Sommer at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012
|Born||Richard Olen Sommer II
February 2, 1978
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Case Western Reserve University|
|Spouse(s)||Virginia Donohoe (m. 2005)|
Richard Olen "Rich" Sommer II (born February 2, 1978) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Harry Crane on the AMC drama series Mad Men. He is also known for his roles in the comedy-drama films The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012), The Giant Mechanical Man (2012), and Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015).
Early life and education
Sommer was born in Toledo, Ohio, and raised in Stillwater, Minnesota, where he was educated at Oakland Junior High School and Stillwater Area High School. He then went on to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he majored in theater and sang in The Concordia Choir. Sommer studied improvisation at the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, and started an improv group, the Slush Puppies, in Moorhead. In 2004, he received his Master of Fine Arts 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.
From 2007 until its ending in 2015, Sommer maintained a regular role on AMC's period drama series Mad Men as Harry Crane, a media buyer who becomes head of the television department in a 1960s Madison Avenue ad agency. In 2008, Sommer appeared as a guest star in two episodes of NBC's mockumentary sitcom series The Office, portraying the role of Alex. In 2010, he played Jimmy Wilson in a guest appearance on Ugly Betty.
In 2011, Sommer guest starred in two episodes of The CW's drama-thriller series Nikita as electrical engineer and CIA consultant Malcolm Mitchell. The following year, he co-starred with Bob Odenkirk and Jenna Fischer in the romantic comedy film The Giant Mechanical Man. In May 2012, he began performances of the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Harvey on Broadway, co-starring alongside Jim Parsons. Also that same year, he guest starred in NBC's police procedural series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Boyd Hartwell.
On March 1, 2014, it was reported that Sommer had been cast in the CBS pilot Good Session; however, the network later declined to pick up the project to series. In November 2014, Sommer reprised his role as Harlan Emple in an episode of CBS' procedural drama series Elementary, after guest starring as the character in an episode the previous year. From February 2 to March 13, 2016, Sommer will star in the Off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's play Buried Child, alongside Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. In 2016, he will co-star in Rob Reiner's biopic LBJ as Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, in a cast including Woody Harrelson in the title role.
Sommer lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Virginia Donohoe, whom he married on August 13, 2005. Together, the couple have a daughter, Beatrice Grace (born 2008), and a son, Patrick Ryan (born August 31, 2010).
|2004||Death 4 Told||Donnie||Segment: "Folklore"|
|2006||The Devil Wears Prada||Doug|
|2010||Radio Free Albemuth||FBI Agent #2|
|2012||Celeste and Jesse Forever||Max|
|2012||The Giant Mechanical Man||Brian|
|2015||Hello, My Name Is Doris||Robert|
|2015||My Name Is David||His GRE Student|
|2007||Law & Order||Mike Scholl||Episode: "Talking Points"|
|2007–2015||Mad Men||Harry Crane||80 episodes|
|2008||Without a Trace||Will Herring||Episode: "Article 32"|
|2008||The Office||Alex||2 episodes|
|2009||Law & Order||Zach Marshall||Episode: "Doped"|
|2009||The Storm||Dr. Jack Hoffman||2 episodes|
|2010||Ugly Betty||Jimmy Wilson||Episode: "Fire and Nice"|
|2010||Burn Notice||Winston||Episode: "Friends and Enemies"|
|2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Scott Horan||Episode: "Man Up"|
|2011||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Veterinarian||Episode: "Vow of Silence"|
|2011||Nikita||Malcolm Mitchell||2 episodes|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Boyd Hartwell||Episode: "Valentine's Day"|
|2013–2014||Elementary||Harlan Emple||2 episodes|
|2014||The League||Freddie Mandino||Episode: "The Beach House"|
|2015||The Simpsons||Young Man (voice)||Episode: "My Fare Lady"|
|2015||Regular Show||Del Hanlon / Additional voices||5 episodes|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Agent Bill Ritz||Episode: "Skylar Astin Wears Blue Jeans and Weathered Brown Desert Boots"|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Graham||6 episodes|
|2015||Playing House||Brian||Episode: "Sleepless in Pinebrook"|
|2016||Love||Dustin||Episode: "Party in the Hills"|
|2016||Last Week Tonight||Apple Engineer||Episode: "Encryption"|
|2016||Grey's Anatomy||Noah||Episode: "At Last"|
|2011||L.A. Noire||John Cunningham (motion capture)|
|2012||Harvey||Duane Wilson||Roundabout Theatre Company|
|2013||The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin||Chris Wyatt||Roundabout Theatre Company|
|2016||Buried Child||Bradley||The New Group|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Satellite Awards||Best Cast – Television Series||Mad Men||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
- Divine, Mary (April 24, 2015). "'Mad Men' actor Rich Sommer comes home for Stillwater benefit". TwinCities.com.
- "Saberi, Sommer to Receive Sent Forth Awards". Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota). March 4, 2014.
- Royce, Graydon (July 27, 2011). "It's a mad, mad, mad weekend for Brave New Workshop". Star Tribune.
- Washington, Julie (November 25, 2008). "Rich Sommer of 'Mad Men' puts his 'cigarettes' down to help out at Case Western Reserve University / Cleveland Play House graduate program". Cleveland.com.
- Ausiello, Michael (January 16, 2010). "'Ugly Betty' exclusive: 'Mad' man Rich Sommer woos Betty". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
- Masters, Megan (March 16, 2011). "Nikita Scoop: Mad Man Infiltrates Division!". TVLine.
- Fernandez, Jay A (June 12, 2010). "Three Actors Cast in 'The Giant Mechanical Man' Romantic Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Leeds, Sarene (April 26, 2012). "'Mad Men' Actor Rich Sommer: 'Harry's Not a Douchebag'". Rolling Stone.
- Stanhope, Kate (April 17, 2012). "Exclusive SVU Video: Chloe Sevigny Gets "Sociopathic" as a Self-Destructive Housewife". TV Guide.
- Andreeva, Nellie (March 1, 2014). "Rich Sommer Cast In CBS Pilot 'Good Session'; Brian Howe In 'Save the Date'". Deadline.com.
- Abrams, Natalie (July 31, 2014). "Exclusive: Mad Men's Rich Sommer Returning to Elementary". TV Guide.
- Clemet, Olivia (December 3, 2015). ""Mad Men" Star Rich Sommer Joins Cast of Upcoming Off-Broadway Revival of Sam Shepard's Buried Child". Playbill.
- Lincoln, Ross A (September 21, 2015). "Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins Join Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler Comedy; LBJ Packs Cast As Production Starts". Deadline.com.
- Farley, Christopher John (March 19, 2012). "A Mad Man on the Loose". The Wall Street Journal.
- Michaud, Sarah (September 2, 2010). "Rich Sommer Welcomes Son Patrick Ryan". People. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
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