Sam Robards, actor, is the grandson of actor Jason Robards Sr. - who died in 1963 (after all the research I did it was unclear as to whether Sam Robards was the son of recently-deceased actor Jason Robards - no sr.).

Sam was born Sam Prideaux Robards on December 16, 1961 in New York, New York. His first major acting role was playing the character Freddy in Paul Mazursky's "Tempest" in 1982 which also featured Gena Rowland and Susan Sarandon. Sam never did become a star, largely relegated to character-acting roles. Needless to say, he's not hounded for autographs as he strolls down the boulevard. Probably his biggest part in recent years was playing Henry Swinton, the "father" in the Steven Spielberg/Stanley Kubrick collaboration "A.I." (2001). His most recent role is in the movie "Surviving Eden."

The gig I mostly know him from is when he starred opposite Chris Elliott in the TV sitcom Get A Life!. There he played Chris' best friend and neighbor Larry Potter, the only character on the show who could tolerate the main character, Chris Peterson.

Below is a complete filmography of Sam Robards, provided by (one of my favorite all-time websites):

  • Surviving Eden (2004): Gary
  • Catch That Kid (2004): Tom
  • Blackwater Lightship (2004) (TV): Paul
  • "My Life with Men" (2003) TV Series: Jess Zebrowski
  • Obsessed (2002) (TV): David Stillman
  • Life as a House (2001): David Dokos
  • Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001): Henry Swinton, Monica's Husband
  • On Golden Pond (2001) (TV): Bill Ray
  • Warden, The (2001) (TV): Axel
  • Hamlet (2000/II) (TV): Fortinbras
  • Bounce (2000): Todd Exner
  • Black and Blue (1999) (TV): Mike Riordan
  • American Beauty (1999): Jim Berkley
  • Love From Ground Zero (1998) (voice): Henry
  • "Maximum Bob" (1998) TV Series: Sheriff Gary Hammond
  • Dinner and Driving (1997): Frank
  • Man Who Captured Eichmann, The (1996)(TV): David
  • Beautiful Girls (1996): Steve Rossmore
  • Donor Unknown (1995) (TV): Dr. David Bausch
  • Prêt-à-Porter (1994): Regina's Assistant
  • Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994): Harold Ross
  • Ballad of Little Jo, The (1993): Jasper Hill, Photographer
  • "Get a Life!" (1990) TV Series: Larry Potter
  • Casualties of War (1989): Chaplain Kirk
  • "TV 101" (1988) TV Series: Kevin Keegan
  • Pancho Barnes (1988) (TV): Gene McKendry
  • Bird (1988): Moscowitz
  • Bright Lights, Big City (1988): Rich Vanier
  • Not Quite Paradise (1986): Mike
  • Into Thin Air (1985) (TV): Stephen Walker
  • Fandango (1985): Kenneth Waggener, Groover
  • Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number (1983) (TV)
  • Tempest (1982): Freddy

Notable TV Guest Appearances

  • "Sex and the City" (1998) playing "Tom Reymi" in episode: "Running with Scissors" (episode # 3.11) 8/20/00
  • "Spin City" (1996) playing "Arthur" in episode: "Not in the Line of Fire" (episode # 3.15) 1/26/99
  • "Spin City" (1996) playing "Arthur" in episode: "Taxi Driver" (episode # 3.13) 1/5/99
  • "Spin City" (1996) playing "Arthur" in episode: "The Kidney's All Right" (episode # 3.9) 11/17/98
  • "Spin City" (1996) playing "Arthur" in episode: "Quest for Fire" (episode # 3.8) 11/10/98
  • " Outer Limits, The" (1995) playing "Ben Kohler" in episode: "Living Hell" (episode # 1.8) 5/12/95
  • "Law & Order" (1990) playing "Daniel Hendricks" in episode: "Apocrypha" (episode # 4.7) 11/3/93
  • "Spenser: For Hire" (1985) in episode: "The Choice" (episode # 1.4) 10/4/85


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