Sam Robards


Sam Robards Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Sam Robards first stage kiss was in Album with Jan Leslie Harding.

    • Sam Robards has worked with each of his parents on one project. His father in 1988's Bright Lights, Big City and with his mother in 1993's Prêt-à-Porter.

    • Sam Robards was the executive producer on 2007's comedic short Jesus Cooks Me Breakfast.

    • In 2002, Sam Robards was nominated at the Tony Awards for Best Actor/Featured Role-Play for his part in The Man Who Had All the Luck.

    • Sam Robards says the worst job he ever had was counting earrings.

    • Sam Robards favorite pre-show meal is a protein shake, but for after the show he prefers a cheeseburger.

    • Sam Robards guilty pleasure is watching The Soup.

    • In 2005, Sam Robards was in Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre's production of Absurb Peron Singular in New York.

    • In 2002, Sam Robards played Gustav Eberson in American Airlines Theater's production of The Man Who Had All the Luck in New York.

    • Sam Robards has been married twice. Once to Suzy Amis from 1986 to 1994 with who he had one child and then to Sidsel Jence from 1997 through the present and has two children with her.

    • Sam is the son of actors Lauren Bacall and Jason Robards.

    • In 1983, Sam was nominated Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Tempest (1982).

    • Sam is the half brother of Leslie Bogart and Stephen H. Bogart. He is also the half brother of Jake Robards and Shannon Robards.

  • Quotes

    • Sam Robards: When I was 19, I had just been kicked out of college and figured I'd give it [acting] a try and see what happens. I didn't want to wake up when I was 40 and go, "Aw, man, I should have done that." And I got lucky. I got some work and then kept on working. I sucked at a lot of stuff but was okay at others. Eventually my dad told me to never quit.

    • Sam Robards:(On the success of "Gossip Girl") Early on, I told a couple of those guys to hang on and enjoy the ride, because I could just see it happening. At midnight there'd be a hundred girls on their cell phones across the street from where we were shooting. When I came back for the final episode, it was a totally different universe. There were kids all over the place, just screaming. Security everywhere. It was a chuckle. For those guys, that's life-changing. A year and a half ago, nothing was going on, and now it'll never be the same for them. For now.

    • Sam Robards:(About problems with the media) Personally, I've had no problems, knock on wood! But people are going to write what they're going to write. I have never been the one to walk down the street with 50 paparazzi. I think that would suck. It would harsh my mellow!

    • Sam Robards:(About the physical aspects of "39 Steps") After seeing the show and [Edwards'] level of exhaustion after each performance I knew that that would be a challenge. At the end of the first act, I actually have to come back to my dressing room and completely change all of my clothes. Seriously, they're soaking wet. I have four suits, and the only thing I keep on for the second act are my shoes. Socks, underwear-all soaked through. It's a three-piece suit, plus a coat and hats during the train scenes, running, jumping, falling, climbing. But it's great to be able to do physical stuff like that, because God knows at some point you won't be able to anymore.

    • Sam Robards: My eldest wants to be a fireman! He says to me, "I want to come home to the same house, every night, same wife, same job!" He wants a routine. They've learned that.

    • Sam Robards:(On if his parents support his acting career) Yes and no. They were like, "If you want to do it, do it. We'll help you." And I said, "Great," but I didn't really want their help. I would always ask for any pearls of wisdom they had, but of course they were a bit closed-lipped about that. But it's that thing we were talking about earlier: celebrity vs. everything else. I just want to do good work. Art and commerce are two very separate things, and most of what we do is commerce. Which is fine; you've got to pay the bills! But once in a while you get to do some art, so you need to put yourself in a position to get those kinds of jobs, sometimes by doing things you don't want to do. I don't have the luxury of having given amazing performances at 19 and 20, so I've had to work for a lot.

    • Sam Robards:(On growing up around fame) Well, it was a little different when I was growing up. My mother [Lauren Bacall] came out of a system where the media was in the pockets of the studios and could only report what they had permission to report. That system obviously has come to an end, but I guess I always viewed all of it as business. You'd be sitting around at home and talking about this guy or that show, and then we'd come backstage and watch it from the wings or be on the set, and in that sense [to me] it was always just a job. My parents also had a level of notoriety that I have never had.

    • Sam Robards:(On taking a role on "Gossip Girl") I needed the money! Listen, I had a day on the pilot episode. Two lines! I was like, "All right, I'm in New York, I just got back, I'll do it. I don't know what the hell's going on." All of a sudden they want me for another one, and another and another. Suddenly [my character] is doing blow, swilling whiskey, punching his kid! I'm walking down the street and girls are going, "Omigod, are you Nate's dad?!" Then Chace Crawford and I were walking out of a townhouse one day while we were shooting, and there were just hundreds of these girls lining the street screaming, "Chace! Is that Chace?" And one of them nearby answers, "No, that's the old one." I was like, "The old one? Oh, you're 12-of course I'm the old one!

    • Sam Robards:(On avoiding the media) Well, I grew up with it. Listen, if you're going to be an actor, some degree of notoriety is helpful in enabling you to continue to work. But celebrity is a whole other beast. I can't do it. I like having to wait in line or being told to fuck off! And I don't like to work as much [as stardom requires]. You get into this thing where you're always going to another 'thing': You've got an appointment, you appear at this, you have to be at that. It's funny. There've been [opportunities] where I've looked something over and go, 'You know, I'm not going to be able to do this and still look myself in the mirror.'

    • Sam Robards: The one commercial I did, we played Washington's men at Valley Forge and we sailed down the Delaware River with Styrofoam icebergs and I pushed a cannon up the hill.

    • Sam Robards: I would like to have seen my grandfather on stage or anything that John Wilkes Booth was in.

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