Angus Sampson

Angus Sampson (born 1979)[1] is an Australian actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his performances in the Insidious film series, The Mule, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the Peabody-winning second season of Fargo.

Angus Sampson
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Sampson in 2016
Born1978/1979 (age 43–44)
Sydney, Australia
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active1998–present

Early lifeEdit

Sampson was born in Sydney, Australia, and was educated at Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill and at The Armidale School in northern New South Wales. He graduated from the AWARD School in 2002.[2]



Sampson's acting career launched in 1996 with role as Dylan Lewis's sidekick on Recovery,[3] an ABC youth music show. Later television jobs include roles on The Secret Life of Us, The 10:30 Slot,[3] and Greeks on the Roof.[4] and as Ali in an episode of Stingers. He has appeared a performer on the improvised show Thank God You're Here.[3][5] In 2007, Sampson portrayed television personality Ugly Dave Gray in the television movie The King[3] which examines the life of Australian TV legend Graham Kennedy. In the same year he also appeared in Wilfred.[3] The following year he played Leonardo da Vinci in the children's television series Time Trackers and Michael Thorneycroft in the three final episodes of Underbelly.[3]

In 2010, Sampson helped his friend and fellow former Recovery presenter[6] Leigh Whannell develop a horror film called Insidious.[7] The film was released in September 2010, with Whannell and Sampson playing "comical low-tech paranormal investigators" Specks and Tucker, roles they have reprised in the film's three follow-ups.[7] Sampson was a special guest juror at the 2006 Melbourne International Film Festival,[2] and host of the 2010 IF Awards, broadcast on SBS TV.[8]

Sampson has since played a diverse array of film roles. In the same year as Insidious, he was the suit actor for the role of Bull[3] in Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are. In 2015, Sampson starred on the second season of the FX show Fargo, playing the character Bear Gerhardt. He starred as "Ozzy" in The Walking Dead. In 2022, Sampson played the lead role of Dennis "Cisco" Wojciechowski in the Netflix drama series The Lincoln Lawyer, based on the novel of the same name and written by David E. Kelley.[9][10]


