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Born in Sacramento, Calif., on Aug. 9, 1944, Sam Elliott made his film debut with a bit part in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) before joining the final-season cast of "Mission: Impossible" (1973) and catching critics' eyes in the cult hit Lifeguard (1976).

His rugged looks and raw talent won him a wide variety of roles, from a leather-clad biker in Mask (1985) to a Civil War general in Gettysburg (1993). But after earning an Emmy nod for his portrayal of legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickock in the miniseries "Buffalo Girls" (1995) and playing a smoky stranger in The Big Lebowski (1998), Elliott broke new ground in The Contender (2000) with his critically acclaimed turn as a seasoned political adviser named Kermit.

Later films include the live-broadcast television thriller Fail Safe (2000) and the big-screen features We Were Soldiers (2002) and Thank You for Smoking (2005).

Sam Elliott in The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep

2012 R

Robert Redford stars as Jim Grant, a lawyer and single dad who has to go on the lam after a reporter identifies him as a long-sought U.S. terrorist. As the journalist locates more of Grant's old contacts, his guilt begins to appear less certain.

  • Sam Elliott in The Good Dinosaur The Good Dinosaur
  • Sam Elliott in The Big Lebowski The Big Lebowski
  • Sam Elliott in Grandma Grandma
  • Sam Elliott in I'll See You in My Dreams I'll See You in My Dreams
  • Sam Elliott in Tombstone Tombstone
  • Sam Elliott in We Were Soldiers We Were Soldiers
  • Sam Elliott in Draft Day Draft Day
  • Sam Elliott in The Golden Compass The Golden Compass
  • Sam Elliott in Mask: Director's Cut Mask: Director's Cut
  • Sam Elliott in Road House Road House
  • Sam Elliott in Conagher Conagher
  • Sam Elliott in Gettysburg Gettysburg
  • Sam Elliott in Up in the Air Up in the Air
  • Sam Elliott in The Shadow Riders The Shadow Riders
  • Sam Elliott in Ghost Rider Ghost Rider
  • Sam Elliott in Barnyard Barnyard
  • Sam Elliott in Did You Hear About the Morgans? Did You Hear About the Morgans?
  • Sam Elliott in I Will Fight No More Forever I Will Fight No More Forever
  • Sam Elliott in You Know My Name You Know My Name
  • Sam Elliott in Hulk Hulk
  • Sam Elliott in Thank You for Smoking Thank You for Smoking
  • Sam Elliott in Avenger Avenger
  • Sam Elliott in The Big Bang The Big Bang
  • Sam Elliott in The Desperate Trail The Desperate Trail
  • Sam Elliott in Off the Map Off the Map
  • Sam Elliott in Marmaduke Marmaduke
  • Sam Elliott in The Legacy The Legacy
  • Sam Elliott in The Quick and the Dead The Quick and the Dead
  • Sam Elliott in Lies & Alibis Lies & Alibis
  • Sam Elliott in The Sacketts The Sacketts
  • Sam Elliott in Fatal Beauty Fatal Beauty
  • Sam Elliott in Buffalo Girls Buffalo Girls
  • Sam Elliott in Rough Riders Rough Riders
  • Sam Elliott in Fail Safe Fail Safe