Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott

Highest Rated: 100% Fail Safe (2000)

Lowest Rated: 9% Marmaduke (2010)

Birthday: Aug 9, 1944

Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA

Possessing rugged good looks and a rich, deep voice, Sam Elliott went from playing the quintessential cowboy to portraying thoughtful, sage characters throughout his long career. Born in Sacramento, California, he spent most of his youth in Portland, Oregon. After dropping out of college, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Roles in television shows such as "The Felony Squad" (ABC, 1966-69) and "The F.B.I." (ABC, 1965-74), as well as a bit part in the Paul Newman-Robert Redford vehicle "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), soon followed. He landed a recurring role on the hit "Mission: Impossible" (CBS, 1966-73) that kicked off a long period of steady work. Elliott made regular guest appearances on many of the police dramas of the '70s, including "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS, 1968-80) and "The Streets of San Francisco" (ABC, 1972-77). He experienced his first true breakthrough with the film "Lifeguard" (1976), playing a beach bum who reevaluates his life after attending his high school reunion. The actor also took advantage of the television miniseries craze, starring in "Once an Eagle" (NBC, 1976) and "Aspen" (NBC, 1977). His looks, including his trademark thick mustache, made him a natural for cowboy roles. He teamed with Tom Selleck for a pair of TV films based on Louis L' Amour books, "The Sacketts" (NBC, 1978) and "The Shadow Riders" (CBS, 1982), which became some of his most memorable roles in the genre. Not one to be boxed in, he diversified his resume by playing Farrah Fawcett's abusive husband in "Murder in Texas" (NBC, 1981) and Cher's love interest in "Mask" (1985). He added another archetype to his repertoire - the elder, male mentor - when he joined Patrick Swayze for the surprise hit "Road House" (1989). He continued mixing roles in Westerns like "Tombstone" (1993) and "Buffalo Girls" (CBS, 1995), with more traditional dramas such as "Rush" (1991). The Coen brothers found a perfect use for Elliott's voice and persona when they cast him as The Stranger, the narrator of their classic Jeff Bridges comedy "The Big Lebowski" (1998). The actor branched out into other genres as well with roles in the superhero films "Hulk" (2003) and "Ghost Rider" (2007), in addition to the fantasy epic "The Golden Compass" (2007). He continued making appearances on television, taking memorable roles on "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2009-15), "Grace and Frankie" (Netflix, 2015-), and "Justified" (FX, 2010-15), the latter of which earned him a Critics' Choice Award. He stepped into a series regular role when he joined Ashton Kutcher and Debra Winger for "The Ranch" (Netflix, 2016-) playing the irascible patriarch of the show's ranching family, Beau Bennett. Bradley Cooper tabbed Elliott, along with Lady Gaga, for his directing debut "A Star Is Born" (2018). The actor played the older brother of Cooper's spiraling singing star. The role earned Elliott his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Highest rated movies

Fail Safe
I'll See You in My Dreams
A Star Is Born Up in the Air Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Thank You for Smoking




