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Short Info

Net Worth$16 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 9, 1944
SpouseKatharine Ross
MarkOften plays guides or mentors to lead characters
FactUsed his own Winchester 1894 rifle in Thank You for Smoking (2005).



Born as Samuel Pack Elliott on the 9th August 1944 in Sacramento, California USA, he is an actor, best known to the world as Wade Garrett in the film “Roadhouse”, and he also gained recognition as Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley in the war drama “We Were Soldiers”, among many other roles he has secured during his career that has been active for more than 50 years.

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Early Life and Education

Sam spent his early life in his hometown of Sacramento, and then in his teen years moved to Portland, Oregon with his parents. He was educated at David Douglas High School and later enrolled at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. While he was there he undertook an acting course that lasted two years and it was during this time that he was cast as the lead in the musical “Guys and Dolls”. When the reviews came out, Sam rose to stardom and it was suggested to him that he pursue acting as a professional career. Upon seeing the reviews, Sam responded with a comment that he would go to Hollywood, and become a star. Well, that is exactly what he did.

Career Beginnings

Due to his looks and voice, Sam presented the profile of a rancher, farmer or a cowboy, which made him rather suitable for roles in western films. He made his acting debut in 1969 in the TV series “Judd for the Defense”, and continued with minor roles paving his way in the acting world, and in 1970 he was given the role of Doug Robert in the TV series “Mission Impossible”. This particular role made him popular among producers and directors, which resulted in the lead role in the film “Frogs” in 1972, and the same year he also starred in the Golden Globe Award-winning western film “Molly and Lawless John”.

Rise to Prominence

Throughout the ‘70s Sam enjoyed success with roles in such films as the Golden Globe- awarded “The Blue Knight”, then “I Will Fight No More”, and “The Legacy”, during which he started dating his future wife, actress Katherine Ross. The two acted together again in the drama film “Murder in Texas” in 1982, while from 1983 to 1984 he portrayed Chance McKenzie in the TV series “The Yellow Rose”. He came to prominence with the role of Gar in the drama film “Mask”, with Cher and Eric Stoltz as his co-stars, which added a considerable amount to his net worth as the film earned more than $40 million from just $8 million invested. After that, Sam starred in several films such as “The Blue Lightning” (1986), “Houston: The Legend of Texas” the same year, while in 1989 he portrayed Wade Garrett in the critically acclaimed action thriller film “Road House”, starring next to Patrick Swayze and Kelly Lynch.

Writing Debut

Sam started the ‘90s by taking up writing and producing; he teamed up with Katharine Ross and Jeffrey Meyer to write a screenplay based on the book by Louis L’Amour, and the result was the film “Conagher” in which Sam also starred, and earned a Golden Globe Award- nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Success in the ‘90s

Nothing could stop Sam on his way to becoming a popular actors, and  he was cast in a number of successful projects, including the TV mini-series “Buffalo Girls” (1995), then the award-winning “The Big Lebowski”, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore. He finished the decade with the lead role in the western “You Know My Name”.

The 2000s

Sam had been active as an actor for more than 30 years, with several awards and nominations attached to his name, and could only hope for the next big thing in his career. Well, it happened quite soon; in 2002 he was chosen for the part of Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley in the war drama “We Were Soldiers” – directed by Randall Wallace, the film starred Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe and Greg Kinnear in the lead roles, and grossed over $110 million, which helped increase Sam’s net worth.

Three years later, Sam featured in the comedy-drama film “Thank You for Smoking”, but waited four years for the next successful project; he was selected for the part of Maynard Finch in the multiple Academy Award-nominated romantic drama “Up in the Air”, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. Most recently, Sam started portraying Beau Bennett in the TV western series “The Ranch” (2016-20178), starring next to Ashton Kutcher and Debra Winger. Also, he was Lee Hayden in the romantic drama film “The Hero” in 2017. Sam, when asked about retirement, said he is not going anywhere from the acting scene, and is currently working on several projects, including the musical drama “A Star Is Born”, co-starring next to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, scheduled for release late in 2018.

Famed Voice Actor

In addition to his screen roles, Sam is also famed for his voice-overs – his intimidating baritone voice brought him roles in such animated series and films as “Barnyard” (2006), then “Robot Chicken” in 2012, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, “The Good Dinosaur” (2015), and “Rock Dog” in 2016.

Do You Know How Rich Sam Elliott is?

