Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott

Birth name: Samuel Pack Elliott
Born: August 9, 1944
Age: 78
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, U.S.
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Samuel Pack Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American actor. His lanky physique, thick moustache, deep and resonant voice, and Western drawl have led to frequent roles as cowboys and ranchers.[1] His credits include playing Wade Garrett in Road House (1989), The Stranger in The Big Lebowski (1998), Gar in Mask (1985), General John Buford in Gettysburg (1993), Virgil Earp in Tombstone (1993), Command Sergeant Major Basil L. Plumley in We Were Soldiers (2002), and Marvel Comics characters Thunderbolt Ross in Hulk (2003) and The Caretaker in Ghost Rider (2007). In 2018, Elliot received critical acclaim for his performance as Bobby Maine in the remake of A Star Is Born.

Elliott was born in Sacramento, California,[2] to a mother who was a physical training instructor and a father who worked for the Department of the Interior.[3] He moved to Portland, Oregon, with his family during his teenage years, graduating from David Douglas High School. 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 Vancouver Columbian 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 California State University, Los Angeles. He worked in construction while studying acting and served in the California Air National Guard's 163rd Airlift Wing, based on the Channel Islands.[4] He also lived for a short time in Princeton, West Virginia.[5] He has said that he has heritage from the West, specifically the state of Texas, with a relative who was in the Battle of the Alamo.[1]



Elliot at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.


Elliott began his career as a character actor; his appearance, voice, and bearing were well-suited to Westerns. In 1969, he earned his first television credit as Dan Kenyon in Judd for the Defense in the episode "The Crystal Maze".[6]

That same year he appeared in the show Lancer in the episode "Death Bait", playing Renslo. Also in this episode was Tom Selleck, his future co-star in a number of TV Western movies, who was making his acting debut. Selleck played Dobie. The two had no scenes together. In 1979, the two actors played brothers in the popular adaptation of Louis L'amour's The Sacketts. Elliot played the oldest brother in the made-for-TV miniseries. [7] [8] Elliot and Selleck teamed again in 1982 in The Shadow Riders, another Louis L'amor adaption.[9]

One of his early roles was as a card player in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). In the 1970-1971 television season, Elliott starred as Doug Robert for 13 episodes in the hit series Mission: Impossible. In 1976-77, he played the lead character Sam Damon in the miniseries Once an Eagle.

He played Tom Keating in the mini-series Aspen in 1977. He had the starring role as Rick Carlson in the summer sleeper hit Lifeguard (1976). He later played a wife killer in the miniseries Murder in Texas (1981) with his future wife Katherine Ross.[10], and starred with Cheryl Ladd in A Death in California (1985).[11]

Elliott's breakthrough came with his supporting role in Mask (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 Prancer (1989) and Buffalo Girls (1995), in which he played Wild Bill Hickok.

In 1986, he starred in TV movie Gone to Texas, based on a biography of Sam Houston. The role allowed him to play Houston as both fighter and a man who grew into a skillful political leader; the film depicted his disgrace as governor of Tennessee, his return to his Cherokee Nation friends, and his pivotal role in the liberation of Texas from Mexico in 1836. Elliott played Wade Garrett in Road House (1989) and Virgil Earp in Tombstone (1993). In 1991, Elliott and his wife Katharine Ross starred in the adaptation of the Louis L'Amour novel Conagher (1991).[12]

In 1998, Elliot was named the grand marshal of the Calgary Stampede parade and rode in the procession before an estimated 300,000 spectators.[13] He co-starred in We Were Soldiers, an adaptation of We Were Soldiers Once… And Young. He portrayed Basil L. Plumley.

He portrayed General John Buford in the 1993 film Gettysburg. Elliott played The Stranger, a character narrating the story of The Big Lebowski (1998). He played General Thunderbolt Ross in the 2003 film Hulk. In 2005, he appeared in Thank You for Smoking as a former Marlboro Man advertisement cowboy who has developed lung cancer.

In 2007, Elliott joined the comic book adaptation Ghost Rider. He played the character Carter Slade.

The same year, Elliott appeared in The Golden Compass as the character Lee Scoresby. The film is based on Northern Lights in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Also appearing in the film are Nicole Kidman, Christopher Lee and Daniel Craig.

