Born as Samuel Pack Elliott on the 9th August 1944 in Sacramento, California USA, he is an actor, best known to the world as Wade Garrett in the film “Roadhouse”, and he also gained recognition as Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley in the war drama “We Were Soldiers”, among many other roles he has secured during his career that has been active for more than 50 years.
Early Life and Education
Sam spent his early life in his hometown of Sacramento, and then in his teen years moved to Portland, Oregon with his parents. He was educated at David Douglas High School and later enrolled at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. While he was there he undertook an acting course that lasted two years and it was during this time that he was cast as the lead in the musical “Guys and Dolls”. When the reviews came out, Sam rose to stardom and it was suggested to him that he pursue acting as a professional career. Upon seeing the reviews, Sam responded with a comment that he would go to Hollywood, and become a star. Well, that is exactly what he did.
Due to his looks and voice, Sam presented the profile of a rancher, farmer or a cowboy, which made him rather suitable for roles in western films. He made his acting debut in 1969 in the TV series “Judd for the Defense”, and continued with minor roles paving his way in the acting world, and in 1970 he was given the role of Doug Robert in the TV series “Mission Impossible”. This particular role made him popular among producers and directors, which resulted in the lead role in the film “Frogs” in 1972, and the same year he also starred in the Golden Globe Award-winning western film “Molly and Lawless John”.
Rise to Prominence
Throughout the ‘70s Sam enjoyed success with roles in such films as the Golden Globe- awarded “The Blue Knight”, then “I Will Fight No More”, and “The Legacy”, during which he started dating his future wife, actress Katherine Ross. The two acted together again in the drama film “Murder in Texas” in 1982, while from 1983 to 1984 he portrayed Chance McKenzie in the TV series “The Yellow Rose”. He came to prominence with the role of Gar in the drama film “Mask”, with Cher and Eric Stoltz as his co-stars, which added a considerable amount to his net worth as the film earned more than $40 million from just $8 million invested. After that, Sam starred in several films such as “The Blue Lightning” (1986), “Houston: The Legend of Texas” the same year, while in 1989 he portrayed Wade Garrett in the critically acclaimed action thriller film “Road House”, starring next to Patrick Swayze and Kelly Lynch.
Sam started the ‘90s by taking up writing and producing; he teamed up with Katharine Ross and Jeffrey Meyer to write a screenplay based on the book by Louis L’Amour, and the result was the film “Conagher” in which Sam also starred, and earned a Golden Globe Award- nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Success in the ‘90s
Nothing could stop Sam on his way to becoming a popular actors, and he was cast in a number of successful projects, including the TV mini-series “Buffalo Girls” (1995), then the award-winning “The Big Lebowski”, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore. He finished the decade with the lead role in the western “You Know My Name”.
Sam had been active as an actor for more than 30 years, with several awards and nominations attached to his name, and could only hope for the next big thing in his career. Well, it happened quite soon; in 2002 he was chosen for the part of Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley in the war drama “We Were Soldiers” – directed by Randall Wallace, the film starred Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe and Greg Kinnear in the lead roles, and grossed over $110 million, which helped increase Sam’s net worth. Three years later, Sam featured in the comedy-drama film “Thank You for Smoking”, but waited four years for the next successful project; he was selected for the part of Maynard Finch in the multiple Academy Award-nominated romantic drama “Up in the Air”, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. Most recently, Sam started portraying Beau Bennett in the TV western series “The Ranch” (2016-20178), starring next to Ashton Kutcher and Debra Winger. Also, he was Lee Hayden in the romantic drama film “The Hero” in 2017. Sam, when asked about retirement, said he is not going anywhere from the acting scene, and is currently working on several projects, including the musical drama “A Star Is Born”, co-starring next to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, scheduled for release late in 2018.
— Sam Elliott (@Tombstone_Coors) June 11, 2014
Famed Voice Actor
In addition to his screen roles, Sam is also famed for his voice-overs – his intimidating baritone voice brought him roles in such animated series and films as “Barnyard” (2006), then “Robot Chicken” in 2012, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, “The Good Dinosaur” (2015), and “Rock Dog” in 2016.
Do You Know How Rich Sam Elliott is?
An extremely successful career that has lasted over 50 years would certainly contribute to Sam’s net worth. Let’s see exactly how much; according to sources, Elliott’s net worth is as high as $10 million. Some of the most commercially successful films in which he has appeared include “We Were Soldiers”, “Mask”, and “Ghost Rider”, among many others.
Relationships and Family Life
Sam has been married to Katharine Ross since 1984; the couple has one child together, Cleo Rose Elliott who is a musician.
Remaining true to his western characters, Sam bought a ranch near Malibu, California, where he now resides with his wife.