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Samuel Prideaux Robards
December 16, 1961
New York City, U.S.
Suzy Amis Cameron
(m. 1986; div. 1994)
Robards was born in New York City, the son of actor Jason Robards, Jr. (1922-2000) and actress Lauren Bacall (1924-2014). He is the only child from their marriage, though he has seven-half siblings; five through his father (three elder, two younger), and through his mother's marriage to Humphrey Bogart, half-siblings Stephen and Leslie Bogart. Robards was seven when his parents divorced, which Bacall later blamed on the elder Robards' alcoholism. Robards recalled he was devastated by the divorce, and said he was raised "basically alone." Afterwards, he resided with his mother in New York. Several years after the divorce from Robards Sam moved to Europe with his mother and for a time lived in London England during '72-'74 attending the American School in London before moving on to other destinations before eventually returning to New York with his mother.
Robards attended Sarah Lawrence College, but was expelled after his freshman year due to poor grades and bad behavior. In the fall of 1980, he attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.
Robards 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. In 1985, Robards starred alongside Kevin Costner and future spouse Suzy Amis Cameron in Fandango. Robards acted opposite his father in the 1988 film Bright Lights, Big City, which ended up being their only collaboration before his death in 2000. That same year, he landed the leading role of Kevin Keegan in the CBS drama TV 101; however, being scheduled opposite Top 10 hits Roseanne and 'Matlock, the series was cancelled amidst a controversial abortion story line.
In 1990, he gained the role of Chris Elliott's friend, Larry, on the Fox sitcom Get a Life. However, Robards left after the first season, in the midst of a creative transition. In 1994, Robards starred in two films: Robert Altman's film Prêt-à-Porter, where he was a part of an ensemble cast that included his mother; and Alan Rudolph's biographical film of Dorothy Parker, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, where he portrayed the first editor of The New Yorker, Harold Ross.
Robards's television credits include a recurring role on and appearances on Spin City, The West Wing, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Sex and the City, The 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).
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.
In 1986, he married actress Suzy Amis Cameron, his co-star in Fandango. Their marriage produced a son, Jasper, before their divorce in 1994. In 1997, Robards married Danish model Sidsel Jensen. They have two sons, Calvin and Sebastian.
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