Cole Kenneth Hauser (born March 22, 1975 in Santa Barbara, California, USA) is an American film and television actor. After many unsuccessful auditions he finally got his break and was invited to fill out the first credited role for the movie "School Ties" (1992) which starred many young and up-and-coming actors such as Ben Affleck. A role in Richard Linklater’s "Dazed and Confused" came along subsequently. On the respective sets, he met plenty of fresh-faced actors and actresses, largely unknown to the public at the time. Hauser would later re-team with Affleck when they appeared together in "Good Will Hunting" (1997).
He starred as William J. Johns in "Pitch Black". In 2002, he played a racist American prisoner-of-war in "Hart's War" with Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell. Then in 2003, he played a Navy SEAL in "Tears of the Sun" alongside Bruce Willis. He also appeared as a mob boss in "2 Fast 2 Furious". He has since had several leading roles in Hollywood films, including Mel Gibson's "Paparazzi" and "The Cave".
In 2007, he starred with Anthony Anderson in the FOX series "K-Ville". The show was canceled after ten episodes. That same year, Hauser starred in "The Stone Angel" adapted from a novel by Margaret Laurence. The film played in various festival circles and had a limited release in Canadian theaters in May 2008. During that same year, Cole filmed other indie productions such as "Like Dandelion Dust" from a novel by Karen Kingsbury, Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys" and the CBS television pilot "The Tower".