The Cast of Yellowstone: What 15 Actors Look Like in Real Life

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Since its 2018 premiere on the Paramount Network, the Western melodrama “Yellowstone” has amassed a significant fan base, making it one of the most-watched shows in the United States.

The success of the series is primarily attributed to its realistic depiction of life on a ranch. A prequel series starring Isabel May, titled 1883, premiered on December 19, 2021, on Paramount+.

Promotional shot for the first season of "Yellowstone"Promotional shot for the first season of “Yellowstone” (Credit: Paramount Network)

It’s easy to see why the show is so popular: The Duttons, their friends, and their numerous opponents are played by a fantastic array of stars. Given director Taylor Sheridan’s vast history in ranching, the cowboys of “Yellowstone” are just as rough and hardy as their real-life counterparts.

In case you’ve ever wondered about the cowboys who played Montana’s most deadly fictional family, the Duttons, or what they look like when they’re not wearing cowboy hats and riding in saddles, we’ve got you covered.

We dug into the situation, and here is what we found about some of the things you should know about the actors who played them.

1. Kevin Costner as John Dutton

On “Yellowstone,” the seasoned Western actor plays the leading role and takes on the part of John Dutton, the brutal and commanding ruler of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.

Despite his dominance on the ranch, the 6’1″ (185.4 cm) tall actor has been a box office draw for decades thanks to his roles in films like “Field of Dreams,” “Dances with Wolves,” and “The Bodyguard.”

Kevin Costner as John Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Kevin Costner as John Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: PA Images / INSTARimages; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

The Oscar-winning actor, director, and producer reportedly makes $1.3 million for every episode of Yellowstone. In addition to his remuneration for playing the patriarch of the fictional Dutton family, that sum also accounts for the fees he earns as the show’s executive producer.

Kevin Costner is a real-life father and grandfather, so he knows something about being a family man.

The 67-year-old actor has been married twice. In 1975, he tied the knot with Cindy Silva and had three kids: two girls named Annie and Lily and a boy named Joe. They split up in 1994 after being married for 16 years, and Kevin had a brief relationship with Bridget Rooney, with whom he had a son named Liam in 1996.

Kevin’s second wife, Christine Baumgartner, is a model and bag designer. They wed in 2004 and had two sons, Cayden and Hayes, and a daughter named Grace.

2. Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton

Beth, played by Kelly Reilly (5′ 6″ or 1.68 m tall), is the feisty daughter of John Dutton. She is a staunch protector of the property and is every bit as vicious as her father, but she is a favorite among fans since she provides a source of bleak humor.

Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Media Punch / INSTARimages; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

Despite what you may have gathered from Beth’s scathing wit, the 45-year-old actress is English. The Olivier Award winner has also been featured in movies including “True Detective” and “Eden Lake,” and you may have seen her in the “Sherlock Holmes” films.

Taylor Sheridan cast Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton after seeing her audition tape. Meanwhile, the British actress has stated that Beth’s character was the most challenging role she has ever played on screen. Kelly reportedly earns $200,000 per episode, making her one of the highest-paid actors in the show.

Financier Kyle Baugher is Kelly Reilly’s husband. The couple tied the knot back in 2012. From 2007 through 2009, she was engaged to actor Jonah Lotan. Since Kelly prefers to keep her private life out of the spotlight, it seems logical that she tied the knot with someone outside the entertainment industry.

3. Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler

Rip Wheeler has gone from being the most useful of ranch hands to being every fan’s official “Yellowstone” boyfriend, thanks to Cole Hauser’s performance.

His ordinarily light hair and beard are also darkened by dye for the role. The fact that Cole Hauser is a natural redhead explains why his beard can occasionally take on an unnatural hue.

Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Brandi Benton / Startraksphoto / Cover Images; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

The 47-year-old actor is a distant relative of the Warner Brothers studio’s founders and the son of action/adventure actor Wings Hauser. His most notable roles have been in “ER,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “2 Fast 2 Furious”.

Although “Yellowstone” viewers adore Rip and Beth Dutton’s on-screen chemistry, their relationship is strictly for dramatic effect.

The actor, who stands at a towering 6 feet and 1 inch (1.85 meters), has been married to his wife, Cynthia Daniel, a professional photographer and former actress, for 15 years. The two were married in 2006 with three children: Ryland, 18; Colt, 14; and Steely Rose, 9.

4. Luke Timothy Grimes as Kayce Dutton

The youngest of John Dutton’s sons, Kayce Dutton serves several responsibilities on and off the ranch. He’s a veteran who keeps to himself but has a fierce temper that causes him difficulties.

Actor Luke Grimes, who plays him in “Yellowstone,” is 5 feet 11 ¼ inches (181 cm) tall and grew his hair long for the role. Before Luke joined the “Yellowstone” cast, he played drums for the alt-country band Mitchells Folly.

Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: BauerGriffin / INSTARimages / Cover Images; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

This native of Ohio made his acting debut in the 2006 film “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.” His star rose after his roles as Marc Lee in “American Sniper,” Elliot Grey in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series, and the lead in “The Magnificent Seven” (2016). On the TV show “Brothers and Sisters,” Dave Annable (Lee Dutton) and Luke Grimes portrayed half brothers.

In November 2018, Luke and Brazilian model Bianca Rodrigues Grimes finally tied the knot. He and his wife make their home in Montana when he’s not filming in the area.

5. Kelsey Asbille as Monica Dutton

Monica Dutton is Kayce’s wife of Native American descent. She has mixed emotions about her husband’s family and the ranch.

Kelly Asbille, who stands at 5 feet and 6 ¼ inches (168.3 cm), first gained attention as Gigi on “One Tree Hill” from 2005 to 2009.

Formerly known as Mikayla Makoola on “Pair of Kings,” Rebecca on “Gaslight,” and Swanee Capps on “Fargo,” the Columbia University alum has since portrayed several other roles.

Kelsey Asbille as Monica Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series "Yellowstone"Kelsey Asbille as Monica Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Laurent Zabulon / ABACA / INSTARimag / Cover Images; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

Both Kelsey Asbille (Monica Dutton) and Ian Bohen (Ryan) have appeared in past seasons of “Teen Wolf” (2011).

While in “Yellowstone,” her claims of Indigenous origin were questioned, adding fuel to the fire of controversy she had already stirred.

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and Kelsey Asbille attend Paramount's "Yellowstone" Season 5 New York PremiereMiles Joris-Peyrafitte and Kelsey Asbille attend Paramount’s “Yellowstone” Season 5 New York Premiere at Walter Reade Theater on November 3, 2022, in New York City (Credit: Roger Wong / INSTARimages / Cover Images)

Since 2012, the actress has been dating British actor William Moseley, who played Peter in “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

In 2018, the actress revealed to Marie Claire that William sent her a painting of the full moon rising over Half Dome in Yosemite for her birthday.

6. Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton

Tate Dutton is a beloved son of Monica and Kayce Dutton and grandson of John Dutton. Tate, being a Dutton, has had to put on a brave face and get out of numerous sticky situations, but he has always managed to do so.

Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Brecken Merrill’s Instagram; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

Brecken Merrill, a promising young actor, plays Tate. Brecken was born on June 20, 2008, and is an American actor and model. The young star of “Yellowstone” is 4 feet and 8 inches (1.42 m) in height. His father has acted in numerous films and is the current CEO of the food and beverage company Good Culture, while his mother is a writer.

The part of Tate on “Yellowstone” is Brecken’s debut in the acting industry, and he played Nicky Jr. on “This Is Us” in 2022. As he continues to advance in his acting career, he will soon be seen in the lead role of Emmett LeClair in the upcoming film “We All Got Up to Dance” (now in pre-production).

7. Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton

Wes Bentley plays Jamie Dutton, the black sheep of the Dutton family. He is the last member of the Dutton clan and a lawyer with political ambitions.

In real life, Wes maintains a similar demeanor. His first major part was in the Oscar-winning picture “American Beauty,” and he has since starred in numerous blockbuster movies like “The Hunger Games,” “Ghost Rider,” and “Interstellar.”

Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Media Punch / INSTARimages; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

The actor, who stands at 5 feet and 10 ¼ inches (178.4 cm), has also appeared in multiple episodes of “American Horror Story.” Wes Bentley and Danny Huston (Dan Jenkins) worked together on the show’s Season 4.

As of 2010, the 44-year-old actor is happily married to producer Jacqui Swedberg. Later that year, the couple became parents for the first time to a son, Charles, and in 2014, they expanded their family to include a daughter, Brooklyn.

