“Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser has become a fan favorite as Rip Wheeler, the tough – often lethal – enforcer for John Dutton (Kevin Costner) who is surprisingly tender toward Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly).
Rip started out as a minor character in the show’s pilot episode. But he has grown to become a central figure in the “Yellowstone” saga. And Hauser’s seemingly effortless portrayal of the ranch hand probably has something to do with that.
Hauser certainly has his share of natural talent. However, he also has some serious Hollywood pros in his family tree. The actor is the son and grandson of showbiz veterans.
‘Yellowstone’ Star Cole Hauser Has a Famous Family Tree
Hauser’s father Wings was also an actor, as well as a director, per the Express. Over the course of his career, Wings appeared in “Tough Guys Don’t Dance” and the TV shows “The Young and the Restless,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Roseanne” and “The Insider.” He also wrote the screenplay for the Gene Hackman film “Uncommon Valor.”
Hauser’s paternal grandfather was Dwight Hauser, an Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor and producer who died in 1969. He wrote the screenplays for the films “The Legend of Lobo,” “Lapland” and “Portugal.” And Hauser’s maternal grandmother was Milton Sperling, a producer and screenwriter who ran the company United States Pictures. Sperling produced “Top Secret Affair” and “Marjorie Morningstar.”
And to top it all off, Hauser’s great grandfather was Harry Warner, a founder of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Warner founded Warner Bros. in 1923 with his three younger brothers. The studio has been responsible for countless great films and TV shows in the years since, including the Humphrey Bogart classic “Casablanca.”
Moreover, Hauser’s wife Cynthia is an actress who starred in “Sweet Valley High” and Doublemint Gum commercials, among other projects, along with her twin sister.
Hauser Will Be Back for Season 4
As the “Yellowstone” Season 4 premiere approaches, fans have been hanging out on Reddit and debating the show’s various nuances and plot holes.
One fact has emerged from all the fan debates on message boards. Rip is a favorite character of both men and women, and “Yellowstone” producers would have to be crazy to get rid of him. But in the Season 3 finale, it wasn’t Rip who was in danger. The question is, will viewers ever get to see the wedding of Beth and Rip? Or will tragedy tear the couple apart once again?
There’s only one way to find out. Season 4 of “Yellowstone” begins this summer.