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Sam Elliott

Highest Rated:   100% Fail Safe (2000)
Lowest Rated:   9% Marmaduke (2010)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A Star Is Born
  • Bobby
2018
77% The Hero
  • Lee Hayden
$4.1M 2017
44% Rock Dog
  • Fleetwood Yak
$9.5M 2017
No Score Yet Audubon
  • John James Audubon
2017
77% The Good Dinosaur
  • Butch
$94.2M 2015
66% Digging For Fire
  • Pop Pop
$0.2M 2015
92% Grandma
  • Karl
2015
93% I'll See You in My Dreams
  • Bill
2015
60% 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
43% The Golden Compass
  • Lee Scoursby
$70.2M 2007
26% 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
61% 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
56% The Hi-Lo Country
  • Jim Ed Love
1998
81% 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
89% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Card Player
1969
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mowgli
  • Actor
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
56% The Ranch
2016
  • Beau
  • 2017
  • 2016
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Avery Markham
  • 2015
90% Parks and Recreation
2009-2015
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2013
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005-2016
  • Narrator

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