In celebration of his birthday, Yellowstone director Taylor Sheridan’s wife, Nic, wished him a happy birthday in an adorable Instagram post. Sheridan turned 51 years old today, but he doesn’t look a day over 29. Nic’s photo featured a sweet moment between the couple. Sheridan gives his cowgirl wife a piggyback ride as she leans closer into him. Always the picture-perfect rancher couple, Sheridan has on his white cowboy hat and Nic showed off her black leather cowgirl boots.
In her caption, the Yellowstone director wrote, “Wishing you a day that brings the same kind of happiness and joy you bring to me, Happy Birthday baby.”
Together, the couple has a young son, Gus, who seems to be following in both his mother’s and his father’s footsteps with their outdoor family outings.
Celebrating ‘Yellowstone’ Director Taylor Sheridan’s Roots and Rise to Fame
Before he was the renowned writer, director and creator of Yellowstone, Taylor Sheridan was a small-town boy from Cransfill Gap, Texas. He started life on his family’s ranch, not unlike the Dutton family in his TV drama series. But as he learned the literal ropes to being a ranch hand, he developed a passion for acting. Once out of high school, he attended Texas State University, where a scout discovered his talent.
Sheridan then made the very drastic move from rural Texas to bustling Los Angeles. From there, he began booking small gigs on shows like NCIS: Los Angeles before finally landing a leading role on Sons of Anarchy. In the series following an outlaw biker gang, the future Yellowstone writer played Deputy Chief David Hale. Still, even with his big break, Sheridan didn’t feel like he had quite achieved his dream.
In fact, Sheridan had a career-changing epiphany while renegotiating his terms for the show.
“Everyone on the show was making twice what I’m making, the other series regulars. We’re not talking about the stars. And I’m on the DVD [cover] bro; only two people on it,” Sheridan shared with Deadline. “I say, ‘Why is this all you’re offering me? It seems unfair.’ I’m told, ‘That’s all you’re worth and all you’ll ever be worth.’ I took that in. And I said, OK. I guess I’ll tell my own stories.'”
And thankfully, he did. Besides his recent success with Yellowstone, Sheridan also struck gold with his films, Hell or High Water, Sicario and Wind River.
But, ever the humble director, Sheridan doesn’t dwell too much on his success. Instead, he focuses on delivering the kind of work that the public wants to see.
“Original content is the future, just as it has always been the lifeblood of our medium,” Sheridan said. “Whether it’s a television network or a movie studio, this is about trusting that your artist will execute. If we do our job and tell a great story cinematically, people will come. They really will.”