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Sam Elliott Turns 75: A Look at His Life and Movies

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On August 9, 2019, one of our favorite leading men turned 75. Actor Sam Elliott, known for his epic roles often as cowboys, has spent years honing his craft. Tall and well-built, with good looks, the actor has a deep voice and charm that’s essential to his on-screen characters. His heritage may have something to do with it as well. Few people know that Elliott’s parents originally hailed from El Paso, and that this southwest Texas family had a relative who fought in the Battle of the Alamo. Whether or not it has a bearing on who and how he is today, Elliott has parlayed his skills as an actor into some of the most iconic roles his fans have come to know and love. Here are just a few of the famous characters with which this man with the golden voice has graced the silver screen.

1. Wade Garrett, “Road House,” 1989

Sam Elliott Turns 75: A Look at His Life and Movies

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Sam Elliott was in his mid-40s when he played the role of Wade Garrett in “Road House.” Cast as the elder mentor of Patrick Swayze, a young bouncer in the bar scene, he portrayed a rough a rugged father-like figure who, although salty at times, could still hold his own.

2. Virgil Earp, “Tombstone,” 1993

Sam Elliott Turns 75: A Look at His Life and Movies

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As Virgil Earp, Elliott captured the world’s attention in a supportive role which was integral to the telling of the “Tombstone” story. His portrayal of the eldest in the family was done with a style that denoted the character’s sensibilities and marked a sincerity as a moral compass, of sorts.

3. Voice of Ben, “Barnyard,” 2006

Sam Elliott Turns 75: A Look at His Life and Movies
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As Ben in Barnyard, one might not necessarily think this was a pivotal role for Elliott. However, his foray into animation carried the very same type of character he’s synonymous with to a whole new audience – children. This would be the first time Elliott would be cast as a cow, instead of the rancher that looks after them.

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