Sam Elliott, whose voice is featured in Smokey Bear television spots, shares the bear’s birth date. Elliott was born on Aug. 9, 1944. According to smokeybear.com: “Smokey Bear was born on August 9, 1944, when the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council agreed that a fictional bear named Smokey would be the symbol for their joint effort to promote forest fire prevention.”
After speaking on behalf of pickup trucks, beer and Smokey Bear, actor and Clark alumnus Sam Elliott is lending his distinctive voice to Clark College.
The 1965 Clark College graduate has provided the baritone punch line for a series of television commercials supporting the college’s fundraising campaign.
Elliott doesn’t appear on screen in the commercials; his name isn’t credited when Elliott is delivering his tag line.
“We do not identify him in the commercial,” said foundation spokeswoman Rhonda Morin, who noted that Elliott’s voice pretty much speaks for itself.