Namesakes

Fictional Characters from Books: 1 character, 1 hero
Samwise Gamgee (a.k.a. Sam)   1954   The Lord of the Rings  
Sam Houston Holcombe   1967   Christy  
Fictional Characters from Television: 4 characters
Sam Houston Holcombe   1994   Christy  
Sam Blue   1999   Once and Again  
Sam Feeney   2002   Everwood  
Root (a.k.a. Sam)   2011   Person of Interest  
Hall-of-Famers: 3 baseball, 1 basketball, 1 football
(baseball) Sam Crawford   1957  
(baseball) Sam Rice   1963  
(baseball) Sam Thompson   1974  
(football) Sam Huff   1982  
(basketball) Sam Jones   1983  
Notable Actors and Actresses: 11 actors
Sam Waterston   1940-  
Sam Shepard   1943-2017  
Sam Elliott   1944-  
Sam Neill   1947-  
Sam J. Jones   1954-  
Sam Robards   1961-  
Sam Rockwell   1968-  
Sam Trammell   1969-  
Sam Worthington   1976-  
Sam Jaeger   1977-  
Samuel Witwer (a.k.a. Sam)   1977-  
Notable Athletes: 5 rugby, 4 football, 3 baseball, 1 basketball, 1 golf, 1 soccer, 1 tennis
(baseball) Sam Thompson   1860-1922  
(baseball) Sam Crawford   1880-1968  
(baseball) Sam Rice   1890-1974  
(golf) Sam Snead   1912-2002  
(basketball) Sam Jones   1933-  
(football) Sam Huff   1934-  
(tennis) Sam Querrey   1987-  
(football) Sam Acho   1988-  
(rugby) Sam Whitelock   1988-  
(rugby) Sam Burgess   1988-  
(rugby) Sam Carter   1989-  
(soccer) Sam Vokes   1989-  
(football) Sam Brenner   1990-  
(football) Sam Barrington   1990-  
(rugby) Sam Cane   1992-  
(rugby) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne   1993-  
Notable Businesspeople: 1 businessperson
Sam Walton   1918-1992  
Notable Filmmakers: 2 directors
Sam Raimi   1959-  
Sam Mendes   1965-  
Notable Musicians: 1 musician
Sam Cooke   1931-1964   soul  
Notable Writers: 1 playwright
Sam Shepard   1943-2017  
Olympic Medalists: 3 silver, 2 bronze, 2 gold, 1 silver/gold
(silver) Samuel Ferris (a.k.a. Sam)   1932   marathon  
(gold) Samuel Balter (a.k.a. Sam)   1936   basketball  
(silver) Samuel Hall (a.k.a. Sam)   1960   diving - springboard  
(gold) Sam Perkins   1984   basketball  
(silver/gold) Sam Graddy   1984   100 m; 4x100 m relay  
(bronze) Sam Bewley   2008; 2012   cycling - track  
(silver) Sam Willoughby   2012   cycling - BMX  
(bronze) Sam Oldham   2012   artistic gymnastics  
Oscar Award Winners: 1 actor, 1 director
(director) Sam Mendes   1999   American Beauty  
(actor) Sam Rockwell   2017   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri  
Other Fictional Characters: 1 character
Toucan Sam   1963   corporate mascot  
Pulitzer Award Winners: 1 winner
Sam Shepard   1979   Buried Child  
Title Characters: 6 songs, 1 book, 1 film
(song) Sam Hall   1925   Ballad Of Sam Hall  
(song) Sam   1967   Lucifer Sam  
(song) Sam   1972   Telegram Sam  
(book) Sam   1974   My Brother Sam Is Dead  
(song) Sam   2005   Red Sam  
(song) Sam   2006   Sam's Town  
(song) Sam   2006   Swim with Sam  
(film) Sam   2011   Stella and Sam  
Tolkien's Characters: 1 character
Samwise Gamgee (a.k.a. Sam)   (m)