Samm Levine

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Samm Levine
Born Samuel Franklin Levine
(1982-03-12) March 12, 1982 (age 34)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor, Comedian
Years active 1997–present

Samuel Franklin "Samm" Levine (born March 12, 1982) is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his portrayal of Neal Schweiber on NBC's short-lived Freaks and Geeks and PFC Hirschberg in the 2009 film Inglourious Basterds. He has said that Inglourious Basterds director Quentin Tarantino was a fan of Freaks and Geeks, and he used it as a way of introducing himself to the director, which was instrumental in getting the role in Inglourious Basterds.[1] Levine is also the sidekick and fill-in host on the internet talk show Kevin Pollak's Chat Show.

Early life[edit]

Levine was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Lynne, a mortgage broker, and Harris Levine, a dentist.[2][3] He was raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Levine used to date web creator and comedian Gaby Dunn.[6]

Career[edit]

Levine began doing stand up comedy at Bar Mitzvahs at the age 12. At one, Lisa Kudrow was present and advised him that he should start auditioning in Manhattan.[7]

When Levine began his acting career, he added the extra M to his name as there was already a Sam Levine registered with the Screen Actors Guild.[citation needed]

Levine was cast as a character in the sixth and final season of ABC's Lost in a small role that was written for him by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. Lindelof had frequently told Levine, "I'm going to write you something on the show". Levine played a clerk in the twelfth episode, "Everybody Loves Hugo."[8]

He also regularly appears on Doug Benson's Doug Loves Movies podcasts and fills in as host of the Leonard Maltin Game when not taped in front of a live studio audience so Doug can play the game as a contestant. Benson has nicknamed Levine both "Samm the Ma'am Levine" and "Lil' Wolverine".[9][10] Benson referred to 2011 as "The Summer of Samm" because Levine played the game so frequently and competitively.

Levine has also been a regular participant on Kevin Pollak's Chat Show since the 1st episode on March 22, 2009, when he was the second guest. He was a guest on Episode 19 as well, just as the show was about to evolve to one guest for the duration of an episode. For all but a handful of nearly 200 episodes (and counting), he has sat by the side of Jaime Fox, Pollak's partner (not to be confused with Jamie Foxx, aka Eric Bishop), and provided commentary and banter during the opening segments before the guest is introduced. In addition, he conducts the game "Who Tweeted ?" between Pollak and his guest.

