Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston
Real Name/Full Name Samuel Atkinson Waterston
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Sam Waterston
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 15 November 1940
Age/How Old: 83 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 185.5cm
In Feet and Inches – 6′ 1″
Weight: In Kilograms – 72 Kg
In Pounds – 158.5 lbs
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Salt and pepper
Parents Name: Father– George Chychele
Mother –Alice Tucker
Siblings: Roberta, George, and Ellen.
School: Groton school and Brooks school
College:  University of Yale
Religion: Episcopalian
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Lynn Louisa Woodruff
Kids/Children Name: James, Katherine. Elisabeth and Graham
Profession: Actor, Producer, Television director
Net Worth: $20 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Samuel Atkinson Waterston, popularly known as Sam Waterston, is undoubtedly a born actor with millions of fans. He is famous for his work in theatre, television, and film. He started his theatre career on the New York stage, playing many roles of the legendry writer and poet William Shakespeare. Waterston suffered from shuttering, a condition in which speech is difficult, but he overcame his issue and got to heights. This is just a glimpse of the great actor Sam Waterston’s life. Let’s get more in-depth and know various other facts about him.

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Biography and Early Life

Waterston was born on November 15, 1940, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. to Alice Tucker, who is a famous landscape artist she was of English ancestry also a descendent of Mayflower passenger, and to George Chychele Waterston, a semanticist and language teacher, he was an immigrant from Leith, Scotland. Waterston was the third of his four siblings: Roberta, George, and Ellen.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Sam Waterston in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Sam Waterston’s age is 83 years old as of today’s date 24th June 2024 having been born on 15 November 1940. Though, he is 6′ 1″ in feet and inches and 185.5 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 158.5 lbs in Pound and 72kg in Kilograms.


Same Waterston completed his schooling from Brooks School and later went to Groton School in Massachusetts. He made his first debut at the age of seven in a stage play, “Antigone,” which was directed by his father, George Waterston. He completed his Bachelors in Arts degree from Yale University with a scholarship in 1962. He also attended various programs such as Clinton Playhouse, the Sorbonne, and the American Actors Workshop.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Sam Waterston With Wife Lynn Louisa Woodruff
Sam Waterston With Wife Lynn Louisa Woodruff

Sam Waterston married his first wife, Barbara Rutledge Johns, in 1964, but he divorced her after 12 years in 1975. They have a son together, James, he is also an actor. After a year in 1976, he got married to a former model Lynn Louisa Woodruff. His two daughters, Katherine Waterston and Elisabeth Waterston are also actresses and son Graham.

Waterston is an active humanitarian and devotes his time to various organizations. He is also a board member of an organization called Oceana. He also received an award for his long time support for refugees around the world from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also active in politics.

He was a spokesperson for the Unity08 movement, which was unsuccessful and ran a bipartisan presidential ticket in the 2008 election. Waterston had declared himself a democrat but later quit the party in disgust due to the airing of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Daisy” election advertisement in 1964. Later he endorsed Barak Obama for re-election in 2012 and is currently a registered Democrat.

Is Sam Waterston Gay?

As far as Waterston’s sexuality is concerned, he is not gay. Instead, he is straight. He dated two women (Barbara and Lynn) and has four children as well. But he played the role of gay in a Netflix series called ‘Grace and Franklin’ it is a comedy series which talks about the two-man revealing their 20 years relation to their wives. The other male protagonist is played by Martin Sheen. Due to this series, many consider them to be gay and in a connection, though it is only a comedy show and has nothing to do with their real sexuality.

Professional Career

He marked his journey at the young age of seven in a stage performance ‘Antigone,’ which was directed by his father. This was just the beginning of his career, from stage to limelight to being a director. He played many award-winning plays such as Benedick in Joseph Papp’s production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. He got an opportunity to play the title role in Hamlet. He played many parts from the plays of Shakespeare.

1994 marked the beginning of Waterston in the television industry. He debuted as Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy in the fifth season of the television series Law & Order, in which he portrayed McCoy. He was the second longest-serving member of the cast, and he stayed in the role for 16 seasons.

He made a memorable cameo appearance in an episode of Saturday Night Live. He was extolling the virtues of Old Glory Insurance, which was to protect the elderly from robot attacks.

He made a return to television in 2012 as cable news president Charlie Skinner in The Newsroom, an HBO series by Aaron Sorkin.

In 2015, he joined the cast of Netflix series Grace and Frankie, which talked about the life of two elderly gay couples coming out to their wives. It is a comedy show, which is something different from what he usually does.


Throughout Waterston’s career, he received many awards and nominations, some of which are:

1974 Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie for the work The Glass Menagerie (nominated)

1975 Golden Globe Awards for best-supporting actor-motion picture for the work The Great Gatsby (nominated)

1992 Golden Globe Awards for best actor-television series drama for the work I’ll Fly Away (won)

1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series for the work Law and order (won)

2001-2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series (nominated)

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Sam Waterston in 2024

Sam Waterston Net Worth
Sam Waterston Net Worth

Sam Waterston’s net worth is $20 million as of 2024. It does not come as a surprise from such a talented and experienced actor. He is very hardworking and determined.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

Waterston suffered from shuttering from a young age, but he never let it interfere with his dreams for achieving success.

He was a humanitarian and worked for refugees. He is also a board member of an organization called Oceana.

He supported Tomlin and Fonda (co-workers from Grace and Frankie) in demanding higher salaries than the supporting actors.

He was once thrown behind the bars for his revolt to save the planet.

Sam Waterston had suffered many falls in his life, when he was put behind the bars, his shuttering problem, etc., but he decided never to give up and always strived ahead. He is still present in acting and is active in social service. He does not look at failures as a fallout instead as an opportunity to strive ahead.

He is an inspiration for many individuals who want to achieve their dreams. He teaches us that one should not look at their past as a point of regret instead as an opportunity to learn new things. He is a true inspiration and a definition of a perfect human being.


  1. sam waterston is the the greatest. Have been watching him for years. Watch him in all the L&O programs and in the TV program where he played a gay person with Martin Sheen. Would love to meet him one day. Corinne loewy

  2. I love Sam Waterston I think he made a great portrayal of a district attorney. But really n surprise he has a impressive education. Probably could of been a real district attorney. Love that show law &order as well as criminal intent. I have bought a few videos on Google to watch the series. Also loved the actor who played Lenny briscoe and the actor who really was a chiago cop. And the actor who played goren. Sorry can’t remember real names off the top of my head. Sam wasterton is great many more years to him. Hope he is well and continues on


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