Sam Elliot as Sergeant Major Basil L. Plumley: “Any of you … call me grandpa, I’ll kill ya.”
Actor and commercial voiceover/narrator introduced the Pittsburgh Steelers team and the Green Bay Packers team at Super Bowl XLV before a record-breaking Super Bowl crowd.
Background songs that introduced teams for Super Bowl XLV
Pittsburgh Steelers ‘Knights of Cydonia’ by Muse
Green Bay Packers ‘Joker and the Thief’ by Wolfmother
Elliott has performed voice-over narration for various commercials. He has lent his voice to campaigns for Chevy, IBM, Kinney Drugs, Union Pacific, and, most notably, the American Beef Council, succeeding Robert Mitchum in the latter. Since late 2007, Elliott has done voice-overs for Coors beer, bringing his deep, rich voice and “western” appeal to the brand brewed in Colorado. In 2010, Dodge hired Elliott to do the voice-over for their Ram Heavy Duty truck commercial. He is also the new voice for Smokey Bear (“Only YOU can prevent wildfires”). Coincidentally, Elliott and “Smokey” are the same age.
Dodge Ram: ‘Awards out the tail pipe.”
Elliott co-starred in We Were Soldiers, which is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, portraying Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley. He also played General John Buford in the 1993 film Gettysburg, which is based on the book Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.
He played “The Stranger”, a character narrating the story of The Big Lebowski (1998).
In 2009, Elliott had a small role in Up In The Air in which he portrayed the Captain of an American Airlines jet. Elliott had previously appeared in Thank You For Smoking which was also directed by Jason Reitman.
He lent his voice to “Buster” (a.k.a. Chupadogra) in Marmaduke (2010).
Sam Elliott was born in Sacramento, California, to a physical training instructor mother and a father who worked for the Department of the Interior. He moved from California to Oregon with his family during his teenage years, where he graduated from David Douglas High School in Portland. He attended Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, where he completed a two-year program and was cast as one of the leads in “Guys and Dolls.” The local newspaper suggested that Elliott should be a professional actor. Soon after, Elliott declared he was going to Hollywood to become a star. Elliott is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Cal State L.A.. He worked in construction while studying acting in Los Angeles. Elliott also lived for a short time in Princeton, West Virginia.
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‘I’m your Huckleberry’ One of the great lines from Tombstone with Sam Elliot in the scene.
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