Kyle Chandler

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Kyle Chandler
Chandler in November 2009
Kyle Martin Chandler

(1965-09-17) September 17, 1965 (age 58)
EducationGeorge Walton Academy, University of Georgia
Years active1986–present
Kathryn Macquarrie
(m. 1995)
Children2, including Sydney

Kyle Martin Chandler (born September 17, 1965)[1] is an American actor. Chandler received widespread critical acclaim for his performance as Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights (2006–2011); he received numerous award nominations for his portrayal of the character and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 for his performance in the show's final season.

Making his screen acting debut in a 1988 television film, Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story, Chandler's first regular television role was in the ABC drama Homefront (1991–1993). This was followed by the lead role of Gary Hobson in the CBS series Early Edition (1996–2000), for which he won a Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television. His other television roles include the sitcom What About Joan? (2001) and the legal drama The Lyon's Den (2003), both short-lived, and a well-received guest appearance on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy, for which Chandler received his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Chandler's film work[2] has included notable supporting roles in King Kong (2005), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), Super 8 (2011), Argo, Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Carol (2015), Manchester by the Sea (2016), Game Night and First Man (2018). He starred as Dr. Mark Russell in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). Chandler's first starring role on television since the conclusion of Friday Night Lights was as Det. John Rayburn in the Netflix thriller Bloodline (2015–2017), for which he received his fourth and fifth Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 2021, he starred in the crime miniseries Mayor of Kingstown. In November 2022, he appeared as the character Peter in the Netflix film Slumberland.

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 (née Meyer), a dog breeder.[3][4][5] Chandler has three siblings.[3][6]

Chandler was raised Roman Catholic, although he stopped attending church after his father's death in 1980.[7] He grew up in suburban Lake Forest, Illinois, until he was 11 years old, when his family moved to a small farm in Loganville, Georgia. Chandler's mother raised Great Danes for show dogs; he travelled with his parents to dog shows as a child and helped out at their dog boarding kennel.[8][9]

Chandler graduated from George Walton Academy in nearby Monroe, Georgia, in 1983.[10] As a freshman at Walton, he was a member of the 1979 state championship football team. He left the team the following year, aged 14, after his father died of a heart attack.[9] He participated in the theatre program at Walton after quitting football.[10][11]

Chandler's widowed mother ran the business, Sheenwater Kennels, to support Chandler and his siblings.[11] She "was highly active with the Great Dane Club of America (GDCA) as a breeder, judge and championship prize winner."[12][13][14]

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.[15] In 1988, seven credits short of a bachelor's degree in drama, Chandler dropped out of college to pursue a television deal.[11]


1988–2006: Early career[edit]

In 1988, Chandler was signed by the American Broadcasting Company and brought to Hollywood as part of ABC's new talent program.[16] He made his television film debut that same year as a supporting hero actor in Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story. Also in 1988, Chandler studied with acting teacher, Milton Katselas.[17] 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 at the Making Magic Happy event in Beverly Hills, December 2008

Chandler made his film debut in one of the key roles in the 1992 George Strait film, Pure Country. From 1991 to 1993, he had a series regular role as Cleveland Indians right fielder Jeff Metcalf in the ABC series Homefront, a drama set in the post-World War II era in the fictional town of River Run, Ohio.[18] Homefront ran for two seasons, with Chandler appearing in all 42 episodes.

In 1994, he 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 starred as the lead character in the CBS series Early Edition, 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 featured in all 90 episodes of the series, which ran for four seasons.[19] In 2001, he appeared opposite Joan Cusack as investment banker Jake Evans in one season of the ABC comedy series What About Joan.[8]

In 2003, Chandler 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 television to guest star as the ill-fated bomb squad leader Dylan Young in two episodes of the ABC series Grey's Anatomy. The episodes, titled "It's The End of The World" and "As We Know It", followed Super Bowl XL.[21] He received substantial praise for his performance and was nominated for the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category at the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards.[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]

2006–2011: Friday Night Lights[edit]

Chandler with his Friday Night Lights co-star Connie Britton in December 2008

While working on his Primetime Emmy Award-nominated guest role in Grey's Anatomy, 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 the players in a small Texas town. The series was inspired by Buzz Bissinger's book and the film of the same name. Chandler learned that he had been cast as high school football coach Eric Taylor when he was on Christmas vacation in 2005 with his family.[11]

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 he nor Berg 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 in the final season of Friday Night Lights.[27][28]

While shooting the series, Chandler also acted in some films. In 2007, he appeared in The Kingdom, which was directed by Friday Night Lights creator Berg, and in 2008, he appeared in The Day the Earth Stood Still as John Driscoll.

