Kyle MacLachlan

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Kyle MacLachlan
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MacLachlan at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
BornKyle Merritt MacLachlan
(1959-02-22) February 22, 1959 (age 55)
Yakima, Washington,
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Desiree Gruber (2002–present)
(1 child)
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Kyle MacLachlan
Kyle MacLachlan 2011 Shankbone.JPG
MacLachlan at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
BornKyle Merritt MacLachlan
(1959-02-22) February 22, 1959 (age 55)
Yakima, Washington,
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Desiree Gruber (2002–present)
(1 child)

Kyle Merritt MacLachlan (/məˈɡlɑːklən/; 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, 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 and as the mayor of Portland in Portlandia.

MacLachlan is a Golden Globe Award-winning and two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor.

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2][3] He has Scottish, Cornish and Irish ancestry.[4] 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). 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."[5]

MacLachlan at the 1991 Emmy Awards.

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.[6] 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[7] 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.[8]

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.[citation needed] MacLachlan also lent his voice to the nefarious media mogul Donald Love in the video game Grand Theft Auto III.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, MacLachlan returned to Desperate Housewives in season eight, the final season, to make one last appearance as a guest star.

MacLachlan guest starred in season 6 and 8 of How I Met Your Mother.[13]

MacLachlan plays the Mayor of Portland, Oregon in the IFC comedy Portlandia.

Personal life[edit]

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[14] as well as a TV series popular on YouTube.[15][16]

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.[17]


1984DunePaul Atreides
1986Blue VelvetJeffrey Beaumont
1987The HiddenLloyd Gallagher
1990Don't Tell Her It's MeTrout
1991The DoorsRay Manzarek
1992Where the Day Takes YouTed
1992Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeSpecial Agent Dale Cooper
1993The TrialJosef K.
1993Rich in LoveBilly McQueen
1994The FlintstonesClifford Vandercave
1994Against the WallMichael Smith
1994RoswellMaj. Jesse MarcelTelevision movie
1995ShowgirlsZack CareyNominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
1996Moonshine HighwayJed Muldoon
1996Windsor ProtocolSean Dillon
1996The Trigger EffectMatthew
1996Mad Dog TimeJake Parker
1997One Night StandVernon
1998Thunder PointSean DillonTelevision movie
1998Route 9Booth Parker
2000XChangeFisk/Toffler 2
2000The SpringDennis ConwayTelevision movie
2000TimecodeBunny Drysdale
2001Me Without YouDaniel
2003NorthforkMr. Hope
2004Touch of PinkSpirit of Cary GrantNominated—Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor
2004The Librarian: Quest for the SpearEdward WildeTelevision movie
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
2005Mysterious IslandCyrusTelevision movie
2006Free JimmyMarius
2007Live Earth in LondonHimselfTelevision movie
2008Justice League: The New FrontierKal-El / Clark Kent / SupermanVoice only
2008The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2Bill KerrUncredited
2009Mao's Last DancerCharles C. Foster
2009The Smell of SuccessJimmy St James
2013Breathe InPeter Sebeck
1990–1991Twin PeaksDale Cooper30 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1990–91)
1990Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Kyle MacLachlan/Sinead O'Connor"
1991Tales from the CryptEarl Raymond DigsEpisode: "Carrion Death"
2000–2002Sex and the CityTrey MacDougal23 episodes
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDr. Brett MortonEpisode: "Conscience"
2006In JusticeDavid Swain13 episodes
2006–2012Desperate HousewivesOrson Hodge92 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007–09)
2010–2013How I Met Your MotherThe Captain6 episodes
2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAndrew RainesEpisode: "Blood Brothers"
2011–2013PortlandiaMayor of Portland11 episodes
2012Made in JerseyDonovan Stark8 episodes
2013The Good WifeJosh Perotti2 episodes
2014BelieveSkourasMain role
Video Games
2001Grand Theft Auto IIIDonald LoveVoice

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