Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Elliott began his career as a character actor, his appearance and personality was perfectly suited for Westerns. One of his first film performances was Card Player #2 in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). During 1970-71, Elliott starred as Doug Robert in the TV series Mission: Impossible and later played a wife killer in the miniseries Murder in Texas(1981)and A Death in California(1986). He made guest appearances on TV shows such as Felony Squad, Gunsmoke, Lancer and Hawaii Five-O and has been featured in many TV movies. He performed in Buffalo Girls(1995). The Sacketts (1979), The Shadow Riders(1982) and The Yellow Rose(1983). He has also starred in Lifeguard(1976), Roadhouse(1989) and played Virgil Earp in Tombstone, which starred Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. Elliott also co-starred in We Were Soldiers, portraying Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley. He played "The Stranger", a cameo role in The Big Lebowski(1998. In 2009, Elliott had a small role in George Clooney's Up In The Air, in which he portrayed the Captain of an American Airlines jet Clooney was travailing on when he reached the magical 10 million travel miles target.
Elliott has performed narrations for many commercials, Chevy, IBM, Union Pacific, and the American Beef Council In 2007. Toyota Tundra truck commercials. Elliot has also done voice-overs for Coors Beer.
Married to Katharine Ross and they have one daughter.
They were in 3 films together:
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid(1969).
In 1991 he wrote the screenplay and co-starred with his wife in the made-for-TV western Conagher.
My top 5 favorite Sam Elliott films are:
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (1969)