Renowned for his rich baritone voice, thick mustache and “man’s man” persona, Sam Elliott has been a Hollywood fixture since the mid-1970s. And thanks to recent appearances in Netflix series The Ranch and Grace and Frankie, and a leading role in The Hero, he remains as popular as ever. Here are 20 facts that help explain why he’s had such an enduring career.
20. He served in the military
Elliott has portrayed various military men throughout his career – and he has plenty of experience to draw upon. Before making it as an actor, the star served in the California Army National Guard. Elliott credits his spell as a reservist for improving both his leadership skills and discipline.