|Born||Kyle Merritt MacLachlan
February 22, 1959
|Spouse(s)||Desiree Gruber (m. 2002)|
Kyle Merritt MacLachlan (//; born February 22, 1959) is an American actor. MacLachlan is best known for his roles in cult films such as Blue Velvet as Jeffrey Beaumont, The Hidden as Lloyd Gallagher , as Zack Carey in Showgirls and as Paul Atreides in Dune. He has also had prominent roles in television shows including appearing as Special Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks, Trey MacDougal in Sex and the City, Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives, The Captain in How I Met Your Mother, and as the Mayor of Portland in Portlandia.
MacLachlan was born in Yakima, Washington. His mother, Catherine (née Stone), was a public relations director, and his father, Kent Alan MacLachlan, was a stockbroker and lawyer. He has Scottish, Cornish and German ancestry. He has two younger brothers named Craig and Kent, both of whom live in the Pacific Northwest. MacLachlan graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1977. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1982 and, shortly afterward, moved to Hollywood, California to pursue his career.
MacLachlan has worked extensively with David Lynch, with whom he has been friends for many years. He first appeared as Paul Atreides in the film Dune (1984), Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel, and as Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986). He starred in 1987s Science Fiction Action film The Hidden as FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher. Later he played Special Agent Dale Cooper in Lynch's ABC television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991), reprising that role for Lynch's 1992 prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Lynch commented on those roles in a GQ story about MacLachlan: "Kyle plays innocents who are interested in the mysteries of life. He's the person you trust enough to go into a strange world with."
In the 1993 film version of Franz Kafka's The Trial, MacLachlan played the lead role of the persecuted Josef K. He also had a recurring role in the American television series Sex and the City, portraying Dr. Trey MacDougal, the one-time husband of Charlotte York (Kristin Davis). He portrayed the spirit of Cary Grant in Touch of Pink. His resemblance to Grant had been previously noted in an episode of Twin Peaks.
In 1995, MacLachlan starred in Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls. The movie was heavily panned by critics and it collected seven Golden Raspberry Awards (from a record 13 nominations). MacLachlan himself was deeply embarrassed with his involvement; although some entertainment writers alleged that he walked out of the film's premiere, he personally contradicted these claims with the comment that he "suffered through the whole two hours" of the premiere.
MacLachlan has appeared in several plays, including John Kolvenbach's On an Average Day with Woody Harrelson, on Broadway in The Caretaker with Patrick Stewart, as well as in Romeo and Juliet and Henry V. In recent years, MacLachlan continues to play dark or morally ambiguous characters. This included a guest role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in which he played a father who shot and killed a sociopathic child who had murdered his son. MacLachlan later had another guest role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2011 as a different character. This time he portrayed the father of a boy who is murdered by his illegitimate half-brother. In the 1990s, MacLachlan was offered by NBC to be one of the lead actors on the then-new soap opera Passions as a powerful, wealthy villain and head of a multi-million dollar company, but MacLachlan turned it down. MacLachlan also lent his voice to the nefarious media mogul Donald Love in the video game Grand Theft Auto III. After starring in the short-lived In Justice, MacLachlan has become a regular on Desperate Housewives. His character, the mysterious dentist Orson Hodge, first appeared during the show's second season, and MacLachlan became a full-time cast member at the start of season three.
On July 7, 2007, MacLachlan was one of the presenters at the London leg of Live Earth. MacLachlan appeared in the 2008 movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. In the 2008 English language DVD re-release of the cult 2006 Norwegian animated film Free Jimmy, MacLachlan voiced the character of "Marius", a militant animal rights activist.
After four years of playing Orson Hodge, MacLachlan decided to quit Desperate Housewives. He decided to leave the show after having children, he found the commute from his home in New York City to the Desperate Housewives set in Los Angeles very difficult. However, MacLachlan returned to Desperate Housewives in season eight, the final season, to make one last appearance as a guest star.
In 1993, Kyle met model Linda Evangelista on a fashion shoot for Barney's and the two began dating. Evangelista separated from her husband, Elite executive Gerald Marie. The two appeared in further fashion spreads in Vogue magazine. Around 1998 or 1999, the two were supposedly engaged. The couple split up however, when Evangelista met French soccer star Fabien Barthez and she became pregnant by him.
MacLachlan married Desiree Gruber, an executive producer of Project Runway, in 2002; their son, Callum Lyon MacLachlan, was born July 26, 2008, in Los Angeles. MacLachlan lives in Manhattan with his family.
The couple have two small dogs (a Jack Russell terrier and a Yorkie/Chihuahua mixed breed) and out of "probably too much affection" have created a website about their dogs as well as a TV series popular on YouTube.
