Josef Sommer



Place of birth:

Greifswald, Germany:


​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.

Film Credits

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Winds of Change (2008)
as Woodrow Wilson
Stop-Loss (2008)
as Senator Orton Worrell
The Invasion (2007)
as Dr. Henryk Belicec
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
as The President
The Elephant King (2006)
as Bill Hunt
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
as Senator Jessup
The Family Man (2000)
as Peter Lassiter
Shaft (2000)
as Curt Flemming
The Next Best Thing (2000)
as Richard Whittaker
Patch Adams (1998)
as Dr. Eaton
Mistrial (1996)
as Nick Mirsky
The Chamber (1996)
as Phelps Bowen
Strange Days (1995)
as Palmer Strickland
Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
as Thomas Trager
Letter to My Killer (1995)
Kansas (1995)
as Joseph 'Joe' Farley
Nobody's Fool (1994)
as Clive Peoples Jr.
Don't Drink the Water (1994)
as Ambassador Magee
The Enemy Within (1994)
as Defence Secretary Charles Potter
Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (1994)
as Col. Morrow
Malice (1993)
as Atty. Lester Adams
An American Story (1992)
as Henry Meade
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
as Mr. Gerald Ducksworth
Hostages (1992)
as Tom Sutherland
Citizen Cohn (1992)
as Albert Cohn
Shadows and Fog (1991)
as Priest
Hamlet (1990)
as Polonius
Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)
as Waldo Winchester
Forced March (1989)
as Father
Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989)
as Charles Estiman
Bridge to Silence (1989)
as Al Duffield
Chances Are (1989)
as Judge Fenwick
Dracula's Widow (1988)
as Lannon
A Special Friendship (1987)
as General Winder
The Betty Ford Story (1987)
as President Gerald Ford
Double Image (1986)
as James Angleton
The Execution of Raymond Graham (1985)
as Jim Neal
D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
as Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
Brotherly Love (1985)
as Mr. Rafferty
Witness (1985)
as Chief Paul Schaeffer
Iceman (1984)
as Whitman
Silkwood (1983)
as Max Richter
Saigon: Year Of The Cat (1983)
Sparkling Cyanide (1983)
as George Barton
Independence Day (1983)
as Sam Taylor
Sophie's Choice (1982)
as Narrator (voice)
Still of the Night (1982)
as George Bynum
Hanky Panky (1982)
as Adrian Pruitt
Reds (1981)
as State Department Official
Absence of Malice (1981)
as McAdam
Rollover (1981)
as Roy Lefcourt
The Henderson Monster (1980)
as Dr. Martin Grossman
Hide in Plain Sight (1980)
as Jason R. Reid
Doctor Franken (1980)
as Mr. Parker
Too Far to Go (1979)
as Henry
Oliver's Story (1978)
as Dr. Dienhart
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
as Larry Butler
Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys (1976)
as Pomeroy
Valley Forge (1975)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
as Ted Van Sant
The Witches of Salem: The Horror and the Hope (1972)
Dirty Harry (1971)
as Att. William T. Rothko

TV Series Credits

Without a Trace (2002)
as Peter Ducek
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)
The West Wing (1999)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Providence (1999)
Ally McBeal (1997)
Early Edition (1996)
A Woman Named Jackie (1991)
Under Cover (1991)
as Stewart Merriman
Law & Order (1990)
Law & Order (1990)
as Patrick Rumsey
The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990)
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Hothouse (1988)
The Equalizer (1985)
Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983)
The Scarlet Letter (1979)
as Nathaniel Hawthorne
Mourning Becomes Electra (1978)
as Ezra Mannon
The Andros Targets (1977)
Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)