Love Yellowstone‘s Lloyd Pierce? Who doesn’t? If you do, then you love actor Forrie J. Smith, too, as the two are truly one and the same.
That was a rhetorical question, wasn’t it? There’s no watching Yellowstone without loving ranch hand Lloyd Pierce. The beloved cowboy is a staple of the series, and easily one of the best characters on the entire show. But did you know that the actor behind this grizzled veteran is an actual grizzled veteran cowboy?
That’s right – actor Forrie J. Smith is such a perfect fit for Yellowstone because he is 100% the real deal. Providing more evidence of this today, Smith posts a stunning snapshot of his “backyard” at sunset.
“Yee Haw! Love my backyard!” the Yellowstone star posts to his official Instagram. Within, we see livestock stalls a’plenty amongst rough, used ranching land:
Lloyd Actor Grew Up Feeding America & Bucking Broncos
This is not a new life choice for Forrie J. Smith, either. The Lloyd actor has been in the American West his entire life, and became a cowboy as soon as he could walk. Moreover, Smith takes the responsibilities of the oft-glamorized life of an American cowboy as seriously as we all should.
As a young’in on his family’s farm, Smith learned his skills as most traditional cowboys did – through generations:
“My granddad was whining and about the cow prices and how he wasn’t going to make any money, and I would ask, ‘Granddad, why are we doing it?’ He looked at me said, ‘Son, we’re helping feed our country. We’re helping feed America. We’re Americans’.”
The Yellowstone star was raised on his grandparent’s ranch in Montana. “I went to grade school at Montana City – there were 13 kids in 8 grades,” Smith tells RodeoNews. “I fed cows with a team and sleigh when it was 50 below and it was 106 in August when I was setting posts,” he recalls of his Montana childhood.
As a boy, he up going to the local rodeo with his parents. By the time he was 8, he was competing himself.
“I was on my second pair of chaps already – I wore one out riding at home. My granddad rodeoed when they circled the cars and snubbed the horses,” he recalls. “I was drawn to it. I’m known as a horseman. I’ve started a lot of warmbloods for the equestrian people.”
At age 11, Forrie was riding bucking stock bareback.
“I would get on turnout horses and people like Pat Linger and Steve Loney would help me out. I was raised in the back seat of a station wagon. My dad was winning checks until he was 52 in the RCA,” he continues.
Both his mother and father were ranchers and riders, too.
“I started working the labor list when I was eight under guys like Sonny Linger, Reg Kesler, and the Big Bend Rodeo Company. I’ve been on 17 horses in one day and 11 head of bulls in one day. Everything good in my life was because of rodeo.”
For more incredible quotes and life history from the man himself, head on over to our ‘Yellowstone’ TV: Everything to Know About ‘Lloyd’ Actor Forrie J. Smith next.