On August 9, 1944, a star was born. Today marks Sam Elliott's 77th birthday, and his fans right along with him. What better way to do that than a stroll down memory lane to reflect on his career, and an exciting glimpse into the future to see what to expect from the enduring icon next? This is a tale of a man and his mustache, tracing back decades before the stylish stache became as iconic as him. Elliott was born in Sacramento, California to a family of Texans. Their history with the Lone Star State, as his ancestors actually fought in many battles throughout the territory\u2019s history. In short, it seems only destiny Elliott become so embedded in the western genre he did. Rising above tragedy and turbulence MASK, Sam Elliott, 1985, \u00a9Universal\/courtesy Everett Collection Sam Elliott\u2019s educational years were spent in Oregon, where he bounced around various schools and academic levels, but it was up in Vancouver, Washington, that Elliott was first advised he should become a professional actor. He returned to Oregon to build just that line of education, though that came to a halt again when his father tragically died of a heart attack. THE LEGACY, from left: Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross, 1978, \u00a9 Universal\/courtesy Everett Collection, LGCY 005, Photo by: Everett Collection RELATED: Sam Elliott Shares How He Met John Wayne During Wayne\u2019s Final Film Still, Elliott did resume his studies and desired field of work, though he had what his father called a \u201csnowball's chance in hell\u201d of making it big. Turns out hell is chilly; Elliott took after his father\u2019s work ethic with acting and with service in the National Guard. Then, he began acting in earnest, first as a character actor, usually in westerns, most notably Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). THE BIG LEBOWSKI, Sam Elliott, 1998, (c) Gramercy Pictures\/courtesy Everett Collection Less than a decade later, he\u2019d get his next big break in The Legacy (1978), which also had actress Katherine Ross in it. The two had been in Butch Cassidy, though they did not share scenes. In 1984, the two ended up marrying and have been together ever since. And he has become an increasingly frequent appearance in iconic roles right up to Elliott\u2019s 77th birthday. His is the voice narrating The Big Lebowski and the famous \u201cThe Dude abides\u201d line, and he portrayed the original Marlboro Man, Lorne Lutch. Look to the future on Sam Elliott\u2019s 77th birthday A STAR IS BORN, Sam Elliott, 2018. ph: Clay Enos\/\u00a9 Warner Bros.\/courtesy Everett Collection After an emotionally charged skirmish with Bradley Cooper\u2019s character in A Star is Born, Elliott has still kept very busy. Fans of Yellowstone and Elliott can get excited for him appearing in the prequel. Entitled 1883, it deals with the before even as fans of Yellowstone excitedly debate what happens next. Celebrate Sam Elliott's 77th birthday and his latest project confirmation \/ ImageCollect The series will follow the Duttons traveling through the Great Plains for calmer pastures in Montana. Elliott is joined by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Elliott is slated to play Shea Brennan, who is described as \u201ca tough as nails, handsome cowboy with immense sadness in his past.\u201d McGraw and Hill\u2019s characters are James and Margaret Dutton, the first \u201cpatriarch and matriarch of the Dutton family\u201d respectively. Definitely a program to keep an eye out for!