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Josef Sommer

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Josef Sommer (born June 26, 1934) is an American film actor. He was born Maximilian Josef Sommer in Greifswald, Germany and was raised in North Carolina, the son of Elisabeth and Clemons Sommer, a professor of art history at the University of North Carolina. He studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He has a daughter, Maria. Sommer made his acting debut at the age of nine in a North Carolina production of Watch on the Rhine. He made his film debut in 1971 in Dirty Harry, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind in 1977, and appeared in Witness opposite Harrison Ford (where he played a crooked police officer) and Moonlight and Valentino with Elizabeth Perkins. He appeared as President Gerald Ford opposite Gena Rowlands in the 1987 made-for-TV movie The Betty Ford Story. He has also had starring roles in two short-lived series, Hothouse (1988) and Under Cover (early 1990s). As of 2007, he has appeared, as a character actor, in almost 100 films. Some of his more famous roles have been as a crooked businessman or a corrupt politician. Description above from the Wikipedia article Josef Sommer, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jun 26, 1934 In Greifswald, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Winds of Change 2008-04-29
Known For
Poster of Hothouse
Poster of The Scarlet Letter
Poster of Mourning Becomes Electra
Poster of The Andros Targets
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Winds of Change Woodrow Wilson 2008-04-29
Movie Stop-Loss Senator Orton Worrell 2008-03-28
Movie The Invasion Dr. Henryk Belicec 2007-08-17
Movie The Elephant King Bill Hunt 2006-04-26
Movie X-Men: The Last Stand The President 2006-05-24
Series Without a Trace Unknown 2002-09-26
Movie The Sum of All Fears Senator Jessup 2002-05-31
Series Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Movie The Family Man Peter Lassiter 2000-12-12
Movie Shaft Curt Flemming 2000-06-15
Movie The Next Best Thing Richard Whittaker 2000-03-03
Series Providence Unknown 1999-01-08
Series The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie Patch Adams Dr. Eaton 1998-12-25
Series Ally McBeal Unknown 1997-09-08
Movie Mistrial Nick Mirsky 1996-11-02
Movie The Chamber Phelps Bowen 1996-10-11
Series Early Edition Unknown 1996-09-28
Movie Kansas Joseph 'Joe' Farley 1995-07-27
Movie Letter to My Killer 1995-08-09
Movie Moonlight and Valentino Thomas Trager 1995-09-29
Movie Strange Days Palmer Strickland 1995-10-13
Movie Nobody's Fool Clive Peoples Jr. 1994-12-23
Movie Don't Drink the Water Ambassador Magee 1994-12-18
Movie The Enemy Within Defence Secretary Charles Potter 1994-08-24
Movie Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Col. Morrow 1994-02-26
Movie Malice Atty. Lester Adams 1993-09-29
Movie Citizen Cohn Albert Cohn 1992-08-22
Movie Hostages Tom Sutherland 1992-09-23
Movie The Mighty Ducks Mr. Ducksworth 1992-10-02
Movie An American Story Henry Meade 1992-11-29
Movie Shadows and Fog Priest 1991-12-05
Series A Woman Named Jackie 1991-10-13
Series Under Cover Stewart Merriman 1991-01-07
Movie Hamlet Polonius 1990-11-01
Series Law & Order Patrick Rumsey 1990-09-13
Series The Kennedys of Massachusetts Franklin D. Roosevelt 1990-02-18
Movie Chances Are Judge Fenwick 1989-03-10
Movie Bridge to Silence Al Duffield 1989-04-09
Movie Forced March Father 1989-11-03
Movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman Charles Estiman 1989-04-30
Movie Bloodhounds of Broadway Waldo Winchester 1989-11-03
Movie Dracula's Widow Lannon 1988-07-02
Series Hothouse 1988-06-30
Movie A Special Friendship General Winder 1987-03-31
Movie The Betty Ford Story President Gerald Ford 1987-03-02
Movie Double Image James Angleton 1986-04-06
Movie Witness Chief Paul Schaeffer 1985-02-08
Movie Brotherly Love Mr. Rafferty 1985-05-28
Movie D.A.R.Y.L. Dr. Jeffrey Stewart 1985-06-14
Series The Equalizer Unknown 1985-09-18
Movie The Execution of Raymond Graham Jim Neal 1985-11-17
Movie Iceman Whitman 1984-04-13
Movie Silkwood Max Richter 1983-12-14
Movie Saigon: Year Of The Cat 1983-11-29
Movie Sparkling Cyanide George Barton 1983-11-05
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Movie Independence Day Sam Taylor 1983-01-21
Movie Hanky Panky Adrian Pruitt 1982-06-04
Movie Still of the Night George Bynum 1982-11-19
Movie Sophie's Choice Narrator (voice) 1982-12-08
Movie Reds State Department Official 1981-12-25
Movie Absence of Malice McAdam 1981-11-19
Movie Rollover Roy Lefcourt 1981-10-11
Movie The Henderson Monster Dr. Martin Grossman 1980-05-26
Movie Hide in Plain Sight Jason R. Reid 1980-03-21
Movie Doctor Franken Mr. Parker 1980-01-13
Movie Too Far to Go Henry 1979-03-12
Series The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 1979-03-03
Movie Oliver's Story Dr. Dienhart 1978-12-15
Series Mourning Becomes Electra Ezra Mannon 1978-12-06
Movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind Larry Butler 1977-11-18
Series The Andros Targets Unknown 1977-01-31
Movie Valley Forge 1975-12-03
Movie The Stepford Wives Ted Van Sant 1975-02-12
Movie The Witches of Salem: The Horror and the Hope 1972-01-01
Movie Dirty Harry Att. William T. Rothko 1971-07-14
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24