Samwise (Sam) Gamgee
A Hobbit of the Shire. A man-servant and side-kick to Frodo Baggins, Sam is to Frodo what Sancho was to Don Quixote -- confidant, conscience, supporter and provider of mild comic relief. He also has his own heroic part to play in the drama of the Ring. With Gandalf's blessing, Sam accompanies Frodo on his journey to Rivendell, and is included as a member of the Fellowship of the Ring.
AND my favorite actor...who just happened to turn 22 today: