There are few stars in Hollywood history that have carved out the kind of niche for themselves that Sam Elliott has. His distinctive look, baritone voice, and rugged appeal have helped him land roles for about 50 years now.

However, there is a lot more to Sam Elliott than a voice or a mustache. You’ll be amazed at some of the things that Sam has done and seen during his life and time in the spotlight.

Not Following Father’s Wishes

Born in 1944 in California, Sam Elliott was the son of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker. Sam’s father, Henry, was not a big fan of Sam’s dream to become an actor.

At the age of 9, Sam already knew that he wanted to act for a living, but Henry didn’t think that was a good career path. The ensuing rift would impair their relationship and define much of Sam’s mentality in the future.

A Tragic Ending

Sam was not yet a success when his father died of a heart attack at age 18. Therefore, Sam never had the chance to prove his father wrong or change his mind.

“He died thinking, ‘Man, this kid is going to go down the wrong path,’” said Elliott. “And I think on some level that was either hard on me or made me more focused in my resolve to have a career.”

Off To A Good Start

When you’re young and struggling for success, any kind of encouragement can make a big difference. This was the case when Sam starred in a local production of Guys and Dolls while going to college in Washington.

A newspaper review complimented his performance and said he had what it took to be a professional actor. Elliott decided to give it a shot and move to Hollywood to pursue his dream.