Sam Elliott Biography (1944-)

Full name, Samuel Pack Elliott; born August 9, 1944, in Sacramento, CA; father, worked for the Department of the Interior; mother, a physical training instructor; married Katharine Ross (an actress), 1984; children: Cleo Rose. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills,CA 90212.; Manager: Hofflund/Polone, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 820, BeverlyHills, CA 90212.; Contact: 33050 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265.

Actor, producer, writer
Birth Details
August 9, 1944
Sacramento, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Card player number two, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969
  • Richie Robinson, The Games, Universal, 1970
  • Johnny Lawler, Molly and Lawless John, Producers Distributors Corporation, 1972
  • Pickett Smith, Frogs, American International Pictures, 1972
  • Rick Carlson, Lifeguard, Paramount, 1976
  • Pete Danner, The Legacy (also known as The Legacy of Maggie Walsh) Universal, 1979
  • Gar, Mask, Lorimar, 1985
  • Mike Marshak, Fatal Beauty, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1987
  • Richie Marks, Shakedown (also known as Blue Jean Cop), Universal, 1988
  • Wade Garrett, Road House, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1989
  • John Riggs, Prancer, Orion, 1989
  • Charles Turner, Jr., Sibling Rivalry, Columbia, 1990
  • Larry Dodd, Rush, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Pathe, 1991
  • Brigadeer General John Buford, Gettysburg, New Line Cinema, 1993
  • Virgil Earp, Tombstone, Buena Vista, 1993
  • Marshal Bill Speakes, The Desperate Trail, Turner Home Entertainment, 1994
  • Voice of Kaa (Python), The Jungle Book (also known as Adventures of Mowgli and Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book), 1996
  • The stranger, The Big Lebowski, Gramercy, 1998
  • Jim Ed Love, The Hi-Lo Country, Gramercy, 1998
  • Kermit Newman, The Contender (also known as Manipulations),DreamWorks, 2000
  • Sergeant Major Basil Plumley, We Were Soldiers, Paramount, 2002
  • General Thunderbolt Ross, The Hulk, Universal, 2003
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Dr. Doug Robert, Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1970-1971
  • Chance McKenzie, The Yellow Rose, NBC, 1983-1984
  • Movies
  • Bryant, The Challenge, ABC, 1970
  • Ensign Sandover, Assault on the Wayne, ABC, 1971
  • Detective Charlie Bronski, The Blue Knight, NBC, 1973
  • Captain Wood, I Will Fight No More Forever, ABC, 1975
  • Tell Sackett, The Sacketts, NBC, 1979
  • Hugh Cardiff, Wild Times, syndicated, 1980
  • Dr. John Hill, Murder in Texas, CBS, 1982
  • Dal Traven, The Shadow Riders (also known as Louis L'Amour's The Shadow Riders), CBS, 1982
  • Title role, Travis McGee (also known as Travis McGee: The EmptyCopper Sea), 1983
  • D. Jordan Williams, A Death in California (also known as Psychopath), ABC, 1985
  • Harry Wingate, The Blue Lightning, CBS, 1986
  • Sam Houston (title role), Houston: The Legend of Texas (also knownas Gone to Texas: The Sam Houston Story), CBS, 1986
  • Con Vallian, The Quick and the Dead, HBO, 1987
  • Conn Conagher (title role), Conagher (also known as Louis L'Amour's Conagher), TNT, 1991
  • Lyn Cutter, Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert (also known as Fugitive Nights), 1993
  • Bill Bell, The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky (also knownas Hole in the Sky), ABC, 1995
  • Mr. Howland, Blue River, 1995
  • Ross Bishop, Woman Undone (also known as Joshua Tree), Showtime, 1996
  • John Pierce, Final Cut, HBO, 1996
  • The Adventures of Mowgli, HBO, 1997
  • Charlie Falon, Dogwatch (also known as Dead End), HBO, 1997
  • Bill Tilghman, You Know My Name (also known as Bill Tilghman), TNT, 1998
  • Congressman Tom Raskob, Fail Safe, CBS, 2000
  • Detective Lukas Black, Pretty When You Cry, HBO, 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Sam Damon, Once an Eagle, NBC, 1976
  • Tom Keating, Aspen (also known as The Innocent and the Damned), NBC, 1977
  • Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Girls, CBS, 1995
  • Captain Bucky O'Neil, Rough Riders (also known as Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders), TNT, 1997
  • Specials
  • The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood's Stuntmen, ABC, 1988
  • The Hollywood Christmas Parade, syndicated, 1989
  • Host, The Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1990
  • Interviewee, Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (documentary), TNT, 1997
  • Episodic
  • Jack, "Kiss me, Kill You," Felony Squad, 1968
  • Attendant, "The Fatal Hours," Felony Squad, 1968
  • Marine leader, "Blind Terror," Felony Squad, 1969
  • "Death Bait," Lancer, CBS, 1969
  • "The Great Humbug," Lancer, CBS, 1969
  • Martin Reed, "Six Hours to Live," Land of the Giants, 1969
  • "Blue Skies for Billy Sharpe," Lancer, CBS, 1970
  • Cory Soames, "The Wedding," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1972
  • "Good Times Are Just Memories," The Mod Squad, ABC, 1972
  • Bill Saunders, "Little Girl Lost," Mannix, CBS, 1973
  • "Die, Darling, Die," Hawkins, 1973
  • "A Time to Live," Doc Elliot, 1974
  • Jack Houston, "The Two-Faced Corpse," Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 1974
  • "Farewell, Mary Jane," Police Woman, NBC, 1975
  • Also appeared in episodes of The F.B.I, ABC, and The Streets ofSan Francisco, ABC.
  • Pilots
  • Title role, Evel Knievel, CBS, 1974
  • Texarkana, CBS, 1998
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Executive producer, Conagher (also known as Louis L'Amour's Conagher), TNT, 1991
  • Executive producer, You Know My Name (also known as Bill Tilghman), TNT, 1998
  • Television Movies
  • (With Katherine Ross and Jeffrey M. Meyer) Conagher (adapted fromLouis L'Amour's book of the same title; also known as Louis L'Amour's Conagher), TNT, 1991

Further Reference


    • American Western Magazine, October, 2001
    • Movieline, August, 1999, p. 16

    User Contributions:

    Terry Elliott
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    Aug 15, 2012 @ 4:04 am
    I would be interested to know if Sam Elliott knows that the name Elliott is hundreds of years old and originates from Scotland, "Elliotts of Stobs" family motto, "Fortiter et recte" (With strength and right) We also have our own Tartan, and coat of arms. We may even be related? my grandfather had brothers who emigrated to USA around 100 years ago. I have long been a big fan of Sam and Katherine's films, I would love to have some feedback, if Sam knows any of this information. Regards Terry Elliott. U.K.
    William Blinn
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    Aug 18, 2012 @ 5:05 am
    I would like to know the name of a TV movie about a couple with a little boy heading west. The Sam Elliot character is a plansman whol helps the beat a gang of outlaws who are thying to steal their wagon, which they believe has gold in it. I saw it on TV several years ago.
    Meaghan McGinnis
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    Aug 18, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
    bad language was not in my e-mail I just wrote that Mr. Elliott was an influance on my naming my son Sam
    Meaghan McGinnis
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    Aug 18, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
    Sam and Kate are an inspiration to all who feel actors can't have a long and loving relationship.
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    Aug 17, 2014 @ 7:19 pm
    William Blinn the film you mentioned sound like te Quick and the Dead 1987

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