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Tall, thin, wiry Sam Elliott is the classic picture of the American cowboy. Elliott began his acting career on the stage and his film debut was in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Although his future wife, Katharine Ross co-starred in the film, the two did not meet until they filmed The Legacy (1978) Together. Over the years there would ... See full bio »

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Hulk Ross
Up in the Air
Up in the Air Maynard Finch
Tombstone Virgil Earp
We Were Soldiers
We Were Soldiers Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley


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 2017 The Hero (post-production)
Lee Hayden
 2016 The Gettysburg Address (Documentary) (post-production)
Ward Hill Lamon (voice)
 2016 Rock Dog
Fleetwood Yak (voice)
 2016 Grace and Frankie (TV Series)
- The Loophole (2016) ... Phil
- The Goodbyes (2016) ... Phil
- The Anchor (2016) ... Phil
- The Road Trip (2016) ... Phil
 2016 American Dad! (TV Series)
Big John Tanner
- Kiss Kiss Cam Cam (2016) ... Big John Tanner (voice)
 2016/III Limbo (Short)
The Dog (voice)
 2015 The Good Dinosaur
Butch (voice)
 2015 Axe Cop (TV Series)
Axe Cop's Dad
- Axe Cop Saves God (2015) ... Axe Cop's Dad (voice)
 2013-2015 Parks and Recreation (TV Series)
Ron Dunn
- Two Funerals (2015) ... Ron Dunn
- Flu Season 2 (2014) ... Ron Dunn
- Doppelgängers (2013) ... Ron Dunn
 2015 Grandma
 2015 Digging for Fire
Pop Pop
 2014/I Draft Day
Coach Moore
 2012 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
White Wine Narrator / Commander Waspax / Reporter
- Hurtled from a Helicopter Into a Speeding Train (2012) ... White Wine Narrator / Commander Waspax / Reporter (voice)
 2010 November Christmas (TV Movie)
Jess Sanford
 2010 Marmaduke
Chupadogra (voice)
 2006 Barnyard
Ben the Cow (voice)
 2006 Avenger (TV Movie)
Calvin Dexter
 2006 Lies & Alibis
The Mormon
 2003 Hulk
 2003 Off the Map
 2001 Pretty When You Cry
Detective Lukas Black
 2000 Fail Safe (TV Movie)
Congressman Raskob
 1999 You Know My Name (TV Movie)
Bill Tilghman
 1998 Texarkana (TV Movie)
 1997 Dog Watch (Video)
Charlie Falon
 1996 The Final Cut
John Pierce
 1996 Woman Undone (TV Movie)
Ross Bishop
 1995 Blue River (TV Movie)
Henry Howland
 1995 The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky (TV Movie)
Bill Bell
 1995 Buffalo Girls (TV Movie)
Wild Bill Hickok
 1994 The Desperate Trail (Video)
Marshall Bill Speakes
 1993 Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert (TV Movie)
Lyn Cutter
 1991 Rush
 1991 Conagher (TV Movie)
Conn Conagher
 1990 Sibling Rivalry
Charles Turner Jr.
 1987 The Quick and the Dead (TV Movie)
Con Vallian
 1986 The Blue Lightning (TV Movie)
Harry Wingate
 1985 Mask
 1983-1984 The Yellow Rose (TV Series)
Chance McKenzie
- The Far Side of Fear (1984) ... Chance McKenzie
- A Question of Love (1983) ... Chance McKenzie
 1983 Travis McGee (TV Movie)
Travis McGee
 1982 The Shadow Riders (TV Movie)
Dal Traven
 1981 Murder in Texas (TV Movie)
Dr. John Hill
 1980 Wild Times (TV Mini-Series)
Hugh Cardiff
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Hugh Cardiff
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Hugh Cardiff
 1979 The Sacketts (TV Mini-Series)
Tell Sackett
- Part II ... Tell Sackett
- Episode #1.1 ... Tell Sackett
 1978 The Legacy
Pete Danner
 1977 Aspen (TV Mini-Series)
Tom Keating
- Aspen: Chapter III (1977) ... Tom Keating
- Aspen: Chapter 1 (1977) ... Tom Keating
- Aspen: Chapter II (1977) ... Tom Keating
 1976-1977 Once an Eagle (TV Mini-Series)
Sam Damon
- Part 7 (1977) ... Sam Damon
- Part 6 (1977) ... Sam Damon
