Sam Waterston
McCoy Quit Claim Jack McCoy (L&O Season 18)
District Attorney Jack McCoy
Date of birth
15 November 1940
Place of birth
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Sam Waterston is an actor who played Executive ADA Jack McCoy (later District Attorney) on Law & Order. He replaced Michael Moriarty as the series' Executive ADA, and later Fred Dalton Thompson as DA of the series. He first appeared in the Season 5 episode "Second Opinion".

Waterston also appeared in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episodes "Entitled", "Blinded" and "The Undiscovered Country", and in the Law & Order: Trial by Jury episodes "The Abominable Showman" and "Skeleton". He also appeared in the franchise's only movie, Exiled: A Law & Order Movie.

Apart from Law & Order, Waterston guest-starred as Jack McCoy in the Homicide: Life on the Street crossover episodes "Baby, It's You: Part 2" and "Sideshow: Part 2".

For his role on Law & Order, Waterston was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and a 1995 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series, and he won a 1999 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. He was also declared a "Living Landmark" by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 2002, along with fellow cast member Jerry Orbach.

Sam Waterston provided the voiceover for Abraham Lincoln in Ken Burn's The Civil War. He also replaced his former Law & Order co-star Steven Hill as a spokesperson for TD Ameritrade.