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Cole Hauser was an American film and television actor who was best known for his roles in "School Ties" (1992), "Dazed and Confused" (1993) and "Good Will Hunting" (1997). Born into a show business family in Santa Barbara, California (one of his great grandfathers on his mom's side was Warner Bros. co-founder Harry Warner), Hauser practically had acting in his blood. It also helped that his mother ran a production company while his father was a working actor. His parents divorced when Cole was 2, and after moving around a lot with his mother, he spent a year living with his father, who taught him how to audition for film and TV parts. Hauser quickly became fascinated with acting and, at the age of 16, dropped out of high school to pursue acting full time. He landed his very first film role at the age of 17 in "School Ties." That movie also just happened to star Ben Affleck and Matt Damon - both of whom would go on to become lifelong friends with Hauser. After the success of "School Ties," Hauser went on to appear in several popular films of the 1990s, including "Dazed and Confused" and "Higher Learning" (1995). Then in 1997 he reteamed with Affleck and Damon by appearing alongside them both in "Good Will Hunting," which would earn both Damon and Affleck their first Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay. Hauser continued appearing in films and TV shows throughout the 2000s, most notably "Pitch Black" (2000), "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003), and the Vince Vaughn comedy "The Break-Up" (2006). By the mid-2010s Hauser began appearing more regularly on TV. He nabbed recurring roles on "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles" (Lifetime, 2015) and "Rogue" (Audience, 2013-17), as well as the Paramount Network western "Yellowstone" (Paramount Network, 2018- ). "Yellowstone," which was created by Oscar-nominee Taylor Sheridan, co-starred Kevin Costner, premiered on the Paramount Network in June of 2018.
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Made film debut in "School Ties" opposite Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Had a supporting role in Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused"
Acted in "Skins," a film directed by his father Wings Hauser
Appeared in John Singleton's college-set drama "Higher Learning"
Played regular role of rookie Officer Randy Willitz on ABC's "High Incident"
Was a supporting character in "Good Will Hunting"
Co-starred as Woody Harrelson's brother in "The Hi-Lo Country"
Featured in direct-to-video release "Gang Boys," directed by and starring Wings Hauser
Apperared in Adam Goldberg's independent feature "Scotch and Milk"
Played a futuristic bounty hunter in thriller "Pitch Black"
Featured in Scottish football drama "A Shot at Glory," produced by and starring Robert Duvall
Featured alongside Bruce Willis in "Hart's War"
Played a soldier in "Tears of the Sun" opposite Willis
Appeared as a mob boss in action sequel "2 Fast and 2 Furious"
Cast in first leading role, playing a movie star who goes after overzealous photographers in "Paparazzi"
Starred in thriller "The Cave" opposite Morris Chestnut and Piper Perabo
Appeared with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in "The Break-Up"
Co-starred in crime drama "Dirty" opposite Cuba Gooding Jr.
Starred with Anthony Anderson on short-lived Fox series "K-Ville"
Starred in "The Stone Angel," adapted from a novel by Margaret Laurence
Featured in Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys"
Starred on NBC drama "Chase"
Played a Secret Service agent in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"
Cast opposite Bruce Willis' John McClaine in action thriller "A Good Day to Die Hard"