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Born: November 15, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1947:
Made stage debut at age six as the Page in Jean Anouilh's "Antigone"; directed by his father
1963:
First appearance with the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) in "As You Like It"
1963:
Made Broadway debut in Arthur Kopit's "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad"
1964:
First appeared on television in "Camera Three" (CBS)
1965:
Made film debut in the unreleased feature "The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean"
1967:
First released feature, "Fitzwilly"
1968:
Cast as Prince Hal in the NYSF productions of "Henry IV, Part I" and "Henry IV, Part II"
1969:
Starred in Kopit's play "Indians"
1971:
Had featured role in the off-Broadway play "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine"
1972:
Starred opposite Kathleen Widdoes in NYSF Central Park production of "Much Ado About Nothing"; later moved to Broadway (aired on CBS in 1974)
1973:
Made first TV-movie; played Tom in an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" (ABC), starring Katharine Hepburn; garnered first Emmy nomination
1974:
First came to attention in a major film "The Great Gatsby"; played the narrator Nick Carraway; initial film collaboration with Mia Farrow
1974:
Co-starred with Tuesday Weld in the TV-movie "Reflections on a Murder"
1975:
Landed title role in the NYSF production of "Hamlet"
1976:
Acted in the features "Journey Into Fear" and "Dandy, the All American Girl"
1978:
Made first appearance in a Woody Allen film with a role in "Interiors"
1979:
Returned to TV-movies after five years to star opposite Carol Burnett and Ned Beatty in the acclaimed ABC drama "Friendly Fire"
1979:
Played title role in the feature "Sweet William"
1980:
Featured in "Hopscotch" and Michael Cimino's disastrous "Heaven's Gate"
1980:
Co-starred in the Broadway comedy "Lunch Hour"
1982:
Played physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in the seven-part PBS miniseries "Oppenheimer"
1982:
Played physicist Quentin E. Deverill on the short-lived CBS adventure series "Q.E.D."
1984:
Received Best Actor Oscar nomination for his leading role as an American journalist in Cambodia in the feature film "The Killing Fields"
1985:
Co-starred with Mary Tyler Moore and Robert Preston in the HBO romance "Finnegan Begin Again"
1985:
Acted on Broadway in "Benefactors" alongside Glenn Close and Mary Beth Hurt
1986:
Appeared in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters"
1987:
Re-teamed with Allen for the film "September"
1988:
Played Abraham Lincoln in the two-part NBC movie "Gore Vidal's Lincoln"; Mary Tyler Moore co-starred as Mary Todd Lincoln
1988:
Starred with Robert Prosky in "A Walk in the Woods," a play dealing with arms negotiation between the U.S. and the USSR
1989:
Fourth film with Allen, "Crimes and Misdemeanors"
1991:
Starred on the NBC drama series "I'll Fly Away"; received Emmy nominations in 1992 and 1993
1991:
Co-starred in the period drama "The Man in the Moon," starring a young Reese Witherspoon
1992:
Made TV directorial debut with the "Since Walter" episode of "I'll Fly Away" (NBC)
1993:
Returned to the NYC stage to play Abraham Lincoln in a revival of Robert Sherwood's "Abe Lincoln in Illinois"; received a Tony nomination
1994:
Played the mild-mannered husband of Kathleen Turner's "Serial Mom"
1994:
Co-starred with Kirstie Alley in the acclaimed TV-movie "David's Mother" (CBS)
1994:
Joined the cast of the NBC drama series "Law & Order" as assistant district attorney Jack McCoy, replacing Michael Moriarty; in 2007, his character was promoted to New York district attorney, filling the slot vacated by Fred Thompson's Arthur Branch; earned Emmy (1997, 1999, 2000) nominations; series cancelled after 20 years on the air
1995:
Feature film producing debut, "The Journey of August King"; also played small role
1997:
Played the U.S. President in the political thriller "Shadow Conspiracy"
1998:
Featured as McCoy in "Exiled: A Law & Order Movie" (NBC)
1998:
Starred as Dr. Karl Koster, a savior of Danish Jews during the Nazi's reign of terror in the fact-based TV-movie "Miracle at Midnight" (ABC)
2000:
Starred with son James Waterston in a production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at Syracuse Stage
2000:
Produced the Showtime TV-movie "A House Divided"; also co-starred as the plantation owner who fathered a biracial child
2002:
Co-starred in the NBC TV-movie "The Matthew Shepard Story" as the father of slain college student
2003:
Appeared in "Le divorce," starring Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts
2008:
Appeared as Polonius in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Hamlet"
2010:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2012:
Returned to series television on Aaron Sorkin's drama series "The Newsroom" (HBO) as a network news executive

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