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Samm Levine

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Birth nameSamuel Franklin Levine
Birth dateMarch 12, 1982(age 34)
Place of birthChicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Samuel Franklin "Samm" Levine (born March 12, 1982) is an American television and film actor. He is known for his portrayal of Neal Schweiber on NBC's short-lived Freaks and Geeks and PFC Hirschberg in the hit 2009 film Inglourious Basterds. Samm has said that Quentin Tarantino was a fan of Freaks and Geeks and used it as a way of introducing himself to the director, which was instrumental in getting the role in Inglourious Basterds.

Levine was born in Chicago, Illinois, but raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey. His father is a dentist (just like the father of his character, Neal Schweiber, in Freaks and Geeks). Levine is the youngest member of the New York Friars' Club. He added an extra 'M' to his name because his actors guild already had a listing for a 'Sam Levine'.

Levine was cast as a character in the sixth and final season of ABC's Lost only as a small role that was written for him by the Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. Lindelof has apparently for the last six years been saying, 'I'm going to write you something on the show'. He was then cast as a clerk in the twelfth episode called "Everybody Loves Hugo."

Levine is also the sidekick on the internet talk show Kevin Pollak's Chat Show.

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 Little Wolverine. 2011 was called "The Summer of Samm" due to the fact that he plays the game so frequently and with such ferocious competitiveness.

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