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Samuel Prideaux Robards is an American actor best known for his role as Captain Archibald, Nate’s strict father, in the television series “Gossip Girl.” He is the only child of Jason Robards, Jr. and Lauren Bacall, a Hollywood couple who later divorced and went their separate ways. He struggled in school and was expelled, but he was able to attend the National Theatre Institute and study drama at HB Studios to prepare for a career as an actor. He has built a name for himself on stage as well as in films and television shows. He has the distinction of appearing in two films alongside both of his parents. He was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his early work, and he was later nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor for his role in the Broadway play “The Man Who Had All the Luck.” Suzy Amis, his first wife, divorced him, and he later married Danish model Sidsel Jensen. He has two sons from his current wife and a son from his prior marriage.

Childhood and Adolescence

Jason Robards, Jr. and Lauren Bacall gave birth to Sam Prideaux Robards on December 16, 1961 in New York City. His parents divorced because of his father’s severe drinking, and he is their only child. He was only eight at the time.
His father was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy who went on to become an award-winning stage and film actor in the United States. He also made several television appearances. Lauren Bacall was his third wife out of four. His mother was a well-known actress and vocalist during the Golden Age of Hollywood. She was previously married to Humphrey Bogart, a famous actor 25 years her older.

From both of his parents, Sam Robards has three half-brothers and two half-sisters. Despite his parents’ divorce, his siblings are close because of their mother’s influence. He attended Sarah Lawrence College, a private liberal arts college in Southern Westchester County, New York, but had to drop out due to poor grades and bad behavior. In 1980, he went to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centre in Waterford, Connecticut, to study at the National Theatre Institute. He also studied acting at Greenwich Village’s HB Studio and began to take life more seriously.

Sam was a charming and easygoing young man who had no intention of becoming an actress. His parents, on the other hand, pushed him to pursue a career in show business and provided him with unwavering support as he established himself in the field. At the same time, they warned him about the fierce competition and made it apparent that success in acting required hard work.

Career of Sam

In 1980, he made his professional debut on stage in an Off-Broadway production of the play ‘Album.’ He subsequently went on to star in Paul Mazursky’s 1982 feature picture ‘Tempest,’ in which he played the suitor of Molly Ringwald and had an outstanding performance. He appeared in the film ‘Bright Lights – Big City’ with his father, which was their sole on-screen appearance together until his father died of lung cancer in the year 2000. In 1993, he co-starred with his mother in the film ‘Pret-a-Porter.’

The next year, he portrayed Harold Ross, a journalist, in Alan Rudolph’s biography film ‘Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle.’ He was already a well-known actor by then, and he appeared in a number of films over the next several years, including ‘American Beauty,’ ‘Casualties of War,’ and ‘The Other Side of the Tracks.’ His voice was also used in the documentary ‘The Trial of Adolph Eichmann.’

Robards followed in his father’s footsteps to Broadway, where he featured in a number of plays, including “The Man Who Had All the Luck” and “The 39 Steps.” With a lead role in NBC’s ‘Jacob Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number,’ he made his TV movie debut. He also had recurring parts on television shows such as ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent,’ and ‘The West Wing,’ among others.

Major Projects of Sam Robards

‘Fandango,’ ‘Beautiful Girls,’ ‘Life as a House,’ ‘A.I. Artificial Inelegance,’ and ‘The Art of Getting By’ are among his film credits. ‘The Man Who Had All the Luck,’ ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ and ‘The 39 Steps’ are among his most well-known stage performances. He has been in the television shows ‘Twisted,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘The Outer Limits,’ TV 101, and ‘Sex and the City.’

Achievements & Awards

In 1983, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award. In 2002, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor for his performance in Arthur Miller’s Broadway play “The Man Who Had All the Luck.”

Personal History and Legacy

Hie married Suzy Amis, a former actress, environmental activist, and model, in 1986, but the couple divorced after eight years. Jasper, their son, was born in April 1990. Suzy later married James Cameron, a film director.
Robards married Danish model and actress Sidsel Jensen in 1997 after a long courtship. In Copenhagen, Denmark, the wedding ceremony took place. Calvin and Sebastian are their two sons.

Estimated Net Worth

Sam Robards is an American actor with a net worth of $4 million. Sam Robards was born in December 1961 in New York City, New York. Jason Robards, Jr. and Lauren Bacall, both actresses, were his parents.


During the filming of ‘Fandango,’ he met his first wife, Suzy Amis.
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