What Even The Biggest Fans Of Sam Elliott Don’t Know About His Life Story

For 50 years, actor Sam Elliott has graced the big screen and the silver screen, portraying the quintessential western cowboy. His iconic mustache, deep voice, and natural talent have made him a memorable actor with nearly 100 film and tv credits to his name, as well as two Golden Globe nominations.

Off-screen, Elliott’s personal life is just as interesting as his acting career. Elliott has created quite the life for himself as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. See what led him to where he is today.

Elliott’s Father Didn’t Support His Acting Dreams

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Born in Sacramento, California in 1944, Sam Elliott knew that he wanted to become an actor from the time he was nine-years-old. His father Henry, who worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, did not support Elliott’s dreams.

But his boyhood dreams grew even bigger, and around the time he was 18-years-old, Elliott was ready and committed to pursuing his passion for acting. His father never came around, and also never saw the success that Elliott would go on to enjoy.