Magazine article Variety

Richard SAMMEL

Magazine article Variety

Richard SAMMEL

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CLAIM TO FAME

While European TV fans may know 53-year-old Richard Sammel as the Nazi police chief in love with the mayor of Villeneuve's wife in "Un Village Français," American moviegoers are more likely to remember him as the German sergeant at the wrong end of Eli Roth's baseball bat in "Inglourious Basterds." Currently, he's Thomas Eichhorst, a mysterious figure with an unnatural past, on FX's "The Strain."

EARLY YEARS

The Heidelberg native, who studied music and dance, as well as theater, says his break came when he was cast in Giorgio Barberio Corsetti's 1989 international legit production "Durante la costruzione della muraglia ciñese" (During the Construction of the Chinese Wall), which put him in touch with Susan Strasberg, under whom he studied. "The stage is big and impressive; it's all about exposure," he says. "Method acting was exactly the opposite."

AMERICAN DREAM

Sammel most wants to make a mark in America. …

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