When playing Sam Merlotte on True Blood, Sam Trammell exudes that scruffy sexiness we can’t get enough of. However, we think he doesn’t get enough credit for how good he looks both on and off the Bon Temps set. Sam Trammell is an American film, television, and Tony-nominated stage actor probably best known as Sam Merlotte, the mysterious diner owner on the HBO series True Blood. A Southerner just like his character on the show, Sam grew up in Charleston, West Virginia where he completed his early education. He majored in Semiotics and studied French philosophy, film theory among other disciplines at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He also spent some time in France enrolled at the University of Paris, studying similar courses.
Trammell has had guest-starring roles in several regular and cable network series such as House, Bones, CSI: NY, Dexter, and Medium. In 2008, Trammell won the role of Merlotte, the Bon Temps business owner who has an unrequited affection for Sookie Stackhouse , on the vampire drama True Blood.