- Part 5 (1976) ... Sam Damon
- Part 4 (1976) ... Sam Damon
- Part 3 (1976) ... Sam Damon
 1976/I Lifeguard
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
Michael Gregory
- Farewell, Mary Jane (1975) ... Michael Gregory
 1975 I Will Fight No More Forever (TV Movie)
Captain Wood
 1974 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Jack Houston
- The Two-Faced Corpse (1974) ... Jack Houston
 1974 The Manhunter (TV Series)
Will Gantry
- The Ma Gantry Gang (1974) ... Will Gantry
 1974 Evel Knievel (TV Movie)
Evel Knievel
 1974 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Lee Barrows
- A Time to Live (1974) ... Lee Barrows
 1974 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Ken Johnson
- The Hard Breed (1974) ... Ken Johnson
 1973 The Blue Knight (TV Movie)
Detective Charlie Bronski
 1973 Hawkins (TV Series)
Luther Wilkes
- Die, Darling, Die (1973) ... Luther Wilkes
 1973 Mannix (TV Series)
Bill Saunders
- Little Girl Lost (1973) ... Bill Saunders
 1972 Molly and Lawless John
Johnny Lawler
 1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Rick Price
- Good Times Are Just Memories (1972) ... Rick Price
 1972 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Cory Soames
- The Wedding (1972) ... Cory Soames
 1972 Frogs
Pickett Smith
 1970-1971 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Doug Robert
- Encore (1971) ... Doug Robert
- The Party (1971) ... Doug Robert
- Kitara (1971) ... Doug Robert
- The Field (1971) ... Doug Robert
 1971 Assault on the Wayne (TV Movie)
Ensign William 'Bill' Sandover
 1970 The Games
Richie Robinson
 1970 The Challenge (TV Movie)
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Todd Skinner
- Super-Star (1970) ... Todd Skinner
 1969-1970 Lancer (TV Series)
Cowboy / Canopus McKillen / Renslo
- Blue Skies for Willie Sharpe (1970) ... Cowboy
- The Great Humbug (1969) ... Canopus McKillen
- Death Bait (1969) ... Renslo
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
SAC Kendall Lisbon
- The Prey (1969) ... SAC Kendall Lisbon
 1969 Land of the Giants (TV Series)
Martin Reed
- Six Hours to Live (1969) ... Martin Reed
 1968-1969 The Felony Squad (TV Series)
Marine Leader / Station Attendant / Jack
- Blind Terror (1969) ... Marine Leader
- The Fatal Hours (1968) ... Station Attendant
- Kiss Me, Kill You (1968) ... Jack
 1969 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Dan Kenyon
- The Crystal Maze (1969) ... Dan Kenyon
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In his early lean years, Sam Elliott was one of two cowboys who called themselves Gabe and Paul, I think. We just got Sunday Houston Astro games out in West Texas. They appeared as representatives of some product, possibly beer, during the telecasts. He had such a distinctive voice which is the reason we remember him. I, once, ... See more »

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I'm picky, very picky. I wanted to be an actor since I was nine years old and I figured that was only one way to ever have any longevity and that's to be careful about what kind of work you do. You can work for money, do a lot of whatever comes your way and not have any kind of a yardstick to measure quality by, and people, you know you'll make a lot of money if you're lucky, and people will get ... See more »


Had three films that premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival: Digging for Fire (2015), Grandma (2015), and I'll See You in My Dreams (2015). See more »


His hairy chest, frequently displayed in his movie and TV appearances until he was in his early 50s. See more »

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