40 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About the “Yellowstone” Show — The Whirlpool of Wisdom

Author Adidas Wilson
4 min readSep 19, 2023

“Yellowstone” is an American drama television series that has taken the world by storm since its debut. Created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, the show dives deep into the lives of the Dutton family, who own and operate the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, amidst land developers, Indian reservation disputes, and inner-family conflict. As captivating as the storyline itself are the behind-the-scenes tales and interesting tidbits that fans may not be aware of. Here are 40 fun facts you probably didn’t know about “Yellowstone”:

Real-Life Ranch: The series is filmed at the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, which serves as the Dutton family home. This ranch is actually available for bookings outside of filming schedules!

Taylor Sheridan’s Magic: Sheridan, one of the show’s creators, also penned the films “Hell or High Water” and “Wind River.” His unique storytelling can be seen in all his works.

Real Rodeo Skills: Forrie J. Smith, who plays ranch hand Lloyd Pierce, is a real-life rodeo cowboy. He competed in the National Finals Rodeo in real life!

Kevin Costner’s Commitment: Kevin Costner, who plays patriarch John Dutton, was so committed to the show that he reportedly turned down a role in a Quentin Tarantino movie to stay on “Yellowstone.”

On-Site Training: Many of the actors underwent extensive horse riding and ranching training to make their performances as authentic as possible.

Diverse Backgrounds: Not all cast members had a ranching background. Luke Grimes, who plays Kayce Dutton, grew up in the city and had to learn most of his on-screen skills from scratch.

Recurring Collaborations: This isn’t the first time Kelly Reilly (Beth Dutton) and Kevin Costner have played family. They both starred in the 2013 film “Black or White,” where Reilly played Costner’s daughter-in-law.

Character Depth: Many of the characters’ backstories were developed in collaboration with the actors to make them more multi-dimensional.

Authentic Props: The props used, especially the ropes and ranching equipment, are authentic to ensure that everything looks and feels real.

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Author Adidas Wilson

Adidas Wilson was born in Chicago, surviving a near death experience driving off a bridge in an 18 wheeler and getting hit by a train. Author and Motivator