Kyle MacLachlan

Actor
Plucked from obscurity, clean-cut Kyle MacLachlan became a movie star overnight when he landed the lead in the epic space opera "Dune" (1984), but the film's disastrous critical reception nearly consigned him to the ... Read more »
Born: 02/21/1959 in Yakima, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (64)

Twin Peaks 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Portlandia 2007 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Believe 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Breathe In 2014 (Movie)

Peter Sebeck (Actor)

How I Met Your Mother 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Good Wife 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2006 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Made In Jersey 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Peace, Love and Misunderstanding 2012 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Portlandia: The Brunch Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Smell of Success 2011 (Movie)

Jimmy St. James (Actor)

Mao's Last Dancer 2010 (Movie)

Charles Foster (Actor)

Lost Survival Guide 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lost: The Answers 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

In Justice 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Slipp Jimmy Fri 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Marius (Actor)

InStyle Greatest Celebrity Weddings 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Reality of Reality 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

Touch of Pink 2004 (Movie)

Spirit of Cary Grant (Actor)

Northfork 2003 (Movie)

Mr Hope (Actor)

Me Without You 2002 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Sex and the City 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miranda 2001 (Movie)

Nailor (Actor)

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

Business Manager (Actor)

Xchange 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

Claudius (Actor)

Timecode 2000 (Movie)

Bunny Drysdale (Actor)

Jack Higgins' The Windsor Protocol 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Higgins' Thunder Point 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

One Night Stand 1997 (Movie)

Vernon (Actor)

Mad Dog Time 1996 (Movie)

Jake Parker (Actor)

The Conversation 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

Matt (Actor)

Showgirls 1995 (Movie)

Zack Carey (Actor)

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

Cliff Vandercave (Actor)

Rich in Love 1993 (Movie)

Billy McQueen (Actor)

The Trial 1993 (Movie)

Josef K (Actor)

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 1992 (Movie)

Special Agent Dale Cooper (Actor)

Where the Day Takes You 1992 (Movie)

Ted (Actor)

Carrion Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Dennis Hopper 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Red, Hot & Blue 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

Ray Manzarek (Actor)

Twin Peaks & Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Tell Her It's Me 1990 (Movie)

Trout (Actor)

The Hidden 1987 (Movie)

Lloyd Gallagher (Actor)

Blue Velvet 1986 (Movie)

Jeffrey Beaumont (Actor)

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Paul Atreides (Actor)

Against the Wall (TV Show)

Actor

Dream Breakers (TV Show)

Actor

Moonshine Highway (TV Show)

Actor

Mysterious Island (TV Show)

Actor

Roswell (TV Show)

Actor

Route 9 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spring (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Plucked from obscurity, clean-cut Kyle MacLachlan became a movie star overnight when he landed the lead in the epic space opera "Dune" (1984), but the film's disastrous critical reception nearly consigned him to the role of "has been" just as quickly. Luckily for MacLachlan, he had a guardian angel in David Lynch, the visionary director who had cast him in the adaptation of the classic science fiction novel. Lynch would give MacLachlan the starring role in his next film, "Blue Velvet" (1986) and a lead role on the surrealistic television series "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). The former would eventually be regarded as a cinematic masterpiece, while the latter became an instant sensation during its first season. Big box office success, however, continued to elude MacLachlan with overlooked vehicles like the sci-fi thriller "The Hidden" (1987) and Oliver Stone's facile Jim Morrison biopic "The Doors" (1991), as well as starring in the laughing stock that was "Showgirls" (1995), which later developed a rabid cult following. MacLachlan would make a modest return to notoriety on television with recurring parts as the wealthy, impotent husband of Charlotte York on "Sex in the City" (HBO, 1998-2004), and later on the guilty pleasure "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ). And while the endearingly stiff MacLachlan became known as a respected working actor, continuing to appear in film and episodic television, there remained the lingering impression of a promising career unfulfilled after such an auspicious beginning under the tutelage of David Lynch.

