Sam Trammell

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Sam Trammell

Born

5/15/1971, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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  • Sam Trammell on True Blood from Season 4.
  • Sam Trammell in Season Three of True Blood.
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  • Sam Trammell stars in Season Two of True...
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Biography

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Sam Trammell is an American film, television, and Tony-nominated stage actor probably best known as Sam Merlotte, the mysterious diner owner on the HBO series True Blood. A Southerner just like his character on the show, Sam grew up in Charleston, West Virginia where he completed his early…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In October 2009, Trammell (Sam Merlotte on True Blood) lost out to Twilight's Taylor Lautner for Spike TV's Scream Breakthrough Performance award.

    • Sam's middle name is Foote. He is a distant relative of actress Shelby Foote, who starred in the 1990 PBS documentary The Civil War.

    • Theatrical Credits:
      The Cover of Life as Tommy; Hartford, Connecticut (1992-1993)
      The Rose Tattoo as Understudy for Jack; Circle in the Square Uptown,New York City (1995)
      A Lie of the Mind as Frankie; One Dream Theatre (1995)
      Dealer's Choice as Carl; Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, New York City (1997)
      My Night with Reg as Eric; New Group, Intar Hispanic American Theatre, New York City (1997)
      Ah, Wilderness! as Richard; Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center,New York City (1998)
      If Memory Serves as Russel Burke/Adam Burke; Promenade Theatre, NewYork City (1999)
      Kit Marlowe Estelle R. Newman Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City (2000)
      Ancestral Voices; Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City
      • appeared in productions at Barrington Stage Festival, Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, Connecticut, Manitoba TheatreCenter, New York Stage and Film Theatre, New York City, Rushmore Festival, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts

    • Film and TV Movie Credits:
      Childhood's End (1997) as Greg Chute
      Wrestling with Alligators (1998) as Will
      Followers (2000) as John Dietrich
      Anonymous Rex (2004) as Vincent Rubio
      What If God Were the Sun? (2007) as Jeff
      Miracle of Phil (2008) as Taylor

    • Trammell attended Overbrook Elementary and John Adams Middle School, both in Charleston, Virginia. He graduated from George Washington High School, also in Charleston.

    • Aside from being an actor, Sam is also a musician. He has played guitar for rock bands since he was 13. He also knows how to play the piano and the cello.

    • His favorite book, movie, or TV show about vampires is the 2008 film Let the Right One In.

    • For the period 1997-1998, Sam Trammell was one of the recipients of the Theatre World Award. It was for his performance in the play, Ah, Wilderness!.

    • Sam's acting debut was in a play called Stupid Kids during his last semester at Brown University. Years later, he produced the same play in New York.

    • In preparation for his role as Sam Merlotte in True Blood, Trammell read about six or seven books from Charlaine Harris' The Southern Vampire Mysteries book series, from which the show was based.

    • Sam has been dating actress Missy Yager. (December 2008)

    • Aside from doing some more theater work, Sam would love to appear in action and comedy movies.

  • Quotes

    • Sam Trammell: I was in a Starbucks and one of the baristas sort of was looking at me and came up really timidly and asked if I was Sam Trammell. 'Yeah, it's just me. I live right down the street. I'm nothing special, but I'm really flattered that you're so impressed.

    • Sam Trammell: (on growing up in Louisiana; in a 2009 interview) I remember it being pretty big. I went back a few years ago and it's just so tiny. I remember playing kick-the-can right before dusk. It was such a great neighborhood to grow up in. I also remember going to Mardi Gras parades and just yelling at the people, 'Give me something, mister!' That was what I was taught to yell. I think that's what all the kids yelled back then. I remember the doubloons and the beads. It was really fun, really exciting.

    • Sam Trammell: I'm a real fan of realism, that's what I like, and my problem with theater is that you have to play to the back seats. You have to be a little louder than you usually would be. So it's not totally realistic. You try to be as real as you can but that some times gets in your way.

    • Sam Trammell: (about the strangest thing that's happened on the set of "True Blood") We were driving out in the middle of nowhere in Louisiana to shoot a scene on a Lake last year. We turned a corner and I realized we were in a town my great Aunts and Uncles grew up in. 13 were buried in the grave there. In the scene, I ended up running naked across land once owned by my great, great Grandfather.

    • Sam Trammell: If I was immortal I'd probably take a day off and just chill out–no need to rush.

    • Sam Trammell: (on being recognized because of "True Blood"'s popularity) Yeah, I think I am getting recognized more and more... I was ordering a taco somewhere and the person at the register recognized me, I was at a furniture store and somebody recognized me. Just random places you get recognized.

    • Sam Trammell: (in a 2008 interview) True Blood is definitely the biggest thing I've ever done. I love working with Alan Ball. He's one of the best writers for television, and it's fun. The show is set in an edgy, swampy gothic world. It's scary and bloody, but there's a lot of dark comedy.

    • Sam Trammell: (on coming back to his hometown) You get a real perspective being outside of West Virginia for a while. Every time I do get back, I realize how beautiful Charleston is.

    • Sam Trammell: (on visiting "True Blood" fans sites) Do I read the fan sites? No. No, no, no. I can't. I can't. There's no way. I know that there are a lot of people and a lot of blogs and I can't do it. I can't read any of it. I just can't go there, it's too scary. I pretty much stay out of it.

    • Sam Trammell: I've always liked scary books. When I was a kid, I didn't like scary movies, but I like them now. I'm not a big vampire person, but I know there are a lot of people out there are, and I respect that. But, I definitely like any kind of fantastical, supernatural stuff, if it's done well. If it's just cheesy or kind of light, I'm not as into it, but if it's really edgy, then I'm way into it. I love it.

    • Sam Trammell: (in a December 2008 article) I'm a real wimp on planes. I flew through some thunderstorms a few years ago -- it was probably the most scared I've ever been.

    • Sam Trammell: When you're shooting and you have to be naked, you end up not eating a whole lot. I had to stay away from the doughnuts.

    • Sam Trammell: With theater you get to do the whole thing every night and you have the immediate audience reaction. There's something amazing about getting to do the whole piece every night, and also having all of that rehearsal time where you get to just really think about it so much and find new layers. With film obviously you don't have the same rehearsal time, you only are doing pieces. But what's fulfilling about film and television for me is you just get in close to the face and you can really just have small, real moments.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I believe he is perfect for his roll in true blood he is just sam from the books.

    9.5
    I love the program I think he is great for the roll I was so glad they got it right!

    and he is doing an excellent job!

    I don't know if Chairlaine Harris is happy with the show, but I am, she show is just as I imagined in my mind I hope it last for all the books since they are so great and they are so interesting.

    sooo glad that as the story goes I will get to see more Sam and the dog. He is just doing a great job and so glad that he is soooooooo eye candy.moreless