Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston


Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name

Samuel Atkinson Waterston



Also Known As

Sam Waterson
out of 10
User Rating
116 votes



Sam Waterston is widely recognized for his portrayal of Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy on the long-running NBC series Law & Order. Though he was not a member of the original cast, he quickly became one of the central characters on the series, along with Detective Lennie Briscoe…more


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  • Sam Waterston is without a doubt one of the best TV actors I have ever watched. I am furious that Law and Order was cancelled after 20 years without even the decency to give the show a proper send-off. Very unproffesional for a major network!moreless

    I watched Law and Oder episodes for years. Sam Waterston, as the Assistant DA and then the DA, was the best. I always felt the shows followed proper legal procedures as best they could. Their work with the NYPD made for a great combination. I was really mad when the show was cancelled without so much as a by-your-leave. Poor public relations, NBC!! I felt here was always a little element of suspense. No, they did not always win; let's face it, that is real life. But even when they lost, unfairly, the show was produced in an excellent manner. Sam Waterston carried those shows with aplomb. I hope he finds whatever role he desires now that the show is over. The other Law and Order spinoffs, with the exception of Special Victims, cannot hold a candle to this show.moreless
  • Are you kidding? Sam is the best TV actor ever.

    Everyone knows Sam MADE Law and Order what it is today. MOST Awesome show ever. Sam is the perfect ADA and if they get rid of him, or he retires...I'll have a fit. Even does great as the "new" Adam Schiff (sp?) Sam has been on the show longer than anyone except "Anita", her name escapes me at the moment. He has done it all. Bring back Clair for a few shows and let them hook up. That would be awesome. Anyway, Sam Waterston is so convincing in all his roles on tv - it would be insane to not give him a 10 in this rating system!!moreless