Tony Goldwyn Joins Law & Order Cast as Sam Waterston Exits

Iconic Actor Ends Chapter in Celebrated TV Series Role.

by Nouman Rasool
Tony Goldwyn Joins Law & Order Cast as Sam Waterston Exits
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Veteran actor Sam Waterston, revered for his iconic portrayal of District Attorney Jack McCoy, is bidding farewell to the renowned legal drama "Law & Order" after a monumental run spanning over 400 episodes. Waterston's departure marks the end of an era for the show, which first welcomed him 30 years ago.

The 83-year-old's final bow in the role will be witnessed in an episode airing on February 22, as reported by People magazine. Stepping into the venerable series is Tony Goldwyn, acclaimed for his role as President Fitzgerald Grant III in "Scandal".

Goldwyn is set to infuse fresh energy into the show, taking on the mantle of a new district attorney, though details about his character remain under wraps.

Waterston's Emotional Farewell

Waterston, in a heartfelt statement shared with The Washington Post, expressed his mixed emotions about leaving the series that has been a significant part of his career.

"There's sadness in leaving, but I'm just too curious about what's next. An actor doesn't want to let himself get too comfortable," he remarked, underlining his eagerness for new artistic ventures. Joining "Law & Order" during its fifth season in 1994, Waterston became a fixture of the show, extending his reach to the spinoff series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit".

His commitment to the role endured until the show's initial cancellation in 2010. However, Waterston's connection with the character didn't end there; he reprised his role when the series was revived for its 21st season in 2022.

Waterston's portrayal of McCoy garnered critical acclaim, earning him three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe nomination. He also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in 1998.

Waterston's departure and Goldwyn's arrival signal a new chapter for "Law & Order", as the series continues to evolve and captivate audiences with its compelling legal drama narrative.