Cole Hauser

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Cole Hauser
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Hauser at the TCA 2010, July 30, 2010
BornCole Kenneth Hauser
(1975-03-22) March 22, 1975 (age 39)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Cynthia Daniel (2006-present; 3 children)
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Cole Hauser
Cole Hauser.jpg
Hauser at the TCA 2010, July 30, 2010
BornCole Kenneth Hauser
(1975-03-22) March 22, 1975 (age 39)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Cynthia Daniel (2006-present; 3 children)

Cole Kenneth Hauser (born March 22, 1975) is an American film and television actor.

Family background[edit]

Hauser was born in Santa Barbara, California, 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. Cole Hauser's maternal great-grandfather was famous 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] is now 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]

Early life[edit]

Hauser's parents divorced in 1977, when he was two years old.[8] 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]


Hauser in 2008

Hauser made his film debut, 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.

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 hit novel series, Sweet Valley High alongside her twin sister, Brittany Daniel. Hauser and Daniel have two sons; Ryland Hauser, born in September 2004, and Colt Daniel Hauser born June 12, 2008. Their daughter Steely Rose was born in 2013.


1992School TiesJack Connors
1993Dazed and ConfusedBenny O'Donnell
1995Higher LearningScott Moss
1996Frame-Up II: The Cover-UpDr. Glidden
1997All Over MeMark
Good Will HuntingBilly McBride
1998Scotch and MilkJohnny
The Hi-Lo CountryLittle Boy Matson
2000Pitch BlackWilliam J. Johns
A Shot at GloryKelsey O'Brian
TigerlandStaff Sgt. Cota
2002Hart's WarStaff Sgt. Vic W. Bedford
White OleanderRay Pruitt
2003Tears of the SunJames "Red" Atkins
2 Fast 2 FuriousCarter Verone
2004PaparazziBo Laramie
2005The CaveJack McAllister
2006The Break-UpLupus Grobowski
2007The Stone AngelYoung Bram
2008TorturedKevin Cole
The Family That PreysWilliam Cartwright
2009Like Dandelion DustJack Campbell
2010Shadows of the White NightsBorris
2011The Hit ListAllan Campbell
2013Assassins Run (AKA White Swan)Roman
A Good Day to Die HardMike Collins
Olympus Has FallenRoma
2014TranscendenceColonel Stevens
Jarhead 2: Field of FireSpecial Operations Senior Chief Fox


1993A Matter of JusticeRocky JacksonNBC TV-Movie
1996High IncidentOfficer Randy Willitz32 episodes[13]
2004ERSteve CurtisEpisode: Where There's Smoke There's Fire
Episode: Just a Touch
Episode: Midnight
Episode: Drive
2006DamagesJack ShaleUnsold FOX TV-Pilot
2007–2008K-VilleTrevor Cobb11 episodes
2008The TowerSean CastlemanCBS TV-Pilot
2009Washington FieldSSA Raymond Stonepost-production
CBS TV-Pilot
2010ChaseJimmy GodfreyNBC

Awards and nominations[edit]

2001Best Supporting MaleIndependent Spirit AwardNominated for Tigerland
2003Breakthrough Performance - MaleYoung Hollywood AwardsWon


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