Cole Hauser is best known for his role in Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, as the devoted ranch hand, Rip Wheeler. His character is a fan-favourite on the series, and actor Hauser has recently been named the Sexiest Man Alive. He comes from a family of esteemed actors and entertainment moguls, and Express.co.uk has all you need to know.
Who is the Rip Wheeler star related to?
Wings Hauser – Father
Gerald Dwight Hauser is Cole’s father, and he is an actor and director who is known by the alias ‘Wings’.
The 72-year-old is an award-winning actor who has previously starred in Tough Guys Don’t Dance, The Young and The Restless, Kingpin and Tales from the Hood.
Born in Hollywood, he was destined to become a star in the world of entertainment, as his parents were well-known in the acting business.
He got the name ‘Wings’ after he released an album called Your Love Keeps Me Off the Streets in 1975, and he used the name Wings Livinryte.
Zeus Brothers Entertainment dedicated a vlog to the star following more than 50 years of acting, and they said: “He’s still going strong today. The man has 114 IMDb credits and more are being added every day.”
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Dwight Hauser – Grandfather
Dwight Hauser was an esteemed screenwriter and producer who was Cole’s paternal grandfather, and he was born in 1911.
The actor and producer won numerous accolades in his time, including an Academy Award, before his death in 1969 – aged 57.
He was good friends with actors George Reeves and Robert Preston, and he mixed with plenty of high-flyers of his time.
Dwight wrote for series including Lassie, Quick Brown Fox and Ama Girls, for which he helped win Walt Disney an Academy Award.
He also helped write scripts for The Legend of Lobo and Lapland, and he narrated Nikki, Wild Dog of the North.
Harry Warner – Great-Grandfather
Harry Warner was one of the founders of the famous entertainment brad Warner Bros, and he played a huge role in the world of film.
He acted as president of Warner Bros Pictures until 1956, and he died two years later aged 76.
Warner first owned a bicycle shop but sold it in order to pursue a career in film, along with his brothers. With the money used from selling his shop, he was able to set up a theatre called the Cascade.
Warner had also a close friend of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Second World War, and he had supported him during the 1930s.
He and his brothers announced they were putting Warner Bros on the market in 1956, and he retired from his post as president.
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Milton Sperling – Grandfather
Milton Sperling was Cole’s maternal grandfather, and he was a well known American film producer for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros.
He was given his own production unit, called United States Pictures, as part of the Warner Bros company.
Sperling was born in 1912 and he worked as a shipping clerk at Paramount’s Astoria Studios. He later became a secretary at Warner Bros.
His father-in-law was Harry Warner, and Warner had introduced him to his daughter – Betty – in 1936.
Like his children after him, he was dedicated to the world of entertainment.
Cass Warner – Mother
Cass Warner is Cole’s mother and she is a director and producer who founded Warner Sisters – a production company.
As a child, she would accompany her dad, Milton Sperling, to the Warner Bros studios each weekend and she was given plenty of time to explore.
Through her visits to the magical studios, she developed a passion for film making and studied acting and screenwriting.
She created a documentary called The Brothers Warner in 2008, which gives viewers insight into the family and their filmmaking legacy.
She also began a series called Conversations with Cass, during which she speaks to some of the most respected actors in the industry.
Cole is also married to actress Cynthia Daniel, who was known for her role in Sweet Valley High.
They have three children together – two sons and a daughter – called Ryland, Colt and Steely Rose.
Yellowstone airs on Paramount Network