An extremely successful career that has lasted over 50 years would certainly contribute to Sam’s net worth. Let’s see exactly how much; according to sources, Elliott’s net worth is as high as $10 million. Some of the most commercially successful films in which he has appeared include “We Were Soldiers”, “Mask”, and “Ghost Rider”, among many others.

Relationships and Family Life

Sam has been married to Katharine Ross since 1984; the couple has one child together, Cleo Rose Elliott who is a musician.

Remaining true to his western characters, Sam bought a ranch near Malibu, California, where he now resides with his wife.

 

General Info

Full NameSam Elliott
Net Worth$16 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 9, 1944
Height1.88 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor
EducationClark College, David Douglas High School
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseKatharine Ross
ChildrenCleo Cole Elliott

Accomplishments

AwardsCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, BFCA Critics' Choice Alan J. Pakula Award
NominationsCritics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor...
MoviesRoad House, Tombstone, The Big Lebowski, Mask, Northern Lights, Ghost Rider, Hulk, Lifeguard, The Quick and the Dead, The Good Dinosaur, We Were Soldiers, Conagher, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, I'll See You in My Dreams, The Shadow Riders, Prancer, Grandma, The Sacketts, The Legacy, Up in the...
TV ShowsThe Yellow Rose, Hawkins, Mission: Impossible, The Ranch, Aspen

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1His hairy chest, frequently displayed in his movie and TV appearances until he was in his early 50s.
2Grey hair and thick mustache
3Often plays guides or mentors to lead characters
4Frequently plays cowboys
5Deep commanding voice

Quotes

#Quote
1The Catholic church happened to The Golden Compass (2007), as far as I'm concerned. It did incredible at the box office. Incredible. It took $85m in the States. The Catholic church... lambasted them, and I think it scared New Line off.
2[on his Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) co-star Hugh Grant] I've never known anybody that can get away with the shit that Hugh Grant gets away with. And he gets away with it because he's so damn charming. He gets away with everything. I couldn't get away with the stuff he gets away with -- I mean I wouldn't even try! Hugh Grant is the main man. He's the number one romantic comedy man in the world.
3I'm picky, very picky. I wanted to be an actor since I was nine years old and I figured that was only one way to ever have any longevity and that's to be careful about what kind of work you do. You can work for money, do a lot of whatever comes your way and not have any kind of a yardstick to measure quality by, and people, you know you'll make a lot of money if you're lucky, and people will get fed up and sick of seeing you and that's it onto the next one. - On his career choices.
4I was really happy that Ang Lee won the Best Director award, I got to know him very well on Hulk (2003). But I'm not the Brokeback Mountain (2005) crowd, what can I tell ya. I'm more of a purist. But at the same time, it's a new day.
5I think I might have been a more interesting actor, had more of a career earlier on, if I had more formal preparation. When I see something ten years later that I was in I think, "Boy, would I love to do that over."
6I've spent my entire career on horseback or on a motorcycle. It boxes you in, the way people perceive you. I read a lot of scripts. Most of 'em go to other actors.
7in the December 1976 issue of "Playgirl"] I don't want to be known as a sex symbol. There's a great stigma that goes with that tag. I want to be a Sam Elliott.

