Kyle MacLachlan

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Kyle MacLachlan
Kyle McLachlan Cannes 2017 2.jpg
MacLachlan at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival in 2017
Born Kyle Merritt MacLachlan
(1959-02-22) February 22, 1959 (age 58)
Yakima, Washington, U.S.
Alma mater University of Washington
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Desiree Gruber (m. 2002)
Children 1
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Kyle Merritt MacLachlan (/məˈɡlɒklən/; born February 22, 1959)[1] is an American actor. MacLachlan is best known for his role as Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017) and its film prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), as well as roles in two of David Lynch's films: Paul Atreides in Dune (1984) and Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986). MacLachlan's other film roles include Lloyd Gallagher in The Hidden (1987), Ray Manzarek in The Doors (1991), Clifford Vandercave in The Flintstones (1994), Zack Carey in Showgirls (1995) and the voice of Riley's dad in Inside Out (2015).

He has had prominent roles in television shows including appearing as Trey MacDougal in Sex and the City (2000–2002), Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives (2006–2012), The Captain in How I Met Your Mother (2010–2014), the Mayor of Portland in Portlandia (2011–2017), and Calvin Zabo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2015).

MacLachlan has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards, all for Twin Peaks.

Early life[edit]

MacLachlan was born at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington.[1][2] His mother, Catherine (née Stone),[3] was a public relations director for a school district[4][5] and a homemaker who was active in community arts programs.[6] His father, Kent Alan MacLachlan (born McLachlan),[7] was a stockbroker and lawyer.[3][6] Kyle has Scottish, Cornish and German ancestry.[8] He grew up in Yakima, the eldest of four children.[6][9] His three younger brothers, Craig,Clark and Kent Jr., both live in the Seattle area.[7][10] Kyle graduated from Eisenhower High School in Yakima.[11] His mother left his father when he was 17.[5][12] His parents divorced in his senior year of high school, close to when he started college in 1977.[6][9]

MacLachlan was introduced to stage acting by his mother when she became director of a youth theater program for teenagers that she helped set up in Yakima.[5][6] She also sent him to piano lessons from age 9 to 14, when he also began to study classical singing.[6][13] While in high school, he performed in plays and in class musicals, acting in his first play at age 15.[4][6] In 1982, he graduated cum laude with a BFA in drama from the University of Washington, as a student of the Professional Actor Training Program.[1][14][15] He initially planned to major in business[6] and also studied classical voice at UW,[16] before focusing on acting.[6] He moved to Los Angeles in 1985 after the release of the movie Dune in 1984,[6][17] where he made his film debut in the starring role.[6][18]



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, which was a flop and met with poor reviews from critics, and as Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986). He starred in 1987s Science Fiction Action film The Hidden as FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher.


MacLachlan played Special Agent Dale Cooper in Lynch's ABC television series Twin Peaks (1990–91), 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."[4]

MacLachlan at the 1991 Emmy Awards.

MacLachlan appeared as musician Ray Manzarek in Oliver Stone's 1991 film The Doors, about the band of the same name.[19] He had previously turned down Stone's offer to play Chris in the 1986 movie Platoon, which ultimately went to Charlie Sheen.[20] In the 1993 film version of Franz Kafka's The Trial, with a screenplay by Harold Pinter, MacLachlan played the lead role of the persecuted Josef K.[21]

MacLachlan co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson as a rookie prison guard in John Frankenheimer's 1994 Emmy-winning HBO film Against the Wall about the Attica prison riots.[22] In 1994, he was also featured in The Flintstones, a live-action movie adaptation of the animated sitcom of the same name, portraying Cliff Vandercave, the movie's primary antagonist, opposite John Goodman and Rick Moranis.[20]

In 1995, MacLachlan starred in Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls. The movie was heavily panned by critics[23] and it collected a record seven Golden Raspberry Awards.[24] MacLachlan recalls that when he watched Showgirls for the first time before the premiere, he thought it was "horrible". But he later realised that the movie was "inadvertently funny" and embraced for its campiness.[20][25] According to MacLachlan, although he skipped the movie's press tour, he had sat through the whole screening, contrary to reports that he walked out.[25]

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 multimillion-dollar company, but MacLachlan turned it down.[citation needed]


From 2000 to 2002, MacLachlan 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).[20] MacLachlan played King Claudius in the 2000 film Hamlet based on William Shakespeare's play.[9] In the video game Grand Theft Auto III released in 2001, he voiced the character of the sociopathic real-estate developer Donald Love.[26] In 2002 he made his West End debut in John Kolvenbach's On an Average Day with Woody Harrelson.[27][28]

MacLachlan at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

In 2003, MacLachlan made his Broadway debut as Aston in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker with Patrick Stewart.[29] He portrayed the spirit of Cary Grant in the 2004 film Touch of Pink.[30] His resemblance to Grant had been previously noted in an episode of Twin Peaks. In 2004 he also had a guest role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in which he played a psychiatrist who shot and killed a sociopathic child who had murdered his son.[31] He was a guest star on the show again in 2011 as a politician whose son is involved in a rape accusation.[32]

