After being nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, Sam Elliott, at 78, received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award on February 26, 2023. The “1883” star attended the awards event with his wife of 39 years.
Katharine Ross was tearful as she stood by her husband’s side to rejoice in his momentous triumph. They’d arrived together and walked the red carpet as a couple before the event started, and Sam was honored for his performance in “1883” as Outstanding Performance in a Television Movie or Limited Series.
In giving an emotional acceptance speech, Ross’s husband claimed that the prize was the most important honor of his then 55-year acting career. He also expressed gratitude to his fellow nominees, co-stars, Taylor Sheridan, and Ross, saying: “Thank you to my wife, my beautiful Katharine. My partner through thick and thin and the mother of our beautiful daughter.”
Cleo Rose Elliott, Sam and Ross’s only child and daughter, took to Instagram to celebrate her father’s victory. She posted a picture of her parents kissing during the awards ceremony, as Ross gazed fondly up at her husband and congratulated her dad.
The “Big Lebowski” actor became a parent late in life, when his wife gave birth to their daughter at the age of 50. He took parenting so sincerely that he made a significant adjustment in his life.
Sam said in 2015 that he met his wife on the set of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” But he said that he didn’t have the courage to approach her at the time since she was the lead woman in the film.
He felt unworthy since he was only an extra in a bar scene. They met again in 1978 when they both appeared on “The Legacy” for the first time. It was there that they talked to each other and found out that they had a “similar sensibility.”
Ross said in 2017 that Sam grew up in Sacramento while she grew up in Walnut Creek. It was amusing for the actress that they were barely 80 miles apart but only met in London when filming “The Legacy.”
When asked whether she liked her husband due to his moustache, baritone, or rugged cowboy appearance, Ross chuckled and answered, it was all of those things and more! She said they met while working together, and one thing led to another until they married in 1984, when they were in their forties.
Sam nearly turned down a part in “Mask” in 1985 since he and Ross were on their honeymoon in Maui at the time casting started. The actor informed his agency he couldn’t come; however, his wife called back and said he’d be there in time for the shoot.
For decades, the “The Graduate” actress and her husband had a secluded existence together on three acres of property. According to a 1986 story, Sam was dedicated to his wife, and by that year, when Ross was 45, they had Cleo, then two.
He was 40 years old when he married and had his first and only child. Ross was starring on “The Colbys” when Cleo was a newborn, and her dad declined to take on series work as neither he nor his wife wanted their daughter to be reared by someone else.
By 2023, the couple’s kid had grown up and resembled her mom. She and Sam have a strong friendship that has lasted throughout the years, and they are highly supportive of one another.
Cleo was 18 when she mentioned wishing to be a musician, and Sam replied he’d encourage her, since how couldn’t he? Ross felt the same way, but Cleo’s dad also mentioned how being an actor offered him insight into what she’d faced, and it wasn’t all pleasant.
Being an only child, the stars’ daughter began to play the guitar and the flute at school in 2008. Cleo had always seen herself as a vocalist, and both of her parents had always supported her dream of being a musician.
Sam’s daughter was 32 when she realized her dream of becoming a famous artist. Ross’s spouse said that he enjoyed spending time with his daughter, regardless of what they were doing at the moment.
He did, though, express a preference for taking walks with his daughter along the beach near his Malibu home. The father-daughter duo would go rock hunting together, with him saying that, as a father, he has one kid, whom he adores more than anybody else on the planet. That is where his universe exists.
Sam also said that he adored being a parent and that it was more rewarding for him than anything else in his life. Despite the fact that his daughter is an adult who will be 38 in September 2023, the actor, who has only been married once in his life, claimed the position of dad completed him.
As shown in their most recent images, Cleo and her dad have both aged nicely. One of their photographs together was shot at a movie premiere in 2007. They appeared together again at the premiere of “The Hero” in 2017, and the singer showed her current look on her Instagram account in February 2023.