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  • Sam Waterston

    Born on November 15, 1940 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

awards & nominations

Law & Order (1990)

Sam Waterston as "Exec. Asst. D.A. Jack McCoy"

Filmed on location in New York, the drama showcases the sometimes-complex process of determining guilt or innocence, while lives hang in the balance. Often inspired by the latest headlines, the plots highlight legal, ethical or personal dilemmas to which people can relate.

Emmy (Primetime) (2000) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1999) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1997) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (1995) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

The Killing Fields (1984)

Sam Waterston as "Sydney Schanberg"

New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) is on assignment covering the Cambodian Civil War, with the help of local interpreter Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) and American photojournalist Al Rockoff (John Malkovich). When the U.S. Army pulls out amid escalating violence, Schanberg makes exit arrangements for Pran and his family. Pran, however, tells Schanberg he intends to stay in Cambodia to help cover the unfolding story -- a decision he may regret as the Khmer Rouge rebels move in.

Academy Award (1984) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984) Nominated Actor
Golden Globe (1984) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Great Gatsby (1974)

Sam Waterston as "Nick Carraway"

Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston) is a young man from the Midwest living modestly among the decadent mansions of 1920s Long Island. He becomes involved in the life of the mysterious Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford), a rich man who throws the most lavish parties on the island. But behind Gastby's outgoing demeanor is a lonely man who wants nothing more than to be with his old love, Daisy (Mia Farrow). She is married to the bullheaded Tom (Bruce Dern), creating a love triangle that will end in tragedy.

Golden Globe (1974) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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