Jake Ream has many years of real-life cowboy credentials that prepared him for his role as Jake on Yellowstone. Introduced at the end of Yellowstone season 1, Jake is a ranch hand at the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch who has had recurring appearances throughout the rest of Yellowstone's five seasons. In season 3, Jake received the Yellowstone brand, cementing his ties and commitment to both the Dutton family and the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.
The Role Of Walker Was Written To Suit Bingham's Rodeo PastYellowstone actor Ryan Bingham is another one of the Paramount series' cast members to also have been a cowboy in real-life prior to appearing on the show. Bingham began his rodeo career at age 17 and rode on a rodeo team at Tarleton University, although he eventually switched his focus to pursuing music. Taylor Sheridan and Bingham first collaborated on Sheridan's film Wind River, which led to Bingham's work on Yellowstone.
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Rounding out the real-life cowboys on Yellowstone is Ethan Lee. Similar to Forrie J. Smith and Jake Ream, Ethan Lee grew up riding horses and originally worked as a rodeo trick rider before transitioning to working in the entertainment industry. Like Ream, Lee also was initially a consultant and mentor for Yellowstone and helped run cowboy boot camps for the Yellowstone actors prior to the show's filming.