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Josef Sommer

Josef Sommer is a classically trained stage actor who has also been a prolific performer in films. He made his debut at the age of nine in a production of "Watch on the Rhine" with the Carolina Playmakers in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He trained as an actor at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut. He performed with the ... See full bio »

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 2010 The Other Guys
D.A. Radford (uncredited)
 2007/I The Invasion
Dr. Henryk Belicec
 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
The President
 2006 The Elephant King
Bill Hunt
 2004 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Peter Ducek
- Trials (2004) ... Peter Ducek
 2004 The West Wing (TV Series)
Steve Gaines
- Slow News Day (2004) ... Steve Gaines
 2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Spencer Durning
- Cold Comfort (2003) ... Spencer Durning
 2002 Searching for Paradise
Carl Greenslate
 2001 Providence (TV Series)
Thomas Wheelock
- Magician (2001) ... Thomas Wheelock
 2001 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
Henry Thompson
- The Pursuit of Unhappiness (2001) ... Henry Thompson
 2000 The Next Best Thing
Richard Whittaker
 1996-2000 Law & Order (TV Series)
Patrick Rumsey / Judge Lawrence Hellman
- Entitled (2000) ... Patrick Rumsey
- Corruption (1996) ... Judge Lawrence Hellman
 1999 The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (TV Movie)
Corporate Man
 1998 Lulu on the Bridge
Peter Shine (DVD deleted scene) (uncredited)
 1998 Bulworth
Doctor (uncredited)
 1998 The Proposition
Father Dryer
 1997 Early Edition (TV Series)
John Dobbs
 1996 Hidden in America (TV Movie)
Edward Millerton
 1996 Mistrial (TV Movie)
Nick Mirsky
 1996 The Chamber
Phelps Bowen
 1995 Moonlight and Valentino
Thomas Trager
 1995 Letter to My Killer (TV Movie)
Martin Prescott
 1995 Kansas (TV Movie)
Joseph 'Joe' Farley
 1994 Cultivating Charlie
Prescott Putney
 1994 The Enemy Within (TV Movie)
Defence Secretary Charles Potter
 1993 Malice
Lester Adams
 1992 An American Story (TV Movie)
Henry Meade
 1992 Hostages (TV Movie)
Tom Sutherland
 1992 Citizen Cohn (TV Movie)
Albert Cohn
 1991 Before the Storm (TV Movie)
 1991 Under Cover (TV Movie)
Stewart Merriman
 1991 Shadows and Fog
 1991 Under Cover (TV Series)
Stewart Merriman
 1990 When Will I Be Loved? (TV Movie)
Martin Ransil
 1974-1990 Great Performances (TV Series)
Polonius / Nikolai
- Hamlet (1990) ... Polonius
- Enemies (1974) ... Nikolai
 1989 Money, Power, Murder. (TV Movie)
Jack Finley
 1989 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Ernest Rasher
- Endgame (1989) ... Ernest Rasher
 1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway
Waldo Winchester
 1989 Forced March
 1989 Bridge to Silence (TV Movie)
Al Duffield
 1989 Chances Are
Judge Fenwick
 1988 Dracula's Widow
 1987 The Rosary Murders
Lieutenant Koznicki
 1987 A Special Friendship (TV Movie)
General Winder
 1987 American Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Wide Net (1987) ... Doc
 1986 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Raoul Nesbitt
- Need to Know (1986) ... Raoul Nesbitt
 1986 Screen Two (TV Series)
James Angleton
 1985 The Execution of Raymond Graham (TV Movie)
Jim Neal
 1985 Target
 1985 I Had Three Wives (TV Series)
- Runaround Sue (1985) ... McWilliams
 1985 D.A.R.Y.L.
Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
 1985 Brotherly Love (TV Movie)
Mr. Rafferty
 1984 Iceman
 1983 Silkwood
Max Richter
 1983 Saigon -Year of the Cat- (TV Movie)
Jack Ockham
 1983 Sparkling Cyanide (TV Movie)
George Barton
 1983 Independence Day
Sam Taylor
 1982 Sophie's Choice
Narrator (voice)
 1982 Hanky Panky
Adrian Pruitt
 1981 Rollover
Roy Lefcourt
 1981 Reds
State Department Official
 1980 The Henderson Monster (TV Movie)
Dr. Martin Grossman
 1980 Hide in Plain Sight
Jason R. Reid
 1980 Doctor Franken (TV Movie)
Mr. Parker
 1979 The Scarlet Letter (TV Mini-Series)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
 1979 Too Far to Go (TV Movie)
 1978 Oliver's Story
Dr. Dienhart
 1978 Mourning Becomes Electra (TV Mini-Series)
Ezra Mannon
 1977 The Best of Families (TV Mini-Series)
Jacob Riis
 1977 The Andros Targets (TV Series)
Benson Fisher
- The Killing of a Porno Queen (1977) ... Benson Fisher
 1976 The Front
Committee Chairman (as M. Josef Sommer)
 1976 The Adams Chronicles (TV Mini-Series)
Charles Lee
- Chapter VI: John Adams, President (1976) ... Charles Lee
 1975 Valley Forge (TV Movie)
Brig. Gen. 'Dusty' Varnum
 1975 The Stepford Wives
Ted Van Sant (as Josef Somer)
 1973-1974 The Doctors (TV Series)
Dave Davis
- Episode #1.2942 (1974) ... Dave Davis (credit only)
- Episode #1.2935 (1974) ... Dave Davis (uncredited)
- Episode #1.2934 (1974) ... Dave Davis
- Episode #1.2933 (1974) ... Dave Davis
- Episode #1.2931 (1974) ... Dave Davis (uncredited)
 1974 Man on a Swing
Pete Russell
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Played Anton Schill in Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play "The Visit" in Chicago in Goodman Theater's 1990-1991 season. See more »

Alternate Names:

Josef Somer | M. Josef Sommer


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There are two things that go on in a professional actor's life. The first is finding work, making a living, pursuing a career. The other thing is the art of acting. It's so easy to lose that in the urgency of a career. Sometimes the struggle is just staying active, when you wish the struggle would be over great roles and great plays. I'm not sure you ever reconcile the two things. I guess you ... See more »


He has played 3 different historical American presidents; Gerald Ford in The Betty Ford Story (1987), Franklin D. Roosevelt in The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990), Woodrow Wilson in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Paris, May 1919 (1993) as well as 1 fictional president in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). See more »

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