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Sam Trammell

Sam Trammell
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
First seen
Last seen
Appeared in
79 episodes (see below)
Mentioned in
Biographical Information
Date of birth
January 29, 1969 (1969-01-29) (age 53)
Date of death
Place of birth
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Place of death
Sam Merlotte
Tommy Mickens (disguised as Sam Merlotte in I Wish I Was the Moon and Let's Get Out of Here)
Luna Garza (disguised as Sam Merlotte in Somebody That I Used to Know)
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Sam Trammell, born January 29, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana is an American actor who plays the role of Sam Merlotte on the HBO original series True Blood. Making his debut in the series' premiere episode, "Strange Love", in the series' first season, Sam plays the role of a shapeshifter. The former owner of the nightclub Merlotte's Bar and Grill, in Bon Temps, Louisiana, Sam plays a recurring role through the series' first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons, and is now currently mayor of Bon Temps. Possessing a "go-to" shift of a light-colored border collie, Sam was last seen in the series' finale episode, "Thank You", in the series' seventh, and final, season.


Sam Trammell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. When he was a child, his family moved to Charleston, West Virginia. Trammell graduated from George Washington High School. He furthered his studies at Brown University and the University of Paris.

Sam Trammell has worked in theater, on-Broadway, off-Broadway, film and television. He is an accomplished New York stage actor whose credits include a Tony nominated performance in "Ah, Wilderness!" at Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway, he starred in "Dealer's Choice (play)", "My Night With Reg", "If Memory Serves", "Ancestral Voices", and most recently, "Kit Marlowe" at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, where he received outstanding reviews. Trammell's big break came when he landed the role of "Sam Merlotte" on HBO series True Blood.


Year Film Role Notes
1997 The Hotel Manor Inn Nolan
Childhood's End Greg Chute
1998 Wrestling with Alligators Will
2000 Beat Lee
Fear of Fiction Red/Tom Hopkins
Autumn in New York Simon
Followers John Dietrich
2003 Undermind Derrick Hall/Zane Waye
2004 The Last Full Measure Unknown role
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Tim
2008 Miracle of Phil Taylor
2010 The Details Unknown role
Shrinking Charlotte Jeff Bicknell
2011 Unshakable Kane
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Harvest of Fire Simon Troyer TV movie
1998 Maximum Bob Sonny Dupree Episode: "Pilot"

Episode: "Once Bitten..."

Trinity Liam McCallister Episode #1.1

Episode: "In a Yellow Wood" Episode: "No Secrets"

2001-2002 Going to California Kevin 'Space' Lauglin 20 episodes
2004 Anonymous Rex Vincent Rubio TV movie
House M.D. Ethan Hartig Episode: "Maternity"
2005 Strong Medicine Kiko Ellsworth Episode: "First Response"
Judging Amy Marty Levine Episode: "The Paper War"

Episode: "Revolutions Per Minute" Episode: "My Name Is Amy Gray..."

Bones Ken Thompson Episode: "Pilot"
2006 CSI: NY Charles Wright Episode: "Heroes"
Numb3rs Thomas Gill Episode: "Hot Shot"
Justice Kevin O'Neil Episode: "Pilot"
Dexter Matt Chambers Episode: "Crocodile"
2007 Cold Case Porter Rawley Episode: "Blood on the Tracks"
What If God Were the Sun? Jeff TV movie
2009 Medium Dr. Brian Seward Episode: "Things to Do in Phoenix When You're Dead"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Gray Vanderhoven Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2008-2014 True Blood Sam Merlotte Regular


  • Nominated for the Scream Award for Breakout Performance – Male (season 1)
  • Nominated for the Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor (season 2)



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Season one appearances
"Strange Love" "The First Taste" "Mine" "Escape from Dragon House"
"Sparks Fly Out" "Cold Ground" "Burning House of Love" "The Fourth Man in the Fire"
"Plaisir D'Amour" "I Don't Wanna Know" "To Love Is to Bury" "You'll Be the Death of Me"
Season two appearances
"Nothing but the Blood" "Keep This Party Going" "Scratches" "Shake and Fingerpop"
"Never Let Me Go" "Hard-Hearted Hannah" "Release Me" "Timebomb"
"I Will Rise Up" "New World in My View" "Frenzy" "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
Season three appearances
"Bad Blood" "Beautifully Broken" "It Hurts Me Too" "9 Crimes"
"Trouble" "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" "Hitting the Ground" "Night on the Sun"
"Everything Is Broken" "I Smell a Rat" "Fresh Blood" "Evil is Going On"
Season four appearances
"She's Not There" "You Smell Like Dinner" "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?" "I'm Alive and on Fire"
"Me and the Devil" "I Wish I Was the Moon" "Cold Grey Light of Dawn" "Spellbound"
"Let's Get Out of Here" "Burning Down the House" "Soul of Fire" "And When I Die"
Season five appearances
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" "Authority Always Wins" "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" "We’ll Meet Again"
"Let's Boot and Rally" "Hopeless" "In the Beginning" "Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" "Gone, Gone, Gone" "Sunset" "Save Yourself"
Season six appearances
"Who Are You, Really?" "The Sun" "You're No Good" "At Last"
"F**k the Pain Away" "Don't You Feel Me" "In the Evening" "Dead Meat"
"Life Matters" "Radioactive"
Season seven appearances
"Jesus Gonna Be Here" "I Found You" "Fire in the Hole" "Death is Not the End"
"Lost Cause" "Karma" "May Be the Last Time" "Almost home"
"Love is to Die" "Thank You"
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