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Sam Elliott


Sam Elliott is an American actor. Sam Elliott is the classic picture of the American cowboy. He has a lanky physique, thick mustache, deep, resonant voice, and Western drawl which led him to frequent roles as cowboy and rancher. He is known for playing gun-slinging cowboys in films like ‘The Quick and the Dead’ and ‘Tombstone,’ as well as his role in the cult favorite ‘The Big Lebowski.’

Early Life and Parents

Sam Elliott was born on August 9, 1944, in Sacramento, California, United States. Later, he moved to Oregon, where he spent his time exploring the outdoors and watching movies. His full name is Samuel Pack Elliott he is now 79 years old. He is American and his zodiac sign is Leo. His father is Henry Nelson Elliott and his mother is Glynn Mamie (Née Sparks).

His mother worked as a physical training instructor. He decided on an acting career at the age of 9. His father, who worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was skeptical of his son’s chosen profession. The senior Elliott died of a heart attack with their unresolved differences when he was 18 years old. He went to `David Douglas High School’ in Portland.

After graduation, he enrolled in, `Clark College’ in Vancouver, Washington, where he completed a two-year program. Later, he was admitted to the University of Oregon, but he dropped out to pursue an acting career. He studied acting in Los Angeles and worked part-time to pay his bills.

Sam Elliott – Net Worth 2024

This popular American actor has earned a hefty amount of money throughout his acting career. His net worth is $10 million.

Career and Professional Life

Sam Elliott played the lead role in a local production of Guys and Dolls. The journalist who wrote the review of the play said that Elliott should become a professional actor. After reading the review, he moved to Hollywood. He worked in construction while trying to pursue his acting career. Elliott began his acting career with his first film debut in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). After his debut, he was able to get several film offers in the 1970s.

He played `Richie Robinson’ in a 1970 movie. Some other movies that he played in the early 1970s were `Frogs’ (1972) and `Molly and Lawless John (1972). In 1974, he appeared in television series, such as ‘Doc Elliot,’ ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ ‘The Manhunter,’ and ‘The Streets of San Francisco.’ He played a wife-killer in the miniseries, ‘Murder in Texas’ (1981), and then appeared in ‘A Death in California’ (1985).

From 1983 to 1984, he acted in 22 episodes of television, ‘The Yellow Rose.’ In 1986, he played an important role in a television movie titled, ‘Gone to Texas.’ He was a co-star in an action film, ‘Road House’ in 1989.

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Caption: Sam Elliot’s look for action film ‘Road House.’ (Source: Vulture)

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In 1995, he played ‘Wild Bill Hickok’ in the television film, ‘Buffalo Girls.’ In the Hulk (2003), he played, ‘General Thaddeus Ross.’

The versatile actor has also done voice-over works in films like ‘The Good Dinosaur’ (2015), ‘Rock Dog’ (2016), and Marmaduke (2010). He played the lead role in the period drama movie ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ in 2018.


The talented actor has been nominated and has received various awards for his amazing works. He won 2nd place in Central Ohio Film Critics Association (2009) in the category, `Best Ensemble’ for his work `Up in the Air.’ He won the Critic’s Choice Television Awards (2015) in the category, `Justified’ for his work `Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series.’

In 2018, he won an award from Georgia Film Critics Association in the category, `Best Supporting Actor,’ for his work A Star Is Born. He won 5th place in IndieWire Critics Poll (2018) in the category, `Best Supporting Actor for his work A Star Is Born. He won the National Board of Review (2018) in the category, `Of Best Supporting Actor for his work A Star Is Born. In 2019, he won the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in the category Virtuosos Award for A Star Is Born.

Relationship Status

Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross met in 1978 in London. They met while filming the horror movie, `The Legacy.’ They were married in 1984. It was Ross’s fifth marriage and Elliot’s first. The couple has one daughter Cleo Cole Elliot who is now a musician in Malibu, California. She was born on September 17, 1984, and is currently 35 years old. Elliott has been in a relationship with Barbra Streisand.

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Caption: Sam Elliott with his wife, Katharine Ross. (Source: Instagram)

Body Measurements

Sam Elliott’s height is 6 feet 2in (188 cm) and weighs about 88 kg or 194 lbs. His distinctive features are a thick mustache and trademark deep voice. He has a slim body with green eyes and white hair.

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Caption: Sam Elliott making an appearance in Governor’s Awards 2015. (Source: Movie’n’co UK)

Sam Elliott – Social Media

His Instagram username is @officialsamelliott which has over 41k followers. He doesn’t have Facebook or Twitter accounts.