Sam Elliott filmography

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The filmography of American actor Sam Elliott includes nearly 100 credits in both film and television. He came to prominence for his portrayal of gruff cowboy characters in various Western films and series, making early minor appearances in The Way West (1967) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). He went on to appear in several horror films, such as Frogs (1972) and The Legacy (1978), and appeared in various television series.1982 The Shadow Riders. His film breakthrough was the drama Mask (1985), in which he co-starred with Cher.

He would reprise his Western image in 1991's television film Conagher, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, followed by his role portraying Virgil Earp in Tombstone (1993). He also appeared in Gettysburg (1993), in which he played Brigadier General John Buford. He earned his second Golden Globe nomination for his supporting portrayal of Wild Bill Hickok in the miniseries Buffalo Girls (1995). He had a minor role in the comedy The Big Lebowski (1998), and later had supporting roles in the fantasy The Golden Compass (2007) and the drama Up in the Air (2009).

From 2016 until its ending in 2020, Elliott began portraying Beau Bennett on the Netflix series The Ranch. He subsequently appeared in a supporting role in the musical drama A Star Is Born (2018) directed by and co-starring Bradley Cooper, which earned him a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and various nominations, including a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1967 The Way West Missouri Townsman Uncredited
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Card Player #2 [1]
1970 The Games Richie Robinson [2]
1972 Frogs Pickett Smith [2]
1972 Molly and Lawless John Johnny Lawler [2]
1976 Lifeguard Rick Carlson [2]
1978 The Legacy Pete Danner [2]
1985 Mask Gar [2]
1986 The Blue Lightning Harry Wingate
1987 Fatal Beauty Mike Marshak [2]
1987 The Quick and the Dead Con Vallian
1988 Shakedown Detective Richie Marks [2]
1989 Road House Wade Garrett [2]
1989 Prancer John Riggs [2]
1990 Sibling Rivalry Charles Turner Jr. [2]
1991 Rush Larry Dodd [2]
1993 Tombstone Virgil Earp [2]
1993 Gettysburg Brigadier General John Buford [2]
1995 Blue River Henry Howland [1]
1995 The Final Cut John Pierce [1]
1996 Dog Watch Charlie Falon [1]
1996 Adventures of Mowgli Kaa English voice [1]
1998 The Big Lebowski The Stranger [1]
1998 The Hi-Lo Country Jim Ed Love [1]
2000 The Contender Kermit Newman [1]
2002 We Were Soldiers Sergeant Major Basil L. Plumley [2]
2003 Hulk General Thaddeus Ross [2]
2003 Off the Map Charley Groden [2]
2005 Thank You for Smoking Lorne Lutch [2]
2006 Barnyard Ben (voice) Also sung “I Won’t Back Down” [2]
2006 The Alibi The Mormon [2]
2006 Blood Diamond Dave [2]
2007 Ghost Rider The Caretaker / Carter Slade / Phantom Rider [2]
2007 The Golden Compass Lee Scoresby [2]
2009 Did You Hear About the Morgans? Clay Wheeler [2]
2009 Up in the Air Captain Maynard Finch COFCA Award for Best Ensemble (2nd place)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—WAFCA Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—DFCS Award for Best Ensemble
2010 Marmaduke Chupadogra / Buster (voice) [1]
2011 The Big Bang Simon Kestral
2012 The Company You Keep 'Mac' McLeod [2]
2014 Draft Day Coach Moore [2]
2015 I'll See You in My Dreams Bill
2015 Grandma Karl Nominated—CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor [1]
2015 The Good Dinosaur Butch (voice) [1]
2017 Rock Dog Fleetwood Yak (voice) [1]
2017 The Hero Lee Hayden
2017 Audubon Narrator (voice)
2018 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot Calvin Barr [3]
2018 A Star Is Born Bobby Maine National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2019 Lady and the Tramp Trusty (voice) [5]
TBA The Gettysburg Address Ward Hill Lamon (voice) Post-production


