Sam Lerner
Sam Lerner
as Geoff Schwartz

Actor Biography

Sam Lerner plays the lovable and dependable Geoff Schwartz on ABC's hit comedy series "The Goldbergs."

For Los Angeles native Lerner, acting is the family business. He is the son of well-known character actor Ken Lerner. Sam got his start in show business at the age of 9 after he happened to strike up a conversation with actress/director/writer Ellen Gerstein and actress Dot-Marie Jones at a New Year's Eve party he was attending with his family. Sensing that the younger Lerner might be a natural for show business, Gerstein offered to introduce him to respected talent manager Susan Curtis. Though his parents were initially hesitant, two weeks later Lerner stole the mic at his sister's bat mitzvah and proved that he was born to entertain with his quick wit. He soon signed with Curtis and began his own journey in the entertainment industry.

On the big screen, he was cast as Ben Stiller's son in "Envy," opposite an all-star cast including Jack Black, Rachel Weisz, Amy Poehler and Christopher Walken. He also starred in "Project Almanac," a film produced by Michael Bay. Lerner further expanded his repertoire by lending his voice to the animated comedy "Monster House," alongside Steve Buscemi and Mitchel Musso.

Though Lerner's role on "The Goldbergs" was initially as a guest star, Geoff quickly cemented his status as a member of the JTP and eventually won the heart of Barry's sister, Erica. A fan favorite, he became a series regular for the show's fifth season and continued to showcase his comedic chops in hilarious exchanges with the Goldberg family.

In addition to his on-camera work, Lerner voices King Gristle in Netflix's animated series "Dreamworks Trolls: The Beat Goes On." Other television credits include a recurring role on the HBO series "Ballers," the Cartoon Network series "The Secret Saturdays," and "Suburgatory" as well as guest spots on "Workaholics," "NCIS," and "Rizzoli and Isles," "Two and a Half Men" and "Malcolm in the Middle" to name a few. He also returned to his film roots in 2018 with a role in the Blumhouse and Universal Pictures Film "Truth or Dare," alongside Tyler Posey and Lucy Hale.

Lerner currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog, a dachshund/terrier mix named Kobe.