Sam Waterston

Samuel Atkinson "Sam" Waterston (born November 15, 1940) is an American actor and occasional producer and director. Among other roles, he is noted for his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Sydney Schanberg in 1984's The Killing Fields, and his Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning portrayal of Jack McCoy on the NBC television series Law & Order. He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe-, Screen Actors Guild-, BAFTA- and Emmy Awards, having starred in over eighty film and television productions during his forty-five year career. Allmovie has characterised Waterston as having "cultivated a loyal following with his quietly charismatic, unfailingly solid performances." Description above from the Wikipedia article Sam Waterston, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Capricorn One (1977)

In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phony Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is reported lost on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Elliott Gould  •  James Brolin  •  Brenda Vaccaro  •  Sam Waterston

In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phony Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is reported lost on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Elliott Gould  •  James Brolin  •  Brenda Vaccaro  •  Sam Waterston

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Martin Landau  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Joanna Gleason

An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Martin Landau  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Joanna Gleason

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Mia Farrow  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Michael Caine  •  Barbara Hershey

Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Mia Farrow  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Michael Caine  •  Barbara Hershey

Heaven's Gate (1980)

Harvard graduate James Averill is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners fight the immigrants with the help of Nathan ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Kris Kristofferson  •  Christopher Walken  •  John Hurt  •  Isabelle Huppert

Harvard graduate James Averill is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners fight the immigrants with the help of Nathan ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Kris Kristofferson  •  Christopher Walken  •  John Hurt  •  Isabelle Huppert

Hopscotch (1980)

When CIA operative Miles Kendig deliberately lets KGB agent Yaskov get away, his boss threatens to retire him. Kendig beats him to it, however, destroying his own records and traveling to Austria where he begins work on a memoir that will expose all his former ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Sam Waterston  •  Herbert Lom  •  Ned Beatty

When CIA operative Miles Kendig deliberately lets KGB agent Yaskov get away, his boss threatens to retire him. Kendig beats him to it, however, destroying his own records and traveling to Austria where he begins work on a memoir that will expose all his former ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Sam Waterston  •  Herbert Lom  •  Ned Beatty

Interiors (1978)

When Eve, an interior designer, is deserted by her husband of many years, Arthur, the emotionally glacial relationships of the three grown-up daughters are laid bare. Twisted by jealousy, insecurity and resentment, Renata, a successful writer; Flyn, a woman ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Diane Keaton  •  Kristin Griffith  •  Mary Beth Hurt  •  Richard Jordan

When Eve, an interior designer, is deserted by her husband of many years, Arthur, the emotionally glacial relationships of the three grown-up daughters are laid bare. Twisted by jealousy, insecurity and resentment, Renata, a successful writer; Flyn, a woman ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Diane Keaton  •  Kristin Griffith  •  Mary Beth Hurt  •  Richard Jordan

Le Divorce (2003)

While visiting her sister in Paris, a young woman finds romance and learns her brother-in-law is a philanderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Catherine Samie

While visiting her sister in Paris, a young woman finds romance and learns her brother-in-law is a philanderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Catherine Samie

Nixon (1995)

A look at President Richard M. Nixon—a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands from within—spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking Watergate scandal that would end his Presidency.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Joan Allen  •  J. T. Walsh  •  Paul Sorvino

A look at President Richard M. Nixon—a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands from within—spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking Watergate scandal that would end his Presidency.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Joan Allen  •  J. T. Walsh  •  Paul Sorvino

Savages (1972)

A tribe of primitive "mudpeople" encounter a croquet ball, rolling through their forest. Following it, they find themselves on a vast, deserted Long Island estate. Entering, they begin to become civilized and assume the stereotypical roles and dress of people at a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Lewis J. Stadlen  •  Anne Francine  •  Thayer David  •  Susan Blakely

A tribe of primitive "mudpeople" encounter a croquet ball, rolling through their forest. Following it, they find themselves on a vast, deserted Long Island estate. Entering, they begin to become civilized and assume the stereotypical roles and dress of people at a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Lewis J. Stadlen  •  Anne Francine  •  Thayer David  •  Susan Blakely

Serial Mom (1994)

A picture perfect middle class family is shocked when they find out that one of their neighbors is receiving obscene phone calls. The mom takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is indeed the one harassing the neighbor. As other ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Waters
CAST:  Kathleen Turner  •  Sam Waterston  •  Ricki Lake  •  Matthew Lillard

A picture perfect middle class family is shocked when they find out that one of their neighbors is receiving obscene phone calls. The mom takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is indeed the one harassing the neighbor. As other ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Waters
CAST:  Kathleen Turner  •  Sam Waterston  •  Ricki Lake  •  Matthew Lillard

Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

Bobby Bishop is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about some conspiracy in the White House but then immediately gets killed by an assassin. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George P. Cosmatos
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Linda Hamilton  •  Stephen Lang

Bobby Bishop is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about some conspiracy in the White House but then immediately gets killed by an assassin. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George P. Cosmatos
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Linda Hamilton  •  Stephen Lang

