‘Yellowstone’ TV: Everything To Know About Luke Grimes, the Actor Behind Kayce Dutton

‘Yellowstone’ TV: Everything To Know About Luke Grimes, the Actor Behind Kayce Dutton

 ‘Yellowstone’ TV: Everything To Know About Luke Grimes, the Actor Behind Kayce Dutton

The cast of the gripping cowboy drama “Yellowstone” features a star-studded list of actors portraying some of the most interesting characters on television of the last few years. One of those stars that regularly steals the show on the Paramount Network series is the actor behind Kayce Dutton, Luke Grimes.

Let’s get to know more about him.


Luke Timothy Grimes was born on January 21, 1984, in Dayton, Ohio. He is the son of a Pentecostal pastor, according to Wide Open Country. After high school, Grimes moved to New York City to pursue his dream of acting. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

To start, Grimes landed a handful of small roles in projects including “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” “War Eagle,” “Arkansas”, and “Assassination of a High School President.” However, one of his bigger breaks came in 2009 when he landed the role of Ryan Lafferty on the TV show “Brothers & Sisters.”


While many fans recognize Grimes as a former Navy Seal and cowboy in “Yellowstone,” the Paramount series actually didn’t mark his first time portraying a cowboy. He played a cowboy in the FX TV movie “Outlaw Country.” The role helped land him a gig on HBO’s massively popular vampire drama, “True Blood.”

Following the success of “True Blood,” Grimes then went on to book his first big silver screen role. He portrayed Marc Lee in the Clint Eastwood film, Academy Award-nominated American Sniper. The war drama is based on the life of former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

During an interview around the time the movie aired, Grimes spoke about the importance of doing justice to Marc Lee. Check out the clip below:


Also before “Yellowstone,” Grimes later took on a major role as Elliott Grey in “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Grimes played the brother of Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey in the wildly popular series. He also appeared in the sequels “Fifty Shades Darker,” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”

Furthermore, another major film credit under Grimes’ belt is for the 2016 remake of “The Magnificent Seven.”


Even though Grimes appeared in several incredibly popular films and shows, he still considers the chance to play Kayce Dutton on “Yellowstone” a dream come true. In addition to the chance to play a cowboy in Montana, Grimes relishes the opportunity to share the screen with stars such as Kevin Costner and Cole Hauser.

“Some of my favorite things about the show are those days when I just know that it’s going to be me, and a bunch of the bunkhouse guys, and Kevin [Costner], and Cole [Hauser], are all on horseback together all day long, running around chasing cows or doing whatever,” Grimes told CinemaBlend. “I mean, those are some of the most like, I mean, it’s just so dreamy, right? It’s like when you’re young and you want to do this for a living, you hope it’s going to be like that.”


On “Yellowstone,” Kayce portrays the youngest son of Kevin Costner’s John Dutton. He shares a son, Tate Dutton, with Kelsey Asbille’s character, Monica Long. At the beginning of the series, Kayce and his family lives on the Native American reservation. However, as time and storylines progress, Kayce later fully immerses himself back into the Dutton family and life on the Yellowstone Ranch.

Given his years of experience, Grimes notes that there are major differences between appearing in TV shows like “Yellowstone” compared to acting in full-length feature films.

“It’s definitely an interesting exercise to go back every six months and put on last year’s clothes and pick up with what feels like another life,” he tells Glass Magazine. “The main difference for me is TV evolves in front of you and you become part of the audience. With a film, you know it all the way through going in.”


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