Richard Sammel

Actor | 1960 | German | Berlin, Paris

Personal Data

Languages: German (mother tongue), English, French, Italian (fluent), Spanish (good)

Residence: Berlin, Paris

Place of birth: Germany

Nationality: German

Height: 1.79m (5' 10.4“)

Hair: dark blond

Eyes: blue

Dialects: Hessisch, Badisch

Pitch of the voice: tenor

Musical instruments: guitar, piano, violin, mandolin

Dance: ballroom, contemporary dance, contact dance

Sports: mountain climbing, diving, fencing, marathon, horse-riding, shooting sport, wrestling, sailing, skiing, yoga, knitting and crocheting

Driving licence: car (B), motorcycle (A)

Awards

Saturn Award: nom. 'Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series' for THE STRAIN

Angela Award 2014

Syracuse International Film Festival, New York: won 'Best Actor' for APARTMENT IN ATHENS

Feature | Television

2018 | The Conductor | Shooting Star Filmcompany | feature film | Director: Maria Peters

2018 | Der Mordanschlag | Network Movie | TV movie | Director: Miguel Alexandre | 2 parts

2018 | The Delegation | ArtFilm | feature film | Director: Bujar Alimani

2017-2014 | The Strain | Mirada | FX Network | TV series | Director: Guillermo del Toro, Charlotte Sieling, David Semel, Keith Gordon, Peter Weller, Miles Dale, Ken Girotto, Deran Serafian, T.J.Scott, Vincenzo Natali, Carlton Cuse | maincast

2016 | Le Confessione | Bibi Film, Barbary Film | Rai Cinema | feature film | Director: Roberto Ando | french-italian Coproduction

2015 | A Day Like a Week | UPL Films | feature film | Director: Kader Ayd

2015 | Outside the Box | Walker + Worm Film Produktion | feature film | Director: Philip Koch

2015 | Tiens-toi droite | Rectangle Production | feature film | Director: Katia Lewcowicz

2014 | Schuld - "Volksfest" | Moovie the art of entertainment | ZDF | TV series | Director: Hannu Salonen | guest star

2014 | Three Days to Kill | EuropaCorp | feature film | Director: McG

2014 | Beauty and the Beast | Eskwad | feature film | Director: Christophe Gans

2014 | Da Vincis Demons | Starz Entertainment | BBC | TV series | Director: Georges Sturridge

2014 | Der zweite Mann | Kaminski.Stiehm.Film | feature film | Director: Christopher Lenke, Philipp Nauck

2014-2009 | The Line (OT: Un Village Français) | Tétra Média | France 3 | TV series | Director: Patrice Martineau, Olivier Guignard, Philippe Triboit | maincast, series regular

2013 | Da kommt noch wer | Faye Dekota Theater | theatre | Director: Adnan G. Köse

2013 | Company of Heroes | UFO Films | Sony Pictures | feature film | Director: Don Michael Paul

2012 | Borderland | Aeternalis Films | feature film | Director: Mathieu Weschler

2012 | Piccolina Bella | Alphapictures Ltd. | feature film | Director: Carolina Scaglione

2012 | A Montanha | Três Mundos Producâes | feature film | Director: Vincente Ferraz

2012 | The Third Half | feature film | Director: Darko Mitrevski

2012 | Apartment in Athens | feature film | Director: Ruggero Dipaola | Awards: Golden Globes Italy, Milan International Film Awards, Newport Beach Film Festival, Rome Film Fest

2011 | Sniper: Reloaded | Sony Pictures | feature film | Director: Claudio Faeh

2011 | Chez Maupassant - "Boule de suif" | JM & G Productions | France 2 | TV series | Director: Gérard Jourd'hui

2011 | The Berlin Project | L.A.R.A. Enterprises | feature film | Director: Ivo Trajkov

2010 | Werner - Eiskalt | Constantin Film | Constantin Film | feature film | Director: Gernot Roll

2010 | Aramcheck, Récit d'un Détournement | Polaris Film | feature film | Director: Frédéric Sojcher

2009 | Inglourious Basterds | Lawrence Bender Productions | Universal Pictures | feature film | Director: Quentin Tarantino

