Sam Elliott

Actor, Water safety instructor, Construction worker
A laconic performer whose trademark bushy mustache and deep gravely voice made him perfect for Western roles, actor Sam Elliott unfortunately emerged at a time when that particular genre had run its course. As one of ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1944 in Sacramento, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (78)

Justified 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Deep Blue Goodbye 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Digging for Fire 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Draft Day 2014 (Movie)

Coach Moore (Actor)

Grandma 2014 (Movie)

Karl (Actor)

Parks and Recreation 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Company You Keep 2013 (Movie)

Mac Mcleod (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Big Bang 2011 (Movie)

Simon Kestral (Actor)

Marmaduke 2010 (Movie)

Chupadogra (Voice)

Did You Hear About the Morgans? 2009 (Movie)

Clay Wheeler (Actor)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

Maynard Finch (Actor)

Ghost Rider 2007 (Movie)

Caretaker (Actor)

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

Lee Scoresby (Actor)

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Ben the Cow (Actor)

Lies & Alibis 2006 (Movie)

The Mormon (Actor)

Thank You for Smoking 2006 (Movie)

Lorne Lutch (Actor)

Off the Map 2005 (Movie)

Charley (Actor)

Hulk: The Lowdown 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

General Thunderbolt Ross (Actor)

Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Pretty When You Cry 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

We Were Soldiers 2002 (Movie)

Sergeant Major Basil Plumley (Actor)

Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Contender 2000 (Movie)

Kermit Newman (Actor)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

The Stranger (Actor)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)

Jim Ed Love (Actor)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Final Cut 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Desperate Trail 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Gettysburg 1993 (Movie)

Brigadier General John Buford (Actor)

Tombstone 1993 (Movie)

Virgil Earp (Actor)

Rush 1991 (Movie)

Larry Dodd (Actor)

Sibling Rivalry 1990 (Movie)

Charles Turner (Actor)

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Prancer 1989 (Movie)

John Riggs (Actor)

Road House 1989 (Movie)

Wade Garrett (Actor)

Shakedown 1988 (Movie)

Richie Marks (Actor)

Fatal Beauty 1987 (Movie)

Mike Marshak (Actor)

Mask 1985 (Movie)

Gar (Actor)

The Yellow Rose 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Louis L'Amour's "The Shadow Riders" 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Travis McGee 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legacy 1979 (Movie)

Pete Danner (Actor)

Lifeguard 1976 (Movie)

Rick Carlson (Actor)

Evel Knievel 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission: Impossible 1966 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Molly and Lawless John 1972 (Movie)

Johnny Lawler (Actor)

Frogs 1971 (Movie)

Pickett Smith (Actor)

The Challenge 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 (Movie)

2nd Card Player (Actor)

The Games 1969 (Movie)

Richie Robinson (Actor)

A Death in California (TV Show)

Actor

Aspen (TV Show)

Actor

Assault on the Wayne (TV Show)

Actor

Avenger (TV Show)

Actor

Blue River (TV Show)

Actor

Buffalo Girls (TV Show)

Actor

Conagher (TV Show)

Actor

Dogwatch (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Texas (TV Show)

Actor

November Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Once an Eagle (TV Show)

Actor

Rough Riders (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Mowgli (TV Show)

Voice

The Blue Knight (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue Lightning (TV Show)

Actor

The Quick and the Dead (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Times (TV Show)

Actor

Woman Undone (TV Show)

Actor

You Know My Name (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A laconic performer whose trademark bushy mustache and deep gravely voice made him perfect for Western roles, actor Sam Elliott unfortunately emerged at a time when that particular genre had run its course. As one of the last actors to sign an exclusive contract under the old studio system, Elliott struggled to find his footing in the feature world, which led to getting his start on the small screen with a regular series role on "Mission: Impossible" (CBS, 1966-1973) during the show's last season. Following several made-for-television movies and guest starring roles on episodes of "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS, 1968-1980) and "Police Woman" (NBC, 1974-78), he earned critical acclaim - as well as the enmity of Paramount Pictures - for his leading role in the cult favorite, "Lifeguard" (1976). But Elliott made his greatest impression in the following decade, particularly as a rough-and-tumble, but good-hearted biker in "Mask" (1985), a performance that brought the actor widespread attention. From there, Elliott went back and forth between television and features, turning in one quality performance after another, many of which were variations on the gruff cowboy or the tough, but wise authority figure. Though initially frustrated with playing virtually the same role in numerous projects, Elliott came to appreciate the fortune given to him. With rock solid supporting performances in "Tombstone" (1993), "The Big Lebowski" (1998), "The Contender" (2000) and "Thank You for Smoking" (2006), Elliott had established himself as one of Hollywood's most prolific and sought-after character actors.

