Sam is left-handed.
Sam was captain of his high school football and baseball teams at Whitefish Bay High School.
Sam's favorite movie is Miller's Crossing.
He played baseball for the Princeton Tigers.
He has two older sisters.
He was named by People Magazine in their "Most Eligible Bachelors" list In 2002.
He used to play in the NBA's Entertainment League.
His height is 6' (1.83 m).
At Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1998, Sam wrote his senior thesis on female mating preferences in the Eastern mosquito fish. It was published in the science journal Current Biology. He graduated with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, and also played on the school's baseball team. He stands at 6 feet tall.
Sam: (advice to people who want to get into acting business) Get into it with everything you have. Learn as much about every aspect as you can.
Sam: (when he knew he wanted to become an actor) It was during my senior year at Princeton. I came home and told my mom and dad I was moving to Hollywood to become an actor. I don't think the mystique of the "struggling actor" was the allure for me. When I arrived in California, I knew I had a lot to learn as an actor, as opposed to someone who had already made acting an art for him or herself. You see pretty quickly there are some guys that have it and some that do not.
Sam: (about his first impression of Hollywood) One thing I found out after being in Hollywood for four years is that success doesn't just "happen" to anybody. It's good copy in magazines to say this guy was picked up off the street or he drove his friend to an audition and he ended up getting the part. But that doesn't happen.