For about a decade, Sam Waterston has been a member of the board of Oceana, the largest international NGO having as its sole mission the protection and restoration of the oceans, with the goal of providing a healthy meal to a billion people every day in perpetuity and simultaneously making a crucial contribution to reversing climate deterioration and its consequences, and with an impressive record of success. He currently serves as Board Chair.

He was born in 1940 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His father was a language teacher and his mother was a landscape painter. He’s a graduate of Groton School and Yale College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, granted in 1962.

At the beginning of his acting career, Waterston made his first appearance for the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, returning often since. He’s worked in television, film, and onstage for five decades. He has received a number of awards and nominations, including an Academy Award nomination and six Emmy Award nominations. He returned to the Delacorte in 2015 to play Prospero in The Tempest. He later played Charlie in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. As of 2022, Waterston is on TV as Sol in the 7th season of Grace & Frankie, George Schultz in The Dropout, and returned to Dick Wolf’s Law & Order for its 21st season, as Jack McCoy.

For twenty-five years, he was a member of the board of Refugees International. In calling attention to the climate crisis, he has been arrested twice. He helped interrupt the 2019 Harvard-Yale football game in support of Yale and Harvard students demanding that their universities divest from fossil fuels. There were later positive results at both universities, and in addition, Yale won the game.

Session date and time

07/29/2022 5:00pm