• Sam Robards is an American film, theatre and television actor.
• He was born in New York City, USA in 196•
• He attended the National Theatre Institute and had his first acting debut in an off-Broadway production of “Album”.
• Sam has a net worth of approximately $4 million.
• He is 5ft 9in tall and has blue eyes and dark brown hair.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 16, 1961
SpouseSidsel Jensen, Suzy Amis Cameron
FactHalf-brother of Jason Robards III, Leslie Bogart and Stephen H. Bogart.

Who is Sam Robards?

Born in New York City, USA, on 16 December 1961 under the fire sign of Sagittarius, Samuel “Sam” Prideaux Robards is a 57-year-old American film, theater and television actor. Fans know him as the legendary Henry Swinton from Steven Spielberg’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”, one of the seminal science fiction films in recent years. He also turned some heads by playing the strict and ruthless Howard Archibald, Nate’s father, in “Gossip Girl”. It’s not just his work that’s inspiring – his story is one of a kind, too. Sam’s superstar parents had quite a dysfunctional marriage, and he constantly felt alone while being forced to travel to various countries with his mom. That kind of pressure left a mark – he was unable to finish college, being expelled for low grades and unacceptable behavior. However, through hard work, perseverance and determination, he became a star.

Early Life: Turmoil on Top of More Turmoil

Sam was raised in his birthplace by famous parents. His mother, Lauren Bacall, was a renowned actress who appeared in iconic titles such as “To Have and Have Not”, “The Big Sleep” and other seminal films from the Golden Age of movies. She won an honorary Oscar in 2009, making her the only winner who was married to two other Oscar winners (more on that later). The American Film Institute named her the 20th greatest actress of classic Hollywood. Jason Robards Jr., Sam’s father, was perhaps an even bigger star, as he has two Academy Awards, a Tony and Emmy Awards to his name, which is an honor exclusive to just 41 actors (15 won a Grammy, in addition to the other three awards). Young Sam was his parents’ only child together, but he had seven half-siblings, including Stephen and Leslie Bogart from his mother’s previous marriage to legendary actor, Humphrey Bogart.

Despite growing up in an artistic household, the atmosphere was far from pleasant. Jason and Lauren argued all the time, with the majority of arguments apparently related to Jason’s alcoholism. In 1969 the two finally divorced, leaving young Samuel isolated and confused by all the changes.

Education and Struggles

During this difficult time, Robards also had his first taste of show business. The court gave his mother full custody, so Sam was forced to accompany her wherever she went, which proved difficult at his age. One evening, Lauren took him to see the stage after a Broadway production of “Applause”.

Sam Robards

He was impressed by the sheer size of the theater, and began dreaming about receiving praise for his performances; unfortunately, he wasn’t able to take acting classes because he traveled a lot. He and Lauren moved to Europe, where he would attend the American School in London from 1972 to 1974. Afterwards they returned to the Big Apple, much to Sam’s joy. Upon matriculation from high school, Sam enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York. Due to many personal problems he had at the time, Robards was expelled after just two semesters, mostly because of his behavior and refusal to study. At this point, he realized it was time to grow up and leave all the trauma and issues behind. In 1980, he completed a course at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; it was precisely the preparation he needed.

Career Beginnings: off-Broadway, Tempest, Fandango, TV 101, Get a Life and More

Attending such an elite program opened up a myriad of doors for Sam, some of which he didn’t even know existed. Immediately after his training, he stepped onto the stage for his official acting debut. Sam was nervous, but ultimately received praise for his role in an off-Broadway production of the hit play “Album”. Encouraged by this step forward, he auditioned for the role of Freddy in the 1982’ “Tempest”, directed by Paul Mazursky. The movie was relatively successful, which helped Sam gain some recognition in Hollywood circles. Later on, he would be featured in “Fandango”, “Not Quite Paradise”, “Spenser: For Hire”, “Bright Lights, Big City” and more. These weren’t significant roles by any means, but Robards was quickly gaining experience, both factors in his eventual stardom.

After “Bird” and “Pancho Barnes”, he landed his first lead role in a series, as Kevin Keegan in “TV 101”. This comedy/drama follows Kevin’s life after a news career, as he teaches kids how to create news programs at a local high school. Critics were impressed by Sam’s performance, so he was cast in “Get a Life” alongside Chris Eliott, foreshadowing a stellar decade.

