Richard Sammel


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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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

Credits Include

The Strain 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
Le Confessione Roberto Ando french-italian Coproduction
Three Days to Kill McG
Beauty and the Beast Christophe Gans
Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino
Casino Royale Martin Campbell
Life Is Beautiful Roberto Begnini

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)

Showreel Teaser | go to video's page

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Interview FRENCH | go to video's page

Showreel GERMAN | go to video's page

Showreel HISTORY | go to video's page

Feb 01

shooting the fourth and final season of THE STRAIN

Richard is currently shooting the fourth and final season of THE STRAIN!

FX has released the trailer:

Season 4 will be release in July 2017

Jan 11

THE STRAIN will continue

Richard is currently shooting a new season of THE STRAIN!

Season 3 will be release in July 2016. 

Sep 07


OUTSIDE THE BOX will celebrate its international premiere at the Zurich International Film Festival! The premiere will take place on September 28th, 6:30pm.

Jul 14

Comicon -hit: a spoof on THE STRAIN, starring Richard Sammel

With the release of the 2nd season of THE STRAIN, Fox presented a spoof, starring Richard Sammel. The short became a hit: youtube-link

Jul 01

OUTSIDE THE BOX at Munich Filmfest

OUTSIDE THE BOX will celebrate its festival premiere at the Munich Filmfest! The premiere will take place on July 1, 7:30pm at the ARRI Cinema.


May 19

THE STRAIN – Season 2

Season 2 of the vampire drama The Strain premieres JULY 12th on FX Network.
Season 1 of The Strain was 2014’s most-watched new scripted series among all basic and pay cable networks in Adults 18-49 (2.4 million).

more information

Feb 18


The TV-series CHEZ MAUPASSANT won the award for "Best TV-creation of the last 20 years". Richard starred in the episodes "Deux amis" (2007, first season) and "Boule de suif" (2011, third season).

These 24 episodes – an anthology of short stories by Guy de Maupassant – were produced by Gerard Jourd'hui, Gaëlle Girre and France 2 (FR2).

May 21

Richard Sammel in del Toro's Fox series

A day after casting the female lead, FX's Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse pilot The Strain has added two more to its cast. Titanic's Jonathan Hyde and Inglourious Basterds' Richard Sammel have boarded the Corey Stoll starrer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

( The Hollywood Reporter )

Mar 18

Richard Sammel opposite Kevin Costner in THREE DAYS TO KILL

Richard Sammel is currently shooting in Paris opposite Kevin Costner on the Luc Besson production THREE DAYS TO KILL, directed by McG.

Sep 08


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