The second Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, celebrating their outstanding careers in film and television, at the Opening Night Gala on Friday, November 6.
Katharine Ross most recently appeared as the psychiatrist in Donnie Darko with Drew Barrymore and Jake Gyllenhaal and in Home Before Dark as a young girl’s aunt who demands the impossible from the niece who is placed in her care. She appeared in the highly-rated Conagher for TNT in which she co-starred with her husband, Sam Elliott, who produced. She and Elliott, together with Jeffrey Meyer also wrote the teleplay.
Ross has a wealth of theatrical and television credits to her name, including Wrong is Right, opposite Sean Connery; The Stepford Wives; The Final Countdown, opposite Kirk Douglas; Hellfighters, with John Wayne; The Betsy, opposite Laurence Olivier and Tommy Lee Jones; Voyage of the Damned, with Orson Wells and Fay Dunaway; Games, co-starring Simone Signoret; and Shenandoah with Jimmy Stewart.
She is probably best known for her role opposite Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for which she received the Best Actress Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In 1967 she earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Graduate. She received a Golden Globe Award for her work in The Graduate and was awarded a second Golden Globe in 1976 for her role in Voyage of the Damned.
While filming The Legacy, she met and married Sam Elliott. On TV, as well as appearing as a series regular in The Colby’s, she stared in Houston: The Legend of Texas, Travis McGee, Murder in Texas, and Louis l’Amour’s The Shadow Riders – all with Elliott. She and Sam have a daughter, Cleo, and live on a ranch above Malibu.
Sam Elliott began his career as a character actor in westerns, debuting in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He acted in many films, TV movies and TV series throughout his long career. He also appeared in non-westerns, including The Legacy, Lifeguard and Road House. On TV Elliott starred as Doug Robert in Mission: Impossible, and played the lead character Elliott Damon in the NBC miniseries Once an Eagle. He appeared on many other TV shows, including Gunsmoke, The Sacketts,The Shadow Riders and The Yellow Rose.
In the 1990s, Elliott returned to westerns, playing everyone from Brig. Gen. John Buford in the Film Gettysburg to Wild Bill Hickok in the made-for-TV movie Buffalo Girls. In 1991 he wrote the screenplay and co-starred with his wife, Katharine Ross, in the made-for-TV western Conagher. Recently Elliott appeared in the popular TV series
Parks and Recreation and Justified, as well as many other film and TV productions, including playing Marvel Comics characters General Ross in Hulk and the Caretaker in Ghost Rider.
Elliott has received many awards for his work. Most notably, he was twice nominated for Golden Globes, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for his roles in Buffalo Girls (1996) and in Conagher (1992). He was nominated in 2013 for a Prime time Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance as Narrator in Robot Chicken and for a Primetime Emmy in 1995 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Special for playing Wild Bill Hickok in Buffalo Girls.