Sam Trammell

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Sam Trammell
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Trammell at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012
Born (1969-01-29) January 29, 1969 (age 45)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Partner(s) Missy Yager
Children 2

Sam Trammell (born January 29, 1969) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Sam Merlotte on the HBO vampire series True Blood,[2] which saw him nominated for a 2010 Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Trammell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from George Washington High School in Charleston, West Virginia. He furthered his studies at Brown University and the University of Paris.[4] He and girlfriend Missy Yager have twin boys, Winston and Gus, who were born on August 9, 2011.


Trammell has worked in theater, Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, and television. He is an accomplished New York stage actor whose credits include a Tony nominated performance in Ah, Wilderness! at Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway, he starred in Dealer's Choice, My Night with Reg, If Memory Serves, and Ancestral Voices, as well as in Kit Marlowe at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, where he received outstanding reviews.[5][6][7][8]

Trammell's big break came when he landed the role of Sam Merlotte on the HBO series True Blood. In 2014, Trammell played the father, Mr. Lancaster, in the film The Fault in Our Stars,[9] based on the book by John Green, and starring Shailene Woodley.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Childhood's End Greg Chute
1997 Hotel Manor Inn, TheThe Hotel Manor Inn Nolan
1998 Wrestling with Alligators Will
2000 Beat Lee
2000 Fear of Fiction Red/Tom Hopkins
2000 Autumn in New York Simon
2000 Followers John Dietrich
2003 Undermind Derrick Hall/Zane Waye
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Tim
2011 Details, TheThe Details Chris Uncredited
2012 Guns, Girls and Gambling Sheriff Cowley
2013 Crazy Kind of Love Jeff Lucas
2013 Deadweight Preston Westwood
2013 White Rabbit Darrell
2013 Me David
2014 Fault in Our Stars, TheThe Fault in Our Stars Mr. Lancaster
2014 Things People Do Lee
2014 Aftermath, TheThe Aftermath Sonny



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Maximum Bob Sonny Dupree 2 episodes
1998 Trinity Liam McCallister 3 episodes
2001–2002 Going to California Kevin "Space" Lauglin Main cast
2004 House Ethan Hartig Episode: "Maternity"
2005 Strong Medicine Kiko Ellsworth Episode: "First Response"
2005 Judging Amy Marty Levine 3 episodes
2005 Bones Ken Thompson Episode: "Pilot"
2006 CSI: NY Charles Wright Episode: "Heroes"
2006 Numbers Thomas Gill Episode: "Hot Shot"
2006 Justice Kevin O'Neil Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Dexter Matt Chambers Episode: "Crocodile"
2007 Cold Case Porter Rawley – 1981 Episode: "Blood on the Tracks"
2008–2014 True Blood Sam Merlotte Main cast
Nominated—Scream Award for Breakout Performance – Male
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Scream Award for the Best Supporting Actor
2009 Medium Dr. Brian Seward Episode: "Things to Do in Phoenix When You're Dead"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Gray Vanderhoven Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2013 Childrens Hospital Denizen Stoop Episode: "My Friend Falcon"


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Harvest of Fire Simon Troyer
2004 Anonymous Rex Vincent Rubio
2007 What If God Were the Sun? Jeff
2013 Filthy Sexy Teen$ Tom Saxson Adult Swim TV special


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Last Full Measure, TheThe Last Full Measure N/A
2008 Miracle of Phil Taylor
2010 Children of the Spider Alex
2010 Inn Keeper, TheThe Inn Keeper Jeb

Web serie[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Paul the Male Matchmaker Stu Episode: "Know When You Are Too Old"


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