65% 50% Lady and the Tramp Trusty (Voice) - 2019
75% 51% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot Calvin Barr (Character) - 2018
90% 79% A Star Is Born Bobby (Character) $215.3M 2018
77% 59% The Hero Lee Hayden (Character) $4.1M 2017
47% 48% Rock Dog Fleetwood Yak (Voice) $9.4M 2016
76% 64% The Good Dinosaur Butch (Voice) $123.1M 2015
64% 41% Digging for Fire Pop Pop (Character) $119.4K 2015
91% 67% Grandma Karl (Character) $7.0M 2015
94% 68% I'll See You in My Dreams Bill (Character) $7.4M 2015
60% 65% Draft Day Coach Moore (Character) $28.8M 2014
54% 45% The Company You Keep Mac Mcleod (Character) $5.1M 2012
No Score Yet 71% November Christmas Jess Sanford (Character) - 2010
19% 25% The Big Bang Simon Kestral (Character) - 2010
9% 42% Marmaduke Chupadogra (Voice) $33.6M 2010
90% 79% Up in the Air Maynard Finch (Character) $83.8M 2009
12% 27% Did You Hear About the Morgans? Clay (Character) $29.6M 2009
42% 51% The Golden Compass Lee Scoresby (Character) $70.1M 2007
26% 48% Ghost Rider Caretaker (Character) $115.8M 2007
57% 53% Lies & Alibis The Mormon (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 28% Avenger Calvin Dexter (Character) - 2006
22% 52% Barnyard: The Original Party Animals Ben the cow (Voice) $72.6M 2006
86% 87% Thank You for Smoking Lorne Lutch (Character) $24.8M 2005
62% 29% Hulk General Ross (Character) $132.1M 2003
70% 85% Off the Map Charley Groden (Character) $1.3M 2003
64% 84% We Were Soldiers Sgt-Maj. Basil Plumley (Character) $78.1M 2002
No Score Yet 39% Pretty When You Cry Detective Lukas Black (Character) - 2001
100% 79% Fail Safe Congressman Raskob (Character) - 2000
76% 73% The Contender Kermit Newman (Character) $17.8M 2000
No Score Yet 83% You Know My Name Bill Tilghman (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1999
54% 49% The Hi-Lo Country Jim Ed Love (Character) $163.8K 1998
83% 93% The Big Lebowski The Stranger (Character) $17.4M 1998
No Score Yet 75% Rough Riders Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 0% Woman Undone Ross Bishop (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dog Watch Charlie Falon (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 78% The Adventures of Mowgli Kaa (Voice) - 1996
No Score Yet 67% Buffalo Girls Wild Bill Hickok (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 100% The Final Cut John Pierce (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 56% The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky Bill Bell (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 22% Blue River Henry Howland (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 48% The Desperate Trail Marshall Bill Speakes (Character) - 1994
77% 89% Gettysburg Brig. Gen. John Buford (Character) - 1993
74% 94% Tombstone Virgil Earp (Character) $55.9M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert Lyn Cutter (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 75% Conagher Conn Conagher (Character),
- 1991
71% 72% Rush Dodd (Character) $6.6M 1991
20% 29% Sibling Rivalry Charles Turner Jr. (Character) $16.8M 1990
37% 66% Road House Wade Garrett (Character) $27.4M 1989
67% 58% Prancer John Riggs (Character) $18.1M 1989
67% 41% Shakedown Richie Marks (Character) $9.3M 1988
No Score Yet 65% The Quick and the Dead Con Vallian (Character) - 1987
21% 42% Fatal Beauty Mike Marshak (Character) $10.8M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Lightning Harry Wingate (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 21% Houston: The Legend of Texas Sam Houston (Character) - 1986
93% 83% Mask Gar (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Travis McGee: The Empty Copper Sea Travis McGee (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 70% The Shadow Riders Dal Traven (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Texas Dr. John Hill (Character) - 1981
24% 24% The Legacy Pete Danner (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 79% The Sacketts Unknown (Character) - 1979
40% 71% Lifeguard Rick Carlson (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 78% I Will Fight No More Forever Captain Wood (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Detective Charlie Bronski (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 59% Die, Darling, Die Luther Wilkes (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 20% Molly and Lawless John Johnny Lawler (Character) - 1972
29% 24% Frogs Pickett Smith (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Challenge Bryant (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assault on the Wayne Ensign William "Bill" Sandover (Character) - 1970
89% 92% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Card Player No. 2 (Character) - 1969


No Score Yet 64% Family Guy Himself (Guest Voice) 2019-2022
88% 80% 1883 Shea Brennan (Character) 2021-2022
85% 78% MacGruber Perry (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Honor Guard Narrator 2020
No Score Yet 70% The Ranch Beau (Character) 2016-2020
90% 84% Grace and Frankie Phil (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 90% American Dad! Big John Tanner (Guest Voice) 2016
97% 95% Justified Avery Markham (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
93% 89% Parks and Recreation Unknown (Guest Star) 2013-2015
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken White Wine Narrator / Skito / Reporter (Voice) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Wild Bill Hickok (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yellow Rose Chance McKenzie (Character) 1983-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sacketts Tell Sackett (Character) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aspen Unknown (Character) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Michael Gregory (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Ken Johnson (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Bill Saunders (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Rick Price (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Cory Soames (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Marine Leader (Guest Star) 1968-1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lancer Unknown (Guest Star) 1969