Making a Name for Himself: Beautiful Girls, Maximum Bob, Spin City, American Beauty

With newly-found motivation, Sam embarked on quite a streak. He first appeared in movies such as “Ready to Wear”, “The Ballad of Little Jo” and “Beautiful Girls”, before moving onto the role of Sheriff Gary Hammond in “Maximum Bob”; his character is still a favorite with fans of the series. He then appeared as Arthur in four episodes of “Spin City” – even after all these years, Arthur is ranked amongst the absolute best characters in the show’s entire existence.

In this part of his career, Sam had nothing left to prove. Instead, he focused on becoming as versatile as possible and it was obvious that he had something going. At the dawn of the new millennium, we could see him in “Sex and the City”, “Bounce” and several TV movies, of which only “On Golden Pond” and “The Hamlet” had international success. In 2001, Robards had perhaps the greatest role of his career in “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”, as Henry Swinton. It was his first significant role in a Hollywood blockbuster, and he delivered a stunning performance, amassing rave reviews. In the following years, Sam toned it down with movies, and focused on various series.

Showing Off: The West Wing, Law & Order, Gossip Girl

In 2004, everyone was surprised to see Robards in “The West Wing” as Greg Brock, but he once again proved that no role is impossible for him to master. Three years later, he was Howard “The Captain” Archibald, in the massively popular series “Gossip Girl”. This particular role endeared him to younger fans who weren’t acquainted with his previous work. Afterwards, he was in “CSI: Miami” for a single episode, followed by a series of movies such as “The Rebound”, “Perestroika”, and “Che: Part One”. While he was already established as a film actor, his goal for the 2010s decade was to expand his small-screen portfolio. As such, he made appearances in “Law & Order”, “Vamped Out”, “Body of Proof” and others.

On top of all this, he had a series of impressive performances as Tim Feeny in “Treme”, a show about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina throughout Louisiana. In “Twisted”, he took on the part of Kyle Masterson, capping off the show’s only season. As for the last few years, we could see him in “The Late Bloomer”, “Where is Kyra?” and “Limitless”.

Personal Life: Is Sam Robards Married? Does He Have Children?

While shooting Kevin Reynolds’ “Fandango”, Sam fell in love with co-star Suzy Amis Cameron, and proceeded to marry her in 1986. Together, they have a boy named Jasper (b. April 1990). However, various problems and differences lead the two to a divorce in 1994.

Just three years later, Sam married Danish beauty Sidsel Jensen, with whom he lives to this day. He wanted to honor his model wife, so the ceremony was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the presence of all their family and friends. They have two boys together, Sebastian and Calvin.

More About His Siblings

We’ve already mentioned that Sam has an astonishing seven step-siblings. Most presume that he is not on good terms with those from his father’s side, but it is also known that he is quite close to Stephen Humphrey Bogart and Leslie Bogart, his mother’s children with Humphrey Bogart. The two married in Ohio, on the property of Louis Bromfield, who was Humphrey’s close friend. Their marriage lasted from 1945 to 1967 – Lauren proceeded to start a relationship with Frank Sinatra after Bogart passed away.

Stephen Bogart has managed to elude the spotlight, mostly because he had a child at the age of 21. ‘Emotionally, I was a lot younger than 21, so the last thing I needed was public pressure.’ Leslie, his sister, also chose a life away from all the fanfare. She worked as a nurse early in her career, before becoming a licensed yoga instructor in several traditions.

Net Worth: How Rich is Sam Robards?

Per MarriedBiography, Sam Robards has a net worth of approximately $4 million, as of October 2019.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Sam Robards?

Sam Robards is 5ft 9in (175cm) tall, weighs around 171lbs (78kgs), while having blue eyes and dark brown hair.

General Info

Full NameSam Robards
Date Of BirthDecember 16, 1961
EducationSarah Lawrence College


SpouseSidsel Jensen, Suzy Amis Cameron
ChildrenJasper Robards, Sebastian Robards, Calvin Robards
ParentsLauren Bacall, Jason Robards
SiblingsStephen Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard Bogart, Jason Robards III, Jake Robards, Shannon Robards, David Robards, Sarah Louise Robards


NominationsTony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
MoviesA.I. Artificial Intelligence, American Beauty, Awake, The Art of Getting By, Catch That Kid, Fandango, The Rebound, Life as a House, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Not Quite Paradise, Casualties of War, Tempest, The Ballad of Little Jo, Into Thin Air, Bird, The Other Side of the Tracks, Black a...
TV ShowsTwisted, Maximum Bob, Get a Life, TV 101

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1My parents made certain I had no illusions about acting. To them it was always just a job.


