While you may know him as Rip Wheeler on the hit Paramount show, “Yellowstone,” Cole Hauser comes from a family of Hollywood prowess. The Yellowstone star is a fan favorite and was even named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine. Beyond his natural acting talent and swooning good looks, Cole Hauser was destined for the screen based on his family tree alone.
Cole Hauser Famous Family Tree
Hauser’s star-studded family tree dates all the way back to his Great grandfather, Harry Warner. Harry Warner co-founded the film industry powerhouse, Warner Brothers, along with, well, his brothers. The three brothers, Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack, started the company after selling Harry’s bike shop in order to buy a movie theatre. They called the theatre at the Cascade Theatre. Harry Warner also became close friends with Franklin D Roosevelt in the 1930s. He died in 1958 at 76 after acting as president of the company until two years earlier.
The rich lineage doesn’t end there as not one, but both of his grandfathers influenced the film industry in their time. On his father’s side, Dwight Hauser worked in the film industry as a screenwriter and a producer. He worked primarily for Walt Disney Productions. Hauser received many accolades in his career, including an academy award. He died in 1969 at 57 years old.
Cole Hauser’s maternal grandfather, Milton Sperling, also made a name for himself in the film world. He worked as a producer both for Warner Bros and for 20th Century Fox. Sperling married Harry Warner’s daughter, Betty, after Warner introduced them in 1936.
That dedication to the film and entertainment industry continued into the next generation on both sides. Cole Hauser’s mother, Cass Warner, followed in her grandfather’s footsteps by founding her own production company, Warner Sisters. In 2008, she created the documentary, The Brothers Warner, which narrates the film making legacy started by Harry Warner.
Cass Warner married Gerald Dwight “Wings” Hauser, the legendary actor and director. The 72-year-old actor won awards for his appearances in “Tough Guys Don’t Dance,” “Kingpin,” “The Young and the Restless,” and “Tales from the Hood”. In 1975, he released an album under the alias Wings Livinryte, and the nickname “Wings” stuck.
On March 22, 1975, the couple gave birth to Cole Hauser, and all of that film magic trickled down to him. He has proven it over and over with his role as Rip Wheeler in Yellowstone, and he will continue to prove it in any ventures he will embark on in the future. As they say, it runs in his blood.