Josef Sommer

Biography: Josef Sommer, also known as Maximilian Josef Sommer, was born June 26, 1934, in Greifswald, Germany, but grew up in North Carolina. Sommer appeared in his first community play when he was nine years old. He attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, before attending the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut where Sommer trained to become an actor. After completing his actor training, he joined the Seattle Repertory Theater company and performed with them for several years. His broadway debut came in 1970 followed closely by his film debut, which was in the 1971 film Dirty Harry. Other films he has appeared in include Witness, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Moonlight and Valentino. Sommer has been cast as a character actor in over 100 separate roles. For these roles, he is usually cast as either a corrupt politician or a dirty businessman. He has played an American President in three separate roles, and a fictional President one other.


Josef Sommer's Scores

  • Movies
Average career score: 48
Highest Metascore: 76 Witness
Lowest Metascore: 25 The Next Best Thing
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
9 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
46 The Elephant King Oct 17, 2008 Bill Hunt tbd
61 Stop-Loss Mar 28, 2008 Senator Orton Worrell 6.6
45 The Invasion Aug 17, 2007 Dr. Henryk Belicec 6.3
42 The Family Man Dec 22, 2000 Peter Lassiter 7.0
50 Shaft Jun 16, 2000 Curt Fleming 7.2
25 The Next Best Thing Mar 3, 2000 Richard Whittaker 6.3
25 Patch Adams Dec 25, 1998 Dr. Eaton 5.7
76 Witness Feb 8, 1985 Chief Paul Schaeffer / Schaeffer 8.2
64 Silkwood Dec 14, 1983 Max Richter 8.3