In a series full of strong characters played by high-profile actors, Cole Hauser, who portrays Rip Wheeler, often manages to steal the show on Yellowstone. While most fans of the Paramount Network series know Hauser’s Rip as the quintessential, no-nonsense cowboy, many want to know more about the actor behind the character.
Let’s get to know more about him.
Who Is Cole Hauser?
Cole Hauser was born on March 22, 1975, in Santa Barbara, CA. He is the son of Wings Hauser and Cass Warner. The now 45-year-old actor comes from a family deeply involved in the entertainment industry.
Hauser’s mother, Cass Warner, founded a film production company called Warner Sisters, according to IMDB. His grandfathers, Dwight Hauser and Milton Sperling, were both screenwriters. Going back even further, Hauser’s maternal great-grandfather is Harry M. Warner of Warner Bros.
Growing up, Hauser lived in California, Oregon, and Florida. Currently, he resides outside of Los Angeles with his wife, photographer Cynthia Daniel Hauser. They tied to knot in December of 2006 and share three children together. Cole and Cynthia have two sons, Ryland and Colt Daniel Hauser, and one daughter, Steely Rose Hauser.
Here’s Where You Might’ve Seen Cole Hauser Before
Of those projects, there are a number of major film and television credits. Most notably, Hauser portrayed Carter Verone on 2 Fast 2 Furious. He also appeared in wildly popular movies Dazed and Confused and Good Will Hunting. Some of his other film credits include Olympus Has Fallen (2013), A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), Tears of the Sun (2003), and Pitch Black (2000).
In addition to his big-screen credits, Hauser also appeared in a handful of TV shows. Before Yellowstone, Hauser appeared in Rogue (2014-2017) and Chase (2010-2011). He also played Steve Curtis on ER in 2004.
On Why He Wanted To Play Rip Wheeler on ‘Yellowstone’
“Back when they were casting, I had just come off a TV show I did for four years,” Hauser tells Decider. “I’d been all over the world doing it, and I was looking for that next thing. I didn’t know Taylor, but I knew John Linson very well. I just wanted to talk with Taylor and say, ‘Hey, where’s this character going? Who is this guy to you and to John Dutton?'”
He continued by saying: “And after the conversation I had with him, I was in. He told me the thing that I was looking for, which is that I want to see colors in a character. I don’t want to just play the cowboy that rides the fence line. I want to have at least that kind of wave of colors, and Taylor was like, ‘If you trust me, you give me this opportunity and we’ll find that.'”
Cole Hauser on Rip and Beth’s Relationship
“We talked very early on about what we thought the relationship is,” Hauser told Decider. “It’s not like it’s changing; it’s more that you’re getting to see deeper into their hearts. You know what I mean? That’s how I look at it. I don’t look at it like they’re changing each season. It’s more that I’m getting to know them better, understanding how they both tick and how they both need each other. It’s almost like they have two different lives. Kelly and I have been very good about just communication and making sure that we’re comfortable with where the relationship is going.”
According to Hauser, he and Reilly both attack their scenes together by taking “risks.”
“She’s somebody that takes risks. I’d like to think that I am as well,” he said. “I don’t like to do anything twice the same way. We both push each other in places, but we’ll also do things like make sure that the other feels protected as well. That’s kind of a beautiful thing that a lot of actors don’t really do a lot of with their co-stars. We want each of us to have our moments and yet also shine together. At this point, we’re very close. She’s married; I’m married. We’re great friends, and she’s like a sister to me.”
The Best of ‘Yellowstone’: Rip Wheeler Quotes
10. “Who needs kids when you can be alone? I don’t want a bunch of kids runnin’ around this f–king house. I don’t even like dogs. Hey, you’re all I need. I’ll call you whatever you want.”
9. “I’d rather kill a thousand men than shoot another horse.”
8. “There’s sharks and minnows in this world, Jimmy, and if you don’t know which one you are, then you ain’t a f–king shark.”
7. “I look at every day with you as a gift. My tommorows are, well, they’re all words. There’s no word I’d rather call you if that’s what you want.”
6. “I wish that they’d come back to life so I could kill ’em again.”
5. “You know why people don’t come talk to you? Because they’re scared they’ll let you down. I know I am.
4. “I was born on a dead-end road, honey. This world doesn’t need another generation of me.”
3. “You gotta be kidding me, Jimmy. You risked your life for a f–kin’ belt buckle?”
2. Beth: “Why are you crying?” Rip: “It’s just, I get mad sometimes, and this is how it comes out.”
1. “Hey, mama. I met somebody. I’m gonna spend the rest of my life with her. I could’ve gone to some store and bought her some f–kin’ ring, but what does that mean? I’m sorry. I shouldn’t curse. I want her to wear yours. Maybe you can, uh, maybe you can know her, too, somehow. I don’t know. I love you, mom. Thank you.”