Sam Elliott

‘1883’ Star Sam Elliott’s Hilarious Details Getting ‘Snakes Dropped’ On Him For 1970s Movie

Sam Elliott’s 50 year career is sprinkled with a number of hit movies, awards and other accolades. The actor is one of the best in the business – and he’s always been a good sport about it. Even in his weirdest roles.

The “1883” actor discussed a time early in his acting days when he had to be slightly flexible and also pretty brave. Almost no one wants to go to work and interact with poisonous animals. But that’s exactly what Elliott was faced with when filming the 1972 horror film “Frogs.”

“I have fond recollections of ‘Frogs.’ ‘Frogs’ is the reason I got the job in ‘Lifeguard.’ I remember when I was in that rowboat and they were dropping snakes down on me. There are these cottonmouth water moccasins in the water. This guy brought all those amphibians and reptiles on set. He was really comfortable handling those cottonmouths,” Elliot said in an interview with in 2019.

Interestingly, cottonmouth snakes are some of the most venomous in the United States. Yet Elliott was having dozens of them dropped all around him.

“It’s a very venomous snake. Not the kind of snake you want to get bit by. sound like I’m afraid of snakes. It was weird to me that there were in fact cottonmouths around. I thought maybe they’d have something that looked like them. There were some nonvenomous snakes to be sure but this guy was pretty strange,” he added.

Elliott starred in the film, which was directed by George McCowan. He also said he looks back fondly on the experience.

While it wasn’t exactly a hit, the movie tried its best to leave the audience reeling with creepy-crawly vibes. In addition to frogs, there were also plenty of snakes, alligators and bugs.

Sam Elliott Reflects on Career

Although he’s a fan of the horror film genre, Elliott spent more time exploring roles in westerns and doing voice-over work. His performance in “A Star is Born” is one of his most notable roles.

The actor shared in a 2016 interview that, like many things in a decades-long career, he experienced “peaks and valleys” with his work.

“I don’t know. I’d rather look at my career as a continuum. It’s got peaks and valleys, and I’m just on one of the peaks right now. It may be the highest peak I’ve been on since I’ve been in the business. I truly believe that “The Hero” is my best work, probably, and certainly the most fun that I’ve ever been involved in.”


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