Facts

#Fact
1Samuel Pack Elliott was born in Sacramento, California, to Glynn Mamie (Sparks), a physical training instructor, and Henry Nelson Elliott, who worked for the Department of the Interior. His parents were both born in Texas. Sam is mainly of English, with some Scottish, descent.
2Inducted into the International Mustache Hall of Fame in 2015 (inaugural class) in the category Film & Television.
3Had three films that premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival: Digging for Fire (2015), Grandma (2015), and I'll See You in My Dreams (2015).
4Shares birthday with "Smokey Bear," and Sam Elliott has been the voice of "Smokey Bear" since 2008.
5In The Big Lebowski (1998), his strange cowboy character admonishes The Dude (played by Jeff Bridges) for using "cusswords." When recalling anecdotes for the book "I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski: Life, The Big Lebowski, and What Have You" from that film, Elliott used by far the most profanities of any cast member.
6To date, he is the first (and only) actor to be nominated for an Emmy for guest-performing on Robot Chicken (2005).
7Fifth husband of Katharine Ross.
8Used his own Winchester 1894 rifle in Thank You for Smoking (2005).
9After portraying General Ross in Hulk (2003) he wanted to reprise the role in the reboot The Incredible Hulk (2008), but the part was given to William Hurt.
10Had 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). He chose to first read the books by Philip Pullman, then read the film's script.
11His character in Hulk (2003), Gen. Ross, wore a combat patch for the 1st Cavalry Division. In We Were Soldiers (2002), he played Sgt. Maj. Plumley of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, part of the 1st Cav Div.
12For his role on Tombstone (1993), he worked with renowned Hollywood gun coach Thell Reed, who has also trained such actors as Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Bill Paxton, Girard Swan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Russell Crowe.
13He is an alumnus of Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.
14Illness forced him to drop out of the 1982 TV movie The Ambush Murders (1982). He was replaced by James Brolin.
159/17/84: Daughter with Katharine Ross, Cleo Rose Elliott, born.
16In 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).
17His bare-buns scene in The Legacy (1978) earned the highest rating (3 stars) from "The Bare Facts" -- a printed guide to nudity in movies.
181976: Listed as one of 12 "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis's Screen World, Vol. 28.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Star Is Born2018filmingBobby
The Gettysburg Address2017Documentary post-productionWard Hill Lamon (voice)
The Ranch2016-2017TV SeriesBeau Bennett
Red Carpet Report2017TV Series shortHimelf
The Hero2017Lee Hayden
Rock Dog2016Fleetwood Yak (voice)
Grace and Frankie2016TV SeriesPhil
American Dad!2016TV SeriesBig John Tanner
Limbo2016/IIIShortThe Dog (voice)
The Good Dinosaur2015Butch (voice)
Axe Cop2015TV SeriesAxe Cop's Dad
Justified2015TV SeriesAvery Markham
Parks and Recreation2013-2015TV SeriesRon Dunn
Grandma2015Karl
I'll See You in My Dreams2015Bill
Digging for Fire2015Pop Pop
Draft Day2014/ICoach Moore
Robot Chicken2012TV SeriesWhite Wine Narrator / Commander Waspax / Reporter
The Company You Keep2012Mac Mcleod
November Christmas2010TV MovieJess Sanford
The Big Bang2010Simon Kestral
Marmaduke2010Chupadogra (voice)
Did You Hear About the Morgans?2009Clay Wheeler
Up in the Air2009/IMaynard Finch
The Golden Compass2007Lee Scoresby
Ghost Rider2007Caretaker
Barnyard2006Ben the Cow (voice)
Avenger2006TV MovieCalvin Dexter
Lies & Alibis2006The Mormon
Thank You for Smoking2005Lorne Lutch
Hulk2003Ross
Off the Map2003Charley
We Were Soldiers2002Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley
Pretty When You Cry2001Detective Lukas Black
The Contender2000Kermit Newman
Fail Safe2000TV MovieCongressman Raskob
You Know My Name1999TV MovieBill Tilghman
Texarkana1998TV Movie
The Hi-Lo Country1998Jim Ed Love
The Big Lebowski1998The Stranger
Dog Watch1997VideoCharlie Falon
Rough Riders1997TV SeriesCapt. Bucky O'Neil
The Final Cut1996John Pierce
Woman Undone1996TV MovieRoss Bishop
Blue River1995TV MovieHenry Howland
The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky1995TV MovieBill Bell
Buffalo Girls1995TV Mini-SeriesWild Bill Hickok
The Desperate Trail1994VideoMarshall Bill Speakes
Tombstone1993Virgil Earp
Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert1993TV MovieLyn Cutter
Gettysburg1993Brig. Gen. John Buford
Rush1991Dodd
Conagher1991TV MovieConn Conagher
Sibling Rivalry1990Charles Turner Jr.
Prancer1989John Riggs
Road House1989Wade Garrett
Shakedown1988Richie Marks
Fatal Beauty1987Mike Marshak
The Quick and the Dead1987TV MovieCon Vallian
Houston: The Legend of Texas1986TV MovieSam Houston
The Blue Lightning1986TV MovieHarry Wingate
A Death in California1985TV Mini-SeriesD. Jordan Williams
Mask1985Gar
The Yellow Rose1983-1984TV SeriesChance McKenzie
Travis McGee1983TV MovieTravis McGee
The Shadow Riders1982TV MovieDal Traven
Murder in Texas1981TV MovieDr. John Hill
Wild Times1980TV Mini-SeriesHugh Cardiff
The Sacketts1979TV SeriesTell Sackett
The Legacy1978Pete Danner
Aspen1977TV Mini-SeriesTom Keating
Once an Eagle1976-1977TV Mini-SeriesSam Damon
Lifeguard1976/IRick
Police Woman1975TV SeriesMichael Gregory
I Will Fight No More Forever1975TV MovieCaptain Wood
Hawaii Five-O1974TV SeriesJack Houston
The Manhunter1974TV SeriesWill Gantry
Evel Knievel1974TV MovieEvel Knievel
Doc Elliot1974TV SeriesLee Barrows
The Streets of San Francisco1974TV SeriesKen Johnson
The Blue Knight1973TV MovieDetective Charlie Bronski
Hawkins1973TV SeriesLuther Wilkes
Mannix1973TV SeriesBill Saunders
Molly and Lawless John1972Johnny Lawler
Mod Squad1972TV SeriesRick Price
Gunsmoke1972TV SeriesCory Soames
Frogs1972Pickett Smith
Mission: Impossible1970-1971TV SeriesDoug Robert
Assault on the Wayne1971TV MovieEnsign William 'Bill' Sandover
The Games1970Richie Robinson
The Challenge1970TV MovieBryant
Bracken's World1970TV SeriesTodd Skinner
Lancer1969-1970TV SeriesCowboy / Canopus McKillen / Renslo
The F.B.I.1969TV SeriesSAC Kendall Lisbon
Land of the Giants1969TV SeriesMartin Reed
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid1969Card Player #2
The Felony Squad1968-1969TV SeriesMarine Leader / Station Attendant / Jack
Judd for the Defense1969TV SeriesDan Kenyon

