Sam Elliott has worked steadily in Hollywood for more than five decades now, in which time he’s become well known for both his acting chops and his distinctively deep voice. It turns out, though, that the story of Elliott’s life is just as fascinating as those of his many on-screen personas.
Elliott hails from Sacramento, California, where he was born in August 1944. While Elliott was a teenager, however, his family relocated to Portland, Oregon, where he attended high school. The future star would go on to study at Clark College in the Washington city of Vancouver, and it was there that he developed his talent for acting.
Indeed, after having starred in a college production of the musical Guys and Dolls, Elliott received rave reviews. Even local newspaper The Columbian said that he had the potential for a promising future as an actor. Perhaps as a result, then, Elliott decided to make the move to Los Angeles.