Cole Hauser
Birth Date:
March 22, 1975
Birth Place:
Santa Barbara, California, USA
6' 1
Famous for:
His role as Ray Pruitt in 'White Oleander' (2002)
Show more
Cole Hauser_120913
2 Fast 2 Furious’ Villain


“I’ve never wanted to be an enormous star to the extent where I’m being chased around, but it’s not really up to you. You do the work you do, and if people respond, they respond.” Cole Hauser

American actor Cole Hauser is probably best known for his roles on the films “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003), where he played the scoundrel Carter Verone, and “White Oleander” (2002). His other film credits include “Tigerland” (2000, received an Independent Spirit nomination), “Paparazzi” (2004), “The Cave” (2005), “The Break-Up” (2006), “The Stone Angel” (2007), “The Hit List” (2011), “A Good Day to Die Hard” (2013) and “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013).      

The 6-foot 1-inch tall player has been married to actress and photographer Cynthia Daniel since 2006. The two are the parents of Ryland and Colt Daniel.

Hollywood Royalty

Childhood and Family:

Cole Kenneth Hauser was born on March 22, 1975 in Santa Barbara, California. His father is Irish American character actor Wings Hauser (born in 1947) and his mother is Jewish American producer Cass Sperling, the granddaughter of renowned film magnate Harry M. Warner. Cole has three siblings, Tao (older), Vanessa and Jesse (both younger), and one half-sister named Bright Hauser.

Following the divorce of his parents, Cole relocated with his mother to Oregon and later to Tampa Bay before moving back to Santa Barbara. When he was around 14, Cole told his estranged parents that he wanted to leave school to try his hand in acting. Shortly after, he moved to Los Angeles to live with his father  and pursued his chosen career.  

On December 22, 2006, Cole married long-term companion actress and photographer Cynthia Daniel (born on March 17, 1976). The couple have two sons,Ryland Hauser (born September 2004) and Colt Daniel Hauser (born June 12, 2008).    

White Oleander


Born into showbiz family, Cole Hauser took improvisation techniques and acted in Summer Theater as a child. He got hooked on acting in high school and, soon after that departed school to chase a professional career in Los Angeles. His first opportunity to work on films arrived in 1992 when he landed a role in the prep school anti-Semitism drama “School Ties,” starring Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser, Chris O’Donnell and Ben Affleck. This auspicious start was followed by a remarkable gig opposite Matthew McConaughey and again Affleck in Richard Linklater’s highly praised comedy “Dazed and Confused” (1993), where he played an affable straight-talking football player named Benny. The same year, he had a featured role in the NBC television movie “A Matter of Justice.”

After starring in the drama film “Skins” (1994), directed and written by his father, Hauser was cast as a captivating skinhead in John Singleton’s college drama “Higher Learning” (1995), starred as an insulting boyfriend in the acclaimed coming-of-age drama “All Over Me” (1997) and joined back up with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in their Academy Award-winning film, “Good Will Hunting” (1997). On the small screen, he played the regular role of draftee Officer Randy Willitz in the hard-hitting ABC police drama “High Incident” (1996-1997), created by Steven Spielberg. Hauser went on to appear in Stephen Frears’ 1940s New Mexico-set Western “The Hi-Lo Country” (1998), in which he portrayed Woody Harrelson’s brother, and in the independent feature “Scotch and Milk” (1998), which marked Adam Goldberg’s directorial debut.

Entering the new millennium, Hauser enjoyed success thanks to his convincing portrayal of a futuristic bounty hunter who survives a spacecraft crash in director David Twohy's science fiction sleeper “Pitch Black” (2000), opposite Vin Diesel and Rhada Mitchell. He continued to build good reputation by receiving an Independent Spirit nomination in the category of Best Supporting Male for his role as the training officer, Staff Sgt. Cota, in of Joel Schumacher’s war film “Tigerland” (2000), starring Colin Farrell. A semi-professional soccer player before starting a career in acting, the young actor put his athletic skill to good use with a role in director Michael Corrente’s Scottish football drama “A Shot at Glory,” which was screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2000.

Hauser rejoined his “Tigerland” co-star Colin Farrell and teamed up with Bruce Willis in the box office disappointment “Hart’s War” (2002), before delivering a bravura performance as Ray Pruitt, a sexy, heroic car mechanic and easy going love interest in the Peter Kosminsky directed women’s melodrama “White Oleander” (2002), for which he won special attention. The handsome player continued to gain notice for his performance in the navy action/thriller “Tears of the Sun” (2003), directed by Antione Fuqua, and for his high profile role as the desperado Carter Verone in John Singleton’s “2 Fast and 2 Furious” (2003), the installment to “The Fast and the Furious.” For his excellent accomplishments, the actor was handed a 2003 Young Hollywood for Breakthrough Performance.

Hauser revisited the small screen with a recurring role in the hit NBC medical drama “ER” (2004), playing Linda Cardellini’s bad-news ex, Steve Curti. The same year, he starred with Robin Tunney and Dennis Farina in the Mel Gibson-produced drama/thriller “Paparazzi,” portrayed a professional cave explorer in the thriller “The Cave” (2005), opposite Morris Chestnut and Piper Perabo, and had a feature part in the crime/drama film “Dirty” (2005), opposite Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr.. Hauser appeared in the Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston successful vehicle “The Break-Up” (2006), played Jack Shale in the made for TV film “Damages” (2006), opposite Freya Adams, Sunkrish Bala and Pedro Barreira, and portrayed young Bram in the drama film “The Stone Angel” (2007), written and helmed by Kari Skogland. He also appeared in CBS TV pilot “The Tower” (2008), and starred opposite Anthony Anderson in the Fox serial drama series “K-Ville” (2007). From 2008 to 2011, the actor could be seen in such films as “Tortured” (Video), Tyler Perry's “The Family That Preys” (portrayed Kathy Bates's son), the acclaimed film adaptation of “Like Dandelion Dust” (opposite Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper), “ Washington Field” (TV), “The Hit List” (reunited with Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and “Good Morning, Killer” (TV). He played the main role of Jimmy Godfrey on the police procedural TV series “Chase,” which ran on NBC from September 20, 2010 until May 21, 2011.  

Recently in 2013, Hauser played Mike Collins, a CIA operative and Jack's partner, in the Bruce Willis action film “ A Good Day to Die Hard,” the fifth installment in the “Die Hard” film series, was cast as Agent Roma, a Secret Service Special Agent in Charge agent, in Antoine Fuqua's action/thriller “Olympus Has Fallen,” which starred Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman, and co-starred with Christian Slater and Sofya Skya in the action/crime film “Assassins Run.”   

Hauser has completed filming a starring role opposite Luke Goss in the action/crime “Dead Drop” (2013). He will appear in the upcoming science/fiction/thriller movie “Transcendence,” starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman and directed by Wally Pfister. The film is set to be released on April 18, 2014. He will star with Krzysztof Soszynski and Anderson Silva in William Kaufman's action movie, “Burning Sun” (2014).    


Young Hollywood: Breakthrough Performance – Male, 2003  Show Less
© Retna
© Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Cole Hauser Wallpaper on The Stone Angel
© © 2008 Vivendi Entertainment
© Retna
© Screen Gems Inc.
© Retna
© Columbia Pictures
© Retna
© Retna