Sam Elliott
Sam EllliottSam Elliott was born on August 9th, 1944 in California, but he grew up in Oregon, where he spent much of his time exploring outdoors and watching movies. Sam is the classic picture of the American cowboy. He began his acting career on the stage, but his film debut was as Card Player #2 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 were few opportunities to act in feature westerns. However, it was television that gave him that opportunity, when he played Tell Sackett in The Sacketts (1979), Dal Traven in The Shadow Riders (1982), and Chance McKenzie in The Yellow Rose (1983), among others. Throughout his career, Sam has played gun-slinging cowboys in both television shows and films including The Quick and the Dead (1987), Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986), Tombstone (1993) and You Know My Name (1999). For his work as an on-screen cowboy, Sam Elliott was inducted in 2007 into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Sam has said of his penchant for Westerns:

"I think it has something to do with integrity and a man's word and honor and all that kind of stuff - values, morality, all that kind of stuff that everybody looks kind of down their nose at."

He also worked in non-westerns, usually as a tough guy, such as in Lifeguard (1976), Road House (1989), and several television shows (Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, and Hawaii Five-O)

In the 1990s, Sam was back on the western trail, playing everyone from Brig. Gen. John Buford in the film Gettysburg (1993) to Wild Bill Hickok in the made-for-TV movie Buffalo Girls (1995). In 1991, he wrote the screenplay and co-starred with his wife in the made-for-TV western Conagher.

Sam Elliot is the ideal that the "Reel Cowboys" love to see in today's actors.

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