Relationships

Cleo Elliott

Daughter
Born Sept. 17, 1984; mother, Katharine Ross

Katharine Ross Actor

Wife
Both acted in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), but were not involved until they starred with Roger Daltrey in "The Legacy" (1978) Married May 1, 1984

EDUCATION

University of Oregon

Eugene , Oregon
Left school his senior year and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career

David Douglas High School

Portland , Oregon

Clark College

Vancouver , Washington
Completed a two-year program

Milestones

2012

Featured opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"

2010

Voiced character of Chupadogra in live-action film based on comic strip "Marmaduke"

2009

Acted opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant in comedy "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

2009

Featured in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air," starring George Clooney

2008

Voiced Smokey Bear in Forest Service public service announcements

2007

Co-starred with Nicholas Cage in Marvel Comics-inspired "Ghost Rider"

2006

Co-starred as the original Marlboro Man in Jason Reitman's satirical comedy "Thank You for Smoking"

2005

Again starred with Joan Allen in Campbell Scott directed "Off the Map"

2003

Appeared in Ang Lee directed "The Hulk"

2002

Cast as a grizzled veteran sergeant major in "We Were Soldiers"

2000

Earned critical acclaim for playing the presidential chief of staff opposite Joan Allen in "The Contender"

1999

Executive produced and starred as legendary lawman Bill Tilghman in TNT's "You Know My Name"

1998

Appeared as The Stranger in the Coen brothers "The Big Lebowski"

1998

Played villainous Jim Ed Love to Woody Harrelson's heroic Big Boy Matson in Stephen Frears' "The Hi-Lo Country"

1997

Portrayed Captain Bucky O'Neill in TNT's "Rough Riders"

1995

Gave unflinching portrayal as Wild Bill Hickock in CBS miniseries "Buffalo Girls"

1995

Starred in ABC movie "The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky"

1994

Headlined surprisingly good straight-to-video Western "The Desperate Trail"

1993

Played a hard-drinking cop in NBC movie "Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert"

1993

Distinguished himself as Brigadier General John Buford, one of the unsung heroes of "Gettysburg" (TNT)

1993

Acted part of Virgil Earp in "Tombstone"

1991

Cast as a detective keeping tabs on his undercover narcs Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh in "Rush"

1991

First executive producer and co-screenwriting credit (shared with Jeffrey M. Meyer and wife Katharine Ross), TNT movie "Conagher"; also played title role opposite Ross

1990

Played a man who suffered a heart attack and died following a mad, pasionate afternoon of carnality with Kirstie Alley in Carl Reiner's "Sibling Rivalry"

1989

Co-starred with Patrick Swayze as bouncers in "Road House"

1988

Fought drugs and corruption as a NYC undercover cop in "Shakedown"

1987

Acted opposite Kate Capshaw in HBO film "The Quick and the Dead"

1985

First feature film in six years, Peter Bogdanovich's "Mask"

1983

Acted opposite Cybill Shepherd on NBC's "The Yellow Rose"

1982

Re-teamed with Selleck on "The Shadow Riders" (CBS)

1981

First of five TV projects with Ross, CBS miniseries "Murder in Texas"

1979

Starred with Tom Selleck in NBC miniseries "The Sacketts"

1979

Began relationship with Katharine Ross during making of goofy Gothic mystery "The Legacy"

1976

Portrayed Sam Damon in seven-part NBC miniseries "Once an Eagle"

1976

Landed breakthrough feature playing title role in "Lifeguard"

1975

Pursued Nez Pearce Indians as they tried to flee to Canada in "I Will Fight No More Forever" (ABC)

1973

Played Detective Charlie Bronski in acclaimed NBC miniseries "The Blue Knight"

1972

First feature lead, "Frogs"

1969

Cast as series regular Dr. Doug Lang on "Mission: Impossible" (CBS)

1969

TV movie debut, "The Challenge" (ABC)

1968

Appeared on episodes of CBS series "Lancer"

1968

Made film debut in a bit role of second card player in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"; future wife Katharine Ross was female lead, but the two did not meet

Attended Columbia Pictures Film Workshop in Los Angeles

Signed contract with 20th Century Fox

Bonus Trivia

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"A few years back, in comes this script 'The Big Lebowski.' I'm thinking, 'Wow. A contemporary movie, a funny movie with the Coen brothers.' I start reading and here comes the character they want for me – and it's a f*cking cowboy! So its like, 'Is there an escape for me from this genre?' I don't know." – Elliott quoted in Movieline, August 1999

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