Sam Elliott

Biography

Samuel Pack "Sam" Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American actor. His rangy physique, thick horseshoe moustache, deep, resonant voice, and Western drawl lend to frequent casting as cowboys and ranchers. Early Life Sam Elliott was born in Sacramento, California, to a physical training instructor mother and a father who worked for the Department of the Interior. He moved from California to Oregon with his family during his teenage years, where he graduated from David Douglas High School in Portland. He attended Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, where he completed a two-year program and was cast as one of the leads in Guys and Dolls. The local newspaper suggested that Elliott should be a professional actor. Soon after, Elliott declared he was going to Hollywood to become a star. Elliott is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Cal State L.A.. He worked in construction while studying acting in Los Angeles. Elliott also lived for a short time in Princeton, West Virginia. Career Elliott began his career as a character actor; his appearance, voice and bearing were ideally suited to Westerns. One of his first film roles was as 'Card Player #2' in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). In 1970-71, Sam Elliott starred as Doug Robert in the hit TV series Mission: Impossible, and played the lead character Sam Damon in Once an Eagle, an NBC miniseries during the 1976-77 season. He also had the starring role as Rick Carlson in the summer sleeper, "Lifeguard" (1976). In 1979, he played the oldest brother in the made-for-TV miniseries The Sacketts, also starring Tom Selleck, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, Glenn Ford, Ruth Roman, Mercedes McCambridge, Jack Elam, and Gilbert Roland, among others. He later played a wife killer in the miniseries Murder in Texas (1981) and A Death in California (1985). He has made guest appearances on shows such as Felony Squad, Gunsmoke, Lancer and Hawaii Five-O and has been featured in many TV movies, including Buffalo Girls Also he was in Prancer in (1989) (1995) in which he played Wild Bill Hickok. In 1998, Elliot was named the grand marshal of the Calgary Stampede parade and rode in the procession before 300,000 spectators. He has also starred in Road House (1989) with Patrick Swayze and played Virgil Earp in Tombstone (1993), which starred Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. Elliott co-starred in We Were Soldiers, which is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, portraying Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley. He also played General John Buford in the 1993 film Gettysburg. Elliott played "The Stranger", a character narrating the story of The Big Lebowski (1998). In 2005 he appeared in Thank You For Smoking where he played a former Marlboro Man advertisement cowboy who has developed lung-cancer. Elliot joined Nicolas Cage in 2007 in the popular Ghost Rider, and stood out in another film the same year, in The Golden Compass as a key character, Lee Scoresby. In 2009, Elliott had a small role in Up In The Air in which he portrayed the Captain of an American Airlines jet. Elliott has performed voice-over narration for various commercials. He has lent his voice to campaigns for Dodge, IBM, Kinney Drugs, Union Pacific, and, most notably, the American Beef Council, succeeding Robert Mitchum in the latter. Since late 2007, Elliott has done voice-overs for Coors beer, bringing his deep, rich voice and "western" appeal to the brand brewed in Colorado. In 2010, Dodge hired Elliott to do the voice-over for their Ram Heavy Duty truck commercial. He is also the new voice for Smokey Bear ("Only YOU can prevent wildfires"). Coincidentally, Elliott and "Smokey" share the same birthday (the U.S. Forest Service recognizes this as Smokey's "birthdate"). He lent his voice to "Buster" (a.k.a. Chupadogra) in Marmaduke (2010). He also narrated the opening of the Super Bowl introductions, in 2011 Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas. He has a supporting role in the forthcoming film The Company You Keep. Personal Life Elliott married actress Katharine Ross in 1984. Although Ross starred in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in which Elliott had a very small role, the two did not meet and begin dating until 1978 when they both starred with Roger Daltrey in The Legacy. He and Ross have a daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott, born in 1984, who is now a musician in Malibu. In March 2011, Ross got a restraining order against her daughter after she was allegedly repeatedly stabbed by her with a pair of scissors.

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Birth Name

Samuel Pack Elliott

Birth Place

Sacramento, Californie, USA

Birth Date

8/9/1944
Known For
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Tombstone

Virgil Earp

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Road House

Wade Garrett

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We Were Soldiers

Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley

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The Good Dinosaur

Butch (voice)

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Barnyard

Ben the Cow (voice)

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Mask

Gar

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The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot

Calvin Barr

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Prancer

John Riggs

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The Quick and the Dead

Con Vallian

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The Shadow Riders

Dal Traven

Starring In
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1883: The Road West

Shea Brennan

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Lady and the Tramp

Trusty (voice)

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I Am Patrick Swayze

Himself

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The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot

Calvin Barr

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A Star Is Born

Bobby

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The Hero

Lee Hayden

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Rock Dog

Fleetwood Yak (voice)

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The Good Dinosaur

Butch (voice)

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Grandma (Prime)

Karl

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I'll See You In My Dreams

Bill

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Draft Day

Coach Moore

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Milius

Himself

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The Company You Keep

Mac McLeod

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Marmaduke

Chupadogra (voice)

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The Big Bang

Simon Kestral

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November Christmas

Jess Sanford

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Did You Hear About The Morgans?

Clay Wheeler

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Up in the Air

Maynard Finch

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The Golden Compass

Lee Scoresby

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Ghost Rider

Caretaker

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Barnyard

Ben the Cow (voice)

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Avenger

Calvin Dexter

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Lies & Alibis

The Mormon

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Thank You for Smoking

Lorne Lutch

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Hulk

Ross

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Cher: The Farewell Tour

Gar (archive footage)

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Off the Map

Charley

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We Were Soldiers

Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley

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Pretty When You Cry

Detective Lukas Black

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Fail Safe

Congressman Raskob

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The Contender

Kermit Newman

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You Know My Name

Bill Tilghman

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The Hi-Lo Country

Jim Ed Love

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The Big Lebowski

The Stranger

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Rough Riders

Capt. Bucky O'Neil

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Dogwatch

Charlie Falon

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Blue River

Henry Howland

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The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky

Bill Bell

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Buffalo Girls

Wild Bill Hickok

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The Final Cut

John Pierce

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The Desperate Trail

Marshall Bill Speakes

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Gettysburg: Extended Edition

Brig. Gen. John Buford

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Tombstone

Virgil Earp

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Rush (91)

Dodd

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Conagher

Conn Conagher

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Sibling Rivalry

Charles Turner Jr.

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Prancer

John Riggs

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Road House

Wade Garrett

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Shakedown

Richie Marks

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Fatal Beauty

Mike Marshak

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The Quick and the Dead

Con Vallian

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Gone to Texas

Sam Houston

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The Blue Lightning

Harry Wingate

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Mask

Gar

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The Shadow Riders

Dal Traven

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The Sacketts

Tell Sackett

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The Legacy

Pete Danner

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I Will Fight No More Forever

Captain Wood

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Lifeguard

Rick Carlson

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The Blue Knight

Detective Charlie Bronski

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Molly & Lawless John

Johnny Lawler

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Frogs

Pickett Smith

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The Challenge

Bryant

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Card Player #2

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The Way West

Missouri Townsman (uncredited)

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