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1968–1969 Felony Squad Numerous 3 episodes
1969 Land of the Giants Martin Reed Episode: "Six Hours to Live"
1969 The F.B.I. SAC Kendall Lisbon Episode: "The Prey"
1969 Judd, for the Defense Dan Kenyon Episode: "The Crystal Maze"
1969–1970 Lancer Renslo / Canopus / Cowboy 3 episodes [6]
1970 The Challenge Bryant Television film
1970–1971 Mission: Impossible Dr. Douglas Robert (Lang) 13 episodes [6]
1971 Assault on the Wayne Ensign Bill Sandover Television film
1972 Gunsmoke Cory Soames Episode: "The Wedding" [1]
1972 The Mod Squad Rick Price Episode: "Good Times Are Just Memories" [6]
1972 Molly and Lawless John Johnny Lawler Television film
1973 Blue Knight, The Detective Charlie Bronski Television film
1973 Mannix Bill Saunders Episode: "Little Girl Lost" [6]
1973 Hawkins Luther Wilkes Episode: "Die Die, Darling"
1974 Doc Elliot Lee Barrows Episode: "A Time to Live"
1974 Hawaii Five-O Jack Houston Episode: "The Two-Faced Corpse"
1974 Evel Knievel Evel Knievel Television film
1974 The Manhunter Will Gantry Episode: "The Ma Gantry Gang"
1974 The Streets of San Francisco Ken Johnson Episode: "The Hard Breed" [1]
1975 Police Woman Michael Gregory Episode: "Farewell, Mary Jane"
1975 I Will Fight No More Forever Captain Wood Television film
1976–1977 Once an Eagle Sam Damon 7 episodes [1]
1977 Aspen Tom Keating Television film [1]
1979 The Sacketts Tell Sackett Television film [1]
1980 Wild Times Hugh Cardiff 2 episodes [1]
1981 Murder in Texas Dr. John Hill Television film [7]
1982 The Shadow Riders Dal Traven Television film
1982 The Yellow Rose Chance McKenzie 22 episodes [1]
1984 Travis McGee Travis McGee Television film
1985 A Death in California D. Jordan Williams 2 episodes
1987 Gone to Texas Sam Houston Television film; also producer
1987 The Quick and the Dead Con Vallian Television film
1988 The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen Himself Documentary
1991 Conagher Conn Conagher Television film; also writer and producer
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1992 Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert Lyn Cutter Television film
1994 The Desperate Trail Bill Speakes Television film [1]
1995 The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky Bill Bell Television film
1995 Buffalo Girls Bill 'Wild Bill' Hickok Television film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1995 Blue River Henry Howland Television film
1995 The Way West (voice) Documentary
1995 Woman Undone Ross Bishop Television film
1997 Rough Riders Captain 'Bucky' O'Neill Television film
1997 Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western Himself Documentary
1998 Texarkana N/A Television film
1999 You Know My Name Bill Tilghman Television film; also producer
2000 Fail Safe Congressman Raskob Television film
2001 Pretty When You Cry Detective Lukas Black Television film
2002–2007 American Bikers Joel Baldwin (voice) Main cast
2003 Hulk: The Lowdown Himself (co-Host) Documentary
2006 Avenger Calvin Dexter Television film
2010 November Christmas Jesse 'Jess' Sanford Television film
2012, 2020 Robot Chicken Himself / White Wine Narrator / Skito / Reporter (voices) 2 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
2013–2015 Parks and Recreation Ron Dunn 3 episodes [1]
2015 Justified Avery Markham 12 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
2016–2020 The Ranch Beau Bennett 80 episodes; also producer [1]
2016 American Dad! John 'Big John' Tanner (voice) Episode: "Kiss Kiss Cam Cam"
2016 Grace and Frankie Phil Milstein 4 episodes
2019 Family Guy Himself (voice) Episode: "Girl, Internetted"
2019-2020 Family Guy Wild West / Himself (voices) 2 episodes


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