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 (m. 2002)
SignatureKyle MacLachlan signature.svg
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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 (m. 2002)
SignatureKyle MacLachlan signature.svg

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, 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, the Mayor of Portland in Portlandia, as well as "The Doctor" in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

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 German 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 Yakima 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."[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 had also guest starred in season 6, 8 and 9 of How I Met Your Mother.[13]

He currently has a role as the Mayor of Portland, Oregon, in the IFC comedy Portlandia and a recurring role on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series as Calvin Zabo / The Doctor who is the father of the series regular's character Skye played by Chloe Bennet.

In 2015, MacLachlan can be seen in the Pixar animated feature Inside Out, voicing the main character's Dad.[14] In January 2015 it was announced MacLachlan returned as Special Agent Dale Cooper for the reboot of the television series Twin Peaks.[15][16]

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[17] as well as a TV series popular on YouTube.[18][19]

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.[20]



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 film
1995ShowgirlsZack Carey
1996Moonshine HighwayJed Muldoon
1996Windsor ProtocolSean Dillon
1996The Trigger EffectMatthew
1996Mad Dog TimeJake Parker
1997One Night StandVernon
1998Thunder PointSean DillonTelevision film
1998Route 9Booth Parker
2000XChangeFisk/Toffler 2
2000The SpringDennis ConwayTelevision film
2000TimecodeBunny Drysdale
2001Me Without YouDaniel
2003NorthforkMr. Hope
2004Touch of PinkSpirit of Cary Grant
2004The Librarian: Quest for the SpearEdward WildeTelevision film
2005Mysterious IslandCyrusTelevision film
2006Free JimmyMarius (voice)English dub
2008Justice League: The New FrontierKal-El/Clark Kent/Superman (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2008The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2Bill KerrUncredited
2009Mao's Last DancerCharles C. Foster
2009The Smell of SuccessJimmy St James
2011Peace, Love & MisunderstandingMark
2013Breathe InPeter Sebeck
2015Inside OutRiley's Dad (voice)


1990–1991Twin PeaksDale Cooper30 episodes
1990Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Kyle MacLachlan/Sinead O'Connor"
1990The American ExperienceNarratorEpisode: "Insanity on Trial"
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 Hodge86 episodes
2010–2014How I Met Your MotherGeorge Van Smoot/The Captain7 episodes
2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAndrew RainesEpisode: "Blood Brothers"
2011–presentPortlandiaMayor14 episodes
2012Made in JerseyDonovan Stark8 episodes
2013–2014The Good WifeJosh Perotti4 episodes
2014BelieveRoman Skouras12 episodes
2014–presentAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Calvin Zabo/The Doctor4 episodes
2016Twin PeaksDale Cooperupcoming [21]

Video games[edit]

2001Grand Theft Auto IIIDonald Love (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1990Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesTwin PeaksNominated
1991Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesNominated
1996Golden Raspberry AwardsWorst Supporting ActorShowgirlsNominated
2005Genie AwardsBest Supporting ActorTouch of PinkNominated
Saturn AwardsBest Supporting Actor on TelevisionThe Librarian: Quest for the SpearNominated
2007Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesNominated
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2009Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kyle MacLachlan Biography (1959?-)". 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Kent Alan McLachlan Obituary: View Kent McLachlan's Obituary by The Seattle Times". The Seattle Times. 
  4. ^ "This much I know: Kyle MacLachlan, actor, 49, London". The Observer. April 6, 2008.
  5. ^ (French), Voyages en cinéphilie. L'homme sériel, November 10, 2006.
  6. ^, Kyle MacLachlan Reflects on "Touch of Pink" by Rebecca Murray. Retrieved January 29, 2008.
  7. ^, accessed May 22, 2008
  8. ^ The Desert Sun. Bob Hope Chrysler Classic celebrity Q&A: Actor Kyle MacLachlan by Leighton Ginn, January 17, 2008.[dead link]
  9. ^ Donald Love at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ "No Rock And Roll Fun: "Kyle MacLachlan introduces Corinne Bailey Rae"". 
  11. ^; MacLachlan to Quit "Desperate Housewives"?, June 11, 2009
  12. ^ Exclusive: Kyle MacLachlan to Exit "Desperate Housewives", Entertainment Weekly, May 19, 2010
  13. ^; "How I Met Your Mother" Exclusive: Kyle MacLachlan to play (spoiler)!, Entertainment Weekly, September 30, 2010
  14. ^ Bryan Alexander (December 8, 2014). "Parents speak their mind in Pixar's 'Inside Out'". Gannett. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ Special Agent Dale Cooper is back on the case as, after months of teasing his likely involvement in the “Twin Peaks” reboot, Kyle MacLachlan
  16. ^ Kyle MacLachlan Returns to Twin Peaks
  17. ^ "Mookie and Sam". 
  18. ^ Mookie and Sam (EP 1) on YouTube
  19. ^ "Kyle MacLachlan's New Show". Showbiz Tonight. 2006-01-20. CNN.
  20. ^ "Pursued by Bear Cabernet". 
  21. ^

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