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 46)
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 earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 2010 Scream Awards.[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 2013, Trammell played Darrell Mackey in the drama film White Rabbit,[9] which earned him three Best Supporting Actor awards at the Catalina, Boston, and Chelsea film festivals. Trammell played Hazel's (Shailene Woodley) father, Michael Lancaster, in the 2014 film The Fault in Our Stars,[10] based on the novel of the same name by John Green.


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Harvest of Fire Simon Troyer Television film
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
2004 Last Full Measure, TheThe Last Full Measure N/A Short film
2004 Anonymous Rex Vincent Rubio Television film
2007 What If God Were the Sun? Jeff Television film
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Tim
2008 Miracle of Phil Taylor Short film
2010 Children of the Spider Alex Short film
2010 Inn Keeper, TheThe Inn Keeper Jeb Short film
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 Mackey
2014 After the Fall Lee
2014 Fault in Our Stars, TheThe Fault in Our Stars Michael Lancaster
2014 Me David
2014 Aftermath, TheThe Aftermath Sonny
2015 About Ray Matthew In post-production
2015 Track, TheThe Track Scott In post-production
2016 I Am Wrath Detective Gibson Filming
2016 Imperium Gerry Conrad Filming
Year Title Role Notes
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"
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"
2008–14 True Blood Sam Merlotte Main role; 79 episodes
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 Filthy Sexy Teen$ Tom Saxson Television special
2013 Childrens Hospital Denizen Stoop Episode: "My Friend Falcon"
2015–present Cocked Richard Paxson Main role
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Paul the Male Matchmaker Stu Episode: "Know When You Are Too Old"


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