‘Yellowstone’ Star Brecken Merrill Drops Heartwarming Behind-Scenes Shots in Special Birthday Tribute to Costar

by Leanne Stahulak

“Yellowstone” star Brecken Merrill shared another sweet post with fans this weekend, featuring a birthday shout-out, behind-the-scenes pics, and a potential spoiler.

On-screen, Merrill plays young cowboy-in-training Tate Dutton. He’s the grandson of the family patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner), and he’s being primed to take over the Dutton Ranch one day. But Merrill sent this birthday message to his other on-screen great-grandfather, Felix Long (Rudy Ramos).

Long is the grandfather of Monica Dutton, Tate’s mom and John Dutton’s daughter-in-law. We met him in “Yellowstone” Season 1 and he continued making appearances in Season 2. He also has close ties to the Broken Rock Reservation.

In the post, Merrill shared two throwback photos we haven’t seen before of the two of them. But both photos are sweet, especially after reading Merrill’s heartfelt message to the fellow “Yellowstone” star.

“Happy birthday to Tate’s tunkashila @rudyramosactor63,” Merrill captioned the post. “It’s  #yellowstonetv  Sunday! In honor of Rudy’s birthday, I’m sharing a #bts pic of us at the season one wrap party.”

Then, Merrill shares an interesting tidbit of information that just might be a spoiler for the upcoming season.

“Pay attention to the height difference- there’s a little less of it in season four,” Merrill writes.

Interesting. So, it sounds like Felix Long will be returning to the Dutton Ranch this season. The big question is, why?

Merrill concludes the post with a touching note about Ramos as an actor and their relationship on set.

“Rudy has a calm presence. He walks with wisdom in his movements. He is a very giving, professional actor, and he doesn’t treat me like a little kid,” the “Yellowstone” star writes. We’re glad to see the co-stars supporting each other, no matter their ages.

‘Yellowstone’ Star Brecken Merrill Reveals Startling Family History

Yesterday, “Yellowstone” star Brecken Merrill once again took to his Instagram to share an adorable photo with fans. But this photo only featured him, no fellow co-stars. The pic shows off Merrill as a cute little toddler, with big brown eyes and gorgeous blonde locks.

But Merrill’s cuteness isn’t the startling thing about the post. It’s where he’s standing, and what it means to his family. Turns out, Merrill is descended from a family of gold rush pioneers.

“A snapshot of me standing on land that was in my family for 6 generations,” the “Yellowstone” star captions the post. “I am descended from gold rush pioneers. Many of the roads in and around Sonora CA are named for my family members.”

Talk about a family legacy. Sounds like Merrill’s no stranger to continuing on family legacies, whether it’s on the Dutton Ranch or at home in California.