‘Yellowstone’ TV: ‘Dan Jenkins’ Actor Danny Huston About Being Raised by His Legendary Father

by Thad Mitchell

Yellowstone fans will certainly remember Danny Huston as Dan Jenkins, the nefarious developer who wanted to turn the Dutton Ranch into a resort.

Huston comes from a Hollywood family and is following in the footsteps of his father, legendary director John Huston. The family business has been good to the Huston’s and Danny is no exception. He’s starred alongside a troop of true Hollywood who’s who actors and directors. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Huston is quick to credit his father for his high comfort level when on-set.

“I grew up on his film sets so I’ve always been comfortable on sets,” he says in the interview. “Telling stories, that’s the family thing.”

Jenkins was a primary antagonist of Yellowstone’s premiere season, butting heads with the Dutton family. Huston, a veteran actor with much experience under his belt, played Jenkins to near perfection. He made his character an easily unlikable enemy of the Duttons, looking to claim Yellowstone Ranch as his own.

It was his own greed that serves as motivation for Jenkins. And Huston makes that characteristic very noticeable. Who can forget his awkward approach to Beth Dutton, only for the cowgirl to repeatedly cut him down to size?

Yellowstone Actor Credits Father For Success

Danny Huston goes on to proclaim that visiting his father on set in various locations around the world left a big impression on him. Though he and his father were often apart, his dad was and is a huge influence in his career.

“He was like a pirate that would return from faraway countries, bearing gifts,” he recalls. “I was lucky enough to visit him on film sets, like up in the Atlas mountains when he was making ‘The Man Who Would Be King,’ and there was Connery and Caine and Christopher Plummer. For a young boy, it felt like the absolute adventure.”

Huston’s Dan Jenkins proved tougher than he looks during his two seasons on Yellowstone. At the end of the first season, Rip Wheeler, Kayce Dutton, and the bunkhouse boys sit him on a horse with a noose around his neck. Kayce smacks the horse, forcing it to run away, leaving Jenkins to hang. He is eventually spared and cut down from the tree.

Season two of Yellowstone saw Jenkins evolve into an uneasy alliance with John Dutton and Chief Rainwater. The three men and their associates team up to take down the Beck Brothers and are successful in doing so. Unfortunately, the Becks kill Jenkins before Kayce and his crew is able to do away with the brothers.

To the delight of many fans, Yellowstone is set to return this summer for its fourth season.