8. Gil Birmingham as Thomas Rainwater

Thomas Rainwater is the head of the Broken Rock Indian Reservation and a casino mogul controlling the Grey Wolf Peak Casino and the Painted Horse Casino. A misunderstanding resulted in Thomas Rainwater being labeled as Mexican, but Gil, who plays Thomas, has Mexican ancestry through his father.

Gil Birmingham was born on July 13, 1953, to a Comanche father and a Spanish mother in San Antonio, Texas. He has a physics degree from the University of Southern California and stands 6 feet and 2 inches (1.88 meters) tall.

Gil Birmingham as Thomas Rainwater in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Gil Birmingham as Thomas Rainwater in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: ROGER WONG / INSTARimages / Cover Images; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

Before playing Rainwater, Gil had guest-starred on “House of Cards,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and “Animal Kingdom.” Acting as Billy Black in the “Twilight Saga” films and appearing in “The Lone Ranger,” “Hell or High Water,” and “The Space Between Us” are among Birmingham’s most successful roles in the film industry.

The 69-year-old actor keeps his personal life under wraps. His romantic life was seldom a topic of conversation, and Gil has not come out as dating anyone at this time. Speculation among his fans suggests he may be single.

9. Denim Richards as Colby Mayfield

After playing various TV characters, Denim’s role as ranch hand Colby Mayfield has allowed his genuine charisma to shine.

Denim Richards, 34 years old and 5 feet 10 inches tall (177 cm), was born in Orange County on August 10, 1988. Although he began his career in “Yellowstone” as an actor, he also trained as a singer and horseback rider as a young man.

Denim Richards as Colby Mayfield in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Denim Richards as Colby Mayfield in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Denim Richards’ Instagram; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

The actor first appeared on screen in an episode of “Lincoln Heights” in 2007. In 2018, he got his big break when he was cast as ranch hand Colby Mayfield on the TV show “Yellowstone.” In 2020, Richards created and directed his first short film, “The Zoo.”

As of this writing, Denim is unmarried, has not been engaged, and is currently single. He is committed to his acting career and is working tirelessly to establish himself as a leading Hollywood actor.

10. Ian Bohen as Ryan

Ryan, portrayed by Ian Bohen, is well known for being a livestock agent who helps John and Kayce. Along with Colby, he’s responsible for a lot of the humorous conversation around the bunkhouse.

Standing at 5 feet and 10 ¼ inches (178.4 cm), the actor has appeared in “Teen Wolf” like his co-star Kelsey Asbille and other TV shows like “Chicago P.D.” and “Breakout Kings.” With “Wyatt Earp,” released in 1994, Ian made his film debut in the role of young Wyatt, and in the film, Kevin Costner played the adult Wyatt.

Ian Bohen as Ryan in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Ian Bohen as Ryan in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Kristin Callahan / ACE PICTURES / INSTARimages; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

He subsequently acted in films like “Little Women,” “Wind River,” and the Batman sequel, “Marigold.” But it’s on television that the California native has found his footing, playing characters like Lieutenant Mitch Anderson on “Superman & Lois.”

The 46-year-old actor is single but currently dating the supermodel Megan Irminger. According to the rumors, the couple began dating in 2017, although they aren’t engaged yet. Ian and Megan are a happy couple dating for five years.

11. Jennifer Landon as Teeter

Despite her gruff exterior, Teeter has been one of Yellowstone’s most amusing characters since her introduction in Season 3.

Jennifer Landon, a veteran of the soap opera genre and the daughter of “Little House on the Prairie” and “Bonanza” actor Michael Landon, inherited an acting talent for the western genre at birth.

Jennifer Landon as Teeter in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Jennifer Landon as Teeter in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Jason Mendez / Startraksphoto; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

Starring in “As the World Turns” from 2005 until 2010, the actress has been performing onstage since she was young.

She first appeared as Heather Stevens on “The Young and the Restless” in 2012, and her most prominent TV roles include Sarah Allen on “FBI: Most Wanted” beginning in 2021.

The 39-year-old actress, who stands at 5 feet and 7 inches (170.2 cm), does not appear to be married or the mother of any children in her actual life. However, she is a proud mother of at least two lovely Bulldog puppies.

12. Forrie J. Smith as Lloyd Pierce

Forrie J. Smith is no stranger to the Hollywood film industry, having spent time there in both the roles of stuntman and actor. The 5’4″ actor has gone from a guest spot to a regular one as Rip’s sidekick and the tough ranch hand, Lloyd Pierce, on the blockbuster series.

