Richard Sammel is a German actor best known to television audiences for his starring role as Thomas Eichhorst, an undead vampire acolyte of the Master who in his former life was a Nazi commander at the Treblinka extermination camp, in the horror series The Strain.
Born in Heidelberg, Richard studied music and drama in Germany, acting and direction in France and method acting with Susan Strasberg and Francesca de Sapio in Italy.
He first went on stage in 1981 at the local theatre Hildesheim, and from 1983 in France on independent stages, at national theatres and in the streets.
His cinema debut was in 1990 starring in Il Piacere delle Carni by Barbara Barni. In 1993, he moved to Paris and got the leading role in the film version of Brechts/Eislers' The Lindbergh's Flight.
Since then he has worked on film, television, theatre and dance productions all over Europe, in Canada, South Africa, USA, Macedonia and Morocco. He speaks five languages fluently, travels a lot and loves to be challenged.