(48 years old)
29 January 1969
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
5' 11" (1,8 m)
Known for Sam Merlotte in True Blood (TV Series). An intelligent, highly-capable actor, Sam Trammell made inroads on the New York stage while building an intriguing career in mostly independent features.
He attended Brown University where he gravitated to acting in his senior year. Trammell made his film debut as an intern at a tabloid TV talk show in the little-seen The Hotel Manor Inn (1997) and kept busy with auditioned and day-player roles on daytime serials. He made his primetime debut with a featured role in the 1996 CBS/Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation Cosecha de fuego (1996) and won some attention as a man who has an affair with the mother of a friend in Childhood's End (1996). Returning to NYC, Trammell garnered attention and good reviews for a trio of stage performances. He was a compulsive gambler in his off-Broadway debut "Dealer's Choice", a gay man in "My Night With Reg" and earned a Tony nomination as the authorial stand-in in the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's comedy "Ah, Wilderness!" in 1998. Within months of capturing NYC audiences, the actor reached a wider constituency as the fast-talking ex-con "Sonny Dupree" in the quirky ABC comedy-drama Maximum Bob (1998). Later that year, Trammell was briefly seen as the youngest son in a large Irish-Catholic family in Trinity (1998) (NBC). Trammell returned to the stage in 1999, playing the troubled offspring of an award-winning TV actress (essayed by Elizabeth Ashley) in the unsuccessful drama, "If Memory Serves". 2000, though, proved a better year as the actor had a supporting role as a male hustler in the Sundance-screened Beat (2000), saw the release of Followers (2000), an affecting drama in which he played a would-be pledge to a fraternity who makes several decisions with tragic repercussions, and portrayed twins in the dramatic road movie Fear of Fiction (2000). Trammell rounded out the year garnering rave reviews for his turn as the title character's male lover in the off-Broadway play "Kit Marlowe", about the Elizabethan playwright.- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ron M
TriviaWas nominated for Broadway's 1998 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!"
Sam and his girlfriend, Missy Yager, are expecting twins later this year. They met eight years ago while working together on Broadway [March 7, 2011].
Twin boys were born on August 9, 2011.
Sam is the only cast member on True Blood (2008) who is actually from Louisiana.
Personal QuotesWhen you get into Louisiana, it really is like a different country in a lot of ways. The plants you see are a little different, like the weeping willows and the cypress trees that come up out of the bayou. And it's steamy hot. There's something about a humid, dusky evening that's kind of sexy. In the country, it feels like you don't have control over nature anymore - nature is in control of you. It's like the naturalists at the turn of the century, that idea that nature is so much bigger than you and man is a small thing. You walk out to the bayou and you're overshadowed by these strange plants and the heat and the mists, and I think that lends itself to supernatural creatures because there are things that can hide in the shadows. There's also the tradition of voodoo, the Haitian magic arts, in New Orleans. And because New Orleans is below sea level, when they bury people in New Orleans, it's mostly above ground. So you have this idea that the spirits are more accessible and can access you more easily because they're not even buried.