FOLCS welcomed legendary television and film actor Sam Waterston for a wide-ranging Conversation about his iconic portrayal of New York District Attorney Jack McCoy in Law & Order, as well as his leading role in the critically acclaimed TV series I’ll Fly Away, and the award-winning film The Killing Fields. No actor outside of Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch has portrayed lawyers as convincingly and compellingly as Sam Waterston. He has even played the role of Abraham Lincoln on stage.
Attendance at this event was tremendous and the audience enjoyed a spectacular evening of Conversation and clips with one of America’s finest and most distinguished actors.
Sam Waterston’s portrayal of charismatic, tough Assistant DA Jack McCoy, in Wolf Films/Universal Network Television’s Law & Order, has earned three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, the 1999 Screen Actors Guild Award, a Screen Actors Guild nomination in 1998 and a Golden Globe nomination in 1995.
Waterston received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for The Killing Fields, three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award for I’ll Fly Away, and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Most Promising Newcomer for the “Nick Carraway” role in The Great Gatsby. He was awarded an Emmy as host of the ten-part NBC informational series Lost Civilizations, and, in England, has received numerous BAFTA nominations.
Waterston’s extensive film credits include Woody Allen’s Interiors, Hannah and Her Sisters and Crimes and Misdemeanors, John Waters’ Serial Mom, Hopscotch and Heaven’s Gate and two Anthony Harvey films: Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie with Katharine Hepburn, Michael Moriarty, and Joanna Miles and Eagles Wing with Martin Sheen and Harvey Keitel. He starred opposite Jeff Bridges in Tom McGuane’s Rancho Deluxe and with Reese Witherspoon in Man in the Moon. On television, he played “Oppenheimer” in the mini-series of the same name, produced and starred opposite Jennifer Beals and Lisa Gay Hamilton in the cable movie A House Divided, and portrayed Abraham Lincoln opposite Mary Tyler Moore in Gore Vidal’s television mini-series Lincoln. Waterston starred in the NBC movie The Matthew Shepard Story opposite Stockard Channing, and his recent films include The Commission with Martin Landau and Le Divorce with Kate Hudson, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing.