Who is Rich Sommer?
Richard Olen Sommer II was born on 2 February 1978, in Toledo, Ohio, USA, and is an actor, best known for his work in the television series “Mad Men” in which he portrayed Harry Crane. He’s also appeared in numerous films during his career, including “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Hello, My Name is Doris”.
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The Riches of Rich Sommer
As of early-2020, Rich Sommer’s net worth is estimated to be over $4 million, earned through success in the acting profession since 2004. Apart from on-screen work, he’s also participated in a few theatre productions, and his performances have won him a few awards.
Early Life and Education
While Rich was born in Toledo, his family later moved to Stillwater, Minnesota where he grew up. There he attended Stillwater Area High School where he developed an interest in the performing arts. After matriculating he pursued this interest, enrolling at Concordia College located in nearby Moorhead, where he took up a course in theatre. The private college was established by settlers from Norway in the late 1800s.
During his time there, he was active with The Concordia Choir, a mixed choir that performs regularly on campus.
After completing his degree, he furthered his training by studying improvisation in Minneapolis, leading him to eventually start an improv group. He also his studies, enrolling at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to complete a Master of Fine Arts in acting. During the first few years of his acting career, he returned occasionally to Case Western to teach a few classes, and also held workshops for theatre students.
Sommer’s first major film project would be one of his most notable roles, as he supported Anne Hathaway in her breakout role in “The Devil Wears Prada”, playing the role of her character’s friend Doug.
The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Lauren Weisberger, and was one of the most successful of the year, earning favorable reviews. During this time, he took on many opportunities that came his way, including commercial work – some of the brands he promoted included Nextel, Bud Light, and Sprint.
The following year he landed another big role, this time on television when he was cast as a regular in the series “Mad Men”, playing the head of the advertising agency’s television department. The show tells the story of people living in the 1960s, focused on the advertising executive Don Draper and the people in his life.
The show was praised for its authenticity, writing, performances and style, wand on 16 Emmys in eight seasons, the first show to achieve four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series during its first four years. Many critics and fans consider it one of the greatest television shows of all time.
While working on “Mad Men”, Rich continued to take other acting projects though mostly minor or guest roles as he didn’t have much time. He made a guest appearance in “Ugly Betty”, and had a two-episode role in “The Office”, a sitcom that is presented mockumentary style, following the lives of employees in a fictional paper company.
The show helped many of its cast members rise to fame, including John Krasinski and Steve Carell. In 2011, he made a guest appearance in “Nikita”, playing the role of Malcolm Mitchell, a consultant for the CIA.
He also did film work during the off-seasons of “Mad Men”, as seen in the film “The Giant Mechanical Man”, working alongside Jenna Fischer and Bob Odenkirk. He also did theatrical projects, including participating in a Broadway production of “Harvey”, starring alongside Jim Parsons. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play has been running since the 1940s, and has been adapted to film or television several times.
It tells the story of a man who claims to have an invisible imaginary friend, and his antics, which start to affect his sister.
Sommer worked on the pilot for the show “Good Session”, but it wasn’t picked up by CBS. He then appeared in an episode of “Elementary”, reprising his role as he already appeared as a guest the year prior. The show is a modern take on Sherlock Holmes, set in New York, and airs on CBS. In 2016, he worked on another play “Buried Child”, which also starred Amy Madigan and Ed Harris. The production is another Pulitzer Prize winner, and tells the story of a family becoming disillusioned with the American Dream during the 1970s, when there was a downturn in the economy, especially in rural parts of the US.
The play has received numerous awards, and is responsible for launching the career of playwright Sam Shepard.
Afterwards he worked on the biographical film “LBJ” which depicted the life of US President Lyndon B. Johnson in the events after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Woody Harrelson played the titular president while Sommer portrayed Press Secretary Pierre Salinger. One of his latest projects is the horror film “Summer of 84”, which also starred Tier Skovbye. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and received praise from critics, being called one of the best horror films of the year.
Rich married Virginia Donohoe in 2005, just before his rise to fame as an actor, and they have two children together. They currently reside in Los Angeles. He is a big fan of tabletop games and plays regularly with his family. He even started a podcast named “CARDBOARD!” that talks about tabletop games He loves working podcasts, and is often a guest in Jimmy Pardo’s “Never Not Funny” in which he is named by listeners as one of their favorite guests. He has mentioned multiple times that becoming an actor is a fulfillment of his dreams as a child.