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Taylor Sheridan

Taylor Sheridan
Born (1970-05-21) May 21, 1970 (age 48)
Cranfills Gap, Texas, United States
Years active 1995–present
Known for Sons of Anarchy
Hell or High Water
Wind River
Relatives John Gibler (brother)

Taylor Sheridan (born May 21, 1970) is an American screenwriter, director, actor and filmmaker. Sheridan first reached prominence when portraying David Hale in the FX television series Sons of Anarchy.

Sheridan has written several films, including the screenplay for Sicario (2015), for which Sheridan was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. He also wrote the screenplay for Hell or High Water (2016), which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.


Sheridan began his career in acting, appearing in small films and in recurring roles in television series, such as Veronica Mars, Walker, Texas Ranger and most notably, as David Hale in Sons of Anarchy.

He made the transition into screenwriting after he turned 40.[1] His first film as a screenwriter was Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve.[2] It revolves around Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), an FBI agent who is enlisted to a government task force to bring down the leader of a powerful and brutal Mexican drug cartel.[3][4] It also starred Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro. The film received critical acclaim, with a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes,[5] and received a number of nominations, including a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Sheridan.[6][7]

Sheridan wrote Comancheria after Sicario. Comancheria sold first but was stuck in development for quite a few years, appearing on the Black List in 2012. It was later retitled Hell or High Water and was released in August 2016, starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster, and again received critical acclaim.[8][9] For his screenplay, Sheridan received a large amount of awards attention, earning BAFTA, Golden Globe Award, and Academy Award nominations.[10][11]

Sheridan made the low-budget horror film Vile. His second feature as director, but third as screenwriter, Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. The film follows an FBI agent (Olsen) and a veteran game tracker (Renner), investigating a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. The Weinstein Company had acquired the distribution rights during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival,[12] but dropped the film prior to the Sundance premiere.[13] However, the company later finalized its deal to distribute the film.[14] Wind River was widely released in the United States on August 18, 2017, following a brief limited release.[15]

Sheridan wrote a sequel to Sicario. titled Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which will be released in 2018.[16] On September 15, 2016, Deadline reported that Sheridan has been set by Sony Pictures and Escape Artists to script the American remake of the Matthias Schoenaerts starrer Disorder, a 2015 French film directed by Alice Winocour. Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Tony Shaw will produce the remake and David Beaubaire is overseeing it for the studio.[17] James Mangold will direct.

In 2017, Sheridan created the television series Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner that is set to air on the Paramount Network in 2018.[18]


As an ex-actor, Sheridan has explained that the amount of expositional dialogue he read for television caused him to form an "allergy to exposition" in his writing. He has also said that he looks for "absurdly simple" plots in order to focus solely on character.[19]

He is known for toying with the form and structure of a screenplay in his work. In Sicario, Sheridan incorporated a "five-act structure and a five-act structure within that." He believes in the intelligence of the audience, and uses the structure and context of his stories as a way to subvert expectations: "I look at each movie as, ‘How am I breaking the rules this time?’"[20]

Personal life

Sheridan grew up on a ranch in Cranfills Gap, Texas. His family lived minimally, not having a stereo system in their house. His parents would sit in their station wagon, which had an 8-track player, listening to music to pass the time. Had they not lost the property in the early 1990s, said Sheridan, "I would still be living there."[21]

After failing out of Texas State University, a talent scout offered Sheridan the chance to go to Los Angeles and pursue an acting career. Sheridan is the brother of journalist John Gibler.

