At Tribeca Film Festival, 2012
February 2, 1978 |
Early life and education
Sommer was born in Toledo, Ohio, and raised in Stillwater, Minnesota, where he attended Oakland Junior High School and Stillwater Area High School. Sommer then went on to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he majored in theater and sang in the The Concordia Choir. He studied improv work at the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and started an improv group, the Slush Puppies, in Moorhead. He received his MFA in acting from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Sommer returned to the school in 2006 to teach icebreakers to law students, and again in 2008 to do an improv workshop with undergraduate theatre students.
Sommer's notable film role to date was as Anne Hathaway's friend Doug in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada. He has appeared in commercials for companies such as Bud Light, Nextel, and Sprint and in 2007 and 2009, he appeared in episodes of Law & Order.
Sommer has a regular supporting role on AMC's television series Mad Men as Harry Crane, a media buyer who becomes head of the television department in a 1960s Madison Avenue ad agency. He can be seen in ImprovEverywhere's viral video "Frozen Grand Central" around 0:38 in the clip, and on September 25, 2008, Sommer appeared as a guest star on the television series The Office. On August 7, 2011, Sommer guest starred as a veterinarian on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and in May 2012, he began performances in the Roundabout Theatre's production of Harvey on Broadway.
He lives in Los Angeles with his family. He and his wife Virginia have a daughter, Beatrice (born 2008), and a son, Patrick Ryan (born August 31, 2010). He maintained a blog at Vox, which he began using as a beta tester. He is a keen board gamer, and host of the board game podcast CARDBOARD!.
- Death 4 Told (2004)
- The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
- Mad Men (2007–2015)
- Pose Down (2007)
- Law & Order (2007, 2009)
- The Office (2008)
- Ugly Betty (2010)
- Burn Notice (2010)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011)
- Nikita (2011)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (2011)
- Celeste and Jesse Forever
- The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)
- Tabletop (2013)
- The Chris Gethard Show (2013)
- Elementary (2013-2014)
- The League (2014)
- Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)
- The Simpsons (2015)
- No, You Shut Up! (2015)
- Comedy Bang! Bang! (2015)
- Start the New Year Off with Some Undead Fun: Sketch of the Dead
- Rich Sommer in No Pants 2K5, by Improv Everywhere
- Evans, Bradford. "Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: "Vow of Silence"". Splitsider. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
- "Rich Sommer Welcomes Son Patrick Ryan – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebritybabies.people.com. 2011-06-28. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
- 20-minute interview with Rich Sommer
- Valby, Karen (2010-01-16). "'Ugly Betty' exclusive: 'Mad' man Rich Sommer woos Betty | Inside TV | EW.com". Ausiellofiles.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
- "Curb Your Enthusiasm: Homepage". HBO. 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rich Sommer.|
- Rich Sommer at the Internet Movie Database
- Rich Sommer on Twitter
- Rich Sommer - The Blog, Sommer's blog.