Cole Kenneth Hauser (born March 22, 1975)[1] is an American actor. He is known for film roles in Higher Learning, School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Good Will Hunting, Pitch Black, Tigerland, Hart's War, Tears of the Sun, The Family that Preys, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Cave, The Break-Up, A Good Day to Die Hard, Olympus Has Fallen, and Transcendence. He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in Tigerland.

Cole Hauser
Hauser in 2024
Cole Kenneth Hauser

(1975-03-22) March 22, 1975 (age 49)
Years active1992–present
(m. 2006)

He starred as Officer Randy Willitz on the police crime drama series High Incident and Ethan Kelly on the police drama Rogue. He currently stars as Rip Wheeler on the Paramount Network western drama series Yellowstone.

Early life edit

Cole Hauser is the son of Cass Warner, who founded the film production company Warner Sisters,[2] and actor Wings Hauser.[3][4] His paternal grandfather was Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dwight Hauser. One of Cole's maternal great-grandfathers was film mogul Harry Warner, a founding partner of Warner Bros., and his maternal grandfather was Milton Sperling, a Hollywood screenwriter and independent film producer. Hauser's maternal grandmother, Betty Mae Warner, a painter, sculptor, political activist and gallery owner,[5] was married to Stanley Sheinbaum, a political activist, economist, philanthropist, and a former Los Angeles Police Department commissioner.[6] Hauser is of German and Irish descent on his father's side and Jewish on his mother's.[7][8]

Hauser's parents divorced in 1977, when he was two years old. According to him, at roughly fifteen, he first met his father after the relocation-induced years of separation. His father took him in for a year and taught him about auditioning.[9] Prior to that, his mother had moved Hauser and his half-brother and sisters from Santa Barbara to Oregon to Florida and then back to Santa Barbara within a 12-year span. At the time, he participated heavily in sports, but half-heartedly pursued school. He was admitted to the short-listed circle of talent at a talent summer camp in New England, then won the leading role of the stage play named Dark of the Moon, which earned him standing ovations for his performance. At 16 years old, he decided to leave high school to try to break into acting.[10]

Career edit

Hauser in 2008

Hauser made his film debut in School Ties (1992), which starred many young and up-and-coming actors such as Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell and Ben Affleck. A role in Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused, also starring Affleck, came along subsequently. In 1995, Hauser played the role of the leader of the campus neo-Nazi skinheads in the John Singleton film Higher Learning. Hauser would later re-team with Affleck and Damon when they appeared together in Good Will Hunting (1997). In 2000 he played William J. Johns in Pitch Black and voiced the character in the prequel video game.

In 2002, he played a racist American prisoner-of-war in Hart's War with Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell. Then in 2003, he played a Navy SEAL in Tears of the Sun alongside Bruce Willis. He also appeared as a mob boss in 2 Fast 2 Furious. He has since had several leading roles in Hollywood films, including the Mel Gibson-produced Paparazzi and The Cave.

In 2007, he starred with Anthony Anderson in the FOX series K-Ville. The show was canceled after ten episodes. That same year, Hauser starred in The Stone Angel adapted from a novel by Margaret Laurence. The film played in various festival circles and had a limited release in Canadian theaters in May 2008. During that same year, Cole filmed other indie productions such as Like Dandelion Dust from a novel by Karen Kingsbury, Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys and the CBS television pilot The Tower.

He later played CIA Agent Mike Collins in A Good Day to Die Hard, Secret Service Special Agent Roma in Olympus Has Fallen, and Colonel Stevens in Transcendence.

He starred as Ethan Kelly on the police drama series Rogue and currently stars as Rip Wheeler on the Paramount Network Western drama series Yellowstone.

Personal life edit

Hauser's wife is former actress and photographer Cynthia Daniel,[11][12] who played Elizabeth Wakefield in the TV series adaptation of Francine Pascal's novel series Sweet Valley High. Hauser and Daniel have two sons and a daughter.

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Frame-Up II: The Cover-Up Dr. Glidden
1992 School Ties Jack Connors
1993 Dazed and Confused Benny O'Donnell
1994 Skins Bentz
1995 Higher Learning Scott Moss
1997 All Over Me Mark
Good Will Hunting Billy McBride
1998 Scotch and Milk Johnny
The Hi-Lo Country Little Boy Matson
2000 Pitch Black William J. Johns
A Shot at Glory Kelsey O'Brian
Tigerland Staff Sergeant Cota
2002 Hart's War Staff Sergeant Vic W. Bedford
White Oleander Ray Pruitt
2003 Tears of the Sun James "Red" Atkins
2 Fast 2 Furious Carter Verone
2004 Paparazzi Bo Laramie
2005 The Cave Jack McAllister
Dirty Lieutenant
2006 The Break-Up Lupus Grobowski
2007 The Stone Angel Young Bram Shipley
2008 Tortured Kevin Cole
The Family That Preys William Cartwright
2009 Like Dandelion Dust Jack Campbell
2010 Shadows of the White Nights Borris
2011 The Hit List Allan Campbell
2013 A Good Day to Die Hard CIA Agent Mike Collins
Olympus Has Fallen Secret Service Special Agent Roma
Assassins Run Roman aka White Swan
2014 Transcendence Colonel Stevens
Jarhead 2: Field of Fire Special Operations Senior Chief Fox
2018 Acts of Violence Deklan MacGregor
2019 Running with the Devil The Executioner
2020 The Last Champion John Wright
2022 Panama Becker
The Minute You Wake Up Dead Russ Potter
2023 The Ritual Killer Detective Boyd
Dead Man's Hand Roy McCutheon

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
1993 A Matter of Justice Private Ralph G. "Rocky" Jackson Television film (NBC)
1996 High Incident Officer Randy Willitz Main role
2004 ER Steve Curtis 4 episodes (season 10)
2006 Damages Jack Shale Unsold television pilot (FOX)
2007–2008 K-Ville Trevor Cobb Main role
2008 The Tower Sean Castleman Unsold television pilot (CBS)
2009 Washington Field SSA Raymond Stone Television film (CBS)
2010 Chase Jimmy Godfrey Main role
2014–2017 Rogue Ethan Kelly Main role (seasons 2–4)
2015 The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Charles Siringo Main role
2018–present Yellowstone Rip Wheeler Main role

Video game edit

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2001 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Male Tigerland Nominated
2003 Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Performance – Male Himself Won

References edit

  1. ^ Mitchell, Molli (2021-01-25). "Cole Hauser age: How old is Rip from Yellowstone?". Retrieved 2022-11-14.
  2. ^ Cass Warner Archived 2008-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Warner Sisters, Inc. - The Brothers Warner Documentary
  4. ^ The Brothers Warner
  5. ^ "Betty Sheinbaum". Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  6. ^ Stanley Sheinbaum
  7. ^ "Interfaith Celebrities: Interfaith NFL-ers and Cole Hauser's Impressive Pedigree". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  8. ^ "Vince Vaughn: scripts of his TV appearances". Archived from the original on 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  9. ^ The Fast And Furious Cole Hauser Archived 2008-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ The Cole Hauser Picture Pages
  11. ^ THE STONE ANGEL | Movie Web Site | Cast Archived 2008-07-12 at the Wayback Machine
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