12-year-old Trickum middle-schooler stars in 'Randy and the Mob'

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Who: Sam Frihart of Lilburn

Claim to Fame: Sam, 12, plays Four, the unconventionally named son of the title character in the Atlanta filmed-comedy "Randy and the Mob."

Helmed by and starring Oscar-winning director (and fellow Georgia native) Ray McKinnon, the film follows the story of a Southern everyman (played by McKinnon) who accidentally runs afoul of some low-level criminals and turns to his gay twin brother (also McKinnon) for a helping hand.

Sam describes Four as "a country kid, mellow and laid-back." He enjoys playing soccer, but Randy would rather see him pursue a spot on the football team, Sam said.

Family Ties: An only child, Sam is the son of Carol and Jim Frihart.

Getting Started: Carol Frihart said she had a friend whose son already had an agent. It led to Sam scoring a role in a local commercial. His charisma helped him land several more.

"Directors just liked him," Carol Frihart said. She also credits a local casting director who "really helped us out."

A Few Favorite Things: When not in front of the camera, Sam has many hobbies that keep him otherwise occupied.

Firstly, he's a seventh-grader at Trickum Middle School. He swims competitively in the summer, plays tennis and is an avid Boy Scout.

Sam is also musically inclined: He plays guitar at home and percussion in the school band. And when he's not busy with any of that, Sam spends the rest of his time involved in church activities.

What the Future Holds: As far as the possibility of a career in the industry, Sam hasn't put all his eggs in one basket. Right now he's more focused on going to college so he can major in engineering and one day become an architect. That's not to say he's over the acting bug just yet.

His philosophy is simple: "Whenever I have an audition, I just go in and do my best," he said.

See Him in Action: "Randy and the Mob" opened Friday in Atlanta, and it will premiere in other cities across the country through October and November. In Gwinnett, you can catch the movie at Regal Cinemas Medlock Crossing 18.