Sam serves as Co-Artistic Director of The Road Theatre Company as well as a member of the Artistic Board.
Sam is most recently known as Bernard on ABC’s megahit LOST. In a film and television career spanning thirty years and close to 200 roles, some of his favorites are the Principal in FORREST GUMP, the lethal attorney Holland Manners in ANGEL, Donna’s racist father in LA BAMBA, Dr. Fonzie in FRIENDS, the befuddled FBI agent in EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, as well as his participation in “event” television projects FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON as Dr. Tom Paine, head of NASA, and Stephen King’s THE STAND as Whitney. His role as the arrogant cardiologist Dr. Kaysen on E.R. earned him a SAG Award (Best Ensemble). Road credits include his Ovation-winning leading turn as the father in NAPOLI MILLIONARIA, THE BIRD & MISTER BANKS (Ovation nomination). Other local work includes: Odyssey Theatre (ROAD TO NIRVANA – LA Weekly Best Actor), TAKING SIDES, RHINOCEROS, David Mamet’s EDMOND – LA Weekly, Backstage West Awards); LATC, where Sam originated the role of Finney in Marlene Meyer’s KINGFISH and was directed by Simon Callow in Milan Kundera’s JACQUES AND HIS MASTER.
His directing credits include AS WHITE AS O and the world premiere of Mark Eisman’s SHOVE at the Road (LA Weekly Best Director nomination). He was co-director of Development for the Wesley School in its first years of existence, and is a graduate of the LA Grantsmanship Institute. He has an MA in American Literature and Creative Writing and is a proud member of the Mystery Writers of America. He teaches a professional Scene Study workshop and often guest lectures on acting for various schools. His own studies include two years at Descanso Garden’s Master Class in Horticulture, yoga, Tai Chi and ten years with the legendary director and teacher Jose Quintero. He is the proud father of 16 year old twins.