Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott

Aug. 9th, 1944
Born in
Sacramento, California, USA
6' 2"

Sam Elliott's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Mission: Impossible TV Show
Mission: Impossible
1883 TV Show
The Ranch TV Show
The Ranch
The Yellow Rose TV Show
The Yellow Rose
Hawkins TV Show
Once An Eagle TV Show
Once An Eagle
Doc Elliot TV Show
Doc Elliot
The Manhunter TV Show
The Manhunter

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Tall, thin, wiry Sam Elliott is the classic picture of the American cowboy. Elliott began his acting career on the stage and his film debut was in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Although his future wife, Katharine Ross co-starred in the film, the two did not meet until they filmed The Legacy (1978) Together. Over the years there would be few opportunities to act in feature westerns, but it would be television that gave him that opportunity, in The Sacketts (1979) (TV), The Shadow Riders (1982) (TV) and "The Yellow Rose" (1983), among others. He would also work in non-westerns, usually as a tough guy, as in Lifeguard (1976/I) and Road House (1989). In the 1990s, Elliott was back on the western trail, playing everyone from Brig. Gen. John Buford in the film Gettysburg (1993) to Wild Bill Hickok in the made-for-TV movie Buffalo Girls (1995) (TV). In 1991 he wrote the screenplay and co-starred with his wife in the made-for-TV western Conagher (1991) (TV).

  • 1976: Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28.
  • For his role on _Tombstone (1993)_ (qv), he worked with renowned Hollywood Gun Coach 'Thell Reed' (qv), who has also trained such actors as: 'Val Kilmer' (qv), 'Kurt Russell (I)' (qv), 'Bill Paxton' (qv), 'Girard Swan' (qv), 'Leonardo DiCaprio' (qv) and 'Russell Crowe' (qv).
  • His character in _Hulk (2003)_ (qv), Gen. Ross, wore a combat patch for the 1st Cavalry Division. In _We Were Soldiers (2002)_ (qv), he played Sgt. Maj. Plumley of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, part of the 1st Cav Div.
  • He is an alumnus of Clark College in Vancouver, WA.
  • Had not read any of the 'His Dark Materials' books, before he was asked to take the role as Lee Scoresby, in _The Golden Compass (2007)_ (qv). He chose first to read the books by 'Philip Pullman' (qv), and then to read the film's script.
  • After portraying General Ross in _Hulk (2003)_ (qv) he wanted to reprise the role in the reboot _The Incredible Hulk (2008)_ (qv), but the part was givento 'William Hurt (I)' (qv).
  • In his book, "Shirtless! The Hollywood Male Physique", Donald Reuter refers to Elliott as a "super bod" and gives him a full-page color photograph from his 1976 movie, _Lifeguard (1976/I)_ (qv).
  • His bare-buns scene in _The Legacy (1978)_ (qv) earned the highest rating (3 stars) from "The Bare Facts" -- a printed guide to nudity in movies.

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