Born in northern California in the summer of 1944, Sam Elliot had a pretty chill childhood. His mother was a fitness instructor and a high school teacher while his father was a government employee. He grew up seeing his dad working in the wild as he was an animal control specialist. At first, young Sam would seek advice from his dad about getting a college degree and following a traditional career path. Deep down though, he knew that being an actor was what he was meant to do.
When Sam finally revealed his dream, his father wasn’t impressed, thinking Sam was too young. When he realized it was more than just a passing phase, it didn't sit well with him. Indeed, this was the start of a lifelong conflict between the two. They never met eye to eye about Sam’s acting career; so much so that it permanently damaged their relationship, even after Sam rose to success. While the dispute remained unresolved, Sam still gave credit to his dad for teaching him an excellent work ethic. In fact, the actor neve once blamed his father for trying to force him into a career path that he didn’t want.