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Sam Trautman
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Josh Best as Sam Trautman
Cameo information
Birth name Samuel Richard Trautman
First appearance 1972
First Blood
Born July 6, 1929
Columbus, Ohio
Died Sometime before 2008
Physical description
Hair Blond
Eyes Blue
Based on
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Appearance information
Appeared in John Wick vs John Rambo vs John McClane
During John Rambo's second verse
Location(s) A Vietnamese Jungle

Tell 'em!
— Sam Trautman

Sam Trautman made a cameo appearance in John Wick vs John Rambo vs John McClane. He was portrayed by Josh Best.

Information on the cameo

Colonel Samuel Richard "Sam" Trautman is a fictional character in the Rambo novel and film series, and other media in the franchise. His first appearance was in David Morrell's novel First Blood. His character was expanded on in the film series where he was played by Richard Crenna. The character has been variously described as a father figure to the main character, and as a symbol for the military or the American government and its relationship with soldiers. In the original novel of First Blood, Trautman serves as an allegory for "Uncle Sam", i.e., the United States Government which created Rambo to serve their military needs. In both First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II, Trautman primarily exists as a background figure engaging in arguments with other figures who are pursuing or using Rambo for their own purposes, while in Rambo III, Trautman becomes a more central figure in the physical action of the film.

Appearance in the rap battle

Sam Trautman appeared after John Rambo said the line "I was trained to be the very best soldier boy!" and finished the punchline by saying, "Tell 'em!"


  • Trautman is the first character portrayed by Josh Best to be fictional.