CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Bloodthirsty West Virginians rejoiced Sunday night when a favorite TV show character was shown on screen donning the Old Gold and Blue.
"It's always a good thing when successful folks from West Virginia -- be they actors, musicians, scientists or business executives -- are proud of their home state and aren't ashamed to let the world know in their own way," said West Virginia University spokesman John Bolt. "It's clear his West Virginia blood runs true."
Trammell was born in New Orleans, but he spent his childhood in Charleston and attended Overbrook Elementary, John Adams Middle and George Washington High schools. His parents, Betsy and Willis Trammell, still live in the South Hills area of Charleston.
Willis is a professor of surgery at West Virginia University's Health Sciences Center, Charleston Division, and the medical director of Charleston Area Medical Center's tumor registry.
Trammell plays shape-shifting bar owner Sam Merlotte in "True Blood," which is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by Charlaine Harris.
Trammell isn't the only George Washington High School graduate to make his mark in TV and movies. Actress Jennifer Garner also is known for championing the Mountain State. The two acted alongside one another in "Harvest of Fire," a made-for-television movie in the mid-90s.
Trammell, however, wasn't involved in the arts during school. Instead, he planned to be an astrophysicist and graduated from Brown University.
"True Blood" is currently in its sixth season and is expected to return in summer 2014. The series finale airs at 9 p.m. Sunday.