“Yellowstone” star Forrie J. Smith is putting his money where his heart is.
Not only is the Lloyd actor donating a portion of the proceeds from his new Oak & Eden bourbon to Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals, but he’s also been donating his time to raising money for the cause.
Smith was recently in Otero County, New Mexico. Once there, he helped auction off a bottle of his signature bourbon. In one night, Smith brought in $1,700 for Shriner’s.
“Big time at the Ice Cream social in Otero County for Positive change!” Smith posted to Instagram recently. “Congratulations Frank Bat! He won the auction for a bottle of my Oak&Eden to benefit the Shriners children’s hospital for $850 amd the Otero County Republican Party matched that amount! So, $1700 was raised for the Shriners Children’s hospital.”
‘Yellowstone’ Star Rolls Out New Bourbon
Smith’s new bourbon is part of Oak & Eden’s Anthro Series, a line of liquors developed by celebrities. For instance, another celebrity in the series is professional skier Kina Pickett. She collaborated with the company on a 90-proof bourbon whiskey.
Smith’s product is 116-proof. And he describes it as “a bold cowboy coffee-infused bourbon.” It’s a strong bourbon finished with an American Oak spire steeped in cold brew coffee.
As for Shriner’s, which is receiving a portion of the proceeds from Smith’s bourbon, the children’s hospitals cater to children with specialized orthopedic problems, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip and palate conditions. They provide treatment whether or not the families have the resources to pay for treatment. Kids get access to free care until they’re 18, or in some cases, 21.
From Rodeos to Stunts to the Paramount Network
For his part, Smith has led an interesting life. He grew up in Montana, where “Yellowstone” takes place, and he caught the rodeo bug when he was just a youngster. He started competing in rodeos at only 8 years old, and he lived the rodeo life for about five decades.
The “Yellowstone” star finally gave it up when he realized his “mind was writing checks that his body couldn’t cash,” he told Oak & Eden. From there, he lived out his childhood dream of becoming a Hollywood stuntman, working on films including “Rambo III,” “Desperado,” “Tombstone” and “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan’s “Hell or High Water.”
It was through his work as a stuntman that Smith got his “Yellowstone” gig. He enjoyed the adrenaline rush of filming a scene on the hit TV show, recalling as he did his rodeo days.
Now Smith has a bourbon that celebrates his cowboy morning ritual of a strong cup of coffee. And he’s using it to lend a hand to kids who’ve spent their childhoods in hospital beds rather than out on horseback.