Sam Robards
Name Sam Prideaux Robards
Birthplace New York City, New York
Date of Birth December 16, 1961 (age 56)
Role on Gossip Girl

Howard 'The Captain' Archibald

Sam Prideaux Robards (born December 16, 1961) is an American actor.


Robards was born in New York City, the son of actor Jason Robards, Jr. and actress Lauren Bacall. He is an alumnus of Sarah Lawrence College. In the fall of 1980, he attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.


He began his acting career in 1980 in an off-Broadway production of Album, and made his feature film debut in director Paul Mazursky's 1982 film Tempest.

Robards appeared alongside his father in 1988's Bright Lights, Big City, in their only film collaboration (his father died in 2000). He co-starred with his mother in the 1993 Robert Altman film Prêt-à-Porter. He portrayed Harold Ross, first editor of The New Yorker, in the Dorothy Parker biographical film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle in 1994 for writer-director Alan Rudolph. His film résumé also includes FandangoCasualties of WarAmerican BeautyBeautiful GirlsA.I. Artificial IntelligenceLife as a HouseThe Other Side of the Tracks and The Art of Getting By.

In the theatre, Robards was nominated for Broadway's 2002 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) for Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All the Luck. In July 2008, Robards took over the role of Richard Hannay in the New York City theatrical run of The 39 Steps.

Robards's television credits include a recurring role on Get a Life as well as appearances on Spin CityThe West WingLaw & OrderLaw & Order: Criminal IntentSex and the CityThe Outer Limits, and Body of Proof. His recent projects included recurring roles on the series Gossip Girl (ended in 2012) and Treme (ended in 2013), and a regular role on Twisted (cancelled in 2014).

Personal Life

He married fellow actor Suzy Amis in 1986 with whom he appeared alongside Kevin Costner in Fandango. Their marriage produced a son, Jasper, and ended in divorce in 1994. In 1997, Robards married the Danish model Sidsel Jensen. They have two sons, Calvin and Sebastian.



Movie Role Year Notes
Tempest Freddy 1982
Fandango Kenneth Waggner 1985
Not Quite Paradise Mike 1985
Bright Lights, Big City Rich Vanier 1988
Bird Moscowitz 1988
Casualties of War Chaplain Kirk 1989
The Ballad of Little Jo Jasper Hill 1993
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Cycle Harold Ross 1994
Ready to Wear Regina's Assistant 1994
Beautiful Girls Steve Rossmore 1996
Dinner and Driving Frank 1997
Love from Ground Zero Henry 1998 Voice
American Beauty Jim Berkley 1999
Bounce Todd Exner 2000
A.I. Artificial Intelligence Henry Swinton 2001
Life as a House David Dokos 2001
Catch That Kid Tom 2004
Surviving Eden Gary Gold 2004
Marmalade Roger 2004
Awake Clayton Beresford Sr. 2007
The Other Side of the Tracks David 2008
Che: Part One Tad Szulc 2008
Perestroika Sasha 2009
The Rebound Frank 2009
Company Retreat Ron Gable 2009
The Art of Getting By Jack Sargent 2011
Grand Street Gary 2014
The Late Bloomer Dr. Lawson 2016
Broken Links Jack 2016
Where Is Kyra? 2017


Show Role Year(s) Notes
Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number 1983 Television film
Moving Right Along 1983
Spenser: For Hire Chip Holmby 1985
Into Thin Air Stephen Walker 1985 Television film
Pancho Barnes Gene McKendry 1988 Television film
TV 101 Kevin Keegan 1988-89 13 episodes
Get a Life Larry Potter 1990-91 24 episodes
Law & Order Davis Webb

Daniel Hendricks



Episode: "Fed"

Episode: "Apocrypha"

The Outer Limits Ben Kohler 1995 Episode: "Living Hell"
Donor Unknown Dr. David Bausch 1995 Television film
The Man Who Captured Eichmann David 1996 Television film
Maximum Bob Sheriff Gary Hammond 1998 7 episodes
Spin City Arthur 1998-99
Black and Blue Mike Riordan 1999 Television film
Sex and the City Tom Reymi 2000 Episode: "Running with Scissors"
Hamlet Fortinbras 2000 Television film
The Warden Axel 2001 Television film
On Golden Pond Bill Ray 2001 Television film
Obsessed David Stillman 2002 Television film
My Life with Men Jess Zebrowski 2003 Television film
The Blackwater Lightship Paul 2004 Television film
Clubhouse Bennet 2004 Episode: "Chin Music"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Paul Whitlock 2004 Episode: "Magnificat"
The West Wing Greg Brock 2004-05 8 episodes
CSI: Miami Mitchell Collett 2006 Episode: "Dead Air"
Gossip Girl Howard 'The Captain' Archibald 2007-2012 Recurring role; 16 episodes
Vamped Out Audition Actor #1 2010 Episode: "A New Day"
Body of Proof Bradford Paige 2011 Episode: "Pilot"
Blue Bloods Roger Carson 2011 Episode: "My Funny Valentine"
The Good Wife Jarvis Bowes 2011 Episode: "Killer Song"
Treme Tim Feeny 2012-13 11 episodes
Twisted Kyle Masterson 2013-14 19 episodes
Limitless Miles Amos 2015 Episode: "Badge! Gun!"
Kids Who Kill Rendell Locke Episode: "#1.1"
Deadlier Than the Male In pre-production
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