FROM THE FRED BOMAR COLLECTION: Hand signed Studio publicity 8×10 photo from Law and Order – John James “Jack” McCoy is a fictional character in the television drama Law & Order, created by Michael S. Chernuchin and played by Sam Waterston since 1994. He is the second-longest tenured character on the show, after Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson). On January 28, 2009, McCoy’s character ended the longest run of a character appearing in consecutive episodes. He was not featured in the episode “Lucky Stiff”. His streak ended with 333 uninterrupted appearances since the first episode of the fifth season in 1994. He appeared in 343 episodes of Law & Order, three episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, two episodes of Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and three episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street.