Henry Elliott Died Before Sam Found Success
Henry Elliott disapproved of his son’s career choice until the bitter end. When Sam was 18 years old, Henry suffered a heart attack and died. Sam continued to pursue acting, still resolved to prove his father wrong.
In interviews about his father, Elliott said, “He died thinking, ‘Man, this kid is going to go down the wrong path.'” Losing his father was hard on Sam, but he believes it also made him more focused. He might not have been able to prove his father wrong in life, but he could still prove him wrong in his own mind. Next, how his first role convinced him to move to Hollywood!