Sam Elliott was born August 9, 1944. In 1969, he appeared in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Through the 1970s, he found steady work on TV shows such as Gunsmoke, and then earned serious fans with 1989's Road House. In 1998, Elliott appeared in the popular film The Big Lebowski. Throughout his career, he has played cowboys on TV and in films, including The Quick and the Dead and Tombstone. More recently, he was in The Golden Compass.