Sam Elliott is basically royalty in Hollywood. His voice is probably one of the top five voices that you wish would read all your favorite books, and honestly, no one rocks a mustache like he does.
The 73-year-old actor has been acting for decades now, and he still has this amazing ability to command attention no matter how big or small his role is.
Because he’s had such a long career, we’ve had a lot of time to get to know him. He’s opened up a lot over the years, sharing some of things that help make him who he is. Even the way he answers questions makes him more of a dreamboat.
1. He believes in living in the moment
Instead of thinking about what he’s going to leave behind or what’s coming in the future, he tries to stay present in his daily life.
“It’s about the people I’m working with at the time, and just going in and enjoying the process. It’s hard work, but it’s a creative, artistic process. And if you can’t enjoy that, then you’re going about it wrong.”
2. He’s humble about his mustache
He knows it’s awesome, obviously, but when asked about his former co-star and fellow mustachioed-friend Tom Selleck, he didn’t think it was fair to compare them.
“I think it all depends on where we are at the time, you know? Right now I’ve got more of a mustache than Tom does, but I know he can grow one. I don’t think he’s ever grown his out the way I’ve grown mine out over the years.”
3. He was too nervous to approach the woman who would become his wife
He is married to Katherine Ross, but when they met she was a huge star already and he was just getting started.
“I didn’t dare try to talk to her then. She was the leading lady. I was a shadow on the wall, a glorified extra in a bar scene.»
Eventually, they got to know each other and over 30 years later, they are still married.
4. Their honeymoon was interrupted because she made him do an audition
He was called to audition for the movie Mask for the role of Cher’s boyfriend, but he didn’t want to leave his honeymoon.
When Ross heard this, she called back and said he would be there because she knew this opportunity was too good to pass up.
5. He feels like he’s been blessed
A lot of people are happy to be married, or happy to have a career they love, but I don’t know that anyone has been able to express it as beautifully as Elliott has.
“The two things that I wanted in my life were to have a movie career and to be married, to have a family. And it’s an embarrassment of riches that I’ve got both.”
6. He’s got unresolved issues with his father
His dad was apparently not very supportive of Elliott’s desire to become an actor. Unfortunately, he passed away when Elliott was only 18, and that has been haunting him and pushing him to work harder ever since.
“He died thinking, ‘Man, this kid is going to go down the wrong path’, and I think on some levels that was either hard on me or made me more focused in my resolve to have a career.”
7. But he credits his dad for being a hard worker
Even before he felt the need to push himself and prove that his dreams were worth his focus, his dad taught him how to work hard.
«I was with my dad and my – and his peers, who were all men’s men and outdoorsmen. All had incredible work ethics and were all good men. And they were really the ones I think that I learned what kind of a man I wanted to be when I grew up.”
8. He says that deep voice we all love has changed over the years
It’s not like he was a baby with that big booming voice, but as he’s aged, it has evolved.
“It came with age. It just kept going down the older I got – can’t imagine it’s going to go much further.”
9. He isn’t afraid of being picky when it comes to his roles
While there are a lot of actors out there who will take whatever comes their way, he’s a lot more deliberate in his choices.
«I’m picky, very picky. I wanted to be an actor since I was nine years old and I figured that was only one way to ever have any longevity and that’s to be careful about what kind of work you do.
«You can work for money, do a lot of whatever comes your way and not have any kind of a yardstick to measure quality by, and people, you know you’ll make a lot of money if you’re lucky, and people will get fed up and sick of seeing you and that’s it onto the next one.”
10. His role in The Big Lebowski was written for him
It was while he read the script that he realized that the writers were thinking of him when they wrote the role he was auditioning for.
“As I opened up and read, you know – a couple of pages in, and it’s talking about this voice-over. And it said literally on the page, the voice-over sounded not unlike Sam Elliott, and then later on when he appears in the bowling alley, here’s this guy dressed like a drugstore cowboy, looking not unlike Sam Elliott. So I guess they wrote it for me. They certainly wrote it with me in mind.”
It seems like no matter what he does, Sam Elliott remains a legend.
I think we can also agree that he is aging like fine wine, and has looked the same for years and years.