The Sad Story Behind Trivago Guy

If you’ve seen any ads for the German travel agency Trivago, you’ve no doubt taken note of their oddly disheveled spokesperson, known in Internet circles simply as “Trivago Guy.”

Trivago Guy

While I’m supposed to be listening Trivago Guy’s pitch for finding the best price on a hotel room, I’m instead transfixed by his “sad divorced dad” vibe. I find myself asking questions not about how to find the best fleabag hotel room in Terre Haute, but more important things like, “Where did this guy come from?” “What unspeakable tragedy befell him to make him show up to an ad shoot dressed this way?” But most importantly, “What the hell happened to Trivago Guy’s belt?”

Turns out the answer was there all along, and it can be found in The Sopranos.

In the season one episode “Down Neck,” we find out that Trivago Guy did in fact have a former life and a clean-shaven face. He was once known as Mr. Meskimmin, gym teacher for Verbum Dei Catholic school in New Jersey.

Mr. Meskimmin (Tim Williams, aka Trivago Guy)
Not shown: He STILL is not wearing a belt.

It was Mr. Meskimmin who reported A.J. Soprano and his friends for showing up to gym class loaded on sacramental wine. While A.J. was only briefly suspended for his offense, Meskimmin’s life was effectively over.

Unbeknownst to Meskimmin, the chubby underachiever he reported was the son of DiMeo Family Capo Tony Soprano. In retaliation for getting his son into trouble, Soprano pressed Verbum Dei into firing Meskimmin with no severance benefits.

With no money and no job prospects, Meskimmin’s life collapsed. His wife of many years left him. He was forced to skimp on basic necessities like razor blades, shirt buttons, and belts (although he always found money for booze). He bounced from hotel to hotel, developing a keen sense of the cheapest place to stay in whatever town he happened to drift into.

Eventually, his misfortune became his salvation. Armed with this hard-earned knowledge of finding cheap accommodations, Meskimmin tried to find employment with companies like Expedia, Priceline, and Orbitz — to no avail.

Feeling that his life in America was going nowhere, and facing continual harassment from Soprano and his crew, Meskimmin decided to flee. Without the means to purchase a plane ticket, his desperation led him to stow aboard a Lufthansa flight to Germany — even the knowledge that he could die from sub-freezing temperatures was no deterrent.

Once in Germany, the details of how he ended up in the Düsseldorf offices of Trivago are still unknown. But something about this sad, empty husk of a man with a very particular skill caught the eye of Trivago executives.

The rest is advertising history

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31 thoughts on “The Sad Story Behind Trivago Guy

  1. FlamingoGal

    Think he’s great. A real guy at the end of a long day at the office, or on the construction site reviewing blueprints with the crew, getting ready to look for a hotel in the next town. Long day on the road, unexpected stop because of bad weather, any reason the average blue collar guy may want a room. Real people make for real life.

  2. Virginia Woof

    Belts are overrated.

  3. JMitchellMiller

    Thank God Tim is back! Just saw his new Trivago ad…hot!!!

  4. Mojave Son

    The Australian gal is very good looking and that’s a tried and true approach in advertising.

  5. Doctor Byraer

    Totally untrue, I just viewed the ad its now 2017… he has the I just got laid look after a 1000 years married to a men all pause wife, So the article above does not gel well with my eyes. B.T.W. The above article is just Hollywood once again in advertising,saying people over the age of 40 are ready for the scrap heap or crematorium. I just so happen to like this guys ad and find no divorced energy projecting from my television screen as the writer states. lol

  6. Jet Rosselot Dickinson

    I foubd the girl very boring also, Ted is truly the Man!!

  7. Vicki Pendleton Dale

    Sorry I find the girl boring and after a few seconds I’ve tuned her out.


    How in the world could they dump Tim Williams he Made TRIVAGO?
    Don’t think we have seen the last of Tim! Some other company would do very well to hire him away?

  9. Carol Dryden

    New aussie girl sux. Boring.

  10. Karen Archamboult

    The new girl stinks she has no class like he did. So company of Trivago, what in the world were you thinking. Glad her advertising is short she is boring

  11. Wang Zunzu

    We love this guy , in this commercial. Very simple and can really make my family look at the commercial every time it comes out. His personality in the commercial levels to simple and ordinary people like my family.

  12. Sharon

    Bring back the guy please

  13. Anastasia Kennedy

    I mean i thought he was a pretty good guy….

  14. spidero

    I realize the story is tongue in cheek however, I agree with the premise. I couldn’t stand the way the Trivago guy looked from the first time and every time he was on. I could never figure out why on earth they would use this creepy dirtbag looking loser as their spokesman. Hey, he may be a nice guy in real life but wtf?

  15. James Madison

    The people who chose this guy as the company rep must be blind and deaf. He’s the worst company spokesman I’ve seen in a long while. All I ever want to do is change the channel. He totally puts a bad image in my mind and that will be forever linked to Trivago. Epic Fail.

    1. Jody Hoelle

      I LOVE the Trivago guy. As someone who used to work in advertising in NY I feel their choice is BRILLIANT.

      1. spidero


        1. Bo Hanan

          Because when you travel you don’t want bullshit-hype from a company spokesperson. You want “give me the dam facts” from a real person.

          1. Joe

            More importantly, Tim Williams looks relatable. He could be your neighbor giving you advice. I work in marketing and I find him refreshing to guys in suits. Bring Tim back!

          2. Steve Landefeld

            Right! Just compare with the ba-da-book, ba-da-boom guy–totally annoying!

  16. Sencho

    Wow, that was really stupid. Sorry I wasted my time.

  17. Laurajean Borao

    Lol!! That story was hilarious!
    Trivago guy is dressed to impresss now.

    1. Rusty Shackleford

      He’s gone now. They switched to a woman with a EAR MURDERING AWFUL AUSTRALIAN ACCENT. she’s WORSE than the trivago guy.

      1. Patricia Hagen

        I totally agree about the female. She bugs me so much I mute my TV when she is on. Her voice is so aggravating.

      2. Veritas Vincit


  18. Tim Jacobs

    After watching the first Trivago commercial, I immediately recognized him as the gym teacher from the Sopranos. He’s an odd choice for being a once obscure actor, but he’s immediately recognizable now as the Trivago guy.

  19. Kris Gonynor

    i would love to know if anybody has the shower scene for tim williams the trivago dude i would lovo to see him in a shower scene thanks bart email

  20. Barancy Peloma

    People be dissin’ but trivago guy is a dominator.

    1. MarieRobertsVids

      Shame on this German company . . .

  21. Desiree

    Thank you for posting this! When I first saw this commercial I was like what happened to this person?? Who is the target demographic for such a spokesman?

    This story makes his appearance make much more sense now. Much easier to believe than that an ad agency told the Trivago people that “sad divorced dad” is THE LOOK! and the Trivago people said ja, das ist genau das, was wir wollen!

    1. Bill Chappel

      ? love it.

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