1Studied at the National Theater Institute at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center when he was 19.
2He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
3Godson of Katharine Hepburn.
4Half-brother of Jake Robards and Shannon Robards.
5Nominated for Broadway's 2002 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for Arthur Miller's "The Man Who Had All the Luck."
6Half-brother of Jason Robards III, Leslie Bogart and Stephen H. Bogart.
7Has a son, Jasper (b. 1990), with ex-wife Suzy Amis and two sons, Calvin (b. 1999) and Sebastian (b. 2001) with Sidsel Jensen.
8Grandson of Jason Robards Sr.
9Son of Jason Robards and Lauren Bacall.




Broken Links2016completedJack
The Late Bloomer2016Dr. Lawson
Limitless2015TV SeriesMiles Amos
Grand Street2014Gary
Twisted2013-2014TV SeriesKyle Masterson
Treme2012-2013TV SeriesTim Feeny
Gossip Girl2007-2012TV SeriesHowie 'The Captain' Archibald
The Good Wife2011TV SeriesJarvis Bowes
Blue Bloods2011TV SeriesRoger Carson
Body of Proof2011TV SeriesBradford Paige
The Art of Getting By2011Jack Sargent
Vamped Out2010TV SeriesAudition Actor #1
Law & Order1993-2009TV SeriesDavis Webb / Daniel Hendricks
Company Retreat2009Ron Gable
The Rebound2009Frank
Che: Part One2008Tad Szulc
The Other Side of the Tracks2008David
Awake2007Clayton Beresford Sr.
CSI: Miami2006TV SeriesMitchell Collett
The West Wing2004-2005TV SeriesGreg Brock
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2004TV SeriesPaul Whitlock
Clubhouse2004TV SeriesBennet
Surviving Eden2004Gary Gold
Catch That Kid2004Tom
The Blackwater Lightship2004TV MoviePaul
My Life with Men2003TV MovieJess Zebrowski
Obsessed2002TV MovieDavid Stillman
Life as a House2001David Dokos
A.I. Artificial Intelligence2001Henry Swinton
On Golden Pond2001TV MovieBill Ray
The Warden2001TV MovieAxel
Hamlet2000/IITV MovieFortinbras
Bounce2000Todd Exner
Sex and the City2000TV SeriesTom Reymi
Black and Blue1999TV MovieMike Riordan
American Beauty1999Jim Berkley
Spin City1998-1999TV SeriesArthur
Love from Ground Zero1998Henry (voice)
Maximum Bob1998TV SeriesSheriff Gary Hammond
Dinner and Driving1997Frank
The Man Who Captured Eichmann1996TV MovieDavid
Beautiful Girls1996Steve Rossmore
Donor Unknown1995TV MovieDr. David Bausch
The Outer Limits1995TV SeriesBen Kohler
Ready to Wear1994Regina's Assistant
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle1994Harold Ross
The Ballad of Little Jo1993Jasper Hill
Get a Life1990-1991TV SeriesLarry Potter
Casualties of War1989Chaplain Kirk
TV 1011988-1989TV SeriesKevin Keegan
Pancho Barnes1988TV MovieGene McKendry
Bright Lights, Big City1988Rich Vanier
Into Thin Air1985TV MovieStephen Walker
Spenser: For Hire1985TV SeriesChip Holmby
Not Quite Paradise1985Mike
Fandango1985Kenneth Waggener
Moving Right Along1983TV Series 1983
Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number1983TV Movie


Jesus Cooks Me Breakfast2007Short executive producer / producer


Twisted: Socio Studies 1012013TV Movie thanks
Manderlay2005the production wishes to thank


The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Featured Actor in a Play
Acting A.I.: A Portrait of David2002Video shortHimself
The Daily Show2001TV SeriesHimself
The Trial of Adolf Eichmann1997TV Movie documentaryAvraham Aviel (voice)


Nominated Awards

1983Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureTempest (1982)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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