Sam Elliott is famous for his rough and handsome look and his tantalizing deep voice is the cherry on the cake. However, Sam Elliott is much more than the media has publicized. Let’s unfold the unknown secrets of Sam Elliot life.

Sam’s Early Life


Sam Elliott was born on August 9, 1944, in California. However, he spent a major part of his childhood in Oregon. His father, Henry, was an employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At the age of 9, Sam started his acting career. His father was very cautious of his decision to be an actor. Elliot’s decision caused a rift in their relationship and that sourness continued for most of his childhood.


Local Newspaper motivated him


Elliott graduated from David Douglas High School and pursued his higher studies at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. In the midst of his higher studies, he bagged a role of one of the leads of Guys and Dolls. A local newspaper took notice of his performance and suggested him that he should pursue professional acting.


First On-Screen Role


Sam Elliott got his very first on-screen role in the year 1968. He played ‘Jack’ on the episode “Kiss Me, Kill You” in the TV series “The Felony Squad.” He got two more small roles in the same TV show, in 1968, and in 1969.


First Movie


Soon enough after his short TV stint, Elliott bagged a role in the 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” which was a hit. He had played the character of Card Player #2, however, it was a smaller role. Moreover, his future wife, Katharine Ross, was the lead female actress in the film. The two actors never met during the shooting.

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First Movie With Character Name


In the later 1960s, as well as, in early 1970s, Sam Elliott got very smaller roles in film and TV. He acted in multiple episodes of the TV series “Lancer,” as well as on shows such as “Land of the Giants,” “The F.B.I.”, and “Bracken’s World.” He also bagged a role in the film “The Games.” This was his first movie, in which his character had a name – Richie Robinson.


TV got him famous!


In the 1970s, Elliot career took a jump. He bagged more commanding roles. He acted in series such as “Mission: Impossible,” “Once an Eagle” and “Aspen.” He also continued to get roles (with character names) in numerous films. He even played a formal character in the TV movie biopic “Evel Knievel” in 1974.

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