2009 | Chez Maupassant -"Deux amis" | JM & G Productions | France 2 | TV series | Director: Gérard Jourd'hui

2009 | This is Love | Badlands Film | Kinowelt | feature film | Director: Matthias Glasner

2009 | Lila, Lila | Millbrook Pictures | Falcom | feature film | Director: Alain Gsponer

2008 | Phantomschmerz | Film 1 | Warner | feature film | Director: Matthias Emcke

2008 | L'Occupant | feature film | Director: Sergio Rubini

2007 | Lady Blood | Alterego Productions | feature film | Director: Jean-Marc Vicent

2007 | Colpo d'occhio | Cattleya | feature film | Director: Sergio Rubini

2006 | Casino Royale | Eon Productions | Sony Pictures | feature film | Director: Martin Campbell

2005 | Les Fragments D´Antonin | Dragoonie Films | feature film | Director: Gabriel le Bomin

2005 | OSS 117 | Mandarin Film | feature film | Director: Michel Hazanavicius

2004 | Zeppelin | Gordian Maugg Filmproduktion | feature film | Director: Gordian Maugg

2004 | Le Puits | France 3 (FR3) | feature film | Director: Gabriel Le Bomin

2001 | Wespennest | Canal+ | feature film | Director: Francois Emilio Sir

2001 | Laissez-Passer | France 2 Cinéma | feature film | Director: Bertrand Tavernier

1999 | Il Cielo Cade | Instituto Luce | feature film | Director: Fratelli Frazzi

1997 | Taxi | ARP Sélection | feature film | Director: Gerard Pieres / Luc Besson

1997 | Life Is Beautiful | Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematographice | feature film | Director: Roberto Begnini

1995 | Le Hussard sur le toît | feature film | Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau

1994 | Les Misérable du XX. Siècle | feature film | Director: Claude Lelouche

1992 | Il piacere delle carni | feature film | Director: Barbara Barni

1991 | La Setta | feature film | Director: Michele Soavi

2001 | Le Puits | short | Director: Gabriel Le Bomin

2011 | Interpol | TF1 | TV series | Director: -various- | 6 episodes

2011 | Allein gegen die Zeit | Askania Media | Kika | TV series | Director: Andreas Morell

2010 | Die Akte Golgatha | UFA | RTL | TV movie | Director: Zoltan Spirandelli

2010 | Undercover Love | Polyphon | RTL | TV movie | Director: Franziska Meyer-Price

2010 | Tatort - "Am Ende des Tages" | HR | ARD | TV series | Director: Titus Selge

2008 | Dicke Liebe | Ziegler Film | ProSieben | TV movie | Director: Wilhelm Engelhardt

2008 | Der Kriminalist - "Die Kronzeugin" | Monaco Film | ZDF | TV series | Director: Elmar Fischer

2007 | Das 100 Millionen Dollar Date | sperl + schott film | Sat.1 | TV movie | Director: Josh Broecker

2007 | Il Commissario de Luca | Ager 3 | Rai | TV mini-series | Director: Antonio Frazzie

2006 | Stagione dei Delitti | Goodtime Enterprises | TV series | Director: Donatella Majorca

2006 | Chez Maupassant | AT- Produktion | TV movie | Director: Gérard Jourdhui

2005 | Un Ami Prafait | Ognon Pictures | ZDF, arte | TV movie | Director: Fancis Giraud

2004 | Feuer in der Nacht | UFA | ZDF | TV movie | Director: Kai Wessel

2004 | Le 5 Giornate di Milano | Progetto Immagine | TV movie | Director: Carlo Lizzani

2002 | Ich gehöre Dir | Cult Film | TV movie | Director: Holger Barthel

2002 | Jean Moulin | FR2 | TV movie | Director: Yves Boisset

2000 | Largo Winch | Beta Film / Paramount Television | TV series | Director: Paolo Barzman

2000 | Julia, eine ungewöhnliche Frau | Dor Film | ARD | TV series | Director: Holger Barthel

2000 | Kommissar Rex - "Das Millionenpferd" | Mungo Film | Sat.1 | TV series | Director: Bodo Fürneisen