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ranch2017TV Series producer - 1 episode
You Know My Name1999TV Movie executive producer
Conagher1991TV Movie producer
Houston: The Legend of Texas1986TV Movie associate producer - uncredited

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Conagher1991TV Movie teleplay

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Barnyard2006performer: "I Won't Back Down"

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Red Wing2013special thanks
I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper2005Documentary grateful thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ok! TV2017TV SeriesHimself
Today2015-2017TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Talk2017TV SeriesHimself
Young Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
The 17th Annual WIN Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
Home & Family2015TV SeriesHimself
Milius2013DocumentaryHimself
Cowboys and Cosmopolitans: The Stars of 'Did You Hear About the Morgans'2010Video documentaryHimself
Location, Location, Location: The Making of 'Did You Hear About the Morgans'2010Video documentary shortHimself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Production Design: The Emotional Fabric of a Parallel World2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Golden Compass: Costumes2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Golden Compass: Locations2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Golden Compass: Meet the Cast2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Launch: Releasing the Film 'The Golden Compass'2008Video shortHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentary shortHimself
Blazing Trails: The Making of 'Ghost Rider'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Spirit of Vengeance: The Making of 'Ghost Rider'2007Video documentaryHimself
Utter Talent: Voices of Barnyard2006Video documentary short
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Anatomy of a Scene2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Hulk: The Lowdown2003TV Movie documentaryCo-host
Hulk Cam: Inside the Rage2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Tombstone'2002Video documentary shortHimself / Virgil Earp
Filming 'Rush'2002Video documentary shortHimself
We Were Soldiers: Getting It Right2002Video documentary shortHimself / Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley
Dobe and a Company of Heroes2002TV MovieHimself
The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller2001Video documentary shortHimself
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The Way West1995TV Movie documentaryVoice
The Making of 'Gettysburg'1993Video documentaryHimself / Brig. Gen. John Buford, Federa
Roadhog: An MTV News Special Report1993TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CBS This Morning1989TV SeriesHimself
The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breakaway1983TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Once in a Lew Moon2015DocumentaryHimself
Cher: The Farewell Tour2003TV Movie documentaryGar
Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Gomorron1998TV SeriesHimself
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesVirgil Earp

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2015Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesJustified (2010)
2001Alan J. Pakula AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsThe Contender (2000)
2000Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTelevision Feature FilmYou Know My Name (1999)
1999Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureThe Hi-Lo Country (1998)
1992Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTelevision Feature FilmConagher (1991)
1990Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1987Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFactual Television ProgramHouston: The Legend of Texas (1986)
1976Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFactual Television ProgramI Will Fight No More Forever (1975)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2015CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorGrandma (2015)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Voice-Over PerformanceRobot Chicken (2005)
2009WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest EnsembleUp in the Air (2009)
1996Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBuffalo Girls (1995)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialBuffalo Girls (1995)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionConagher (1991)

2nd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2010COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleUp in the Air (2009)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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