Legendary actor Sam Elliott is well-known for his rough and tumble cowboy roles, and perhaps best know for his role as Tell Sackett in the TV movie The Sacketts (1979). Sam is not limited to the cowboy/western roles and has delivered marvelous performances across the industries genres, but perhaps his physical appearance and cool and calm demeanor, which draws viewers in, has made him the legendary frontiersman in film.
Sam's acting personae brings a deliberate intensity to each part that he plays. His role as Virgil Earp in Tombstone (1993), shows his ability to take a supporting role, and turn it into a powerful and commanding character that provides strong support without overshadowing the lead, but is none the less a driving force in moving the plot of the film along. His softer side is seen briefly in his role as Del Traven, as the tough cowboy has a soft side for his co-star Kathryn Ross in the movie Shadow Riders (1982).
His role as Sam Houston in Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986) and Brig. Gen John Buford in Gettysburg (1993) show his contemplative side as he portrays these historical legends in American history. The flawless execution of such parts helped to earn him a place in the hearts and minds of viewers as a modern legend.
When we hear the name Sam Elliott, we think of coolness, calmness, and intensity that commands attention and respect. Whether his role is in historical and dramatic genres, or more humorous dramas such as Did You Hear About The Morgans? (2009) with Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant, he presents a figure that is bigger than real life, and that is only one of the reasons why America has lifted Sam Elliott high on the pedestal of acting greats.