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"At my age, this honor sort of rates as a lifetime achievement award and couldn't have come at a better moment," said Waterston. "A) I'm alive; B) I'm working; and C) the show that got me here is up for renewal."
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"I'm hoping that your honoring me will help the powers that be make the right decision so that next year 'Law & Order' can capture the record and fulfill Dick's (Wolf) goal of having the longest-running drama ever," he said.
"Law & Order" and the classic western "Gunsmoke" share the record with 20 seasons each of prime-time television.
Waterston, 69, joined "Law & Order" as Jack McCoy in 1994.
"It's made all sorts of things possible," he said at the ceremony. "It's directly due to 'Law & Order' that a theater put on 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' for me and my son James to do. Priceless. It's directly due to 'Law & Order' that we sold out the run. Fabulous."
"'Law & Order' kept me near home, near family and out of professional trouble. I hate to sit around. I tremble to think what trash a workaholic like me would have accepted to do if 'Law & Order' hadn't kept me busy," he said.
Waterston's star was the first star dedicated in 2010, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.