Taylor Sheridan

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Taylor Sheridan
Born (1970-05-21) May 21, 1970 (age 50)
Years active1995–present
Known for
(m. 2013)

Taylor Sheridan (born May 21, 1970) is an American screenwriter, director and actor. Sheridan first reached prominence for portraying David Hale in the FX television series Sons of Anarchy.

Sheridan has written several films, including the screenplay for Sicario (2015), for which he was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Hell or High Water (2016), which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture. Sheridan also wrote and directed the 2017 crime film Wind River and wrote the 2018 sequel to Sicario. He is a co-creator of the Paramount Network television series Yellowstone.


Sheridan began his career in acting, appearing in small films and in recurring roles in television series like Veronica Mars, Walker, Texas Ranger and most notably, as David Hale in Sons of Anarchy. He made the transition into screenwriting after he turned 40.[1] His first film as a screenwriter was Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve.[2] It revolves around Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), an FBI agent who is enlisted to a government task force to bring down the leader of a powerful and brutal Mexican drug cartel.[3][4] It also starred Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro. The film received critical acclaim, with a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes,[5] and received a number of nominations, including a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Sheridan.[6][7]

Sheridan wrote Comancheria after Sicario. Comancheria sold first but was stuck in development for quite a few years, appearing on the Black List in 2012. It was later retitled Hell or High Water and was released in August 2016, starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster, and again received critical acclaim.[8][9] For his screenplay, Sheridan received a large amount of awards attention, earning BAFTA, Golden Globe Award, and Academy Award nominations.[10][11]

The low-budget horror film Vile is credited as Sheridan's first film, but he does not consider the film his directorial debut, stating in a 2017 Rotten Tomatoes interview:

I would say this [Wind River] is my feature debut. A friend of mine raised — I don't know what he raised — 20 grand or something, and cast his buddies, and wrote this bad horror movie, that I told him not to direct. He was going to direct it and produce it, and he started and freaked out, and called and said, "Can you help me?" I said, "Yeah, I'll try." I kind of kept the ship pointed straight, and they went off and edited, and did what they did. I think it's generous to call me the director. I think he was try [sic] to say thank you, in some way. It was an excellent opportunity to point a camera and learn some lessons that actually benefited me on Wind River.[12]

His second feature as director, but third as screenwriter, Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. The film follows an FBI agent (Olsen) and a veteran game tracker (Renner), investigating a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. The Weinstein Company had acquired the distribution rights during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival,[13] but dropped the film prior to the Sundance premiere.[14] However, the company later finalized its deal to distribute the film.[15] Wind River was widely released in the United States on August 18, 2017, following a brief limited release.[16] Following Sicario and Hell or High Water, Wind River is the third installment of Sheridan's trilogy of "the modern-day American frontier".[17]

On September 15, 2016, Deadline reported that Sheridan has been set by Sony Pictures and Escape Artists to script the American remake of the Matthias Schoenaerts drama-thriller film Disorder, a 2015 French film directed by Alice Winocour. Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Tony Shaw will produce the remake and David Beaubaire is overseeing it for the studio.[18] James Mangold will direct.

In 2017, Sheridan created the television series Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner that aired on the Paramount Network on June 20, 2018.[19] The show was renewed for a second season on July 24, 2018.[20] Sheridan wrote the sequel to Sicario, titled Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which was directed by Stefano Sollima and released in 2018.[21] More recently, his overall deal with ViacomCBS is renewed.[22]


As an ex-actor, Sheridan has explained that the amount of expositional dialogue he read for television caused him to form an "allergy to Exposition" in his writing. He has also said that he looks for "absurdly simple" plots in order to focus solely on character.[23] He has cited the Coen brothers, Cormac McCarthy, and Larry McMurtry as influential to his writing.[24]

He is known for toying with the form and structure of a screenplay in his work. In Sicario, Sheridan incorporated a "five-act structure and a five-act structure within that." He believes in the intelligence of the audience, and uses the structure and context of his stories as a way to subvert expectations: "I look at each movie as, ‘How am I breaking the rules this time?’"[25]

Personal life[edit]

Sheridan grew up on a ranch in Cranfills Gap, Texas. His family lived minimally, not having a stereo system in their house. Had they not lost the property in the early 1990s, said Sheridan, "I would still be living there". After Sheridan dropped out of Texas State University, he moved to Austin, where he mowed lawns and painted houses. While looking for jobs in a shopping mall, Sheridan met a talent scout, who offered him the chance to go to Chicago and pursue an acting career. He later lived in New York City and Los Angeles during his time as an actor.[26][27]

