam Waterston, the film chronicles the career-making momentsthat have come to define MTC. Watch a video trailer!

Photos: Inside A BRIEF INTERMISSION, Celebrating the Delacorte Theater

The Public Theater's special, one-night-only event, A BRIEF INTERMISSION, was held on Wednesday, September 6 at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos here!

ADOPT A SAILOR - 50 State Tour Passes Halfway Mark

The 'Adopt a Sailor - 50 State Tour'-a nationwide tour of Charles Evered's acclaimed play 'Adopt a Sailor' has reached its 26th state, with twenty four to go.

Photos: First Look at New York Euripides Summer Festival's BACCHAE

Get a first look at photos of New York Euripides Summer Festival's BACCHAE.

Listen: Saheem Ali, Ato Blankson-Wood, Michael Stuhlbarg & More Take Part in Public Square 2.0 Podcast

PUBLIC SQUARE 2.0 features engaging conversations, video interviews, and performances from myriad Public Theater artists and staff as well as industry leaders. Listen to all 16 Season 2 episodes here!

BACCHAE to be Presented at New York Euripides Summer Festival This Month

Aiming to produce all of Euripides' extant plays chronologically, New York Euripides Summer Festival will present what many consider to be Euripides' magnum opus, BACCHAE beginning June 26 at three different Manhattan venues.

Photos: Inside the Public Theater's Gala on the Green

The Public hosted its annual GALA ON THE GREEN on Monday, June 12 at The Delacorte Theater during the Free Shakespeare in the Park’s run of HAMLET.

Solea Pfeiffer & More Join Ato Blankson-Wood Led HAMLET at Free Shakespeare in the Park

The Public Theater announced additional casting for the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Shakespeare’s HAMLET, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. See who is starring, performance dates & more!

WELCOME TO CLOWNTOWN to be Presented at The Tank in April

The Tank will present an additional Core Production for their spring season. 

Cynthia Nixon, Matthew Broderick, Tony Shalhoub, and More Are Set For This Weekend's Philip Roth Festival

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents The Philip Roth Festival, a three-day celebration (Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19) of the iconic writer from Newark, New Jersey. A bevy of actors come out to discuss and participate in events celebrating the novelist who influenced their work as actors. 

Tony Shalhoub, Cynthia Nixon, And More To Lead Reading of Philip Roth's THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, March 19

Some of the country's finest actors including Tony Award-winner Tony Shalhoub and Cynthia Nixon, with Sam Waterston and more will deliver a March 19 dramatic reading of The Plot Against America, Philip Roth's timely and timeless masterwork.

Did You Know? These 10 Actors Played the Role of Nora in A DOLL'S HOUSE!

A Doll's House is officially back on Broadway! This all new revival is led by Jessica Chastain, taking on the iconic role of 'Nora Helmer' in Henrik Ibsen's landmark drama. While Chastain is the latest star to portray Nora, many have done so before her. Here is a list of 10 actors you may not have known played Nora in A Doll's House!


Sam Waterston has appeared on Broadway in 12 shows.

Sam Waterston has not appeared in the West End.

Sam Waterston has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of the notable nominations include the Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) and Best Actor - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for his role in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois". He was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) and Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for the same production. In addition, Waterston received a nomination for Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for his performance in "Much Ado About Nothing" and was recognized with Distinguished Performances (Obie Awards) for the same play.

Sam Waterston has won several awards for his performances in theater. He received the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for his role in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois." He also won the Best Actor - Play award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same production. In addition, Waterston received the Outstanding Performance award at the Drama Desk Awards for his performance in "Much Ado About Nothing." He was also recognized with Distinguished Performances at the Obie Awards for his work in "Much Ado About Nothing."

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