2011–present: Film career and Bloodline[edit]

Chandler and Mark Wahlberg filming Broken City in November 2011

After Friday Night Lights ended, Chandler focused on film work. In 2011, he had a lead role in J. J. Abrams' science fiction film Super 8.[29] The following year, he appeared in Argo. Chandler also co-starred in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty in 2012, playing the role of Joseph Bradley, an Islamabad CIA Station Chief. He co-starred alongside Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke.[30]

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 nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, with Martin Scorsese directing. Chandler played FBI agent Patrick Denham.[31] That same year, he played a deadbeat alcoholic father in The Spectacular Now.[17]

In 2015, Chandler co-starred in Todd Haynes' drama film Carol, portraying "a jealous husband" to his wife played by Cate Blanchett, who is revealed to be lesbian.[2] Also in 2015, Chandler returned to television with the Netflix drama series Bloodline, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.[2][32][33] The show premiered to positive reviews from critics, and ended after airing its third season.[34] In the 2016 drama Manchester by the Sea, he played the main character's older brother.

Chandler played an investigator in Shawn Christensen's film The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2017),[35][36] and starred with Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman in the comedy film Game Night (2018).[37]

In 2019, he starred in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a role he reprised in 2021's Godzilla vs. Kong.[38] He portrayed Silicon Valley investor Bill Gurley in Showtime's Super Pumped alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt.[39][40]

In November 2022, Chandler played Peter in the Netflix film Slumberland alongside Jason Momoa.[41]

Personal life[edit]

For nearly 20 years after beginning his acting career in the late 1980s, Chandler lived in Los Angeles.[42][43] Since 2007, Chandler and his family have lived on a 33-acre spread in Dripping Springs, Texas,[2] southwest of Austin, where they own several dogs and donkeys.[30][44] Chandler's mother came to live with the family toward the end of her life, when she was living with Alzheimer's disease. She died in 2014.[3]

Chandler serves as a volunteer firefighter. He also participates in an annual charity golf tournament at Wolfdancer Golf Club (in Lost Pines, TX) to raise funds for football players who have spinal cord injuries.[43]

Chandler has been married to Kathryn Macquarrie since 1995. Chandler met his wife at a dog park in the mid-1990s.[45] They have two daughters, Sydney, who is an actress, and Sawyer.[45] Chandler and his daughter Sawyer have been active in trying to end the practice of shark finning.[46]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Color of Evening John
1992 Pure Country Buddy Jackson
1996 Mulholland Falls Captain
1999 Angel's Dance Tony Greco
2005 King Kong Bruce Baxter
2007 The Kingdom Francis Manner
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still John Driscoll
2010 Morning Businessman
2011 Super 8 Jack Lamb
2012 Argo Hamilton Jordan
Zero Dark Thirty Joseph Bradley
2013 Broken City Paul Andrews
The Naughty List Santa Claus Voice
The Spectacular Now Tommy Keely
The Wolf of Wall Street FBI Agent Patrick Denham
2015 Carol Harge Aird
2016 Manchester by the Sea Joe Chandler
2017 The Vanishing of Sidney Hall The Searcher
2018 Game Night Brooks Davis
First Man Deke Slayton
2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Mark Russell
2020 The Midnight Sky Mitchell Rembshire
2021 Godzilla vs. Kong Mark Russell
2022 Slumberland Peter
2024 Back in Action TBA Post-production[47]
TBD Anniversary TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story Skinner Television film
1989 Unconquered 1st Boy Television film
1989 Home Fires Burning Billy Benefield Television film
1989 China Beach Grunt Episode: "Independence Day"
1989 Freddy's Nightmares Chuck Episode: "Memory Overload"
1990 Tour of Duty William Griner Recurring role, 8 episodes
1991–1993 Homefront Jeff Metcalf Main role
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 Main role
2000–2001 What About Joan? Jake Evans Main role
2003 The Lyon's Den Grant Rashton Main role
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Raoul Walsh Television film
2004 Capital City Mac McGinty Unsold television pilot
2005 Lies and the Wives We Tell Them To Cooper Unsold television pilot
2006–2007 Grey's Anatomy Dylan Young 4 episodes
2006–2011 Friday Night Lights Eric Taylor Main role
2008 King of the Hill Tucker Mardell Voice, episode: "The Courtship of Joseph's Father"
2011–2014 Robot Chicken Various voices 2 episodes
2013 The Vatican Cardinal Thomas Duffy Unsold television pilot
2013 A Monstrous Holiday Coach Voice, television film
2014 American Dad! Coach Keegan Voice, episode: "Introducing The Naughty Stewardesses"
2015–2017 Bloodline John Rayburn Main role
2016 Family Guy Coach Doyle Voice, episode: "Bookie of the Year"
2019 Catch-22 Colonel Cathcart Miniseries
2021 Star Wars: Visions Mitaka Voice, short film: T0-B1: English dub[48]
2021 Mayor of Kingstown Mitch McClusky Main role
2022 Super Pumped Bill Gurley

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Peter Jackson's King Kong Bruce Baxter Likeness only


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Association Category Result
1997 Early Edition Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Won
2006 Grey's Anatomy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2007 Friday Night Lights TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2010 Friday Night Lights Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
2011 Friday Night Lights 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 Friday Night Lights Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Argo Hollywood Film Awards Best Cast Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast Nominated
2013 Argo Palm Springs International Film Festival Best Cast Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
2015 Bloodline Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2016 Bloodline Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Manchester by the Sea Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2017 Manchester by the Sea Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated


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