Sampson was an occasional co-host of Australian radio show Get This with Tony Martin on Triple M.[11] Sampson was a founding member of The Forbidden Fruit, an experimental troupe whose only performance was a risque interpretation of Mad Max 2 they performed on late night radio, in which Angus played The Lord Humongous, who turned out to be quite proficient with the jazz flute.[citation needed] Sampson has also been a presenter on RRR's Breakfasters program.[12] In addition, Sampson was also the un-credited host of the cult classic late-night radio show The Lonely Hearts Club, a deadpan comedy series which ran on ABC Radio National in early 2011 in which Sampson appeared under the pseudonym Richard Silk.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Dags Prozac
1999 Smile & Wave Ray Short film
2003 The Referees Stevo Short film
2003 Darkness Falls Raymond 'Ray' Winchester
2003 Razor Eaters Syksey
2005 You and Your Stupid Mate Jeffrey
2006 Kokoda Dan
2006 Footy Legends Lloydy
2007 Feeling Lonely? Rob Short film
2007 Rats and Cats Robber
2009 The Last Supper Judas Short film
2009 The Wake Jonathan Short film
2009 Celestial Avenue Ah Gong Short film
2009 Where the Wild Things Are The Bull Suit Performer
2010 I Love You Too Thug
2010 Pop Man Short film
2010 Summer Coda Franky
2010 Insidious Tucker
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Jutt (voice)
2011 It's him... Terry Lim![14] Director Terry Lim Short Documentary
2011 There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake Father Short film
2011 Post Apocalyptic Man Barfly Short film
2011 Tender Max Short film
2011 Teddy Jim Short film
2011 Attack Soldier Short film
2012 100 Bloody Acres Lindsay Morgan
2013 Blinder Franky
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Tucker
2014 The Mule[15] Ray Jenkins Also Co-writer/Co-Director
2015 Now Add Honey Mick Croyston
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road The Organic Mechanic
2015 Insidious: Chapter 3 Tucker
2018 Insidious: The Last Key Tucker
2018 Benji Titus
2018 Winchester John Hansen
2021 Mortal Kombat Goro (voice)
2023 Next Goal Wins Post-production
2024 Furiosa The Organic Mechanic Post-production[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1996-2000 Recovery Co-Host Various Episodes
2001 Blue Heelers Glenn Rossiter Episode: "Letter of the Law"
2002 Blue Heelers Tony Costa Episode: "Fishing for Dummies"
2002 Short Cuts DJ Episode: "What a Feeling"
2003 Stingers Ali Episode: "Cul-De-Sac"
2003 Greeks on the Roof Dimi 11 episodes
2004 The Secret Life of Us Tyrone Episode: "Stretching the Friendship"
2005 The Secret Life of Us Video Shop Guy/Tyrone Episode: "The Character Question"
2006-2009 Thank God You're Here Himself 11 episodes
2007 Wilfred Cyros Episode: "Dog Eat Dog"
2007 The King Ugly Dave Gray TV movie
2007 Chandon Pictures Bevan Episode: "Cousins"
Episode: "Bevan's Heaven"
2008 Underbelly Michael Thorneycroft 3 episodes
2008 Time Trackers Leonardo da Vinci Episode: "Da Vinci"
2010 The Librarians Xavier Fisher 4 episodes
2010–2011 Spirited Zach Hannigan 15 episodes
2012 Beaconsfield Brett 'Cress' Cresswell TV movie
2012 Howzat! Kerry Packer's War Allan Johnston Episode: "1.1"
Episode: "1.2"
2013 Paper Giants: Magazine Wars Patrick Bowring TV miniseries, 2 Episodes
2014 Party Tricks Wayne Duffy 6 Episodes
2015 Fargo Bear Gerhardt Recurring role; 9 episodes
2016–2017 Shut Eye Fonso Marks 20 episodes
2018 Nightflyers Rowan Main role
2018 Voltron: Legendary Defender Ranveig (voice) Episode: "Kral Zera"
2018 Drunk History Hughes Episode: "Death"
2019 The Walking Dead Ozzy 2 episodes
2019 No Activity Chief 6 episodes
2021 The Stand Garvey Episode: "The House of the Dead"
2021 Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Hap (voice) 3 episodes
2021-2022 Bump Dom 30 episodes
2022 Our Flag Means Death King George 3 episodes
The Lincoln Lawyer Dennis "Cisco" Wojciechowski 10 episodes
Reservation Dogs Chemist Episode: "This is Where the Plot Thickens"
2023 Koala Man Various characters 8 episodes


Year Award Category Film Result
2014 AACTA Award Best Supporting Actor 100 Bloody Acres Nominated[17]
AFCA Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated[18]
Best Actor The Mule Nominated[19]


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  4. ^ "AAPT thinks Effie's in touch with her publics". The Age. Fairfax. 10 July 2003. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  5. ^ Kalina, Paul (17 October 2014). "Actor Angus Sampson has thrived in Hollywood, but keeps one foot in Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Leigh Whannell: writer, actor, plumber". Inside Film. Intermedia. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  7. ^ a b Hunter, Allan (16 September 2010). "Insidious". Screen Daily. EMAP Media. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  8. ^ Dallas, Sam (22 October 2010). "Sampson to host IF Awards". Inside Film. Intermedia. Archived from the original on 27 October 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (19 February 2020). "'The Lincoln Lawyer': Angus Sampson Joins Kiele Sanchez in CBS Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 February 2021). "Becki Newton Joins 'The Lincoln Lawyer', Jazz Raycole & Angus Sampson To Continue On Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  11. ^ "All aboard the party bus". The Age. Fairfax. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Breakfasters". RRR FM. Libsyn. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  13. ^ Australian Tumbleweeds
  14. ^ Angus, Sampson. "It's him... Terry Lim!". Melbourne International Film Festival. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  15. ^ Dow, Steve (26 October 2014). "What's wrong with Australian cinema?". The Guardian Australia. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  16. ^ Glynn, Jennifer (28 October 2022). "Anya Taylor-Joy Wraps Filming on 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Prequel 'Furiosa'". Collider. Archived from the original on 7 November 2022. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  17. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (3 December 2013). "'The Great Gatsby', 'The Rocket' Lead Oz Academy of Cinema Award Nominations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  18. ^ "NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2014 AUSTRALIAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS". If Magazine. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  19. ^ Groves, Dan (8 February 2015). "Oz critics salute The Babadook". If Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2017.

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