‘Yellowstone’ Star Cole Hauser Has Been in a Ton of Major Movies, Fans of the Show Are Just Now Realizing

by Thad Mitchell

For his work on the hit Paramount Network series “Yellowstone,” Cole Hauser has quickly become a household name among the show’s fans.

On “Yellowstone,” Cole Hauser plays Rip Wheeler, the ruthless leader of the ranch’s bunkhouse gang. Hauser is a pretty good-sized fellow and he gives Rip a really intimidating presence. Typically decked out in all black, Rip Wheeler is not someone you would like to meet in a dark alleyway. He’s proven time and time again on “Yellowstone” that he is not to be messed with. Extremely loyal to the Dutton family, that policy also extends to them — you mess with the Dutton — you mess with him. Rip is the family’s enforcer and unofficial bodyguard. He’s shown no qualms when it comes to doing away with the family’s adversaries. A trip to the “train station” awaits those who dare cross Rip’s path.

While “Yellowstone” has boosted Hauser into superstardom, it is far from his only big role in television or film. The veteran actor has appeared in numerous movies and television shows, including a few big hits you’ve probably heard of. He’s been in “Dazed and Confused,” “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “Good Will Hunting” among others. Some “Yellowstone” only recently discovered Hauser’s other work and took it to Reddit for discussion. Believe it or not — Hauser was once without the facial hair Rip is known for.

“When I saw Cole Hauser without facial hair, I knew I’d seen him somewhere,” a Reddit user proclaims. “Carter Verone 2 Fast 2 Furious…but I couldn’t believe it! TOTALLY different characters and looks!”

‘Yellowstone’ Star Cole Hauser Has Lengthy Hollywood History

The Reddit post sparked a lively conversation among “Yellowstone” fans, who immediately began searching Hauser’s IMDb page. Redditors seem to enjoy searching out and finding more of Cole Hauser’s work, proving his acting prowess.

“Cole Hauser was much more before he was Rip,” a Reddit user writes. “He’s been in several different types of films.”

Other “Yellowstone” fans, previously unaware of Hauser’s resume, were shocked to learn what he actually looks like. Without his Rip Wheeler attire, the actor looks like a completely different person. Some fans commented on how strange it is to see him without his iconic Rip beard.

“And that’s not his natural hair color either,” another thread participant points out. “He’s a redhead.”

The overall sentiment in the thread is that Cole Hauser is a terrific actor who really brings life into his “Yellowstone” character.

“I also liked him massively in The Stone Angel and White Oleander,” another Redditor says. “He sure is an actor who knows how to be memorable even with just a handful of scenes.”

Cole Hauser will return as Rip Wheeler when the fourth season of “Yellowstone” returns in early November.