Sam Elliott wasn’t necessarily born in a family of cowboys and rustlers but his demeanor and mannerisms would certainly lead people to believe that he is a true westerner at heart. Sam Elliott has played in a variety of film roles but he most noted for his performances as cowboys or outlaws.
It is as if Sam Elliott should have been born during the 18th century instead of modern times. His personality and public persona has western frontiersman written all over it. Movies such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Tombstone are signature films for Elliott because they showcase his natural ability to take on roles featuring cowboys.
Sam Elliott’s also has played some films as a hardened warrior for the cause of good. The Nicolas Cage film Ghost Rider features Elliot as a former ghost rider who helps Cage’s character to understand his destiny as the present Ghost Rider.
Some actors will always be typed cast into certain genres because that is where they shine the brightest. Sam Elliott is no exception to this rule. Though he has played in other films that didn’t have a western theme, he will always be associated with roles featuring cowboys and westerners.