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Morning Man Classic: Sam Elliott!

When Sam Elliott headlined the 1976 movie Lifeguard, he made the hearts of straight women and gay men skip a little faster.

He was just smoking hot as an aging lifeguard who had reached a crossroads in his life.

Sam could have become the first David Hasselholf and continued down the road of beach babe but the handsome stud he had something else in mind: character roles.

He has worked non-stop since then in such films as Tombstone, Mask, We Were Soldiers, Road House, Gettysburg, The Big Lebowski, Hulk, Thank You For Smoking, Up in the Air and Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Sam, who is now 66, has been married to actress Katherine Ross (The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) since 1984. They became involved while making the 1978 film The Legacy together and went on to star in the 1981 miniseries Murder in Texas which also starred Farrah Fawcett.

But I’ll always remember Sam best as the hunky lifeguard!

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4 Remarks

  1. I believe it takes a long stretch of the imagination to compare Hass to Elliot in anyway but I admire you for trying, Greg…

  2. Ah! My first crush, Sam Elliott! What a hunk. “Lifeguard” is one of my all time fav movies. I think it sent young gays boys in 1976 into exploration! Thanks for posting him as a Morning Man!

  3. March 6th, 2015 at 11:40 pm
    Carol Ginn says:

    I have always thought that Sam Elliott is one of the best actors I’ve ever seen.

  4. June 17th, 2017 at 5:34 pm
    Suzanne Foxton says:

    Until today, Sam was just a compelling voice and classic ‘stache that could also act – imagine my surprise as I was viewing old Mission: Impossible episodes to find his as a ‘stache-less, unassuming baritone, season 4 semi-regular! And soooo handsome – it’s a shock to realise that he isn’t necessarily defined physically by his facial hair, at least as a young man. Such fun, revisiting these classic shows – to be enthusiastically recommended!

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