Sam Whipple, a television, film and theater actor who appeared in the 1996 Oscar nominated short live action film “Little Surprises,” died June 3 in the Los Angeles area after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 41.

Whipple worked on numerous TV programs over the past two decades and had regular roles on “Seven Days,” “Bagdad Cafe” and “Open All Night.” His guest appearance credits include “Seinfeld,” “NYPD Blue,” “L.A. Law,” “Moonlighting,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Newhart,” “Family Ties,” “Home Improvement,” “Sisters” and “The Pretender,” among others.

Whipple rounded out his acting resume with appearances in films “The Rock,” “The Doors,” “Airheads,” “Night Driving” and “Blue City” and in plays “Birdbath,” “Spoon River Anthology,” “Waiting for Lefty” (Playhouse West) and “God” (The Lost Studio).

He is survived by his mother, brother and sister.

Donations in Whipple’s name can be made to The Surfrider Foundation, Malibu Chapter, at (#10) 451-1010 or at malibu@surfrider.org.