‘Yellowstone’ Star Neal McDonough Asks ‘Special Favor’ in ‘Better Late Than Never’ Veterans Day Post

by Jennifer Shea

“Yellowstone” star Neal McDonough would appreciate your prayers. In a “better late than never” Veterans Day post, the actor shared a picture of a friend and his fellow soldiers, who McDonough said are currently serving in the Middle East.

“My amazing Ruvé just reminded me that I didn’t post anything on Veterans Day,” McDonough posted Sunday. “She also said better late than never! That is why she is the brains of this organization.(Looks too obviously!) I’m gonna ask a special favor from Everyone who reads this now. I would love for you to say a prayer for these guys over there. Ruvé and I are just Supporting our friend and his soldiers currently deployed to the Middle East.”

McDonough Played Buck Compton in HBO’s ‘Band of Brothers’

McDonough himself played a soldier in 2001’s “Band of Brothers.” The HBO miniseries followed the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division’s Easy Company from basic training through the last days of World War II. The miniseries won six Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award, per IMDb.

As Lynn “Buck” Compton, the “Yellowstone” star portrayed a survivor who had to watch his close friends die around him. McDonough reportedly spent hours talking to the real Buck Compton, trying to finely tune his performance to capture the veteran’s personality.

After his military service, Compton went on to become an accomplished prosecutor. Among other cases, he successfully prosecuted Sirhan Sirhan for assassinating John F. Kennedy in 1968. Compton died in February of 2012 at age 90, per The Hollywood Reporter.

“We didn’t expect anything more than those other guys,” Compton once said of his sudden celebrity after “Band of Brothers” aired. “We’re celebrating longevity more than anything.”

McDonough Was Voted Best Villain on ‘Yellowstone’

More recently, McDonough appeared in Season 2 of “Yellowstone” as Malcolm Beck, one half of the Beck Brothers. The brothers were known for their violent business tactics, and when John Dutton (Kevin Costner) angered them by refusing to join forces with them, they went ballistic.

Along with his brother, Teal Beck (Terry Serpico), Malcolm managed to organize a brutal attack on Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and plot the harrowing kidnapping of Tate Dutton (Brecken Merrill), who he had delivered to a violent militia. He also sent assassins to kill Dan Jenkins (Danny Huston), the developer who had teamed up with John Dutton and Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) to try to counter the Beck Brothers’ onslaught.

Naturally, John and Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) hunted down the Beck brothers and killed them. But not before McDonough had a chance to act out a scene with Costner in which John offers to spare Malcolm’s life as the latter lies in the grass, dying of a gunshot wound.

McDonough made a very effective villain. In fact, in a Reddit poll, “Yellowstone” fans voted the Beck brothers the best villains of the first three seasons. Will they hold onto that title after Season 4? Time will tell.

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