Samuel Franklin Levine (born March 12, 1982) is an American actor, comedian and podcaster. He is known for his portrayal of Neal Schweiber on NBC's Freaks and Geeks and PFC Hirschberg in the 2009 film Inglourious Basterds. Levine was also the sidekick and fill-in host on the internet talk show Kevin Pollak's Chat Show. Levine was a regular competitor on Collider's Movie Trivia Schmoedown. He returned to the Schmoedown in 2019 and was the manager of The Usual Suspects faction until he disbanded them before the start of the 2022 season. He returned to the Schmoedown as a competitor for the 2022 season, defeating Marisol McKee for the singles championship.

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Samuel Franklin Levine

(1982-03-12) March 12, 1982 (age 40)[1]
OccupationActor, comedian, podcast host
Years active1997–present

Early lifeEdit

Levine was born in Park Ridge, 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] Levine is Jewish.[6]


Levine began performing stand-up comedy at bar mitzvahs at age 12. After having seen him perform, Lisa Kudrow 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.[8]

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."[9]

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".[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.[citation needed]

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

Levine was a regular competitor on Collider's Movie Trivia Schmoedown where, on December 22, 2017, he won the singles championship.[12] On May 15, 2018, he won the team championship.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

In March 2020, editor and fellow Movie Trivia Schmoedown competitor Rachel Cushing announced that she and Levine were engaged.[14] The couple married in May 2022.



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 Evans
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
2017 Apple of My Eye Apple's Handler Uncredited
2017 WTF: World Thumbwrestling Federation Marley Kaufmann
2018 I'd Like to Be Alone Now Kyle
2019 Immortal Warren
2020 Adverse Craig
2020 Bonded Nazarian Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997 One Life to Live Hector 1 episode
1998 The World of Beanie Babies Himself
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 Raven"
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! Pilgrim Boy Episode: "Pilgrim Boy"
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 episodes
2015 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "16 Chefs Compete"
2015 Kirby Buckets Zorro Episode: "All Hands on Dexter"
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Arty (voice) 7 episodes
2015–2018 Drunk History Various 3 episodes
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"
2016–2018 Another Period Chadwick / Men's Club Member 2 episodes
2016 Mutt & Stuff Johnny in Charge Episode: "Amusement Bark"
2016 Crunch Time Connor 6 episodes
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Bearded Friend Episode: "Kaley Cuoco Wears a Black Blazer and Slip on Sneakers"
2017 Hawaii Five-0 Jeremy Holden Episode: "Poniu I Ke Aloha"
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Arty 5 episodes
2018 I'm Poppy Johnny Lead role
2018 Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters Allan Episode: "Mermaid"
2019 No Good Nick Roger 2 episodes
2020 Wags to Riches Reuben Hernandez-Finkelstein Filming
2021 The Neighborhood Jerry Episode: "Welcome to the Dad Band"
2022 Raven's Home Newt Slackley Episode: "The Great Chill Grill Giveaway"


Year Title Role Notes
2009–2019 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Himself/Guest Host Podcast
2016–present Movie Trivia Schmoedown Himself/The Inglourious One

Written worksEdit

  • Strip Poker (1999)


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  6. ^ "JUF : Tweens : Celebrities : Samm Levine".
  7. ^ "BA #055: Samm Levine". Box Angeles. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  8. ^ kevinpollakschatshow (2017-01-10), KPCS: Rider Strong #288, archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 2017-01-17
  9. ^ Fordis, Jeff (April 7, 2010). "On Next Week's Lost on ABC". ABC Medianet. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  10. ^ "Week of April 21–27". The A.V. Club. 29 April 2011.
  11. ^ "VH1′s 100 Greatest Kid Stars Of All Time". Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  12. ^ ColliderVideos (2017-12-22), Movie Trivia Schmoedown Spectacular II (Part 3) Singles Title & Action VS Top 10, archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 2017-12-25
  13. ^ ColliderVideos (2018-05-15), Patriots VS Above The Line - Movie Trivia Schmoedown Team Title, archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 2018-07-17
  14. ^ @RachelJCushing (3 March 2020). "Well...the cat's out of the bag, I guess! But at least now I can shout it from the rooftops: after several weeks of…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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