Sam Elliott

Highest Rated: 100% Fail Safe (2000)
Lowest Rated: 9% Marmaduke (2010)
Birthday: Aug 9, 1944
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA
Through a cruel twist of fate, American actor Sam Elliott came to films at just the point that the sort of fare in which he should have thrived was dying at the box office. A born cowboy star if ever there was one, the stage-trained Elliot made his debut in a tiny role in the 1969 western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Within a few years, the western market had disappeared, and Elliot had to settle for standard good-guy roles in such contemporary films as Lifeguard (1976). Never tied down to any one type, Elliot's range has embraced sexy "other men" (Sibling Rivalry [1989]) and vicious rapist/murderers (the TV movie A Death in California [1986]). Still, one yearned to see Elliot playing frontiersmen; fortunately, the western genre had not completely disappeared on television, and Elliot was well-served with such hard-riding projects as The Sacketts (1977), I Will Fight No More Forever (1981), The Shadow Riders (1982), Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986) and Conagher (1991), in which he appeared with his wife, actress Katherine Ross. When westerns began showing up on the big screen again in the 1990s, Elliot was there, prominently cast as Virgil Earp in Tombstone (1993) and the made-for-cable sagebrusher The Desperate Trail (1995). Awarded Bronze Wrangler trophies for his involvement in Conagher, The Hi-Lo Country, and You Know My Name, Elliot also made an impression on Cohen Brothers fans with a memorable performance as the laid back Stranger in the cult hit The Big Lebowski. A featured role in the 2000 made for television remake Fail Safe found Elliot hanging up his duster to revisit rising Cold War tensions, and later that same year he would finally make the leap into the new millennium with his role as a presidential aid in Rod Lurie's Oscar-nominated hit The Contender. Rewarded with a double hernia as a result of his intense training efforts to prepare for a role in the 2002 Vietnam War drama We Were Soldiers, the then fifty-seven-year-old endured the pain through the entire production and put of surgery until shooting had wrapped. Though Elliot would remain in the armed forces to portray a military general hell-bent on destroying the Hulk in 2003, his onscreen authority would weaken somewhat when he was cast as a cancer-riddled Marlboro Man in the 2005 comedy Thank You for Smoking. After traveling to the far corners of the globe to carry out a little vigilante justice in the 2006 made for television thriller Avenger, Elliot would next break a little new ground by venturing into the world of animation by lending his distinctive voice to the character of Ben the Cow in Steve Oedekerk's rural family romp Barnyard. He co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in The Golden Compass (2007), a film adaptation of the first installment of the wildly successful book series from author Philip Pullman. In 2009 he took on a role in the award winning comedy drama Up in the Air, and co-starred as an eccentric billionaire in director Tony Krantz's The Big Bang in 2011. He joined Robert Redford and Julie Christie to play a supporting role in 2012's comedy drama The Company You Keep.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot Calvin Barr 2019
89% A Star Is Born Bobby 2018
77% The Hero Lee Hayden $4.1M 2017
47% Rock Dog Fleetwood Yak $9.5M 2017
No Score Yet Audubon John James Audubon 2017
76% The Good Dinosaur Butch $123.1M 2015
65% Digging For Fire Pop Pop $0.2M 2015
91% Grandma Karl 2015
93% I'll See You in My Dreams Bill 2015
59% Draft Day Coach Moore $21.2M 2014
54% The Company You Keep Mac Mcleod $5.2M 2013
19% The Big Bang Simon Kestral 2011
No Score Yet November Christmas Jess Sanford 2010
9% Marmaduke Chupadogra $33.7M 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? Clay Wheeler $29.6M 2009
91% Up in the Air Maynard Finch $83.8M 2009
42% The Golden Compass Lee Scoursby $70.2M 2007
27% Ghost Rider Caretaker $115.9M 2007
22% Barnyard Ben $72.7M 2006
No Score Yet Avenger Calvin Dexter 2006
86% Thank You for Smoking Lorne Lutch $24.9M 2006
57% Lies & Alibis The Mormon 2006
62% Hulk General `Thunderbolt' Ross $132.2M 2003
70% Off the Map Charley $1.3M 2003
63% We Were Soldiers Plumley $78.1M 2002
No Score Yet Pretty When You Cry Det. Lukas Black 2001
76% The Contender Kermit $16.2M 2000
100% Fail Safe Congressman Raskob 2000
No Score Yet You Know My Name Executive Producer Bill Tilghman 1999
71% Rush Dodd 1999
54% The Hi-Lo Country Jim Ed Love 1998
83% The Big Lebowski The Stranger 1998
No Score Yet Texarkana Actor 1998
No Score Yet Rough Riders Bucky O'Neill 1997
No Score Yet Once There Was a Ballpark Actor 1997
No Score Yet Adventures of Mowgli Kaa (Voice in the English-language version) 1996
No Score Yet Dogwatch Charlie Falon 1996
No Score Yet Dog Watch Actor 1996
No Score Yet Blue River Henry Howland 1995
No Score Yet El Guardabosque, el Cocinero y el Hoyo en el Cielo Bill Bell 1995
No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Wild Bill Hickok 1995
No Score Yet Woman Undone Actor 1995
No Score Yet The Desperate Trail Marshall Bill Speakes 1994
73% Tombstone Virgil Earp 1993
80% Gettysburg Gen. John Buford 1993
No Score Yet Conagher Conn Conagher 1991
No Score Yet Woman Undone Ross Bishop 1991
22% Sibling Rivalry Charles Turner Jr. 1990
67% Prancer John Riggs 1989
38% Road House Wade Garrett 1989
63% Shakedown Richie Marks 1988
23% Fatal Beauty Mike Marshak 1987
No Score Yet The Quick and the Dead Con Vallian 1987
No Score Yet Gone to Texas Sam Houston 1986
No Score Yet The Blue Lightning Harry Wingate 1986
93% Mask Gar 1985
No Score Yet The Shadow Riders Dal Traven 1982
No Score Yet Murder in Texas Dr. John Hill 1981
No Score Yet The Sacketts Tell Sackett 1979
No Score Yet Wild Times Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Legacy Pete Danner 1978
No Score Yet Lifeguard Rick Carlson 1976
No Score Yet Once an Eagle Sgt. Sam Damon 1976
No Score Yet I Will Fight No More Forever Captain Wood 1975
29% Frogs Pickett Smith 1972
No Score Yet Molly and Lawless John Johnny Lawler 1972
No Score Yet The Games Richie Robinson 1970
90% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Card Player 1969
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mowgli Actor 1967

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
63% The Ranch
2016
Beau
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2017
97% Justified
2010-2015
Avery Markham
  • 2015
92% Parks and Recreation
2009-2015
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Doug Dr. Doug Lane
  • 2011
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Cory Soames
  • 1972
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005-2018
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QUOTES FROM Sam Elliott CHARACTERS