Josef Sommer

26 Jun 1934


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.


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Filmography (28 titles)

(movie, 2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Senator Orton Worrell)
(movie, 2007)
···The Invasion
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Henryk Belicec)
(movie, 2006)
···X-Men: The Last Stand
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as The President)
(movie, 2002)
···The Sum of All Fears
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Senator Jessup)
(movie, 2000)
···The Next Best Thing
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Richard Whittaker)
(movie, 1998)
···Patch Adams
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Eaton)
(movie, 1996)
···The Chamber
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Phelps Bowen)
(movie, 1995)
···Strange Days
Genre: Crime, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Palmer Strickland)
(movie, 1995)
···Letter to My Killer
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Martin Prescott)
(movie, 1994)
···Nobody's Fool
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Clive Peoples Jr.)
(movie, 1994)
···Don't Drink the Water
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Ambassador Magee)
(movie, 1994)
···The Enemy Within
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Defence Secretary Charles Potter)
(movie, 1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Atty. Lester Adams)
(movie, 1992)
···The Mighty Ducks
Genre: Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Mr. Gerald Ducksworth)
(movie, 1992)
···An American Story
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Henry Meade)
(movie, 1991)
···Shadows and Fog
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Priest)
(movie, 1989)
···Chances Are
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Role: Actor (as Judge Fenwick)
(movie, 1989)
···Bloodhounds of Broadway
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Waldo Winchester)
(movie, 1987)
···The Betty Ford Story
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as President Gerald Ford)
(movie, 1986)
···Yuri Nosenko, KGB
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as James Angleton)
(movie, 1985)
Genre: Science Fiction, Family
Role: Actor (as Dr. Jeffrey Stewart)
(movie, 1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Chief Paul Schaeffer)
(movie, 1983)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Max Richter)
(movie, 1981)
···Absence of Malice
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as McAdam)
(movie, 1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Roy Lefcourt)
(mini-series, 1979)
···The Scarlet Letter
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama
Role: Actor (as Larry Butler)
(movie, 1971)
···Dirty Harry
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Att. William T. Rothko)