A dedicated wine lover, Kyle is partners with vintner Eric Dunham in Pursued by Bear, a winery in Washington's Columbia Valley. The name, suggested over dinner by Fred Savage, comes from a stage direction ("Exit, pursued by a bear") in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.
|1986||Blue Velvet||Jeffrey Beaumont|
|1987||The Hidden||Lloyd Gallagher|
|1990||Don't Tell Her It's Me||Trout|
|1991||The Doors||Ray Manzarek|
|1992||Where the Day Takes You||Ted|
|1992||Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me||Special Agent Dale Cooper|
|1993||The Trial||Josef K.|
|1993||Rich in Love||Billy McQueen|
|1994||The Flintstones||Clifford Vandercave|
|1994||Against the Wall||Michael Smith|
|1994||Roswell||Maj. Jesse Marcel||Television movie|
|1996||Moonshine Highway||Jed Muldoon|
|1996||Windsor Protocol||Sean Dillon|
|1996||The Trigger Effect||Matthew|
|1996||Mad Dog Time||Jake Parker|
|1997||One Night Stand||Vernon|
|1998||Thunder Point||Sean Dillon||Television movie|
|1998||Route 9||Booth Parker|
|2000||The Spring||Dennis Conway||Television movie|
|2001||Me Without You||Daniel|
|2004||Touch of Pink||Spirit of Cary Grant|
|2004||The Librarian: Quest for the Spear||Edward Wilde||Television movie|
|2005||Mysterious Island||Cyrus||Television movie|
|2007||Live Earth in London||Himself||Television movie|
|2008||Justice League: The New Frontier||Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman||Voice only|
|2008||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2||Bill Kerr||Uncredited|
|2009||Mao's Last Dancer||Charles C. Foster|
|2009||The Smell of Success||Jimmy St James|
|2011||Peace, Love & Misunderstanding||Mark|
|2013||Breathe In||Peter Sebeck|
|1990–1991||Twin Peaks||Dale Cooper||30 episodes|
|1990||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Kyle MacLachlan/Sinead O'Connor"|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Earl Raymond Digs||Episode: "Carrion Death"|
|2000–2002||Sex and the City||Trey MacDougal||23 episodes|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Brett Morton||Episode: "Conscience"|
|2006||In Justice||David Swain||13 episodes|
|2006–2012||Desperate Housewives||Orson Hodge||92 episodes|
|2010–2014||How I Met Your Mother||George Van Smoot/The Captain||7 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Andrew Raines||Episode: "Blood Brothers"|
|2012||Made in Jersey||Donovan Stark||8 episodes|
|2013||The Good Wife||Josh Perotti||2 episodes|
|2014||Believe||Roman Skouras||12 episodes|
|2001||Grand Theft Auto III||Donald Love||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|1990||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Twin Peaks||Nominated|
|1991||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Viewers for Quality Television||Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series||Nominated|
|1996||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Supporting Actor||Showgirls||Nominated|
|2005||Genie Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Touch of Pink||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actor on Television||The Librarian: Quest for the Spear||Nominated|
|2007||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Desperate Housewives||Nominated|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2009||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
- De Vries, Hilary (September 23, 1990). "'Diane, Let Me Tell You About Kyle MacLachlan' : 'Twin Peaks' is a nice place to visit, but he probably wouldn't want to live there". Los Angeles Times.
- "This much I know: Kyle MacLachlan, actor, 49, London". The Observer. April 6, 2008.
- (French)Contrechamp.com, Voyages en cinéphilie. L'homme sériel, November 10, 2006.
- About.com, Kyle MacLachlan Reflects on "Touch of Pink" by Rebecca Murray. Retrieved January 29, 2008.
- metacritic.com, accessed May 22, 2008
- The Desert Sun. Bob Hope Chrysler Classic celebrity Q&A: Actor Kyle MacLachlan by Leighton Ginn, January 17, 2008.
- Donald Love at the Internet Movie Database
- Blog: No Rock And Roll Fun, "Kyle MacLachlan introduces Corinne Bailey Rae", Thursday, July 5, 2007.
- ContactMusic.com; MacLachlan to Quit "Desperate Housewives"?, June 11, 2009
- Exclusive: Kyle MacLachlan to Exit "Desperate Housewives", Entertainment Weekly, May 19, 2010
- ausiellofiles.ew.com; "How I Met Your Mother" Exclusive: Kyle MacLachlan to play (spoiler)!, Entertainment Weekly, September 30, 2010
- Mookie and Sam (EP 1) on YouTube
- "Kyle MacLachlan's New Show". Showbiz Tonight. 2006-01-20. CNN.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kyle MacLachlan.|
- Official website
- Kyle MacLachlan at the Internet Movie Database
- Biography from Playbill
- Theodora & Callum Interview with Kyle MacLachlan