(born February 2, 1978) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal ofHarry Craneon theAMCdrama series. He is also known for his roles in the comedy-drama films
Sommer was born inToledo, Ohio, and raised inStillwater, Minnesota, where he was educated at Oakland Junior High School andStillwater Area High School.1He then went on to attendConcordia CollegeinMoorhead, Minnesota, where he majored in theater and sang inThe Concordia Choir.2Sommer studiedimprovisationat theBrave New Workshopin Minneapolis, and started an improv group, the Slush Puppies, in Moorhead.3In 2004, he received hisMaster of Fine Artsin acting fromCase Western Reserve UniversityinCleveland, Ohio.4Sommer returned to the school in 2006 to teachicebreakersto law students, and again in 2008 to do an improv workshop with undergraduate theatre students.
Sommers most notable film role to date is asAnne Hathaways friend Doug in the 2006 filmThe Devil Wears Prada. He has appeared incommercialsfor companies such asBud LightDairy QueenNextel, andSprint.
From 2007 until its ending in 2015, Sommer maintained a regular role onAMCs period drama seriesMad MenasHarry Crane, a media buyer who becomes head of the television department in a 1960s. In 2008, Sommer appeared as a guest star in two episodes ofNBCs mockumentary sitcom seriesThe Office, portraying the role of Alex. In 2010, he played Jimmy Wilson in a guest appearance onUgly Betty.5
In 2011, Sommer guest starred in two episodes ofThe CWs drama-thriller seriesNikitaas electrical engineer and CIA consultant Malcolm Mitchell.6The following year, he co-starred withBob OdenkirkandJenna Fischerin the romantic comedy filmThe Giant Mechanical Man.7In May 2012, he began performances of theRoundabout Theatre Companys production ofHarveyonBroadway, co-starring alongsideJim Parsons.8Also that same year, he guest starred in NBCs police procedural seriesLaw & Order: Special Victims Unitas Boyd Hartwell.9
On March 1, 2014, it was reported that Sommer had been cast in theCBSpilotGood Session; however, the network later declined to pick up the project to series.10In November 2014, Sommer reprised his role as Harlan Emple in an episode of CBS procedural drama seriesElementary, after guest starring as the character in an episode the previous year.11From February 2 to March 13, 2016, Sommer starred in the Off-Broadway revival ofSam Shepards playBuried Child, withEd HarrisandAmy Madigan.12That same year, he also co-starred inRob Reiners biopicLBJas Press SecretaryPierre Salinger, alongsideWoody Harrelsonin the title role.13
In 2018, Sommer appeared in the horror mystery filmSummer of 84, oppositeGraham VerchereJudah LewisandTiera Skovbye.14
Sommer is a fan favorite on the smash hit podcast,Never Not Funny, hosted by comedian and pioneerJimmy Pardo.
Sommer lives inLos Angeleswith his wife, Virginia Donohoe, whom he married on August 13, 2005. They have two children.1516
Sommer is a fan of tabletop games and hosts a podcast about them calledCARDBOARD!17
Episode: Skylar Astin Wears Blue Jeans and Weathered Brown Desert Boots
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Mad Men actor Rich Sommer comes home for Stillwater benefit.
Royce, Graydon (July 27, 2011).Its a mad, mad, mad weekend for Brave New Workshop.
Washington, Julie (November 25, 2008).Rich Sommer of Mad Men puts his cigarettes down to help out at Case Western Reserve University / Cleveland Play House graduate program.
Ugly Betty exclusive: Mad man Rich Sommer woos Betty.
Masters, Megan (March 16, 2011).Nikita Scoop: Mad Man Infiltrates Division!.
Fernandez, Jay A (June 12, 2010).Three Actors Cast in The Giant Mechanical Man Romantic Comedy.
Mad Men Actor Rich Sommer: Harrys Not a Douchebag
Stanhope, Kate (April 17, 2012).Exclusive SVU Video: Chloe Sevigny Gets Sociopathic as a Self-Destructive Housewife.
Andreeva, Nellie (March 1, 2014).Rich Sommer Cast In CBS Pilot Good Session; Brian Howe In Save the Date
Abrams, Natalie (July 31, 2014).Exclusive: Mad Mens Rich Sommer Returning to Elementary.
Mad Men Star Rich Sommer Joins Cast of Upcoming Off-Broadway Revival of Sam Shepards Buried Child.
Lincoln, Ross A (September 21, 2015).Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins Join Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler Comedy; LBJ Packs Cast As Production Starts.
Mad Men and Riverdale Stars Head Back to the Summer of 84
Farley, Christopher John (March 19, 2012).A Mad Man on the Loose.
Michaud, Sarah (September 2, 2010).Rich Sommer Welcomes Son Patrick Ryan.
Maxwell, Erin (December 17, 2007).Satellite Award winners announced.
Stark, Chelsea (December 1, 2016).The Game Awards: Heres the full winners list.
Rich Sommerat theInternet Off-Broadway Database
Satellite Award for Best Cast Television Series
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
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