It's not just about the voice and the mustache but those two things certainly don't hurt. Sam Elliott is one of the last links to the old Hollywood system (he's quick to point out all the people from the early part of his career who are now dead). A former studio contract player, Elliott now finds himself at an unlikely point in his nearly 50 year career -- he might just be at his apex.
In this visit to "Happy Sad Confused", Elliott looks back at his beginnings -- his complex relationship with his father (get your tissues ready), his regrets over being too honest early in his career, how a role in "Robot Chicken" gave him a boost, and his recent career renaissance, from "Grandma" to "I'll See You in My Dreams" to "The Hero" and now a turn in "A Star is Born" that may just land him a ticket to the Oscars.
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