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The Yellowstone Cast’s Best Non-Yellowstone Roles


They’ve all now become household names, but the Yellowstone cast’s resume spans far beyond the Dutton ranch.

“Touching Your Enemy” – Jamie tries desperately to walk back a previous mistake. Kayce tracks down evidence. Monica and Martin attend a traditional Indian horse relay, on YELLOWSTONE, Sunday, Nov. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network. Photo Credit: Emerson Miller for Paramount Network Pictured (L-R): Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton, Kevin Costner as John Dutton, Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton, and Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton.
Photo: Emerson Miller | Paramount Network

Like many of Taylor Sheridan’s shows, the cast of his flagship creation Yellowstone is a major part of its draw. The cast is an intriguing mix of absolute icons, seasoned veterans, character actors, international artists and, at the time, up-and-comers. While their notoriety has certainly evolved to the point where they are inseparable from Yellowstone, this amazing group of performers has an equally amazing body of work behind them.

While these may not be the roles the cast are known for, or even remembered for, there are several stops along the way to the fictional Montana that are worth mentioning. With Yellowstone currently on hiatus, now is the perfect time to revisit these films and shows, and see how well rounded the cast truly is. 

Kevin Costner as Lieutenant John J. Dunbar in Dances with Wolves

“Absolute icon” is naturally referring to Costner and his unparalleled filmography. Costner’s name provided much needed weight to creators John Linson and a then-inexperienced Taylor Sheridan’s neo-Western drama, and has since set the precedent that Sheridan follows in his growing television empire. Since Yellowstone, the prolific writer has worked with similarly big names like Sam Elliott, Jeremy Renner, Helen Mirren, Sylvester Stallone, and Harrison Ford. 

Choosing one project from Costner’s paradigmatic body of work is challenging enough to be an article on all its own. But if fans consider what role he not only knocked out of the park, but the one in which he accomplished the most, it has to go to Lieutenant John J. Dunbar in Dances with Wolves. Forget the fact he produced the film (and won an Oscar for it). Forget the fact he directed the film (and won an Oscar for it). Forget the fact that the film took home seven Academy Awards in 1991, it was Costner’s performance that really carried the film.

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