“Before we started shooting, it was important to Quentin that all of us come up with credible backstories for our characters. I decided that Hirschberg came from a smaller family in Connecticut, and his family owned the second-largest deli in Hartford.”
Samuel Franklin Levine (born 12 March 1982) is an American television and film actor. He is known for his portrayal of Neal Schweiber on NBC's short-lived Freaks and Geeks and PFC Gerold Hirschberg in the 2009 film Inglourious Basterds. Levine has said that Quentin Tarantino was a fan of Freaks and Geeks, and used it as a way of introducing himself to the director, which was instrumental in getting the role in Inglourious Basterds. However, his role was cut down considerably in the final edit, and he (somewhat famously) disappears before the end.