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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 Rock Dog

Rock Dog

2017 PG

Tibetan mastiff Bodi is slated to take on the role of village protector. But when a radio falls from the sky and he hears a tune by rocker cat Angus Scattergood, wide-eyed Bodi sets off for a different life in the big city.

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