Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlan

MacLachlan at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
Born Kyle Merritt MacLachlan
(1959-02-22) February 22, 1959
Yakima, Washington, U.S.
Residence Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of Washington
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Desiree Gruber (m. 2002)
Children 1

Kyle Merritt MacLachlan (/məˈɡlɒklən/; born February 22, 1959) is an American actor. MacLachlan is best known for his roles in cult films such as two of David Lynch's films: Paul Atreides in Dune (1984) and Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986). McLachlan's other film roles include Lloyd Gallagher in the science fiction action film The Hidden (1987), Ray Manzarek in The Doors (1991), Clifford Vandercave in The Flintstones (1994), and the voice of Riley's dad in Inside Out (2015). He has also had prominent roles in television shows including appearing as Special Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017) and its subsequent film continuation Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), 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–present), 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

MacLachlan was born at Memorial Hospital[1] in Yakima, Washington. His mother, Catherine (née Stone), was a public relations director, and his father, Kent Alan MacLachlan, was a stockbroker and lawyer.[2][3][4] He has Scottish, Cornish and German ancestry.[5] 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, 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. 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."[6]

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.[7] His resemblance to Grant had been previously noted in an episode of Twin Peaks.

In 1994, MacLachlan featured in The Flintstones, a live-action adaptation of the animated sitcom of the same name, portraying Clifford Vandercave, the movie's primary antagonist opposite John Goodman and Rick Moranis. In 1995, MacLachlan starred in Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls. The movie was heavily panned by critics[8] 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.[9]

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 multimillion-dollar company, but MacLachlan turned it down. MacLachlan also lent his voice to the nefarious media mogul Donald Love in the video game Grand Theft Auto III.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12][13] 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.[14]

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.

In 2015, MacLachlan voiced the main character's father in the Pixar animated feature Inside Out.[15] In January 2015, it was announced that MacLachlan would return as Special Agent Dale Cooper for the new episodes of the television series Twin Peaks.[16][17]

Personal life

MacLachlan with his partner at the time, Lara Flynn Boyle, at the 1990 Emmy Awards

In 1993, Kyle met model Linda Evangelista on a fashion shoot for Barneys New York, 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 became pregnant by him.

MacLachlan met Desiree Gruber, an executive producer of Project Runway, in June 1999, they became engaged in August 2001, and married on April 20, 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[18] as well as a TV series popular on YouTube.[19][20]

A dedicated wine lover, Kyle is partners with vintner Eric Dunham in Pursued by Bear, a label of Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington.[21] 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.[22]



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
1994 Against the Wall Michael Smith
1995 Showgirls Zack Carey
1996 Windsor Protocol Sean Dillon
1996 The Trigger Effect Matthew
1996 Mad Dog Time Jake Parker
1997 One Night Stand Vernon
1998 Route 9 Booth Parker
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
1996 Moonshine Highway Jed Muldoon Television film
1998 Thunder Point Sean Dillon 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–present Portlandia Mayor 19 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 Upcoming series[23]

Video games

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

Awards and nominations

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 Supporting 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


  1. "The Extract: Interview with Kyle Maclachlan of Pursued by Bear Wines". YouTube. 2015-10-31.
  2. "Kyle MacLachlan Biography (1959?-)".
  3. 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.
  4. "Kent Alan McLachlan Obituary: View Kent McLachlan's Obituary by The Seattle Times". The Seattle Times.
  5. "This much I know: Kyle MacLachlan, actor, 49, London". The Observer. April 6, 2008.
  6. (French), Voyages en cinéphilie. L'homme sériel, November 10, 2006.
  7., Kyle MacLachlan Reflects on "Touch of Pink" by Rebecca Murray. Retrieved January 29, 2008.
  8., accessed May 22, 2008
  9. The Desert Sun. Bob Hope Chrysler Classic celebrity Q&A: Actor Kyle MacLachlan by Leighton Ginn, January 17, 2008.
  10. Donald Love at the Internet Movie Database
  11. "No Rock And Roll Fun: "Kyle MacLachlan introduces Corinne Bailey Rae"".
  12.; MacLachlan to Quit "Desperate Housewives"?, June 11, 2009
  13. Exclusive: Kyle MacLachlan to Exit "Desperate Housewives", Entertainment Weekly, May 19, 2010
  14.; "How I Met Your Mother" Exclusive: Kyle MacLachlan to play (spoiler)!, Entertainment Weekly, September 30, 2010
  15. Bryan Alexander (December 8, 2014). "Parents speak their mind in Pixar's 'Inside Out'". Gannett. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  16. Special Agent Dale Cooper is back on the case as, after months of teasing his likely involvement in the “Twin Peaks” reboot, Kyle MacLachlan
  17. Kyle MacLachlan Returns to Twin Peaks
  18. "Mookie and Sam".
  19. Mookie and Sam (EP 1) on YouTube
  20. "Kyle MacLachlan's New Show". Showbiz Tonight. Showbiz Tonight. 2006-01-20. CNN.
  21. Pursued by Bear label, Dunham Cellars, retrieved 2015-03-30
  22. "Pursued by Bear Cabernet".
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