Cast Trivia - Sam Anderson
- He was born on May 13, 1945 in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and graduated from the University of North Dakota. He holds advanced degrees in Creative Writing, American Literature and Theater.
- During the 1970s, he taught drama at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.
- He’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America.
- He’s been married since 1985, and is the father of twins.
He’s guest starred on a great number of TV shows. His roles include:
- a plane crash survivor on the premiere episode of CSI: Miami
- a doctor obsessed with Happy Days’ Fonzie, who delivers Phoebe’s triplets on Friends
- Maggie Grace’s father on Miracles
- And just a few days ago: a middle school teacher named Walter Carmichael, whose classroom becomes a crime scene when a student is kidnapped
- He’s also been on Grey’s Anatomy, Leverage, Malcolm in The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ally McBeal, One Tree Angel, Angel ER, Star Trek, Grow Pains and many more show and films.
(on Lost fans’ reaction to him) “It’s been phenomenal. When people come up and want to talk, which is a lot, it’s pretty genuine and very emotional. For an actor, that’s very heartening. You can tell they’re responding to the work in an emotional way and not just ‘guess who I saw.’ “
(on what he hopes happens to Rose and Bernard by the series finale) “It’s hard knowing where the island is going to end up and knowing it would be hard for them to leave. When Rose is there, she’s cancer free. When she’s back in the rest of the world, she’s probably not. I see them on the island in the middle of a little grass shack, watching the sunset, perfectly content.”
“Lost on television is very like playtime, because it’s like going to camp. You are out in the middle of the jungle, you are in the water, it’s perfectly okay to be dirty, it’s perfectly okay to be wet. You’re in the rainforest; you don’t need to worry about creating some kind of mythical place to be. You’re going to fall over the tree root, and the cameraman’s probably going to fall over with you. You’ve got it all right there in front of you, and it’s like magic.”