1999 | La Bicyclette Bleue | Bavaria Film | TV mini series | Director: Thierry Binisti

1996 | Dans Un Grand Vent De Fleurs | France 2 | FR2 | TV mini series | Director: Gérard Vergez

1995 | Les Alsaciens | TV mini series | Director: Michel Favart

1994 | L’Affabulatrice | TV movie | Director: Marcel Bluwall

1993 | Le Vol de Lindbergh | TV movie | Director: Jean François Jung

2013 | Da kommt noch wer | Faye Dekota Theater | theatre | Director: Adnan G. Köse

2009 | A La Vie | Théâtre Mouffetard, Paris | theatre | Director: Piere Loup Rajot

2007 | A La Vie | Théâtre Toursky Marseille / TMR Montreux | theatre | Director: Piere Loup Rajot

2006 | Qu'ils me haissent, pourvu qu´ils me craignent | Cnd Grenoble / Annemasse / Annecy / Théâtre Montréal | theatre | Director: Isira Makuloluwe

2005 | Ich liebe dieses Land | Théâtre du Rond Point Paris / Théâtre du Gymnase Marseille | theatre | Director: Eva Doumbia

2004 | Der König der Fischer | Theater Lockstoff Stuttgart / Stadt Stuttgart | theatre | Director: Richard Sammel

2004 | Die Möwe | Théâtre du Pavé / Grenier Théâtre Toulouse | theatre | Director: Francis Azemat

2003 | Medea | Cie de la Chose Paris / Théâtre Bertelot Montreuil | theatre | Director: Graziella Delerm

2002 | Shot | Laboratoire Victor Vérité / Ménagerie de Verre Paris | theatre | Director: Véronique Caye

Stage

Audio

An artist of international range and reputation, Richard Sammel is fluent, and has acted in, English, German, French and Italian.  He has starred in some forty films and twenty-five television films, shot on locations ranging from Sweden to Italy, Portugal to Slovakia, England to the Balkans, but also Canada, South Africa and the United States, for such directors as Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo Del Toro, Luc Besson, Martin Campbell, Bertrand Tavernier, Claude Lelouche, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Roberto Begnini, Dario Argento, McG and Michel Hazanavicius.  He has acted, danced and directed for the stage in theaters all over Europe, from Germany to Portugal, Italy, England, Russia and Canada. Sammel stars as ‘Thomas Eichhorst’ in the hit FX series, The Strain, from Guillermo Del Toro and Carlton Cuse, and returns for Season 3, which premieres August 28, 2016.

Sammel made his professional acting debut in 1981 on stage in Hildesheim, Germany. From 1983, he worked in France, where his breakthrough came in 1987, with an acclaimed performance in Catch, by the Company Nelson Dumont. Beginning in 1989, he worked in Rome with theater director Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, and met Susan Strasberg, who assisted him in securing his film debut, the lead role in Il Piacere Delle Carni, for director Barbara Barni. In 1993, Sammel moved to Paris and landed the lead role in the musical film version of the Brecht-Eisler opera The Lindberghs Flight.

An indelible performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds in 2009 brought Sammel international recognition. In 2012, he won “Best Actor” at the Syracuse International Film Festival for his performance in Ruggero Dipaola’s Apartment in Athens. 

His other film credits include Les Miserable du XX Siècle for director Claude Lelouche; Life is Beautiful for director Roberto Begnini; the original Taxi written by Luc Besson; Casino Royale for director Martin Campbell; Beauty and the Beast opposite Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux for director Christophe Gans; and most recently McG’s Three Days to Kill opposite Kevin Costner.

Richard Sammel was born in Heidelberg, Germany. He studied music, especially the violin, and then went on to follow his true passion, which was acting.  He studied both music and acting in Hildesheim, Germany; acting and directing in Aix en Provence; and acting with both Susan Strasberg and Francesca de Sapio in Rome. He is drawn to roles that require physical play, rhythm and timing, a reflection of his dance training; and those that require a deep emotional inner life, a reflection of his intense training in method acting. He lives in Paris and Berlin.

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