Sam Elliot’s Major Achievements as an Actor, His Filmography and the Secret of His Long Marriage

In Hollywood, there are several ways for an actor to stand out, either through the kind of characters they play on television or through the kind of films they feature in, but Sam Elliott, an iconic actor, is one of the few who stands out for his physical attributes. His voice, a deep resonant Western drawl that is recognizable even without seeing him on the screen.

He has been in the industry for over 50 years and in that time, he has built up a reputation as an actor of class. His award cabinet is filled with several wins and nominations, truly defining himself to be more than just a standout voice but also a talented actor.

Sam Elliott’s Notable Movies and TV Shows

Sam Elliott’s 50 plus year career has had him feature across over 100 films and TV shows. His first appearance on screen was in 1967, in an uncredited role for The Way West. He did not, however, have to wait long to get his first credited appearance, starring in a TV show, The Felony Squad in 1968, and going on to appear in three episodes between 1968 and 1969.

Over the course of his career, Sam Elliott appeared and even starred in many classic and iconic films including 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where he appeared as a Card Player. At the early stages of his career, Sam starred in a number of TV shows, like Lancer, Land of the Giants, Bracken’s World, and The F.B.I, cementing his place as a character actor.

His transition to film began in the late 90s where he began a long streak of starring in feature-length projects on the big screen. It began with Fatal Beauty in 1987, where he played the character, Mike Marshak, and went on to star in others like Prancer, Sibling Rivalry, Gettysburg, Tombstone, and many others.

In 2014, Sam played the role of Coach Moore in Draft Day, followed by his roles of Karl in Grandma and Avery Markham in Justified, as well as a voice-over role of Butch in The Good Dinosaur, all in 2015. Prior to portraying his acclaimed role of Lee Hayden in The Hero in the year 2017, the talented actor portrayed the character of Beau Bennett in The Ranch in 2016, a role he is currently playing in the Netflix series to date.

He also featured in Grace and Frankie and equally the animated film, American Dad in the same 2016. He then landed his critically acclaimed supporting role of Bobby Maine in A Star Is Born in 2018, which earned him multiple awards and nominations. In the following year, Elliott had voice roles in Family Guy and Lady and the Tramp. He will also voice the character of Ward Hill Lamon in The Gettysburg Address that is currently in the post-production stage as of this writing.

Awards and Recognitions That has Stood Him Out

Since the inception of his career in 1967, Sam Elliott has remained a thriving actor, rising to become one of the most famous names in the industry across several generations. So far, he has been nominated for over 33 awards and he has won over 20 of them.

In 1992, Elliott got his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor category for the series, Conagher. In the next year, he was nominated for another Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for his role in Buffalo Girls. The movie also landed him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Later in 2009, he nabbed Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble in Up in the Air.

Following his outstanding portrayal in A Star Is Born, the veteran actor has gained numerous nominations in several awards shows including Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award Critics’ Choice Movie Award, AACTA Award, Satellite Award, Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Award, Dorian Award, among many others. Also, his depictions in the 2018 romantic musical drama film earned him the National Board of Review Award, Georgia Film Critics Association Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award, Atlanta Film Critics Award, Las Vegas Film Critics Award, and others.

His other award wins include five Bronze Wrangler Awards, five Newport Beach Film Festival Award, one Golden Boot Award, one Critics’ Choice Television Award, one CinEuphoria Award and one Broadcast Film Critics Association Award.

What is the TV Producer’s Net Worth?

Sam Elliott’s exceptionally long career has seen him accrue an impressive net worth over the course of his career. His total net worth is said to be in the region of $10 million; all of which have come from starring in over 100 films and TV shows. Not bad for a man who was doubted by his father when he set out for a career in acting.

Sam Elliott with co-stars of A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

Beyond working as an actor, Elliott has also earned a good sum working as a TV producer. He has credit in works like Gone to Texas, You Know My Name, Conagher, and The Ranch. He has also augmented his earnings through voice-over works in several commercials, as his iconic voice has paved way for him to work with many brands. Since 2007, the multi-award-winning actor has been lending his voice for Coors beer commercial and has equally been associated with the Smokey Bear campaign since 2008.

He additionally lent his voice for the Rams Heavy Duty truck commercial, as well as campaigns for the American Beef Council, IBM, Union Pacific, and Kinney Drugs.

How Sam Elliott Met His Wife 

The talented TV producer met his significant other, Katherine Ross for the first time while filming The Legacy in the year 1978, though the two appeared in the 1969 film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but never met on set. Katherine is a veteran actress in Hollywood and has been working professionally since 1962. Her work has spanned film and theatre.

At the time of their meeting in 1978, the actress was in her fourth marriage with Gaetano Lisi but eventually annulled the union in the next year, when she kicked off a romantic affair with the Conagher actor.

The Lovely Couple Has Been Married For Over 3 Decades 

One other exceptional thing that has defined Sam Elliott’s career in the industry is his personal life. He has been able to achieve one thing that is very uncommon in Hollywood – he has been married to the same woman for over 35 years. In fact, not only has he been married to the same woman, it has been his only marriage ever. A rare feat.

The celebrity couple got married in May 1984, and have only raised a solitary child, a daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott who was born in September 1984.  They have achieved a long-term marriage, despite a long-term committed relationship being full of challenges. They have given priority to their union even though they are busy individuals who often have several projects in the pipeline.

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The Oscar nominee who is five years younger than his wife has cited that marriage requires serious work and that they normally work past their disagreements and never walk away from them. According to him, that has been the secret to their long-term marital relationship. The couple supports each other’s work as they share a mutual passion for their jobs. This has been evident on the premieres of several of their films, where they often support each other by gracing the events together.

Interestingly, Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross have appeared together in other films aside from the aforementioned roles. They include Love Letters, a stage play, and The Hero.

Facts About His Musician Daughter, Cleo 

Cleo Cole Elliott
Cloe Rose Elliott

Cleo Rose Elliott is a musician who is based in Malibu, California; her birthplace. She is best known as the only child of Hollywood stars Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross. She attended Colin McEwan High School and later got trained in Italian opera while studying at Joanne Barron/D. W. Brown Acting Studio situated in Santa Monica, California. She eventually kicked off her music career after being trained by the popular singer-songwriter Charity Chapman.

So far in her music career, she has released one studio album titled ‘No More Lies’ (2008) and has collaborated with artists such as Tin Horn and 2 Cents. Cleo has been associated with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. She has also made a name for herself in the modeling world, having featured as a model in the 2003 styling show, SEXYHAIR. In July 2013, she posed together with her parents for the Malibu Times Magazine at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles.

Adeola Seun
Adeola Seun
Seun is a CCNA certified graduate of FUTA. He has been writing on various subjects that include finance, economics, celebrity net worth, lifestyle, biographies and politics for over 7 years, Other than writing, he enjoys movies, video games, and sports


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