Kyle Chandler

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Kyle Chandler
Kyle Chandler at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards in March 2009
Chandler at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, March 2009
Born Kyle Martin Chandler
(1965-09-17) September 17, 1965 (age 50)
Buffalo, New York, United States
Education George Walton Academy
Alma mater University of Georgia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present
Known for Friday Night Lights, Bloodline
Spouse(s) Kathryn Chandler (m. 1995)
Children 2

Kyle Martin Chandler (born September 17, 1965)[1] is an American film and television actor best known for television roles[2] on Early Edition and notably[3] 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. He has also appeared in supporting roles in films like Super 8, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, The Wolf of Wall Street and Carol.[4] In 2015, he began starring in the Netflix original series Bloodline, for which he received his fourth Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Early life[edit]

Chandler was born in Buffalo, New York, the fourth child of Edward Chandler, a pharmaceutical sales representative, and his wife, Sally Jeanette Chandler (née Meyer),[5] a dog breeder.[5][6][7] Chandler has three siblings, one of whom helped him with his southern accents for Friday Night Lights and Bloodline.[5][8]

Chandler was raised near Chicago, Illinois. When he was 11, his family moved from Lake Forest, Illinois to a small farm in Loganville, Georgia. Chandler's parents raised Great Dane show dogs, and he travelled with them to dog shows as a child. He also helped out at their dog boarding kennel.[9][10]

Chandler graduated from George Walton Academy in nearby Monroe, in 1983.[11] As a freshman at George Walton, Chandler was a member of the 1979 state championship football team but left the team the following year, after his father died of a heart attack when Chandler was 14 years old.[10] Chandler participated in the theatre program at Walton after quitting football.[11][12] Chandler's widowed mother ran the business, Sheenwater Kennels, to support Kyle and his siblings.[12] She "was highly active with the Great Dane Club of America (GDCA) as a breeder, judge and championship prize winner."[13][14][15]

After graduating from high school, Chandler attended the University of Georgia, where he was a drama major and member of the class of 1984 Sigma Nu fraternity.[16] In 1988, seven credits short of a bachelor's degree in drama, Chandler dropped out of Georgia to pursue a television deal.[12]


Early career[edit]

In 1988, Chandler was signed by ABC and brought to Hollywood as part of ABC's new talent program.[17] Chandler studied with acting teacher, Milton Katselas.[18] His first major acting experience was a supporting role on television as Army Private William Griner in Tour of Duty. In eight episodes of the last season of the series, he played a member of a special operations squad fighting in Vietnam.

Chandler made his film debut in a small role in the 1992 George Strait movie, Pure Country. From 1991 to 1993 he landed his first role as a series regular as Cleveland Indians right fielder 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.[19] Homefront ran for two seasons with Chandler appearing in all 42 episodes.

In 1994, Chandler made his Broadway debut, co-starring with Ashley Judd in a revival of William Inge's Picnic at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

From 1996 to 2000, Chandler was cast as the lead in the CBS television series Early Edition, starring as a man who had the ability to change future disasters. 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 Hobson. Chandler was in all 90 episodes of the show, which ran for four seasons.

In 2001, Chandler appeared opposite Joan Cusack as investment banker Jake Evans in one season of the ABC comedy series What About Joan, a show shot in Chicago that was produced by veteran producer James L. Brooks.[9]

In 2003, Chandler also played scheming lawyer Grant Rashton in six episodes of the short-lived NBC series The Lyon's Den opposite Rob Lowe.[20]

Working again in film, Chandler played the 1930s film star Bruce Baxter in the 2005 film King Kong (the character was based on romantic film star Bruce Cabot, who played Jack Driscoll in the original King Kong) . Coincidentally Chandler later played John Driscoll in The Day the Earth Stood Still.

In February 2006, Chandler returned to episode television in a guest star role 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.[21] He received substantial notice and press for his performance and subsequently was nominated for the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category at the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2006.[22] He appeared again on Grey's Anatomy, in the February 15, 2007 episode: "Drowning On Dry Land", and the February 22, 2007 episode: "Some Kind of Miracle".[21][23]

Friday Night Lights[edit]

While working on his Emmy-nominated guest role in Grey's Anatomy, literally on the same studio lot and in the character's wardrobe, 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 Buzz Bissinger's book and the 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.[12]

The show's pilot aired on NBC in 2006.[24] While critically acclaimed, the series was at risk of cancellation each year. Starting with the third season in 2008, first-run episodes of the show were broadcast on DirecTV satellite channel The 101 Network before being repeated on NBC. The final season ended in 2011.[25]

Chandler said that neither Berg nor he wanted him to play the role of Coach Taylor. And "while Chandler later changed his mind and decided he would be perfect for the role, Berg didn't see things his way: 'To this day he still says, I still didn't want you.'"[26]

Chandler won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Coach Taylor in the final season of Friday Night Lights.[27] Chandler thought the series "ended perfectly".[4]

While shooting the series, Chandler also acted in some films. In 2007, he appeared in the big screen movie The Kingdom, which was directed by FNL-creator Peter Berg. In December 2008, he appeared in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.


