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May 21, 1970 |
Cranfills Gap, Texas, U.S.
|Known for||Sons of Anarchy
Hell or High Water
|Relatives||John Gibler (brother)|
Taylor Sheridan (born May 21, 1970) is an American actor, screenwriter and director. He is known for portraying David Hale in the FX television series Sons of Anarchy, and for writing several films, including the screenplay for Denis Villeneuve's directorial film Sicario (2015), in which Sheridan was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.
He wrote the screenplay for Hell or High Water (2016), which starred Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster, and Sheridan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He wrote and directed Wind River (2017), starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. Sheridan is the brother of journalist John Gibler.
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. His first film as a screenwriter was Denis Villeneuve's film Sicario. 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. It also starred Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro. The film received critical acclaim, with a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and received a number of nominations, including a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Sheridan.
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. For his screenplay, Sheridan received a large amount of awards attention, earning BAFTA, Golden Globe Award, and Academy Award nominations.
Sheridan made his directorial debut with the low-budget horror film Vile. His second feature Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, the script for which he also penned, 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. Prior to its premiere, The Weinstein Company, who acquired the distribution rights during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, dropped the film. However, the company later finalized its deal to distribute the film. Wind River was widely released in the United States on August 18, 2017, following a brief limited release. 
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. James Mangold will direct.
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.
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?’"
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, Sheridan said "I would still be living there."
After failing out of Texas State University, a talent scout offered Sheridan the chance to go to Los Angeles and pursue an acting career.
|2005–2007||Veronica Mars||Yes||Danny Boyd|
|2008–2010||Sons of Anarchy||Yes||David Hale|
|2016||Hell or High Water||Yes||Yes||Cowboy||Cameo|
|2015||Austin Film Critics Association||Best Original Screenplay||Sicario||Nominated|
|2015||San Francisco Film Critics Circle||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
|2015||Kansas City Film Critics Circle||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|2015||Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Feature Debut
|2016||Seattle Film Critics||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
|2016||Writers Guild of America Award||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|2016||Gotham Awards||Best Screenplay||Hell or High Water||Nominated|
|2016||Golden Globe Award||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
|2017||Writers Guild of America Award||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|2017||Academy Awards||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|2017||Saturn Awards||Best Film Screenplay||Nominated|