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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)
 2008 Stop-Loss
Senator Orton Worrell
 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 Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Cotton Mather
- The Chess Master (2002) ... Cotton Mather
- The Making of a Revolutionary (2002) ... Cotton Mather
- Let the Experiment Be Made (2002) ... Cotton Mather
 2002 Searching for Paradise
Carl Greenslate
 2002 The Sum of All Fears
Senator Jessup
 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 Family Man
Peter Lassiter
 2000 Shaft
Curt Fleming
 2000 The Next Best Thing
Richard Whittaker
 1996-2000 Law & Order (TV Series)
Defence Attorney Patrick Rumsey / Judge Lawrence Hellman
- Entitled (2000) ... Defence Attorney Patrick Rumsey
- Corruption (1996) ... Judge Lawrence Hellman
 2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Defence Attorney Patrick Rumsey
- Entitled (2000) ... Defence Attorney Patrick Rumsey
 1999 The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (TV Movie)
Corporate Man
 1998 Patch Adams
Dr. Eaton
 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
- The Wall: Part 2 (1997) ... John Dobbs
- The Wall: Part 1 (1997) ... 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 Strange Days
Palmer Strickland
 1995 Letter to My Killer (TV Movie)
Martin Prescott
 1995 Kansas (TV Movie)
Joseph 'Joe' Farley
 1994 Nobody's Fool
Clive Peoples, Jr.
 1994 Don't Drink the Water (TV Movie)
Ambassador Magee
 1994 The Enemy Within (TV Movie)
Defence Secretary Charles Potter
 1994 Cultivating Charlie
Prescott Putney
 1993 Malice
Lester Adams
 1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series)
Woodrow Wilson
- Paris, May 1919 (1993) ... Woodrow Wilson
 1992 An American Story (TV Movie)
Henry Meade
 1992 Hostages (TV Movie)
Tom Sutherland
 1992 The Mighty Ducks
Gerald Ducksworth
 1992 Citizen Cohn (TV Movie)
Albert Cohn
 1991 Before the Storm (TV Movie)
 1991 Under Cover (TV Series)
Stewart Merriman
- Eeney, Meaney, Miney, Mole (1991) ... Stewart Merriman
- Our Man in Huallaga (1991) ... Stewart Merriman
- Minotaur (1991) ... Stewart Merriman
- Quarantine (1991) ... Stewart Merriman
- The Wall (1991) ... Stewart Merriman
 1991 Under Cover (TV Movie)
Stewart Merriman
 1991 Shadows and Fog
 1991 A Woman Named Jackie (TV Mini-Series)
Joseph Kennedy Sr.
- The Onassis Years (1991) ... Joseph Kennedy Sr.
- The Kennedy Years (1991) ... Joseph Kennedy Sr.
- The Bouvier Years (1991) ... Joseph Kennedy Sr.
 1974-1990 Great Performances (TV Series)
Polonius / Nikolai
- Hamlet (1990) ... Polonius
- Enemies (1974) ... Nikolai
 1990 When Will I Be Loved? (TV Movie)
Martin Ransil
 1990 The Kennedys of Massachusetts (TV Mini-Series)
Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Franklin D. Roosevelt
 1989 Money, Power, Murder. (TV Movie)
Jack Finley
 1989 Forced March
 1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway
Waldo Winchester
 1989 Bridge to Silence (TV Movie)
Al Duffield
 1989 Chances Are
Judge Fenwick
 1988 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Ernest Rasher
- Endgame (1988) ... Ernest Rasher
 1988 Hothouse (TV Series)
Dr. Sam Garrison
- 'Love and Taxes' (1988) ... Dr. Sam Garrison
- His Mother (1988) ... Dr. Sam Garrison
- Nancy: Part 2 (1988) ... Dr. Sam Garrison
- Nancy: Part 1 (1988) ... Dr. Sam Garrison
- The Actress (1988) ... Dr. Sam Garrison
 1988 Dracula's Widow
 1987 The Rosary Murders
Lieutenant Koznicki
 1987 A Special Friendship (TV Movie)
General Winder
 1987 The Betty Ford Story (TV Movie)
President Gerald Ford
 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
- Double Image (1986) ... 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
 1985 Witness
 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 Still of the Night
George Bynum
 1982 Hanky Panky
Adrian Pruitt
 1981 Rollover
Roy Lefcourt
 1981 Reds
State Department Official
 1981 Absence of Malice
 1980 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Dr. Hastings
- Episode #1.7441 (1980) ... Dr. Hastings (credit only)
 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
 1971 Dirty Harry
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(August 3 to September 28, 1980) He acted in Michael Cristofer's play, "The Lady and the Clarinet," in a world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Gordon Davidson was director. See more »

Alternate Names:

Josef Somer | M. Josef Sommer


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Personal Quote:

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 »


In 1982, appeared in two films with Meryl Streep: sharing scenes with her in Still of the Night (1982) and narrating her character story in Sophie's Choice (1982). The following year they co-starred in Silkwood (1983). See more »

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