‘Longmire’: The Hollywood Superstar Who Turned Down the Lead Role

by Madison Miller

Fans of the retired Netflix show, “Longmire,” love the character of Walt Longmire. They watched through six seasons as the sheriff solves crimes and works with a neighboring Indian tribe.

The old school sheriff drama show is reminiscent of “Yellowstone” or even “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

The show features Robert Taylor as Walt. The Australian actor proved the perfect match for the crime-drama series. He is also known for other roles in “The Meg,” “Focus,” and “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.”

While the show was a success with Taylor as Walt Longmire, which actor turned down the iconic role?

Kyle Chandler Turned Down Role

Fans could have seen an entirely different sheriff dealing with crime in “Longmire.”

According to TV Overmind, Chandler is said to have turned down the role due to scheduling issues. The show first was a part of the A&E network before being canceled. Then Netflix created a couple of seasons before again being canceled for good in 2017.

While many fans adore the character of Walt Longmire and how Taylor portrays him, fans could have had an entirely different experience.

Kyle Chandler is an American actor who is known for his role in the TV series, “Homefront” on ABC. He then went on to his role as Gary Hobson in the CBS series, “Early Edition.” He also had roles in both “What About Joan?” and “The Lyon’s Den.”

His guest appearance on the very popular medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. He also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Eric Taylor in “Friday Night Lights.”

Beyond a very successful television career, Chandler is very known for his performances in action and drama films. These include very popular titles like “King Kong,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Argo,” “Super 8,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

His most recent role was in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” He will be in the 2021 reprise, “Godzilla vs. Kong.” In the near future, he will also join Jason Mamoa for Netflix’s “Slumberland.”

While Robert Taylor makes a stellar Walt Longmire, Chandler’s long history in television and film would have made him an excellent sheriff as well.

Kyle Chandler and Waffle House

Although Chandler passed on the opportunity of “Longmire,” acting called to him while he was at a Waffle House in college. He couldn’t ignore it this time.

“At the University of Georgia, a girlfriend and I were walking down the street at around three in the morning when we decided to go to a Waffle House, which is around the corner from where we were renting our apartments and stuff … I ran into four people who were very strange, very bizarre people,” Chandler said on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

After chatting with the group, the one guy said he should audition for a role in a nearby theater production. Chandler took his advice and discovered how much acting would mean to him. He said, “I knew I found my home.”

Since then fans have gotten to see him in iconic roles like “Friday Night Lights” and “Bloodline.”