Sam Elliott Biography

Sam Elliott is an American actor famous for portraying rugged characters like cowboys and ranchers on screen. This biography of Sam Elliott provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline

Sam Elliott
Quick Facts

Birthday: August 9, 1944

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Sam Elliott Actors

Age: 74 Years, 74 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Samuel Pack Elliott, Samuel Pack

Born in: Sacramento

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Katharine Ross

children: Cleo Cole Elliott

U.S. State: California

City: Sacramento

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education: David Douglas High School, Clark College

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Sam Elliott is an American actor famous for playing characters like General Ross in ‘Hulk’ (2003) and ‘The Caretaker in Ghost Rider’ (2007). Well-built, tall, and blessed with rugged good-looks, he is often cast as cowboys and ranchers. His deep, resonant voice and Western drawl adds to his charms as the quintessential on-screen American cowboy. Well known for his passion for acting and dedication towards his profession, Elliot knew from the time he was a child that he was meant to be an actor. He was an obstinate youngster who often got into arguments with his father who disapproved of his son’s choice of profession. As a college student he played one of the leads in a stage production and received rave reviews for his performance. Soon he decided that he wanted to make it big in Hollywood. He began his acting career on the stage and made his film debut in ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ in 1969. Endowed with the looks, voice, and personality that made him a good candidate for Western movies, he was frequently cast as cowboys and ranchers. When the Westerns began to decline in popularity, he ventured into television and established himself as a successful television actor as well. Although he is in his seventies now, the gutsy actor shows no signs of slowing down and is as active as ever in films and television even today.

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Sam Elliott
Childhood & Early Life
  • He was born as Samuel Pack "Sam" Elliott on August 9, 1944, in Sacramento, California. His mother worked as a physical training instructor while his father worked for the Department of the Interior.
  • He went to the David Douglas High School in Portland. After graduation he enrolled at the Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, from where he completed a two-year program.
  • He loved watching movies from a young age and was just nine when he realized that he wanted to be an actor. While in college, he appeared in a stage production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ as one of the leads. His performance was appreciated in a local newspaper which motivated him further to follow his passion.
  • He studied acting in Los Angeles and worked part-time in construction in order to pay his bills. He also served in the California Army National Guard for a short while.
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  • He started out on his career as a stage actor before moving on to films. His role as a ‘Card Player’ in the movie ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ in 1969 was one of his initial film roles.
  • Good-looking and talented, he was able to get several film offers in the 1970s. He played Richie Robinson in the 1970 movie ‘The Games’ which was a story concerning four marathon competitors at a fictitious Olympic Games in Rome. ‘Frogs’ (1972) and ‘Molly and Lawless John’ (1972) were some of the other movies he appeared in during the early 1970s.
  • He also ventured into television in the late 1960s and appeared in shows like ‘Felony Squad’ (1969), ‘Land of the Giants’ (1969), and ‘Judd, for the Defense’ (1969). In 1970 he acted in the made-for-television movie ‘The Challenge’ playing the role of Bryant.
  • After playing a series of minor roles in television, he finally got his first substantial role when he was chosen to play Dr. Douglas Robert in the television series, ‘Mission Impossible’ (1970-71) which chronicled the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF).
  • He remained active in both films and television throughout the 1970s. The year 1974 was especially a very productive one for him as he appeared in several television series such as ‘Doc Elliot’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’, ‘The Manhunter’, and ‘The Streets of San Francisco’.
  • The 1980s proved to be even more successful for the talented actor. He played a wife killer in the miniseries ‘Murder in Texas’ (1981) and ‘A Death in California’ (1985). His other television roles were in ‘The Yellow Rose’ (1983) where he acted in 22 episodes and the television movie, ‘Gone to Texas’ (1986).
  • In 1995, he played Wild Bill Hickok in the television film ‘Buffalo Girls’ which was adapted from the 1990 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. His portrayal of the legendary folk hero was much appreciated by the audiences.
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  • In the 2003 movie, ‘Hulk’, Sam Elliott played the super-villain General Thunderbolt Ross, a United States military officer and the main antagonist in the film. The movie was based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name.
  • His role of Maynard Finch in the comedy-drama ‘Up in the Air’ in 2009 also earned him praise from the audiences and critics. The next year, he voiced the character of Chupadogra in the movie ‘Marmaduke’.
  • Sam Elliott is now over 70, but he is still very much active as an actor. He played the charming romantic interest of an elderly lady in the 2015 film, ‘I'll See You in My Dreams’, which is one of his recent projects.
Major Works
  • His role of Maynard Finch, the Chief pilot, in the comedy-drama ‘Up in the Air’ is one of his best ever performances. The film was a huge commercial hit and was nominated for two awards.
Awards & Achievements
  • He was nominated for Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Movie and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor - TV Film for his role as Wild Bill Hickok in the television movie ‘Buffalo Girls’ in 1995.
  • The Sam Elliott starrer movie ‘Up in the Air’ (2009) was nominated for the Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble and the WAFCA Award for Best Ensemble.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Sam Elliott has been married to actress Katharine Ross since 1984. The couple has a daughter who is now a musician.
Net Worth
  • Sam Elliott has a net worth of $10 million

1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

  (Crime, Western, Biography, Drama)

2. Tombstone (1993)

  (History, Romance, Action, Western, Biography, Drama)

3. The Big Lebowski (1998)

  (Comedy, Crime)

4. Gettysburg (1993)

  (War, Drama, History)

5. We Were Soldiers (2002)

  (Drama, Action, History, War)

6. Road House (1989)

  (Action, Thriller)

7. Mask (1985)

  (Biography, Drama)

8. I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)

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