At 63 years old, the actor has plenty of expertise in the rodeo arena. As a child, he began riding on his Montana cattle ranch, where he spent his childhood with his grandparents.

Forrie J. Smith as Lloyd Pierce in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Forrie J. Smith as Lloyd Pierce in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Forrie J. Smith’s Instagram; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

Originating in Montana, this actor played Harley in 1987’s “Desperado,” Pony Deal in 1993’s “Tombstone,” and a cowboy in 1994’s “Troublemakers.” Smith’s resume also includes roles as a stuntman, most notably in “Rambo III.”

Forrie is married to Cheryl Richardson. They have a son named Forrest Smith, who also became an actor. Forrest made an appearance as a younger Lloyd Pierce on “Yellowstone.”

13. Ryan Bingham as Walker

On “Yellowstone,” Ryan’s character, Walker, shares his love of music by singing and playing guitar throughout the series.

Initially, Ryan’s role in the drama was limited to composing several songs. However, he was offered a part in “Yellowstone” by the show’s creator, Taylor Sheridan, after the two had a conversation about horses.

Ryan Bingham as Walker in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Ryan Bingham as Walker in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Media Punch / INSTARimages; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

Born on March 31, 1981, in Hobbs, New Mexico, Ryan Bingham is a multi-talented American performer. Standing at 5 feet and 10 inches (177.8 centimeters), Ryan’s family ranched out in New Mexico, where he spent his childhood riding horses and acting like a cowboy.

In 2008, Ryan Bingham tied the knot with film director Anna Axster. But in 2021, the couple officially separated after being married for 12 years. Before their breakup, the couple and their three children lived together in Topanga Canyon, California.

14. Jefferson White as Jimmy Hurdstrom

Jimmy Hurdstrom, played by Jefferson White, who stands at 5 feet and 7 inches (170 cm), is a popular favorite in John Dutton’s bunkhouse and among “Yellowstone” audiences.

Jefferson White as Jimmy Hurdstrom in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Jefferson White as Jimmy Hurdstrom in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: ROGER WONG / INSTARimages / Cover Images; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

The native of Iowa spent a lot of time on exciting shows like “Blindspot,” “House of Cards,” “The Alienist,” and “How to Get Away With Murder” before taking on the part of hapless ranch hand Jimmy. Jefferson White is an actor and producer who has starred in films including “Manhattan” (2014) and “The Twilight Zone” (2019).

There have been speculations in the press that the 34-year-old actor is secretly married, but no evidence has ever been produced to back up these claims.

15. Moses Brings Plenty as Mo

Moses Brings Plenty has been cast as a series regular on Taylor Sheridan’s “Yellowstone,” playing the role of Mo. For Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham), he is the go-to guy, the fixer, and the friend.

Towering at 6 feet and 1 inch (1.85 meters), the actor was born on September 4, 1969, in Porcupine, South Dakota, and is of Oglala Lakota descent. He is a relative of the celebrated Native American fighter Brings Plenty, who fought on the side of the indigenous people at the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Moses Brings Plenty as Mo in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone”Moses Brings Plenty as Mo in the neo-Western drama television series “Yellowstone” (L) Credit: Media Punch / INSTARimages; (R) Credit: Paramount Network

The 53-year-old actor began his career in the early 2000s. He may not have been in many films, but he is shifting the perspective of native cinema fans in Hollywood. Moses plays the drums in addition to acting. He was a member of the Native American band Brulé & AIRO, located in South Dakota, and has sold over a million CDs worldwide and won numerous awards.

Mo is already married. Even though she hasn’t fully immersed herself in the industry, Mo’s wife, Sara Ann Haney-Brings Plenty, shares his passion for acting. In the hit neo-Western drama “Yellowstone,” she plays Mo’s wife. However, she has only been featured in three episodes so far. Real-life son Jerynce makes an appearance as well.

Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Luke Grimes, Kevin Costner, Taylor Sheridan, Kelsey Asbille and Dave Annable attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Yellowstone"Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Luke Grimes, Kevin Costner, Taylor Sheridan, Kelsey Asbille and Dave Annable attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “Yellowstone” at Paramount Studios on June 11, 2018, in Hollywood, California (Credit: Tony DiMaio / Startraksphoto)

These actors are just as impressive in real life as they are on the screen. We can’t wait to see more of them in the “Yellowstone” series!

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