In 2009, Elliott had a small role in Up In The Air in which he portrayed the chief pilot of American Airlines. He has appeared three times on Parks and Recreation as Ron Dunn, the Eagleton equivalent of Ron Swanson; Dunn is a hippie, compared to Swanson's staunch survivalist and Libertarian personality. He had a supporting role in the film The Company You Keep and played a college football coach in 2014's Draft Day.

In 2015, Elliott played Karl in Paul Weitz's film Grandma,[14] appeared in the romance I'll See You in My Dreams, and had a role in the independent film Digging for Fire.[15] In 2015, he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for best guest performer in a drama for his role in the FX Network's show Justified.[15]

In 2015, Elliot appeared in the Netflix series The Ranch.[16] He also had a recurring role as Phil Millstein in the second season of Grace and Frankie.

In 2017, Elliott appeared in The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot.[17]

Voice acting

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, Ram Trucks hired Elliott to do the voice-over for their Ram Heavy Duty truck commercial; he has been voicing their commercials since. Starting in 2008, he has voiced Smokey Bear, and shares the mascot's birth date (August 9, 1944). For animated films, Elliott lent his voice to Ben the Cow in Barnyard, Buster (a.k.a. Chupadogra) in Marmaduke, and Butch in The Good Dinosaur. He also narrated the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers team introductions to Super Bowl XLV, played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas at the conclusion of the 2010 NFL season for NFL on Fox.

