Sam Whipple

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Sam Whipple
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Sampson E. Whipple

(1960-09-25)September 25, 1960
DiedJune 3, 2002(2002-06-03) (aged 41)

Sampson E. Whipple (September 25, 1960 – June 3, 2002) was an American actor best remembered for his role as Dr. John Ballard on the TV series Seven Days.

His credits include The Doors, Airheads, This Is Spinal Tap and The Rock. He also appeared in television shows such as Open All Night,[1] The Larry Sanders Show, Seinfeld, and Home Improvement.

On June 3, 2002, Whipple died at age 41 after a two-year battle with cancer.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Grad Night Gary
1981-1982 Open All Night Terry Hoffmeister 13 episodes
1982 Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again Produce Man
1984 This Is Spinal Tap Recording Engineer Uncredited
1984 Buffalo Bill Karl Shub, Jr. 2 episodes
1984 The World of Don Camillo Gigio
1984 Family Ties Jack Driscoll / Bill 2 episodes
1985 Moonlighting Kathleen's One-night Stand Episode: "Somewhere Under the Rainbow"
1986 Blue City Jailer
1986 ALF Sam Episode: "On the Road Again"
1987 Newhart Sam Episode: "My Two and Only"
1990 Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Jughead Jones TV movie
1991 The Doors Ed Sullivan's producer
1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Bert Jeeter TV movie
1992 The Larry Sanders Show Makeup Artist 5 episodes
1993 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Reverend Gandin Episode: "Musso: A Wedding"
1994 Airheads Personal Manager
1996 The Great White Hype Artie
1996 The Rock Larry Henderson
1997 Delivery Mr. Mackintosh
1998 NYPD Blue Willy Episode: "A Box of Wendy"
1998 Seinfeld Phone Guy #1 Episode: "The Maid"
1998-2000 Seven Days Dr. John Ballard 30 episodes
2001 Last Ride Snowboard Rep


  1. ^ Handler, David (March 3, 1982). "'Open All Night' is weird -- but good". The Madison Courier. Madison, IN. p. B7. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Dailey, Ashley (8 July 2002). "Sam Whipple". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 14 November 2018.

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