‘Yellowstone’ TV Posts Gritty Rip Wheeler Pic Celebrating Cole Hauser’s Birthday

by Jennifer Shea

It’s “Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser’s birthday, and the show’s official Twitter account is celebrating it by posting a picture of Hauser as Rip Wheeler, looking all rugged and dashing.

“Happy Birthday to the one and only @colehauser!” @Yellowstone tweeted Monday. “#YellowstoneTV.”

‘Yellowstone’ Fans Weigh In on Hauser’s Birthday

The tweet drew an outpouring of best wishes from “Yellowstone” fans. Some posted colorful GIFs while others weighed in with “Yellowstone” references.

“Stay safe and please get back to that Yellowstone ranch,” one fan tweeted, above a video clip of Rip and the message, “See you soon.”

“Happy Birthday Cole,” another fan replied. “And if you don’t mind can you talk to your team about an earlier release [of Season 4]… maybe some teasers.”

“Bet Rip Wheeler celebrates his birthday by beating up some disrespectful bikers or putting a grizzly bear in its place… betcha,” another fan chimed in. “He doesn’t do clean up on aisle Jamie again on his birthday.”

It’s a fair question what Hauser’s character would choose to do on his birthday. Would he take the day off and escape the ranch? Would he spend time with Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) or want to be alone? We don’t know when Rip’s birthday is, so how he celebrates it remains an open question.

Cole Hauser Turns 46 Today

Hauser turns 46 on Monday. And chances are he’s spending it with his family or working – but not on “Yellowstone,” because Season 4 has already wrapped.

Hauser’s astute portrayal of Rip almost didn’t come to pass, as he recently told The Ryen Russillo podcast. As Hauser explains it, he got the script for the pilot episode from series co-creator John Linson. Linson told Hauser he’d be great in this series but didn’t specify a role for him to take. And Hauser’s team wanted Hauser to lobby for the role of a Dutton son.

“I just didn’t see it,” Hauser said.

Perhaps he inherited good instincts – Hauser has quite the Hollywood pedigree – or maybe he developed them over his long acting career, but either way, Hauser knew instinctively that Rip was the part for him.

“The one that jumped off the page was Rip, and they were like, ‘What are you doing? It’s two scenes in a pilot,’” Hauser recalled. “I said, ‘No, this character’s gonna have something really good, I can just feel it.’”

Fortunately for “Yellowstone” fans, Hauser’s instincts were spot-on, and Rip grew to be a more prominent character as the show progressed. By the end of Season 3, his relationship with Beth had arguably become the centerpiece of the show.

Still, unless Hauser has some teasers up his sleeve, fans will just have to wait until this summer to get their fix of Rip Wheeler.