Selected filmography

Year Title Writer Director Actor Producer Role Notes
2005–2007 Veronica Mars Yes Danny Boyd
2008–2010 Sons of Anarchy Yes David Hale
2011 Vile Yes
2015 Sicario Yes
2016 Hell or High Water Yes Yes Cowboy Cameo[22]
2017 Wind River Yes Yes
2018 12 Strong Yes Brian
Yellowstone Yes Yes Yes
Sicario: Day of the Soldado Yes

Awards and nominations

Critics associations

Year Association Category Project Result
2015 Austin Film Critics Association Best Original Screenplay Sicario Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay Nominated
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Feature Debut
Best Writing
2016 Seattle Film Critics Best Screenplay Nominated
Gotham Awards Best Screenplay Hell or High Water Nominated
2017 Saturn Awards Best Film Screenplay Nominated

Academy Awards

Year Nominated Work Category Result Ref.
2017 Hell or High Water Best Original Screenplay Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

Year Nominated Work Category Result Ref.
2017 Hell or High Water Best Screenplay Nominated

BAFTA Awards

Year Nominated Work Category Result Ref.
2017 Hell or High Water Best Original Screenplay Nominated

Critics Choice Movie Awards

Year Nominated Work Category Result
2017 Hell or High Water Best Original Screenplay Nominated Ref.

Directors Guild of America Awards

Year Nominated Work Category Result Ref.
2018 Wind River Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director Nominated

Writers Guild of America Awards

Year Nominated Work Category Result Ref.
2016 Sicario Best Original Screenplay Nominated
2017 Hell or High Water Best Original Screenplay Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Nominated Work Category Result Ref.
2017 Hell or High Water Best Screenplay Nominated


  1. ^ DP/30: Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan, October 6, 2016, retrieved January 28, 2017 
  2. ^ "Taylor Sheridan On The Drug War And His Evolution From 'Sons Of Anarchy' Actor To 'Sicario' Screenwriter". Uproxx. March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (April 19, 2012). "Ex-'Sons Of Anarchy' Actor Taylor Sheridan Sells Script To Sidney Kimmel Entertainment". Deadline. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (October 28, 2015). "'Sicario' Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan on the 'Answerless Problem' of the Drug War". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sicario", Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved 2017-01-29 
  6. ^ "'Trainwreck,' 'Steve Jobs' Among WGA Screenplay Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (January 6, 2016). "'The Martian,' 'Straight Outta Compton' Land Writers Guild Nominations". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Hell or High Water", Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved 2017-01-29 
  9. ^ "Hell or High Water", Metacritic, retrieved 2017-01-29 
  10. ^ Brown, Tracy. "Golden Globes 2017: Complete list of winners". Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  11. ^ Shoard, Catherine (2017-01-10). "Bafta nominations 2017: La La Land dances on but Arrival and Nocturnal Animals hot on its heels". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  12. ^ "Cannes: Weinstein Co. Nabs Jeremy Renner Drama 'Wind River'". The Hollywood Reporter. May 14, 2016. 
  13. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (January 9, 2017). "Sundance: Weinstein Company to No Longer Distribute Jeremy Renner's 'Wind River' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  14. ^ Thompson, Anne (January 27, 2017). "Sundance Deal Scorecard: Why 2017 Festival Sales Are in Overdrive". Indiewire. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Wind River Release Dates". IMDb. Retrieved September 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ "'Sicario' writer Taylor Sheridan discusses the idea behind the sequel". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  17. ^ "'Sicario' Scribe Taylor Sheridan To Script French Remake 'Disorder'". Deadline. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 3, 2017). "Paramount Network Orders First Scripted Drama Series: Family Saga 'Yellowstone' From Taylor Sheridan & Weinstein Co". Deadline. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  19. ^ The Hollywood Reporter (2016-12-17), 'Hell or High Water' Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan: "I'm Allergic to Exposition" | Close Up With THR, retrieved 2017-02-28 
  20. ^ "Write The Movie They Won't Make: "Hell or High Water's" Taylor Sheridan". Co.Create. 2016-12-12. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  21. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2017-02-09). "Taylor Sheridan on His Oscar-Nominated Screenplay for 'Hell or High Water'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  22. ^ "Taylor Sheridan On The Drug War And His Evolution From 'Sons Of Anarchy' Actor To 'Sicario' Screenwriter". Uproxx. March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 

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