Taylor Sheridan is an American screenwriter, director, and actor. Sheridan first reached prominence for portraying David Hale in the FX television series Sons of Anarchy and Danny Boyd in Veronica Mars (2005–2007).
Sheridan has written several films, including the screenplay for Sicario (2015), for which he was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Hell or High Water (2016), which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture. Sheridan also wrote and directed the 2017 crime film Wind River and wrote the 2018 sequel to Sicario. He is a co-creator of the Paramount Network television series Yellowstone. In 2021, he co-created the crime miniseries Mayor of Kingstown.
Sheridan grew up on a ranch in Cranfills Gap, Texas. His family lived minimally, not having a stereo system in their house. Had they not lost the property in the early 1990s, said Sheridan, "I would still be living there". After Sheridan dropped out of Texas State University, he moved to Austin, where he mowed lawns and painted houses. While looking for jobs in a shopping mall, Sheridan met a talent scout, who offered him the chance to go to Chicago and pursue an acting career. He later lived in New York City and Los Angeles during his time as an actor. Sheridan has been married to actress and model Nicole Muirbrook since 2013. They currently reside in Weatherford, Texas.
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 has cited the Coen brothers, Cormac McCarthy, and Larry McMurtry as influential to his writing. 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?’"
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- One filmmaker’s road from a Texas ranch to the red carpet in Cannes - Austin American Statesman
- Filmmaker Taylor Sheridan talks making 'Wind River' - AZ Central
- Hell or High Water' Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan: "I'm Allergic to Exposition" (Close Up With THR) - YouTube
- Taylor Sheridan on Sicario and Hell or High Water - Creative Screenwriting
- Write The Movie They Won’t Make: “Hell or High Water’s” Taylor Sheridan - Fast Company