Today’s Birthday February 12: Australian actor Angus Sampson ( 1979 – )

12 Feb 2019

Today’s Birthday February 12: Australian actor Angus Sampson ( 1979 – )

Actor Angus Sampson became a familiar face in a number of well-known Australian television shows before moving to the US to launch his international career.

He appeared in Blue Heelers, The Secret Life of Us, Underbelly, Wilfred and Fat Pizza.

But it was his roles on US television, the Insidious horror films and George Miller’s popular Mad Max: Fury Road that made Sampson a face on the global stage.

“Hopefully we can make a couple of more Mad Max’s,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

He was born in Sydney in 1979 and attended Trinity Grammar School, before going to boarding school in Armidale in his last years at school.

Sampson caught the acting bug when he was in a play at six years old.

“I had to dress up as a nurse and I was hysterically screaming, ‘I don’t want to wear a dress and high heels!'” he told The Australian.

“But when I was shoved out onto the stage and the whole audience broke into laughter, my sister says my whole face changed.”

He co-directed, co-wrote and starred in The Mule in 2014 as a naive guy travelling with 20 bags of heroin in his stomach.

When he’s detained by Australian Federal Police coming back from Asia he decides to “withhold the evidence”.

“It was inspired by a true story. We thought, “Wouldn’t it be incredible to have the audience sympathise with someone who does something so morally reprehensible at the start of the film, someone who is complicit in doing something genuinely bad,” he told The Australian.

He was nominated for Best Actor in 2014 at the Australian Film Critics Association awards for his role in the film as well as Best Supporting Actor for 100 Bloody Acres that same year.

Sampson became a recurring cast member in hit US television show Fargo as Bear Gerhardt in 2015.

The series, which stars Kirsten Dunst, has won 51 of its 226 award nominations including eight Emmy awards.

He’s appeared in all three Insidious films as Tucker and his most recent film, the supernatural horror film Winchester, came out last year.

Laura Polson, Australian Associated Press,