Relationships

Lara Flynn Boyle Actor

Companion
Met on set of ABC's "Twin Peaks" in 1990 split c. 1991-92

Laura Dern Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Blue Velvet" (1986) Together from 1985-89

Linda Evangelista

Companion
Began relationship in 1992 announced engagement in May 1996 separated in July 1998

Heather Graham Actor

Companion

Desiree Gruber

Wife
Began dating in June 1999 engaged in summer 2001 married April 20, 2002

Craig MacLachlan Actor

Brother

Kent MacLachlan Actor

Brother

Callum MacLachlan

Son
Born July 25, 2008 mother, Desiree Gruber

EDUCATION

Eisenhower High School

Yakima , Washington

University of Washington

Seattle , Washington 1977 - 1981

Milestones

2012

Cast alongside Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener in the comedy-drama "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding," directed by Beresford

2011

Played the Mayor on IFC comedy series "Portlandia"

2009

Cast in the biographical drama "Mao's Last Dancer," directed by Bruce Beresford

2006

Joined the second season of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" as Orson Hodge, a love interest for Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross)

2006

Played attorney David Swain on ABC's legal drama "In Justice"

2004

Portrayed the ghost of Cary Grant in the romantic comedy "Touch of Pink"

2001

Cast in Sandra Goldbacher's "Me Without You"

2001

Played supporting role in the ensemble film "Perfume"

2000

Featured as a smooth agent in Figgis' experimental "Time Code"

2000

Cast as Claudius in Michael Almereyda's modern-dress "Hamlet"

2000

Landed recurring role as Dr. Trey MacDougal, Charlotte's (Kristin Davis) husband on the hit HBO series "Sex and the City"

1997

Appeared as Nastassja Kinski's husband in Mike Figgis' "One Night Stand"

1996

Portrayed a 1950s Tennessee bootlegger in Showtime's "Moonshine Highway"

1996

Co-starred with Elisabeth Shue in David Koepp's "The Trigger Effect"

1995

Appeared in Paul Verhoeven's critically panned "Showgirls"; scripted by Joe Eszterhas

1994

Portrayed prehistoric yuppie Cliff Vandercave in the live-action feature "The Flintstones"

1994

Appeared in the Showtime movie "Roswell"

1994

Played a rookie prison guard during the 1971 uprising at Attica in John Frankenheimer's HBO movie "Against the Wall"

1993

Made TV directorial debut with "As Ye Sow," an installment of the HBO chiller series "Tales from the Crypt"

1992

Reprised role of Agent Cooper for Lynch's prequel "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me"

1991

Played supporting role of drummer Ray Manzarek in Oliver Stone's "The Doors"

1990

Played Special Agent Dale Cooper on Lynch's ABC series "Twin Peaks"; received Emmy (1990, 1991) nominations for Lead Actor in a Drama Series

1989

TV acting debut, the CBS TV-movie "Dream Breakers"

1988

Acted opposite Dern in the off-Broadway production of "The Palace of Amateurs"

1987

Starred in the underappreciated horror film "The Hidden"

1986

Scored critical success as the hero in Lynch's "Blue Velvet"; starred opposite Laura Dern

1985

Feature acting debut in "Dune"; also first collaboration with David Lynch

1982

Returned to Seattle; performed at the Empty Space Theater

Acted in high school and college productions

Joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland

Bonus Trivia

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"I was shooting 'The Trial' (1993), living in Prague in a miserable Russian made trailer, reading Kafka, dreaming about insects, going mad. And then someone puts this script in my hand, and there it is, Barney and Fred and Wilma and Betty, and I hear the quarry whistle, and I figure, what better place to take a vacation than Bedrock." – MacLachlan quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, June 30, 1994

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"Oh, that was a horrible movie. I was so disappointed, I was embarrassed. It was a real lesson for me in going to look at the dailies and seeing remarkable stuff, and then seeing it all put together." – MacLachlan on the ridiculous "Showgirls" (1995) to Empire Magazine, January 1998

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"I'm a voyeur. As an actor, I'm always observing. So whether I'm in London, Italy or the South of France, I just try to know what works in certain areas of the world. It's putting the clothes together with the location, environment and the people. Then I feel confident, anything that makes me feel confident is a step in the right direction." – MacLachlan on his fashion sense to the Daily News, June 11, 2000

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