Robards, Sam 1961(?)–

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Robards, Sam 1961(?)-


Full name, Sam Prideaux Robards; born December 16, 1961 (some sources cite 1962); son of Jason Robards (an actor) and Lauren Bacall (an actress); grandson of Jason Robards, Sr. (an actor); married Suzy Amis (an actress), May, 1986 (divorced 1994); married Sidsel Jensen (a model), November 8, 1997; children: (first marriage) Jasper Evans; (second marriage) two sons. Education: Attended Sarah Lawrence College; trained at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and with Morris Carnovsky and Uta Hagen at HB Studio, New York City.


Agent—Clifford Stevens, Paradigm, 19 West 44th St., Suite 1410, New York, NY 10036. Manager—Johnnie Planco, Parseghian-Planco, 23 East 22nd St., Third Floor, New York, NY 10016.




Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors:

Young Artist Award nomination, best young supporting actor in a motion picture, Young Artist Foundation, 1983, for Tempest; Online Film Critics Society Award nomination (with others), best ensemble, 1999, for American Beauty; Clarence Derwent Award, Actors' Equity Association, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best featured actor in a play, and Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding featured actor in play, all 2002, for The Man Who Had All the Luck.


Film Appearances:

Freddy, Tempest, Columbia, 1982.

Mike, Not Quite Jerusalem (also known as Not Quite Paradise), J. Arthur Rank, 1984.

Kenneth Waggener, Fandango, Warner Bros., 1985.

Moscowitz, Bird, Warner Bros., 1988.

Rich Vanier, Bright Lights, Big City, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1988.

Chaplain Kirk, Casualties of War, Columbia, 1989.

Jasper Hill, The Ballad of Little Jo (also known as Little Man Jo), Fine Line Features, 1993.

Craig, Pret-a-Porter (also known as Pret-a-Porter: Ready to Wear and Ready to Wear), Miramax, 1994.

Harold Ross, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (also known as Mrs. Parker and the Round Table), Fine Line Features, 1994.

Steve Rossmore, Beautiful Girls, Miramax, 1996.

Jim "J. B." Berkley, American Beauty, DreamWorks, 1999.

Voice of Henry, Love from Ground Zero, Sandbox Films, 1999.

Todd Exner, Bounce, Miramax, 2000.

David Dokos, Life as a House, New Line Cinema, 2001.

Henry Swinton, Artificial Intelligence: AI (also known as A.I., A.I. Artificial Intelligence, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, A.I. artificiell intelligens, A.I. inteligencia artifical, A.I.—Inteligencia Artifical, A.I. intelligence artificielle, A.I.: Intelligence artificielle, A.I. intelligenza artificiale, A.I.—Kuenstliche Intelligenz, A.I. Kunstig intelligens, A.I.—Mesterseges ertelem, A.I.: Tehniti noimosyni, and A.I.—Tekoaely), Warner Bros., 2001.

Gary Gold, Surviving Eden, Good Films Releasing, 2004.

Roger, Marmalade, Goldheart Pictures, 2004.

Tom, Catch That Kid (also known as Mission without Permission), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

Going Shopping (also known as Shopping), Rainbow Releasing, 2005.

Sasha, Perestroika, REF Productions, 2007.

Awake, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Moving Right Along (also known as Movin' Right Along), PBS, beginning 1983.

Kevin Keegan, TV 101, CBS, 1988-89.

Larry Potter, Get a Life, Fox, 1990-91.

Sheriff Gary Hammond, Maximum Bob, ABC, 1998.

Greg Brock, a recurring role, The West Wing (also known as West Wing and El ala oeste de la Casablanca), NBC, 2004-2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Fortinbras, Hamlet, Odyssey, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Daniel Timerman, Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (also known as Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number), NBC, 1983.

Stephen Walker, Into Thin Air, CBS, 1985.

Gene McKendry, Pancho Barnes (also known as The Happy Bottom Riding Club), CBS, 1988.

Dr. David Bausch, Donor Unknown (also known as Dangerous Heart), USA Network, 1995.

David, The Man Who Captured Eichmann, TNT, 1996.

Frank, Dinner and Driving, HBO, 1997.

Mike Riordan, Black and Blue, CBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Voice of Avraham Aviel, The Trial of Adolf Eichmann, PBS, 1997.

Bill Ray, On Golden Pond, CBS, 2001.

Paul, "The Blackwater Lightship," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"The Choice," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1985.

Narrator, "Sam the Sea Cow," Reading Rainbow, PBS, 1992.

Daniel Hendricks, "Apocrypha," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1993.

Ben Kohler, "Living Hell," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits), Showtime, Sci-Fi Channel, and syndicated, 1995.

Brian Conway, "Living Hell," Murder One, ABC, 1995.

Arthur, "The Kidney's All Right," Spin City (also known as Spin), ABC, 1998.

Arthur, "Quest for Fire," Spin City (also known as Spin), ABC, 1998.

Arthur, "Not in the Line of Fire," Spin City (also known as Spin), ABC, 1999.

Arthur, "Taxi Driver," Spin City (also known as Spin), ABC, 1999.

Tom Reymi, "Running with Scissors," Sex and the City, HBO, 2000.

Dr. David Stillman, Obsessed (also known as Erotomania, Liaison obscure, Obsesion, Obsesionada, and Obsessed—Ossessione), Lifetime, 2002.

Bennet, "Chin Music," Clubhouse, CBS, 2004.

Paul Whitlock, "Magnificat," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2004.

Mitchell Collett, "Dead Air," CSI: Miami, CBS, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Axel, The Warden, TNT, 2000.

Jess Zebrowski, My Life with Men, ABC, 2003.

Stage Appearances:

Boo, Album, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1980-81.

Saul, Flux, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1982.

The Philadelphia Story, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1985-86.

Mr. Cherry, Idiot's Delight, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1986.

Tristram, Taking Steps, York Theatre Company, 1986.

Cootie, Moonchildren, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, 1987.

Joseph Percival, Misalliance, Roundabout Theatre Company, Laura Pels Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Swallow, The Altruists, Dimson Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Gustav Eberson, The Man Who Had All the Luck, Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 2001, then American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2002.

The Exonerated, 45 Bleecker Theatre, New York City, c. 2003.

Geoffrey, Absurd Person Singular, Manhattan Theatre Club, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Michael, Japes, Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY, 2005.



Himself, AI: A Portrait of David (short), DreamWorks Home Entertainment, 2002.



Parade, July 29, 2001, p. 14.