Rich Sommer

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Rich Sommer
Rich Sommer TFF.jpg
Sommer at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012
Born Richard Olen Sommer II
(1978-02-02) February 2, 1978 (age 38)
Toledo, Ohio, United States
Alma mater Case Western Reserve University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Virginia Donohoe (m. 2005)
Children 2

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[edit]

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.[1] He then went on to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he majored in theater and sang in The Concordia Choir.[2] Sommer studied improvisation at the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, and started an improv group, the Slush Puppies, in Moorhead.[3] In 2004, he received his Master of Fine Arts in acting from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.[4] 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.

Career[edit]

Sommer's most notable film role to date is 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.

Sommer at the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2009

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.[5]

In 2011, Sommer guest starred in two episodes of The CW's drama-thriller series Nikita as electrical engineer and CIA consultant Malcolm Mitchell.[6] The following year, he co-starred with Bob Odenkirk and Jenna Fischer in the romantic comedy film The Giant Mechanical Man.[7] In May 2012, he began performances of the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Harvey on Broadway, co-starring alongside Jim Parsons.[8] Also that same year, he guest starred in NBC's police procedural series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Boyd Hartwell.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

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),[14] and a son, Patrick Ryan (born August 31, 2010).[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Death 4 Told Donnie Segment: "Folklore"
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Doug
2007 Pose Down Fred Video
2010 Radio Free Albemuth FBI Agent #2 Cameo
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Max
2012 The Giant Mechanical Man Brian
2012 Fairhaven Sam
2015 Hello, My Name Is Doris Robert
2015 My Name Is David His GRE Student
2016 LBJ Pierre Salinger Filming
2016 Girlfriend's Day Buddy

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Law & Order Mike Scholl Episode: "Talking Points"
2007–15 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 Miniseries; 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 Nikita Malcolm Mitchell 2 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Boyd Hartwell Episode: "Valentine's Day"
2013–14 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 Various (voice) 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 Miniseries; 6 episodes
2015 Playing House Brian Episode: "Sleepless in Pinebrook"

Other credits[edit]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 L.A. Noire John Cunningham Voice and motion capture
2016 Firewatch Henry Voice

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Harvey Duane Wilson Roundabout Theatre Company, Broadway
2013 The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin Chris Wyatt Roundabout Theatre Company, Off-Broadway
2016 Buried Child Bradley The New Group, Off-Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2007 Satellite Awards Best Cast – Television Series Mad Men Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2008 Won
2009 Won
2010 Nominated
2012 Nominated
2015 Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ Divine, Mary (April 24, 2015). "'Mad Men' actor Rich Sommer comes home for Stillwater benefit". TwinCities.com. 
  2. ^ "Saberi, Sommer to Receive Sent Forth Awards". Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota). March 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Royce, Graydon (July 27, 2011). "It's a mad, mad, mad weekend for Brave New Workshop". Star Tribune. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (January 16, 2010). "'Ugly Betty' exclusive: 'Mad' man Rich Sommer woos Betty". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Masters, Megan (March 16, 2011). "Nikita Scoop: Mad Man Infiltrates Division!". TVLine. 
  7. ^ Fernandez, Jay A (June 12, 2010). "Three Actors Cast in 'The Giant Mechanical Man' Romantic Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. ^ Leeds, Sarene (April 26, 2012). "'Mad Men' Actor Rich Sommer: 'Harry’s Not a Douchebag'". Rolling Stone. 
  9. ^ Stanhope, Kate (April 17, 2012). "Exclusive SVU Video: Chloe Sevigny Gets "Sociopathic" as a Self-Destructive Housewife". TV Guide. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 1, 2014). "Rich Sommer Cast In CBS Pilot 'Good Session'; Brian Howe In 'Save the Date'". Deadline.com. 
  11. ^ Abrams, Natalie (July 31, 2014). "Exclusive: Mad Men's Rich Sommer Returning to Elementary". TV Guide. 
  12. ^ Clemet, Olivia (December 3, 2015). ""Mad Men" Star Rich Sommer Joins Cast of Upcoming Off-Broadway Revival of Sam Shepard's Buried Child". Playbill. 
  13. ^ Lincoln, Ross A (September 21, 2015). "Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins Join Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler Comedy; LBJ Packs Cast As Production Starts". Deadline.com. 
  14. ^ Farley, Christopher John (March 19, 2012). "A Mad Man on the Loose". The Wall Street Journal. 
  15. ^ Michaud, Sarah (September 2, 2010). "Rich Sommer Welcomes Son Patrick Ryan". People. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 

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