Sam McGuire
Sam McGuire

Character From:

Lizzie McGuire
The Lizzie McGuire Movie


Sam McGuire


Jo McGuire (Wife)
Lizzie McGuire (Daughter)
Matt McGuire (Son)

First Appearance:


Portrayed By:

Robert Carradine

Sam McGuire is Lizzie and Matt's father. He could be best described as a bit goofy and quite clueless about raising his kids. However, he always tries his best to help Lizzie out and understand her, and is always available to lend a helping hand.


Sam is often clueless about what his children are really up to, leaving it to their mother to deal with issues of children and family. But he sometimes enjoys clever schemes of the children when he finds out about them (to the distress of Jo, who may find them to be a bad idea). He is portrayed with a good deal of clumsiness, something which his daughter Lizzie apparently inherited.

Sam pretends to hate the fact that Lizzie is growing up and tries his best to stop her. However, in the Season 2 episode "Bye Bye Hillridge Junior High," he shows he has learned to accept that growing up and getting older is inevitable when he tells Lizzie that she grew up in middle school. He also tells her about all those things he remembered her doing (running for class president, rhythmic gymnastics, helping to save the environment and getting her first job). After she explained to him that she failed at every one of those things, he assures her that she tried her best, and that the only time she failed at something was when she didn't try. He then tells her he thinks she will do just fine in high school.