Kyle Chandler

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Kyle Chandler
Kyle Chandler at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, March 2009.jpg
Chandler at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, March 2009
Born Kyle Martin Chandler
(1965-09-17) September 17, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Buffalo, New York, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Kathryn Chandler (m. 1995)
Children 2

Kyle Martin Chandler (born September 17, 1965) is an American film and television actor best known for his role as Deputy Jackson Lamb in the film Super 8 and as Coach Eric Taylor in the television series Friday Night Lights, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Chandler was born in Buffalo, New York, the fourth child of Edward Chandler, a farm owner and cigarette sales representative, and his wife, Sally Jeanette (née Meyer), a dog breeder.[2][3][4][5] He was raised in Chicago, Illinois, and at age 11 moved with his family to a farm in Loganville, Georgia. Chandler graduated from George Walton Academy, in nearby Monroe, in 1983.[6] As a freshman at George Walton, Chandler was a member of the 1979 state championship football team, but left the following year, after his father died in a car crash. Chandler participated in the theatre program at Walton after quitting football.[6][7] Chandler's widowed mother also opened a kennel to support Kyle and his siblings.[7]

After graduating from high school, Chandler attended the University of Georgia, where he was a drama major and member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.[8] In 1988, seven credits short of a bachelor's degree in drama, Chandler dropped out of Georgia to pursue a television deal.[7] He is married to Kathryn Chandler, a former model; the couple has two daughters and since 2007 have lived in Dripping Springs, Texas, southwest of Austin.[citation needed]For nearly 20 years, after beginning his acting career in the late 1980s, Chandler lived in Los Angeles.[9][10]


Chandler was signed by ABC in 1988 on a talent search. His first major acting role on television was as Army Private William Griner as a member of a special operations squad fighting in Vietnam in the series Tour of Duty. After that, he went on to play Cleveland Indians rightfielder Jeff Metcalf in the ABC show Homefront, a drama set in the post-World War II era in the fictional town of River Run, Ohio. In his next television role, Kyle moved from the past to play a man who had the ability to change future disasters as the central character in the CBS television series Early Edition. He portrayed bar owner Gary Hobson, a stockbroker turned hero who received "tomorrow's newspaper today", delivered to his door by a mysterious cat. In 1996 he received the Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television for his portrayal of Gary.[11]

Subsequently in 2001, Chandler appeared opposite Joan Cusack as investment banker Jake Evans in the short-lived ABC comedy series What About Joan.[12] He also played scheming lawyer Grant Rashton in the short-lived NBC series The Lyon's Den in 2003.[13] Other roles of Chandler include: the 1930s film star Bruce Baxter (who was based on romantic film star Bruce Cabot, who played Jack Driscoll in the original King Kong) in the 2005 film King Kong. Coincidentally he would later go on to play John Driscoll in The Day the Earth Stood Still. In February 2006, Chandler appeared as the ill-fated bomb squad leader Dylan Young in "It's The End of The World" and "As We Know It", a two-part episode of the ABC series Grey's Anatomy that followed Super Bowl XL.[14] He received substantial notice and press for the appearance as a result and subsequently received a nomination in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category at the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2006.[15] He appeared again in the February 15, 2007 episode of Grey's Anatomy: "Drowning On Dry Land", and the February 22, 2007 episode: "Some Kind of Miracle".[14]

Chandler and Mark Wahlberg filming Broken City in Montauk, New York, November 2011.

While working on his Emmy-nominated guest role in Grey's Anatomy, Kyle Chandler met Peter Berg, who was developing a drama series Friday Night Lights, which followed the lives of a high-school football coach, his family and players in a small Texas town. The series was inspired by the book and movie of the same name. Chandler learned that he would be cast as high school football coach Eric Taylor when he was on Christmas vacation in 2005 with his family.[7] The show's pilot aired on NBC in 2006. Starting with the third season in 2008, first-run episodes of the show broadcast on DirecTV satellite channel The 101 Network before being repeated on NBC, and the final season ended in 2011.

In 2007, he appeared in the big screen movie The Kingdom. In December 2008, he appeared in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.[citation needed]

In 2011, he appeared in a lead role in the science fiction movie Super 8 and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Coach Eric Taylor in the final season of Friday Night Lights.[citation needed]

In 2012, he appeared in Ben Affleck's drama, Argo,[16] and in 2013, he had a supporting role in Broken City, starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.[17]

Chandler also costarred in the 2012 Academy Award nominated film Zero Dark Thirty with Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke playing the role of Joseph Bradley, Islamabad C.I.A. Station Chief.[citation needed]

In the fall of 2013 Chandler also appeared in another Academy Award nominated picture The Wolf of Wall Street based on the memoir of Wall Street Tycoon Jordan Belfort. The film also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Martin Scorsese as director. Chandler plays FBI agent Patrick Denham.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Pure Country Buddy Jackson
1994 Color of Evening, TheThe Color of Evening John
1996 Mulholland Falls Captain
1999 Angel's Dance Tony Greco
2005 King Kong Bruce Baxter
2007 Kingdom, TheThe Kingdom Francis Manner
2008 Day the Earth Stood Still, TheThe Day the Earth Stood Still John Driscol
2011 Super 8 Jackson Lamb Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2012 Argo Hamilton Jordan Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year
Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated: Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated: San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Joseph Bradley Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2013 Broken City Paul Andrews
2013 The Spectacular Now Mr. Keely
2013 Wolf of Wall Street, TheThe Wolf of Wall Street Patrick Denham
2015 Carol Harge Aird Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story Skinner Television film
1989 Unconquered 1st Boy Television film
1989 Hallmark Hall of Fame Billy Benefield Episode: "Home Fires Burning"
1989 China Beach Grunt Episode: "Independence Day"
1989 Freddy's Nightmares Chuck Episode: "Memory Overload"
1990 Tour of Duty William Griner 8 episodes
1990, 2003 One Life to Live Joey 2 episodes
1991–1993 Homefront Jeff Metcalf 42 episodes
1994 North and South Book III: Heaven and Hell Charles Main Miniseries
1995 Sleep, Baby, Sleep Peter Walker Television film
1995 Convict Cowboy Clay Treyton Television film
1996–2000 Early Edition Gary Hobson 90 episodes
Also Producer
Director (Episode: "Occasionally Amber")
Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2001 What About Joan? Jake Evans 21 Episodes
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Raoul Walsh Television film
2003 Lyon's Den, TheThe Lyon's Den Grant Rashton 6 episodes
2004 Capital City Mac McGinty Television pilot
2005 Lies and the Wives We Tell Them To Cooper Television pilot
2006–2007 Grey's Anatomy Dylan Young 4 episodes
Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2006–2011 Friday Night Lights Eric Taylor 76 episodes
Director (Episode: "Texas Whatever")
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2011)
Nominated: Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Actor (2011)
Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2010)
Nominated: Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series: Drama (2010–2011)
Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated: TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2007)
2008 King of the Hill Tucker Mardell Voice
Episode: "The Courtship of Joseph's Father"
2011 Robot Chicken Mongo/Man Episode: "No Country for Old Dogs"
2013 Monsterous Holiday Coach Television film
2013 The Naughty List Santa Voice
2014 American Dad! Coach Keegan Voice
Episode: "Introducing The Naughty Stewardesses"
2015 Bloodline John Rayburn


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  16. ^ "Affleck starts shooting 'Argo' film in LA". United Press International. September 12, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
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