In February 2014, Levine was voted 99th in VH1's Top 100 Child Stars.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Arty (voice) Uncredited
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Bruce
2002 Following Tildy Video Lover Short film
2002 Strippers Pole Actor Short film
2003 National Lampoon's Barely Legal Roger
2004 Club Dread Dirk
2004 Frenching Marty Short film
2006 Pulse Tim
2006 Life Is Short Gene Short film
2007 Sydney White Spanky
2009 Made for Each Other Mike
2009 Inglourious Basterds Private First Class Hirschberg
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Convenience Store Clerk
2009 Ollie Klublershturf vs the Nazis Dade Klublershturf Short film
2010 Drones Clark
2010 Anderson's Cross Unknown
2010 Columbus Circle Bank Manager
2010 Sunday Punch Charlie Short film
2012 Can't Wait for the Movies: Spider-Man Peter Parker / Spider-Man Short film
2013 Jobs Apple Designer #1
2013 Miss Dial Pranked Caller
2015 Sidewalk Traffic Johnny Kaye
2015 Vacation Festival Dude Sam Uncredited
2015 Promoted Jacob Silver
2015 The Night Is Young Topher
2015 Safety School Moses Abelman Short film
2016 WTF: World Thumbwrestling Federation Marley Kaufmann Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 One Life to Live Hector 1 episode
1999 Strip Poker Writer
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Neal Schweiber 18 episodes
2000 Life's Too Short Caleb Kohler
2000 Ed Kevin Schwartz / Kid #1 2 episodes
2000 The Trouble with Normal Keith Kegler Episode: "Speech! Speech!"
2000 Spin City Young Paul Episode: "Lost and Found"
2000 Yes, Dear Manager Episode: "All I Want for Christmas Is My Dead Uncle's Cash"
2000 Freedom Zak Episode: "Lonewolf"
2001 Bette Robb Episode: "The Invisible Mom"
2001 Just Shoot Me! Sid Greenberg Episode: "Sid & Nina"
2001 The Steve Harvey Show Arthur Rabinowitz 2 episodes
2001 Boston Public Manny Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Three"
2001 Undeclared Books 2 episodes
2002 Raising Dad Adam Travers Episode: "The Math Problem"
2002 Maybe It's Me Forrest DiRico 2 episodes
2002 What I Like About You Sheldon Episode: "Copy That"
2002 The Drew Carey Show Jake Episode: "Drew's Girl Friday"
2002 Homeward Bound Stewart Roth Television film
2002–2004 Fillmore! Horace / Young Man /
Store Employee #1 / Nicky (voices)
3 episodes
2003 That's So Raven Marvin Episode: "Saving Psychic Rave"
2003 That '70s Show Lance Crawford Episode: "Trampled Under Foot"
2003 Regular Joe Sweaty 2 episodes
2003 The Mayor Pecky Television film
2004 Johnny Bravo Klangor (voice) Episode: "Mini JB/Back from the Future"
2004 I'm with Her Rodney Episode: "Drama Queen"
2004 Quintuplets Hugo Episode: "Date Night"
2004 Life As We Know It Bernard Sachs 4 episodes
2005 Eve Ben Episode: "Moral Minority"
2005 How I Met Your Mother Phil Episode: "Okay Awesome"
2005–2006 Still Standing Douglas 2 episodes
2006 My Name Is Earl Tom Episode: "The Professor"
2006 Entourage Reggie Episode: "One Day in the Valley"
2006 Veronica Mars Samuel Horshack Episode: "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"
2006 Family Guy Joey (voice) Episode: "Saving Private Brian"
2007 Derek and Simon Sam 2 episodes
2009 Hank Brandon Episode: "Drag Your Daughter to Work Day"
2009–2015 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Himself 186 episodes
2010 Lost Clerk Episode: "Everybody Loves Hugo"
2010 Yo Gabba Gabba! Samm Episode: "Flying"
2010 Vamped Out Billy Goldborg 6 episodes
2010–2012 NCIS NCIS Agent Cashier Fred Seymour 2 episodes
2011 90210 Moderator Episode: "Nerdy Little Secrets"
2011 Modern Family Josh Episode: "Hit and Run"
2012 Breaking In Henry Shaw 2 episodes
2012 The Aquabats! Super Show! Henry Shaw 2 episodes
2012 Necessary Roughness Josh Miller Episode: "Mr. Irrelevant"
2013 TMI Hollywood Various Episode: "TMI's First Anniversary Show"
2013 Do No Harm Josh Stern 11 episodes
2013 Liv and Maddie Chambers Episode: "Steal-a-Rooney"
2014 Person of Interest Owen Matthews Episode: "4C"
2014 Warehouse 13 Scott Mohr Episode: "Endless"
2014 Selfie Terrence 5 episiodes
2015 Kirby Buckets Zorro Episode: "All Hands on Dexter"
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Arty (voice) 7 episodes
2015 Drunk History Wayne Wheeler Episode: "Cleveland"
2015 Love Handles Samm Episode: "Vanilla"
2016 Childrens Hospital Chuggy Simple Episode: "Doctor Beth"
2016 K.C. Undercover Noah Episode: "Catch Him If You Can"
2016 Another Period Chadwick Episode: "Harvard"
2016 Mutt & Stuff Johnny in Charge Episode: "Amusement Bark"
2016 Crunch Time Connor 6 episodes

Written works[edit]

  • Strip Poker (1999)

References[edit]

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