Sheridan has been married to actress and model Nicole Muirbrook since 2013.[28][29] They currently reside in Weatherford, Texas.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2011 Vile Yes While credited, Sheridan does not consider this his directorial debut.[30]
2015 Sicario Yes Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
2016 Hell or High Water Yes Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Writing
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
2017 Wind River Yes Yes Nominated – Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding First-Time Feature Film
2018–present Yellowstone Yes Yes Yes Co-creator
2018 Sicario: Day of the Soldado Yes
2021 Without Remorse Yes
Those Who Wish Me Dead Yes Yes Yes Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005–2007 Veronica Mars Danny Boyd
2008–2010 Sons of Anarchy David Hale
2016 Hell or High Water Cowboy Cameo[31]
2018 12 Strong Brian
Yellowstone Travis Wheatley Episode: "Coming Home"


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  2. ^ "Taylor Sheridan On The Drug War And His Evolution From 'Sons Of Anarchy' Actor To 'Sicario' Screenwriter". Uproxx. March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (April 19, 2012). "Ex-'Sons Of Anarchy' Actor Taylor Sheridan Sells Script To Sidney Kimmel Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  4. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (October 28, 2015). "'Sicario' Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan on the 'Answerless Problem' of the Drug War". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
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  6. ^ "'Trainwreck,' 'Steve Jobs' Among WGA Screenplay Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (January 6, 2016). "'The Martian,' 'Straight Outta Compton' Land Writers Guild Nominations". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
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  10. ^ Brown, Tracy. "Golden Globes 2017: Complete list of winners". latimes.com. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  11. ^ Shoard, Catherine (January 10, 2017). "Bafta nominations 2017: La La Land dances on but Arrival and Nocturnal Animals hot on its heels". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  12. ^ Ryan Fujitani (July 31, 2017). "Taylor Sheridan's Favourite Films". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Cannes: Weinstein Co. Nabs Jeremy Renner Drama 'Wind River'". The Hollywood Reporter. May 14, 2016.
  14. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (January 9, 2017). "Sundance: Weinstein Company to No Longer Distribute Jeremy Renner's 'Wind River' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  15. ^ Thompson, Anne (January 27, 2017). "Sundance Deal Scorecard: Why 2017 Festival Sales Are in Overdrive". Indiewire. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  16. ^ "Wind River Release Dates". IMDb. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  17. ^ Thompson, Anne (June 21, 2018). "'Sicario: Day of the Soldado': Benicio Del Toro Says It's Better Than The Doors' First Album". IndieWire. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "'Sicario' Scribe Taylor Sheridan To Script French Remake 'Disorder'". Deadline Hollywood. September 15, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 3, 2017). "Paramount Network Orders First Scripted Drama Series: Family Saga 'Yellowstone' From Taylor Sheridan & Weinstein Co". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (July 24, 2018). "'Yellowstone' Renewed For Second Season By Paramount Network". Deadline. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  21. ^ "'Sicario' writer Taylor Sheridan discusses the idea behind the sequel". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  22. ^ "Taylor Sheridan Renews ViacomCBS Deal, Sets 'Yellowstone' Prequel at Paramount+". The Hollywood Reporter. February 5, 2021. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  23. ^ 'Hell or High Water' Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan: "I'm Allergic to Exposition" | Close Up With THR. The Hollywood Reporter. December 17, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2017 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ "Taylor Sheridan on Sicario and Hell or High Water". Creative Screenwriting. August 15, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
  25. ^ "Write The Movie They Won't Make: "Hell or High Water's" Taylor Sheridan". Co.Create. December 12, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  26. ^ Ealy, Charles. "One filmmaker's road from a Texas ranch to the red carpet in Cannes". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
  27. ^ Barnes, Brooks (February 9, 2017). "Taylor Sheridan on His Oscar-Nominated Screenplay for 'Hell or High Water'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  28. ^ Goodykoontz, Bill (August 10, 2017). "Filmmaker Taylor Sheridan talks making 'Wind River'". AZ Central. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  29. ^ "Nicole Muirbrook Wiki: 5 Facts To Know About Taylor Sheridan's Wife". Panda Gossips. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  30. ^ "Taylor Sheridan's Five Favorite Films". Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  31. ^ "Taylor Sheridan On The Drug War And His Evolution From 'Sons Of Anarchy' Actor To 'Sicario' Screenwriter". Uproxx. March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2016.

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