Sam Trammell

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Sam Trammell
Trammell at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012
Born (1969-01-29) January 29, 1969 (age 54)
EducationBrown University
Years active1996–present

Sam Trammell (born January 29, 1969)[1] is an American actor, known for his role as Sam Merlotte on the HBO fantasy drama series True Blood. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Richard Miller in Ah, Wilderness!


Trammell has worked in theater, Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, and television. His stage credits include a Tony Award-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.[2][3][4][5]

Trammell's big break came when he landed the role of Sam Merlotte on the HBO series True Blood. In 2013, he played Darrell Mackey in the drama film White Rabbit. He played Hazel (Shailene Woodley)'s father, Michael Lancaster, in the 2014 film The Fault in Our Stars,[6] based on the novel of the same name by John Green.

In 2019, Trammell starred in the Netflix horror-drama series, The Order.[7]

He played Vice-president Benjamin Hayes in the final season of Homeland who is signed in as Commander-in-chief after the sitting President is killed.

Personal life[edit]

Trammell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana,[1][8] and was raised in Charleston, West Virginia.[9] He attended Brown University, graduating in 1991.[10][11]

Trammell met actress Missy Yager in 2003 while performing theatre in New York City.[12] The couple's twin sons were born in August 2011.[12]


For his work on HBO's True Blood, Trammell was nominated for:


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Childhood's End Greg Chute
1997 The 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
2004 The Last Full Measure Short film
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Tim O'Brien
2008 Miracle of Phil Taylor Short film
2010 Children of the Spider Alex Short film
2010 The Inn Keeper Jeb Short film
2011 The 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 Mackey
2014 After the Fall Lee
2014 The Fault in Our Stars Michael Lancaster
2014 Me David
2015 All Mistakes Buried Sonny Coles
2015 3 Generations Matthew Walker
2015 The Track Scott
2015 I Am Wrath Detective Gibson
2016 Imperium Gerry Conway
2017 Say You Will Dean Hall
2018 It's Time Coach Billy Brewer
2019 I See You Todd
2019 Breakthrough Dr. Kent Sutterer
2019 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Carson Drew
2021 Unsilenced Daniel Davis
2021 American Refugee Winter
2022 The Tiger Rising Rob Horton Sr.
2023 Big George Foreman Reverend Virdell Stokes
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Harvest of Fire Simon Troyer Television film
1998 Maximum Bob Sonny Dupree 2 episodes
1998 Trinity Liam McCallister 3 episodes
2001–02 Going to California Kevin "Space" Lauglin Main role; 20 episodes
2004 House Ethan Hartig Episode: "Maternity"
2004 Anonymous Rex Vincent Rubio Television film
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 Numb3rs Thomas Gill Episode: "Hot Shot"
2006 Justice Kevin O'Neil Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Dexter Matt Chambers Episode: "Crocodile"
2007 What If God Were the Sun? Jeff Television film
2007 Cold Case Porter Rawley (1981) Episode: "Blood on the Tracks"
2008–14 True Blood Sam Merlotte Main role; 81 episodes
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 Filthy Sexy Teen$ Tom Saxson Television special
2013 Childrens Hospital Denizen Stoop Episode: "My Friend Falcon"
2015 Cocked Richard Paxson Main role
2017 Training Day Emmet Rourke Episode: "Blurred Lines"
2016–17 This Is Us Ben 4 episodes
2019–20 The Order Eric Clarke Main role (Season 1); Guest role (Season 2)
2019 Reckoning Leo Doyle Main role; Mini-series (10 episodes)
2020 Homeland VP Benjamin Hayes Recurring role
2023 The Rookie: Feds Neal Wizaro Episode: "Red One"

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


  1. ^ a b "Sam Trammell: Performer". Internet Broadway Database (The Broadway League). Archived from the original on January 21, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sam Trammell". TheLabMagazine. Archived from the original on June 17, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "Sam Trammel". WetPaint. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "Sam Trammell - Broadway Theatre Credits". PlayBillVault. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sam Trammell welcomes twin sons to True Blood family". SheKnows. August 11, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "True Blood's Sam Trammell Joins the Fault in Our Stars". 15 August 2013.
  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva (April 16, 2018). "Netflix Picks Up 'The Order' Horror Drama Series Starring Jake Manley & Sarah Grey". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Sam Trammell". Archived from the original on October 10, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "POP !! And up I sprang :)". September 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "It's Always a Fight". Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  11. ^ Myers, Marc (2020-07-28). "Sam Trammell Spent His Childhood on the Move. Acting Is Where He Found Home". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  12. ^ a b Michaud, Sarah (August 11, 2011). "Sam Trammell Welcomes Twin Sons". People. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  13. ^ "Scream 2009 Breakout Performance - Male" Retrieved on 2009-09-04.

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