Cole Hauser

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Cole Hauser
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Cole Hauser at the TCA 2010 on July 30, 2010
Cole Kenneth Hauser

(1975-03-22) March 22, 1975 (age 47)
Years active1992–present
(m. 2006)
RelativesDwight Hauser (paternal grandfather)
Milton Sperling (maternal grandfather)
Harry Warner (great-grandfather)

Cole Kenneth Hauser (born March 22, 1975) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in films like 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.

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 Kenneth Hauser was born on March 22, 1975, in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Cass Warner, who founded the film production company Warner Sisters,[1] and actor Wings Hauser.[2][3] 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,[4] was married to Stanley Sheinbaum, a noted political activist, economist, philanthropist, and a former Los Angeles Police Department commissioner.[5] Hauser is of Irish and German descent on his father's side and Jewish on his mother's.[6][7]

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.[8] 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.[9]


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,[10][11] who played Elizabeth Wakefield in the TV series adaptation of Francine Pascal's hit novel series Sweet Valley High alongside her twin sister Brittany Daniel. Hauser and Daniel have three children: son Ryland (2004); son Colt (2008); and daughter Steely Rose (2012).



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
TBA Panama Becker
Muti Detective Boyd Filming
The Minute You Wake Up Dead TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1993 A Matter of Justice Private Ralph G. "Rocky" Jackson NBC TV-Movie
1996 High Incident Officer Randy Willitz 32 episodes[12]
2004 ER Steve Curtis Episode: Where There's Smoke There's Fire
Episode: Just a Touch
Episode: Midnight
Episode: Drive
2006 Damages Jack Shale Unsold FOX TV-Pilot
2007–2008 K-Ville Trevor Cobb 11 episodes
2008 The Tower Sean Castleman CBS TV-Pilot
2009 Washington Field SSA Raymond Stone CBS TV-Pilot
2010 Chase Jimmy Godfrey NBC - 22 episodes
2014–2017 Rogue Ethan Kelly Audience Network - 20 episodes
2015 The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Charles Siringo Lifetime TV
2018–present Yellowstone Rip Wheeler Paramount - 29 episodes

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay William J. Johns Voice role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 Best Supporting Male Independent Spirit Award Nominated for Tigerland
2003 Breakthrough Performance - Male Young Hollywood Awards Won


  1. ^ Cass Warner Archived 2008-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Warner Sisters, Inc. - The Brothers Warner Documentary
  3. ^ The Brothers Warner
  4. ^ "Betty Sheinbaum". Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  5. ^ Stanley Sheinbaum
  6. ^ Interfaith Celebrities: Interfaith NFL-ers and Cole Hauser's Impressive Pedigree
  7. ^ "Vince Vaughn: scripts of his TV appearances". Archived from the original on 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  8. ^ The Fast And Furious Cole Hauser Archived 2008-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ The Cole Hauser Picture Pages
  10. ^ THE STONE ANGEL | Movie Web Site | Cast Archived 2008-07-12 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^
  12. ^ Archived 2008-09-20 at the Wayback Machine

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