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Cole Hauser

Hauser signing an autograph in 2008
Born Cole Kenneth Hauser
March 22, 1975 (1975-03-22) (age 34)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Cynthia Daniel (2006-present)

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


Family background

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 descent on his father's side and Jewish on his mother's.[6][7]

Early life

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 restless but easy-going Mom 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 delved heavily and enthusiastically into sports, but he half-heartedly pursued school. A good friend tried to lure Hauser into school acting classes since his interest in studying was on the wane.[10] Just for the fun of it, the two boys applied for a renowned talent summer camp in New England. They were admitted to the short-listed circle of hopeful, elitist talents. A very clueless, insouciant and stunned Cole got the leading role of the stage play named Dark of the Moon, which earned him standing ovations for his performance. Bug-bitten, he turned all energy to this wondrous craft. His interest in school faded more. He was about 16 years old when he faced his liberal but wary parents with a strong determination to leave behind high school to try to break into acting.[11] His parents gave him six months to make it.


After endless, unsuccessful auditions he finally got his break and was invited to fill out the first credited role for the movie School Ties (1992) which starred many young and up-and-coming actors such as Ben Affleck. A role in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused came along subsequently. On the respective sets, he met plenty of fresh-faced actors and actresses, largely unknown to the public at the time. Hauser would later re-team with Affleck when they appeared together in Good Will Hunting (1997).

In 2002, he played a racist American prisoner-of-war in Hart's War with Bruce Willis and Collin 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 Mel Gibson's 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

Hauser's wife is former actress and photographer Cynthia Daniel,[12][13] who played Elizabeth Wakefield in the TV series adaptation of Francine Pascal's hit novel series, Sweet Valley High. Hauser and Daniel have two sons; Ryland Hauser, born in September 2004 and Colt Daniel Hauser born June 12, 2008.

In 1999, Hauser was in the company of Matthew McConaughey the night McConaughey was arrested for playing the bongos in the nude and pot possession.[14]


Year Film Role Notes
1992 School Ties Jack Connors
1993 Dazed and Confused Benny O'Donnell
1994 Skins Bentz
1995 Higher Learning Scott Moss
1996 Frame-Up II: The Cover-Up Dr. Glidden
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 Sgt. Cota
2002 Hart's War Staff Sgt. 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
2008 Tortured Kevin Cole
The Family That Preys William Cartwright
2009 Like Dandelion Dust Jack Campbell awaiting release
Year Title Role Notes
1993 A Matter of Justice Rocky Jackson NBC TV-Movie
1996 High Incident Officer Randy Willitz 32 episodes[15]
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 post-production
CBS TV-Pilot

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film
2001 Independent Spirit Award Nominated Best Supporting Male Tigerland
2003 Young Hollywood Awards Won Breakthrough Performance - Male


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