Sam Robards

Actor
The handsome, easy-going son of famed actors Jason Robards and Lauren Bacall, Sam Robards studied acting and appeared in several plays Off-Broadway before making an impressive screen debut as a suitor to Molly Ringwald ... Read more »
Born: 12/16/1961 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

The Other Side of the Tracks 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twisted 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Tremé 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Art of Getting By 2011 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Perestroika 2009 (Movie)

Sasha Greenberg (Actor)

The Rebound 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Che: Part One 2008 (Movie)

Tad Szulic (Actor)

Awake 2007 (Movie)

Clayton Beresford, Sr (Actor)

Surviving Eden 2006 (Movie)

Gary Gold (Actor)

Going Shopping 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The West Wing 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Catch That Kid 2004 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Marmalade 2003 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Obsessed 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Reading Rainbow 1982 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

Henry Swinton (Actor)

Hamlet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Life As A House 2001 (Movie)

David Dokos (Actor)

On Golden Pond (Cbs) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Warden 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Black and Blue 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bounce 2000 (Movie)

Todd Exner (Actor)

Dinner & Driving 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

Jim Berkley (Actor)

Spin City 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love from Ground Zero 1998 (Movie)

of Henry (Voice)

Maximum Bob 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Beautiful Girls 1996 (Movie)

Steve Rossmore (Actor)

Donor Unknown 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 (Movie)

Harold Ross (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Craig--Regina Krumm's Assistant (Actor)

Law & Order 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ballad of Little Jo 1993 (Movie)

Jasper Hill (Actor)

Get a Life! 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

Chaplain Kirk (Actor)

TV 101 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bird 1988 (Movie)

Moscowitz (Actor)

Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

Rich Vanier (Actor)

Fandango 1985 (Movie)

Kenneth Waggener--a Groover (Actor)

Not Quite Jerusalem 1984 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

Freddy (Actor)

Into Thin Air (TV Show)

Actor

Pancho Barnes (TV Show)

Actor

The Blackwater Lightship (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

The handsome, easy-going son of famed actors Jason Robards and Lauren Bacall, Sam Robards studied acting and appeared in several plays Off-Broadway before making an impressive screen debut as a suitor to Molly Ringwald in Paul Mazursky's "Tempest" (1982), a savvy adaptation of Shakespeare's deserted island fantasy. He next drunkenly avoided commitment in the coming-of-age drama "Fandango", featuring a then unknown Kevin Costner and Robards' wife-to-be Suzy Amis, before Lewis Gilbert's "Not Quite Jerusalem" (both 1985) saw him play a happy-go-lucky American volunteer for kibbutz life romantically involved with Joanna Pacula. The film adaptation of Jay McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988) marked his first association with actor Michael J Fox and the only time to date he has acted in a movie with his father. That same year, he had a supporting role in "Bird", Clint Eastwood's heartfelt biopic of famed jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. He also portrayed Chaplain Kirk in Brian De Palma's flawed yet majestic Vietnam film, "Casualties of War" (1989), which reteamed him with Fox.

Robards returned to features in a Western starring Amis, "The Ballad of Little Jo" (1993), and landed roles in two 1994 movies, Alan Rudolph's "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle", portraying The New Yorker magazine founder Harold Ross, and Robert Altman's sharp satire of the French fashion industry, "Ready-to-Wear (Pret-a-Porter)" (which also featured Bacall), playing the efficient assistant to an influential fashion editor. After joining the fine ensemble of young talent for Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls" (1996), Robards provided the voice of Henry in Steven Grynberg's "Love from Ground Zero" (1998) and then appeared in the successful dark comedy "American Beauty" (1999), delivering one of his more memorable feature turns as one of the two Jims (with Scott Bakula), the gay neighbors of the Burnham family.

Robards has enjoyed his best exposure on the small screen. He made his debut as the son of the title character, an imprisoned Argentinean newspaperman, in "Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell without a Number" (NBC, 1983). He went on to play the brother of young man who seemingly disappeared in the fact-based "Into Thin Air" (CBS, 1985) and supported Valerie Bertinelli as "Pancho Barnes" (CBS, 1988) before headlining the short-lived drama series "TV 101" (CBS, 1988-89) as a TV news photographer who returns to his high school to instill some of his passion for journalism into a new generation of students. Robards also co-starred on Fox's wacky sitcom "Get a Life!" its first season (1990-91), playing straight man to series star Chris Elliott.

