Sam Trammell (born January 29, 1969) 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.
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, based on the novel of the same name by John Green.
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.
For his work on HBO's True Blood, Trammell was nominated for:
- Breakout Performance – Male at the 2009 Scream Awards
- Best Supporting Actor at the 2010 Scream Awards.
- Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
|1996||Childhood's End||Greg Chute|
|1997||The Hotel Manor Inn||Nolan|
|1998||Wrestling with Alligators||Will|
|2000||Fear of Fiction||Red/Tom Hopkins|
|2000||Autumn in New York||Simon|
|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|
|2012||Guns, Girls and Gambling||Sheriff Cowley|
|2013||Crazy Kind of Love||Jeff Lucas|
|2013||White Rabbit||Darrell Mackey|
|2014||After the Fall||Lee|
|2014||The Fault in Our Stars||Michael Lancaster|
|2015||All Mistakes Buried||Sonny Coles|
|2015||3 Generations||Matthew Walker|
|2015||I Am Wrath||Detective Gibson|
|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|
|2022||The Tiger Rising||Rob Horton Sr.|
|2023||Big George Foreman||Reverend Virdell Stokes|
|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"|
|2011||Paul the Male Matchmaker||Stu||Episode: "Know When You Are Too Old"|
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- "Sam Trammell". TheLabMagazine. Archived from the original on June 17, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
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- "Sam Trammell welcomes twin sons to True Blood family". SheKnows. August 11, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
- "True Blood's Sam Trammell Joins the Fault in Our Stars". 15 August 2013.
- Nellie Andreeva (April 16, 2018). "Netflix Picks Up 'The Order' Horror Drama Series Starring Jake Manley & Sarah Grey". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
- "Sam Trammell". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on October 10, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
- "POP !! And up I sprang :)". September 11, 2020.
- "It's Always a Fight". www.brownalumnimagazine.com. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
- 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.
- Michaud, Sarah (August 11, 2011). "Sam Trammell Welcomes Twin Sons". People. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
- "Scream 2009 Breakout Performance - Male" Retrieved on 2009-09-04.