‘1883’ Star Sam Elliott Doesn’t Know if We’re in the Middle of His Career Renaissance: ‘Peaks and Valleys’

by Courtney Blackann

For a man whose mustache is famous, it’s difficult to believe there have ever been valleys in his career. Sam Elliott has steadily worked in the film industry for more than 50 years.

With “1883′ set to begin production this month, the 77-year-old actor is still going strong. Elliott has appeared in a number of diverse roles, showcasing his range. However, the actor found a niche, and has since become synonymous with western-style dramas.

During an interview with The Washington Post, Elliott discussed his journey from a young man to a seasoned actor with the ability to pick and choose certain roles.

When asked about the rise and fall of his career, Elliott made it clear acting is like anything else in life.

“I don’t know. I’d rather look at my career as a continuum. It’s got peaks and valleys, and I’m just on one of the peaks right now. It may be the highest peak I’ve been on since I’ve been in the business. I truly believe that “The Hero” is my best work, probably, and certainly the most fun that I’ve ever been involved in.”

“The Hero” was a film that was written just for Elliott and premiered in 2017. Somewhat paralleling his own life, the film is about an aging actor who struggles with his personal relationships and career.

Elliott’s career is, if anything, booming in 2021. Like many, as Elliott has aged, his roles have transitioned. However, “The Ranch” star likes to think age shouldn’t define a career.

“It’s a terrible thing that Hollywood does with older actors, I think, particularly women. It’s always kind of mystified me that older people get short shrift — older people in general, whatever their field is. The way I look at it is, the older guy is the one that has the knowledge, the experience, something to pass on, something to teach. We put that aside for younger, more beautiful models,” Elliott said in the article.

Sam Elliott Excited About Role in “1883”

The Yellowstone spinoff “1883” has created a lot of buzz for fans of the show. Sam Elliott is just as excited to join the cast, in addition to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Also written by Taylor Sheridan, the show will detail the lives of the original Duttons. Elliott couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the 19th century drama.

“It all starts with the writing. And Taylor Sheridan is a brilliant writer,” Elliott said in a statement. “I think the Western genre speaks clearly to both of us. The classic struggles of man against man, man against nature, and man against himself. It’s all there, in ‘1883,’ and I’m honored to be a part of it.”