The 1995 USA movie "Donor Unknown" cast him against type as an ambitious, amoral transplant surgeon willing to stoop to nefarious means to obtain organs for his work. He contributed to two projects dealing with the notorious Nazi Adolph Eichmann, acting in TNT's superb "The Man Who Captured Eichmann" (1996) and voicing Avrahim Aviel for the following year's PBS documentary, "The Trial of Adolph Eichmann. Robards' Sheriff in "Maximum Bob" (ABC, 1998), Barry Sonnenfeld's critically-acclaimed summer series loosely based on the Elmore Leonard novel, was a compassionate sort given to ballroom dancing to compensate for the death of his wife. Cut from the same cloth was his sensitive portrayal of Bobby Riordan, the Florida gym teacher who befriends the battered Fran Benedetto and her son in the CBS-movie "Black and Blue" (1999), adapted from the Anna Quindlen novel. His recurring part as Arthur on ABC's "Spin City" during the 1998-99 season reunited him with series star Michael J. Fox, as they both vied for the affections of the same woman. Robards was back on the big screen playing the adoptive father of a robotic child programmed to love in a futuristic society in "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" (2001).

Relationships

Suzy Amis Actor

Wife
Met while filming "Fandango" (1985)

Lauren Bacall Actor

Mother
Born Sept. 16, 1924

Stephen Bogart

Half-Brother
Older son of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart

Leslie Bogart

Half-Sister
Older daughter of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart

Sidsel Jensen

Wife
Married Nov. 8, 1997 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Jason Robards

Father
Born in 1922 married to Lauren Bacall from 1961-1969 received Supporting Actor Oscars in 1976 and 1977 died December 26, 2000 after a long battle with cancer

Calvin Robards

Son
Born in February 1999 mother, Sidsel Jensen

Jasper Robards

Son
Born April 1990 mother, Suzy Amis

David Robards

Half-Brother
Older son of Jason Robards and Eleanor Pitman

Jake Robards

Half-Brother
Younger son of Jason Robards and Lois O'Connor

Jason Robards

Half-Brother
Older son of Jason Robards and Eleanor Pitman

Sarah Robards

Half-Sister
Older daughter of Jason Robards and Eleanor Pitman

Shannon Robards

Half-Sister
Younger daughter of Jason Robards and Lois O'Connor

Jason Robards

Grandfather
Acted on stage and in early films such as "The Gamblers" (1929)

EDUCATION

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York
Dropped out

Salisbury School

Salisbury , Connecticut

HB Studio

New York , New York
Trained under Uta Hagen

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Waterford , Connecticut
Part of a 90-acre estate that fosters the development of new plays under his name

Milestones

2008

Took over the role of Richard Hannay in the NYC theatrical run of "The 39 Steps"

2007

Cast in a recurring role on the CW series "Gossip Girl" as Captain Archibald, Nate's (Chase Crawford) strict father

2006

Played the pompous megalomaniac producer of a reality TV program in "Surviving Eden"

2005

Co-starred in Henry Jaglom's "Going Shopping" with Victoria Foyt, Lee Grant and Bruce Davison

2004

Played a father that gets critically injured in "Catch that Kid"

2004

Appeared as White House correspondent, Greg Brock in season five of "The West Wing" (NBC)

2002

Received a Tony nomination for his role in Arthur Miller's "The Man Who Had All the Luck"

2001

Acted in the live CBS broadcast of "On Golden Pond"

2001

Co-starred as the adoptive father of a robotic child in "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

2000

Appeared in the Off-Broadway play "The Altruists" by Nicky Silver

1999

Portrayed Mike Riordan in CBS TV-movie "Black and Blue," adapted from the Anna Quindlen novel

1999

With Scott Bakula, portrayed the gay neighbors, in "American Beauty"

1998

Had a recurring role as Arthur on the ABC sitcom "Spin City"

1998

Provided the voice of Henry in "Love from Groud Zero"

1997

Contributed the voice of Avraham Aviel to the PBS documentary, "The Trial of Adolph Eichmann"

1996

Joined the ensemble of fine young talent in Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls"

1996

Cast in the TNT movie "The Man Who Captured Eichmann," starring Robert Duvall as Eichmann

1995

Cast against type as an ambitious, amoral transplant surgeon in "Donor Unknown" (USA)

1994

Appeared in Altman's "Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)"; also co-starring his mother Lauren Bacall

1994

Portrayed Harold Ross (founder of The New Yorker) in "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"

1993

Acted opposite then wife, Suzi Amis in "The Ballad of Little Jo"

1990

Played regular role of Larry Potter on the first season of the comedy series, "Get a Life!" (FOX)

1989

Portrayed Chaplain Kirk in Brian De Palma's "Casualties of War"

1988

Only feature to date that featured both he and his father Jason in the cast, "Bright Lights, Big City"

1988

Cast in the lead role of the journalism teacher Kevin Keegan in the CBS drama series, "TV 101"

1985

Met future wife Suzy Amis while filming "Fandango"

1983

TV-movie debut, "Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number" (NBC)

1982

Feature film debut, Paul Mazursky's "Tempest"

1980

Acting debut in the Off-Broadway production of "Album"

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