Whether you watch the Super Bowl for the game, the halftime show, the ads or all three, it’s almost guaranteed you’ve seen the Budweiser puppy commercials that are tugging on the heartstrings of many.
The combination of an adorable puppy, Clydesdale horses and of course, a hunky cowboy, and you’re sure to connect with audiences of all ages and genders.
It’s a great mix of man’s best friends – beer and dogs – and for the ladies, some eye candy of course.
Here’s what you need to know about the man under the hat, Don Jeanes:
1. Don Jeanes Went From Salesman to Actor
Don Jeanes said he started acting when he was 7-years-old. He told the Houston Chronicle his first starring role was in the school play, Country Mouse.
Once he got to middle school he said his teachers encouraged him to join school plays, and from there he kept up with the stage life.
In high school, he participated in one-act play competitions, which in turn, earned him a theater scholarship for his first year of college.
Although Jeanes followed graduation by working as a salesman, he said that only lasted a year before he moved to New York City to pursue his acting career full-time. And two years later, the Texas-raised Jeanes said in his website bio he was feeling claustrophobic and decided to move to Los Angeles.
2. He’s not a Cowboy Just for TV; it’s in his DNA
Yes, Don Jeanes really did grow up on a ranch.
While the 34-year-old told PopSugar he comes from a rodeo family and likes to consider himself a real cowboy, he said he also spent a lot of time in the dance hall.
I can two-step a little better than you can think.
In addition to growing up on a cattle ranch near Moscow, Texas, Jeanes was a bull-rider for about three or four months, came from a long line of cowboys and can still rope. He added that his grandfather is still a cattle rancher back in Texas.
3. The Clydesdale & Puppy Commercials Almost Didn’t Happen
Last November several media outlets, including ET, reported there were speculations that the Clydesdale ads were on their way out, and Jay-Z, college parties and 20-somethings would be the new stars of the ads.
Clydesdales have been a part of the branding for Budweiser ads since 1933, but to appeal to hip, young drinkers, Budweiser was looking to rebrand.
Wall Street Journal reported that the new holidays and Super Bowl ads would focus on young people grabbing a drink with their friends with the message:
If you could grab a bud with any of your friends these holidays, who would it be?
But as many saw this week with the early release of the “Lost Dog” ad, the horses and puppy commercials survived another Super Bowl.
4. Don Jeanes Does More Than Budweiser Commercials
For the third straight year, Jeanes’ blue eyes and dimples have graced millions of screens in the Budweiser Super Bowl commercials, but what you may not realize is there’s a strong possibility you’ve seen him elsewhere.
The actor has been featured in Metro PCS (as a bull rider), Kia, Coppertone and Subaru commercials. He’s also been in TV shows such as The Exes, CSI: New York and Criminal Minds. Watch one of his Metro PCS spots in the video above.
Jeanes has also appeared in movies. He portrayed Neil Armstrong in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and is currently filming Good Grief.
5. Jeanes Is Dating a ‘Wonderful Young Lady’
Shortly following the Super Bowl last year, Jeanes told PopSugar that he was single and would be spending his Valentine’s Day working.
As awful as it sounds, I will be shooting Valentine’s Day. I will be on set for a Kia commercial.
This year is a different story.
Jeanes told RumorFix he’s “dating a wonderful young lady right now.”
Whether she’s “the one” is yet to be revealed, but in the article Jeanes went on to say he’s “ looking forward to sitting at his home Sunday watching the Super Bowl with a beer in his hand. And, of course, it will be a Budweiser.”