Sam grew up dancing with The Boston Ballet and continued his ballet training at North Carolina School of the Arts. After high school he moved from Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Brooklyn and attended David Mamet and William H. Macy's Atlantic Theater Conservatory. After playing two different characters on the same sitcom and working with Barry Levinson on a pilot in NYC he moved to LA. He was the first character cast for a Laura Ziskin pilot that went on to series called Three Moons Over Milford (2006). Despite the shows mixed reviews, Sam received mentions in both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety for giving a charming and stand out performance as the young man of the house. A lead role in the play "Dead End" at the Ahmanson Theater gained him recognition within the industry and led to a recurring role on Chad Hodge's CW series Runaway (2006), as well as the pilot Suspect (2007) with director Guy Ritchie. His performance on ER (1994) opposite Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza as the volatile blue collared son of a construction worker showed that he could play a tough guy while still maintaining a strong level of vulnerability. Because of these opportunities he has continued to work in varied roles in television and film throughout the last 5 years.