Brecken-Merrill
Brecken Merrill | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Brecken Merrill
  • Occupation Actor
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Date Jun 20, 2008
  • Age 13 Years, 3 Months
Tate Dutton in the Paramount series 'Yellowstone'

Brecken Merrill | Biography

In 2018, Merrill got cast on the Paramount Network’s TV series, 'Yellowstone.' The plot of the series chronicles the Dutton Family, who runs the country’s largest ranch in Yellowstone, Montana. The family members include John, played by Kevin Costner (the patriarch of the house), his children, Jamie played by Wes Bentley, Beth played by Kelly Reilly, and Kayce played by Luke Grimes. The family members all reside in their family home and go through sequences of personal drama mixed with familial rivalry, especially with people who want to get hands-on with their property. Therefore, to keep the land that belongs to them, the family is pushed to make unexpected alliances with new adversaries and rich business agreements.


Brecken Merrill is a child actor who plays the role of Tate Dutton in the Paramount series Yellowstone.

Who is Brecken Merrill?

Merrill began his career from modeling; he modeled for Haloween costume company Disguise Costumes before landing the role of ten-year-old Tate Dutton in the Paramount TV series Yellowstone in 2018. Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, and Wes Bentley act alongside him in the TV series.

The show follows the drama of the Dutton family in Yellowstone, Montana. 

In addition to that, Merrill’s is set to lead in the movie We All Got Up to Dance, which is in pre-production. 

Early Bio

Merrill's birthday is on 20 June. He was born in 2008. He is the second child of his parents; he has a younger sister and elder sister Karis, who is also an aspiring actress. His family follows a yearly tradition of taking a birthday photo in the same birthday hat.

In addition to that, he studies in the same performing arts high school as his sister. Although the high school name is unconfirmed, it is known that he studies in a New York-based school.

Early Career

Merrill is represented by a family-based agency, Paloma Model and Talent Agency. He spent a large portion of his early career modeling. He also modeled for Disguise Costumes in the Lego movie, in which he featured as an Emmet and other numerous Halloween characters as well. 

‘Yellowstone’

Then in 2018, Merrill got cast on the Paramount Network’s TV series, Yellowstone.

The plot of the series chronicles the Dutton Family, who runs the country’s largest ranch in Yellowstone, Montana. The family members include John, played by Kevin Costner (the patriarch of the house), his children, Jamie played by Wes Bentley, Beth played by Kelly Reilly, and Kayce played by Luke Grimes.

The family members all reside in their family home and go through sequences of personal drama mixed with familial rivalry, especially with people who want to get hands-on with their property. Therefore, to keep the land that belongs to them, the family is pushed to make unexpected alliances with new adversaries and rich business agreements.

And, among the members is the ten-year-old Tate Dutton, played by Merrill, who in the plot is the son of Kayce and his wife Monica Long, played by Kelsey Asbille. Tate is the only grandson of the family and often gets wounded up in the family drama.

Specifically, when the family could not find Tate at the end of the second season, they discover that he has been abducted from the ranch itself. The entire family presumes that it was the works of their apparent rivals, and they also assume that he had already been killed. At last, Kayce goes to confront the rivals and discovers Tate is still alive.

In the third season, Tate was discovered in a bathroom with his head shaved, reflecting complete disbelief at what had occurred. The experiences have left a profound psychological impact on him, which he finds hard to move past even with the help of the family.

Joining the Cast

As Merrill was only ten years old when he joined the cast, he became the team’s youngest member. He revealed on Instagram that his fellow co-stars were considerate of him while filming in intense conditions.

Production

Yellowstone first premiered in 2018 and released three seasons by 2020. And as the third season ended, many fans of the show wondered if the show would get released soon or if Merrill would be back in the fourth season.

The show's season 4 was announced in June 2020 before the premiere date of season 3.

‘We All Got Up to Dance’

Merrill is set to appear in the comedy-drama movie We All Got Up to Dance.

He takes the lead role of Emmett LeClair, a rebel who lives in the navy town of Bremerton, Washington, during the Vietnam War. His 13-year-old existence is mingled up with the strings of incidents. And on this part of his life, his cousin is on leave from Vietnam and is visiting his ailing mother in the hospital.

The movie is being produced, and the release date has not been set yet.

Did You Know?

  • Merrill is a huge fan of the American football team, the Seattle Seahawks
  • Merrill’s Instagram is managed by his mother, Kristy Phillips.
  • Bercken Merrill is yet to feature on a Wikipedia page.

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