In 2006, after starring in the short-lived In Justice, MacLachlan appeared in Desperate Housewives as the mysterious dentist Orson Hodge.[20] He first appeared during the show's second season, and became a full-time cast member at the start of season three.[33][34] In 2007, MacLachlan was one of the presenters at the London leg of Live Earth benefit concerts.[35] He appeared in the 2008 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.[36] In the English version of the cult 2006 Norwegian animated film Free Jimmy released in 2008, he voiced the character of "Marius", a militant animal rights activist.[37]

In 2010, after four years of playing Orson Hodge, MacLachlan decided to quit Desperate Housewives as he found the commute from his home in New York City to the set in Los Angeles increasingly difficult since becoming a father in 2008.[38][39] However, he returned as a guest star in 2012 for season eight, the final season of Desperate Housewives.[40] He also guest starred as "The Captain" in season 6, 8 and 9 of How I Met Your Mother starting in 2010 and with a final appearance in 2014.[41]

In 2011, he began playing his current role as the Mayor of Portland, Oregon, in the IFC comedy Portlandia.[20] After the end of the short-lived 2012 series Made in Jersey where he starred as lawyer Donovan Stark, he was cast as a guest star in The Good Wife.[42][43] In 2013 and 2014 he appeared as prosecutor Josh Perotti in four episodes of The Good Wife.[44] In 2014 and 2015 he appeared in a recurring role on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series as Calvin Zabo / The Doctor.[45][46] In 2015, he voiced the main character's father in the Pixar animated feature Inside Out.[47] In January 2015, it was announced that MacLachlan would return as Special Agent Dale Cooper for the new limited television series Twin Peaks,[48] which debuted on May 21, 2017.[49]


A dedicated wine lover, Kyle is partners with vintner Eric Dunham in Pursued by Bear, a label of Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington that started in 2005.[50][51] 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.[52] It is regarded as one of Washington's highest rated wine labels.[50]

Personal life[edit]

MacLachlan with actress Lara Flynn Boyle, at the 1990 Emmy Awards

MacLachlan was devastated when his mother died of ovarian cancer in 1986 at age 53, shortly before Blue Velvet was released.[4][9][12] She had been diagnosed while he was filming Dune in 1983 and delayed informing him of the diagnosis. She had fought the cancer for years.[9][53]

He was in a relationship with Blue Velvet co-star Laura Dern for three and a half years from 1985 to 1989.[4][54] Then he was in a relationship with Twin Peaks co-star Lara Flynn Boyle for two and a half years.[4][13] In 1992, after his relationship with Boyle ended, he began a relationship with supermodel Linda Evangelista after they met at a photo shoot they did together for Barneys New York. According to MacLachlan, they had been engaged for a few years when their six-year relationship ended in 1998.[5][9][55]

A year later, he met and began a relationship with publicist Desirée Gruber in 1999.[9][12] Gruber runs her own public relations agency and would become an executive producer of Project Runway in 2004.[27][56] He moved to New York City because he was filming Sex and the City and Gruber was based there.[12] They were married on April 20, 2002.[10] Their son, Callum Lyon MacLachlan, was born in Los Angeles on July 26, 2008.[57] The family has residences in Los Angeles and New York.[16][58]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Dune Paul Atreides
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
1995 Showgirls Zack Carey
1996 The Trigger Effect Matthew
1996 Mad Dog Time Jake Parker
1997 One Night Stand Vernon
2000 XChange Fisk / Toffler 2
2000 Hamlet Claudius
2000 Timecode Bunny Drysdale
2001 Me Without You Daniel
2002 Miranda Nailor
2003 Northfork Mr. Hope
2004 Touch of Pink Spirit of Cary Grant
2006 Free Jimmy Marius (voice) English dub
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman (voice) Direct-to-DVD
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
2015 Inside Out Riley's Dad (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Dale Cooper 30 episodes
1990 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Kyle MacLachlan/Sinead O'Connor"
1990 The American Experience Narrator Episode: "Insanity on Trial"
1991 Tales from the Crypt Earl Raymond Digs Episode: "Carrion Death"
1994 Roswell Maj. Jesse Marcel Television film
1994 Against the Wall Michael Smith Television film
1996 Moonshine Highway Jed Muldoon Television film
1997 Windsor Protocol Sean Dillon Television film
1998 Thunder Point Sean Dillon Television film
1998 Route 9 Booth Parker Television film
2000 The Spring Dennis Conway Television film
2000–2002 Sex and the City Trey MacDougal 23 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Brett Morton Episode: "Conscience"
2004 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear Edward Wilde Television film
2005 Mysterious Island Cyrus Television film
2006 In Justice David Swain 13 episodes
2006–2012 Desperate Housewives Orson Hodge 86 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"
2011–2017 Portlandia Mayor 21 episodes
2012 Made in Jersey Donovan Stark 8 episodes
2013–2014 The Good Wife Josh Perotti 4 episodes
2014 Believe Roman Skouras 12 episodes
2014–2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Calvin Johnson / The Doctor 13 episodes
2016 Gravity Falls Bus Driver (voice) Episode: "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls"
2017 Twin Peaks Dale Cooper 18 episodes[59]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Donald Love (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Tartuffe Damis Empty Space Theatre
1988 The Palace of Amateurs Terrence Beebe Minetta Lane Theatre
2002 On An Average Day Jack Harold Pinter Theatre
2003 The Caretaker Aston American Airlines Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
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 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

See also[edit]


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