Veteran actor Sam Waterston, the longest-serving actor to date on procedural legal drama “Law & Order,” is exiting the series.

The now 83-year-old Waterston has been part of the NBC drama since 1994, midway through its fourth season where he began the series as an assistant district attorney Jack McCoy.

He’ll now depart partway through the twenty-third season which just premiered. He has appeared in more than 400 episodes of the series and his final episode is set to air February 22nd.

Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) will join “Law & Order” as the new district attorney. Details on how Goldwyn’s character will be introduced are being kept under wraps for now.

In a statement, Waterston says:

“Greetings, you wonderful people. It’s a pleasure to talk directly like this to the backbone of Law & Order’s absolutely amazing audience. The time has come for me to move on and take Jack McCoy with me.

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. I’m more grateful to you than I can say.

L&O’s continuing and amazing long run, along with its astounding comeback, is all thanks to you and Dick Wolf, but for whose vision, patience, perseverance, and unique combination of creative and business talents, none of this would have happened. I feel very blessed. I hope to see you all on the flip side.”

The original series ran for twenty seasons from 1990-2010 before being revived in 2022 with the revival now in its third season.

Source: TV Line

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