Personal life

Elliott married actress Katharine Ross in 1984. Ross starred in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in which Elliott had a very small role (though no scenes with Ross) in 1969, but the two did not meet again and begin dating until 1978, when they both starred in The Legacy. They have a daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott (born September 17, 1984),[18][19] who is now a musician in Malibu, California.[20][21] Ross and Elliott live on their ranch in Malibu.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Way West Missouri Townsman (uncredited)
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Card Player #2
1970 The Games Richie Robinson
1972 Frogs Pickett Smith
1972 Molly and Lawless John Johnny Lawler
1975 I Will Fight No More Forever Captain Wood
1976 Lifeguard Rick Carlson
1978 The Legacy Pete Danner
1982 The Shadow Riders Dal Traven
1985 Mask Gar
1986 Gone to Texas Sam Houston
1986 The Blue Lightning Harry Wingate
1987 The Quick and the Dead Con Vallian
1987 Fatal Beauty Mike Marshak
1988 Shakedown Richie Marks Also titled Blue Jean Cop
1989 Road House Wade Garrett
1989 Prancer John Riggs
1990 Sibling Rivalry Charles Turner Jr.
1991 Rush Larry Dodd
1993 Tombstone Virgil Earp
1993 Gettysburg Brigadier General John Buford
1995 The Final Cut John Pierce
1995 The Desperate Trail Bill Speakes
1996 Dog Watch Charlie Falon
1996 Adventures of Mowgli Kaa English voice
1998 The Big Lebowski The Stranger
1998 The Hi-Lo Country Jim Ed Love
1999 You Know My Name Bill Tilghman
2000 The Contender Kermit Newman
2001 Pretty When You Cry Detective Lukas Black
2002 We Were Soldiers Sergeant Major Basil L. Plumley
2003 Hulk General Thaddeus Ross
2003 Off the Map Charley Groden
2005 Thank You for Smoking Lorne Lutch
2006 Barnyard Ben Voice only
2006 The Alibi The Mormon Also titled Lies and Alibis
2007 Ghost Rider The Caretaker / Carter Slade / Phantom Rider
2007 The Golden Compass Lee Scoresby
2009 Did You Hear About the Morgans? Clay Wheeler
2009 Up in the Air Maynard Finch COFCA Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—WAFCA Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—DFCS Award for Best Ensemble
2010 Marmaduke Chupadogra Voice only
2011 The Big Bang Simon Kestral
2012 The Company You Keep Mac McLeod
2014 Draft Day Coach Moore
2015 I'll See You in My Dreams Bill
2015 Grandma Karl Nominated—CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 The Good Dinosaur Butch Voice only
2017 Rock Dog Fleetwood Yak Voice only
2017 The Hero Lee Hayden
2018 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot[22] Calvin Barr
2018 A Star Is Born Bobby Maine
2018 The Gettysburg Address Ward Hill Lamon Voice only; Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1968-1969 Felony Squad Numerous 3 episodes
1969 Land of the Giants Martin Reed Episode: "Six Hours to Live"
1969 The F.B.I. SAC Kendall Lisbon Episode: "The Prey"
1969 Judd, for the Defense Dan Kenyon Episode: "The Crystal Maze"
1969-1970 Lancer Renslo / Canopus / Cowboy 3 episodes
1970 The Challenge Bryant Television film
1970-1971 Mission: Impossible Dr. Douglas Robert (Lang) 13 episodes
1971 Assault on the Wayne Ensign William 'Bill' Sandover TV movie
1972 Gunsmoke Cory Soames Episode: "The Wedding"
1972 The Mod Squad Rick Price Episode: "Good Times Are Just Memories"
1972 Molly and Lawless John Johnny Lawler TV movie
1973 Blue Knight, The Detective Charlie Bronski TV movie
1973 Mannix Bill Saunders Episode: "Little Girl Lost"
1973 Hawkins Luther Wilkes Episode: "Die Die, Darling"
1974 Doc Elliot Lee Barrows Episode: "A Time to Live"
1974 Hawaii Five-O Jack Houston Episode: "The Two-Faced Corpse"
1974 Evel Knievel Evel Knievel TV movie
1974 The Manhunter Will Gantry Episode: "The Ma Gantry Gang"
1974 The Streets of San Francisco Ken Johnson Episode: "The Hard Breed"
1975 Police Woman Michael Gregory Episode: "Farewell, Mary Jane"
1976-1977 Once an Eagle Sam Damon 7 episodes (miniseries)
1977 Aspen Tom Keating TV movie
1979 The Sacketts Tell Sackett TV movie
1980 Wild Times Hugh Cardiff 2 episodes
1981 Murder in Texas Dr. John Hill TV movie
1982 The Shadow Riders Dal Traven TV movie
1983 The Yellow Rose Chance McKenzie 22 episodes
1983 Travis McGee Travis McGee TV movie
1985 A Death in California D. Jordan Williams 2 episodes (miniseries)
1986 Gone to Texas Sam Houston TV movie. Also titled "Houston: The Legend of Texas"
1987 The Quick and the Dead Con Vallian TV movie
1988 The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen Himself Documentary
1991 Conagher Conn Conagher Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
He also produced and helped co-write the script.
1993 Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert Lyn Cutter TV movie
1993 The Making of "Gettysburg" Himself/"Brig. Gen. John Buford, Federal" Documentary (On the making of the film Gettysburg)
1995 The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky Bill Bell TV movie
1995 Buffalo Girls Wild Bill Hickok TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1995 Blue River Henry Howland TV movie
1995 The Way West Voice Documentary
1996 Woman Undone Ross Bishop TV movie
1997 Rough Riders Capt. Bucky O'Neill TV movie
1997 Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western Himself Documentary
1998 Texarkana N/A TV movie
1999 You Know My Name Bill Tilghman TV movie
2000 Fail Safe Congressman Raskob TV movie
2001 The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller Himself Documentary (short)
2002 We Were Soldiers: Getting It Right Himself/Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley Documentary (short)
2002 The Making of "Tombstone" Himself/"Virgil Earp" Documentary (short)
2003 Hulk: The Lowdown Co-Host Documentary
2004 Anatomy of a Scene Himself Documentary; episode: "Off the Map"
2006 Avenger Calvin Dexter TV movie
2010 November Christmas Jess Sanford TV movie
2012 Robot Chicken White Wine Narrator/Commander Waspax/Reporter Voice role
Episode: "Hurtled from a Helicopter into a Speeding Train"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance (for White Wine Narrator role)
2013-2015 Parks and Recreation Ron Dunn 3 episodes
2015 Justified Avery Markham 12 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
2016-present The Ranch Beau Bennett Main role
50 episodes
2016 American Dad! Big John Tanner Episode: "Kiss Kiss Cam Cam"
Voice role
2016 Grace and Frankie Phil Milstein 4 episodes

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