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

After Friday Night Lights, Chandler focused on film work. In 2011, he appeared in a lead role in the science fiction movie Super 8.[28] In 2012, he appeared in Ben Affleck's drama, Argo, set in Iran.

Chandler also co-starred in the Zero Dark Thirty (2012), playing the role of Joseph Bradley, Islamabad C.I.A. Station Chief; co-stars were Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke.[29] It was nominated for Academy Awards.

In 2013, he had a supporting role in Broken City, starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Chandler appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street, also released in 2013, based on the memoir of Wall Street tycoon Jordan Belfort. It was also nominated for an Academy Award. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, with Martin Scorsese directing. Chandler played FBI agent Patrick Denham.[30]

In 2013, Chandler starred in the Showtime Networks pilot directed by Ridley Scott called The Vatican.[31] The pilot was not picked up to series.[32] The Vatican was a high-profile project created by FNL producer David Nevins and supported by Amy Pascal.[18]

In addition to his work on the indie film, The Spectacular Now (2013), where he played a deadbeat alcoholic dad,[18] Chandler co-starred in a Todd Haynes film, Carol (2015), where he played "a jealous husband to his lesbian wife", played by Cate Blanchett.[4] Also in 2015, Chandler returned to television with the Netflix original series, Bloodline.[4] The show was created by the same team that made Damages.[33] Also starring in the show are Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, Norbert Leo Butz and Jamie McShane.[34] Receiving strong reviews, the series has been renewed for a second season, to air in 2016.

Personal life[edit]

For nearly 20 years after beginning his acting career in the late 1980s, Chandler lived in Los Angeles.[35][36] Since 2007, Chandler and his family have lived on a 33-acre spread[4] in Dripping Springs, Texas, southwest of Austin, with multiple dogs and donkeys.[29][37] Chandler's mother came to live with the family toward the end of her life, when she was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She died in 2014. Chandler has referred to her disease in interviews and it was noted in her obituary.[5][36]

Chandler serves as a volunteer firefighter. In addition, he participates in an annual charity golf tournament at Wolfdancer to raise funds for football players who have spinal injuries.[36]

Chandler has been married to Kathryn Chandler (née Macquarrie) since 1995. Chandler met his wife at a dog park in the mid-1990s.[38] They have two daughters, Sydney and Sawyer.[38] Chandler and his daughter, Sawyer, have been active in trying to end the practice of shark finning.[39]



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
2012 Argo Hamilton Jordan
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Joseph Bradley
2013 Broken City Paul Andrews
2013 The Naughty List Santa (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2013 The Spectacular Now Mr. Keely
2013 Wolf of Wall Street, TheThe Wolf of Wall Street Patrick Denham
2015 Carol Harge Aird
2016 Manchester by the Sea Joe Chandler


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 41 episodes
1994 North and South Book III: Heaven and Hell Charles Main 3 episodes
1995 Sleep, Baby, Sleep Peter Walker Television film
1995 Convict Cowboy Clay Treyton Television film
1996–2000 Early Edition Gary Hobson 90 episodes
2000–2001 What About Joan? Jake Evans 21 episodes
2003 Lyon's Den, TheThe Lyon's Den Grant Rashton 6 episodes
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Raoul Walsh Television film
2004 Capital City Mac McGinty Pilot
2005 Lies and the Wives We Tell Them To Cooper Pilot
2006–2007 Grey's Anatomy Dylan Young 4 episodes
2006–2011 Friday Night Lights Eric Taylor 76 episodes
2008 King of the Hill Tucker Mardell (voice) Episode: "The Courtship of Joseph's Father"
2011 Robot Chicken Mongo / Man (voices) Episode: "No Country for Old Dogs"
2013 The Vatican Cardinal Thomas Duffy Pilot
2013 Monstrous Holiday Coach (voice) Television film
2014 American Dad! Coach Keegan (voice) Episode: "Introducing The Naughty Stewardesses"
2015–present Bloodline John Rayburn 13 episodes


Year Title Role
1994 Picnic Hal Carter

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1997 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Early Edition Won
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Friday Night Lights Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Won
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
2012 Hollywood Film Awards Best Cast Argo Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Friday Night Lights Nominated
2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Best Cast Argo Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Bloodline Nominated
2016 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Pending


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