The Boy Who Loved Trolls (1984)

Paul feels life should be an adventure, and sets out on one to prove that Trolls really exist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harvey S. Laidman
CAST:  Matt Dill  •  Richard B. Shull  •  Sam Waterston  •  David Crawford

Paul feels life should be an adventure, and sets out on one to prove that Trolls really exist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harvey S. Laidman
CAST:  Matt Dill  •  Richard B. Shull  •  Sam Waterston  •  David Crawford

The Fifth Missile (1986)

The crew of a Polaris submarine, on a training mission simulating an attack on Russia, is stricken by toxic poisoning. One of the poison's effects is to make its victims hallucinate, and the sub's captain imagines that he has been given an order to actually attack ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Robert Conrad  •  David Soul  •  Sam Waterston  •  Richard Roundtree

The crew of a Polaris submarine, on a training mission simulating an attack on Russia, is stricken by toxic poisoning. One of the poison's effects is to make its victims hallucinate, and the sub's captain imagines that he has been given an order to actually attack ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Robert Conrad  •  David Soul  •  Sam Waterston  •  Richard Roundtree

The Killing Fields (1984)

The real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Joffé
CAST:  Sam Waterston  •  Haing S. Ngor  •  John Malkovich  •  Julian Sands

The real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Joffé
CAST:  Sam Waterston  •  Haing S. Ngor  •  John Malkovich  •  Julian Sands

The Proprietor (1996)

An expatriated French novelist returns to Paris when she learns that her childhood home is being placed on the auction block.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ismail Merchant
CAST:  Jeanne Moreau  •  Sean Young  •  Sam Waterston  •  Christopher Cazenove

An expatriated French novelist returns to Paris when she learns that her childhood home is being placed on the auction block.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ismail Merchant
CAST:  Jeanne Moreau  •  Sean Young  •  Sam Waterston  •  Christopher Cazenove

The Matthew Shepard Story (2002)

In a senseless act of hatred, openly gay college student Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998. This critically-acclaimed, moving film recounts the final days of Matthew's killers' trial—and the weeks leading to Matthew's death—with unnerving detail. Stockard ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Spottiswoode
CAST:  Stockard Channing  •  Shane Meier  •  Wendy Crewson  •  Kristen Thomson

In a senseless act of hatred, openly gay college student Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998. This critically-acclaimed, moving film recounts the final days of Matthew's killers' trial—and the weeks leading to Matthew's death—with unnerving detail. Stockard ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Spottiswoode
CAST:  Stockard Channing  •  Shane Meier  •  Wendy Crewson  •  Kristen Thomson

Exiled (1998)

NYPD Detective Mike Logan, who was demoted to a beat on Staten Island after punching a corrupt politician, seeks to solve the grisly murder of a prostitute and thereby help regain his old job in Manhattan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean de Segonzac
CAST:  Chris Noth  •  Dabney Coleman  •  Dana Eskelson  •  John Fiore

NYPD Detective Mike Logan, who was demoted to a beat on Staten Island after punching a corrupt politician, seeks to solve the grisly murder of a prostitute and thereby help regain his old job in Manhattan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean de Segonzac
CAST:  Chris Noth  •  Dabney Coleman  •  Dana Eskelson  •  John Fiore

Mindwalk (1990)

A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen to the ideas of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bernt Amadeus Capra
CAST:  Liv Ullmann  •  Sam Waterston  •  John Heard  •  Ione Skye

A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen to the ideas of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bernt Amadeus Capra
CAST:  Liv Ullmann  •  Sam Waterston  •  John Heard  •  Ione Skye

September (1987)

After a suicide attempt, Lane has moved into her country house to recuperate. Her best friend, Stephanie, has come to join her for the summer. Lane's mother, Diane, has recently arrived with her husband Lloyd, Lane's stepfather. Lane is close to two neighbors: ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Mia Farrow  •  Dianne Wiest  •  Sam Waterston  •  Elaine Stritch

After a suicide attempt, Lane has moved into her country house to recuperate. Her best friend, Stephanie, has come to join her for the summer. Lane's mother, Diane, has recently arrived with her husband Lloyd, Lane's stepfather. Lane is close to two neighbors: ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Mia Farrow  •  Dianne Wiest  •  Sam Waterston  •  Elaine Stritch

A Captive in the Land (1993)

An American meteorologist attempts to rescue an injured Soviet airman. A killer storm soon maroons them both and the unlikely duo must learn to overcome their differences in order to survive the real life terrors of the Arctic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Berry
CAST:  Sam Waterston  •  Aleksandr Potapov  •  Keir Giles  •  Victor Ignatyev

An American meteorologist attempts to rescue an injured Soviet airman. A killer storm soon maroons them both and the unlikely duo must learn to overcome their differences in order to survive the real life terrors of the Arctic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Berry
CAST:  Sam Waterston  •  Aleksandr Potapov  •  Keir Giles  •  Victor Ignatyev
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