Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlan


2/22/1959, Yakima, Washington, USA

Birth Name

Kyle MacLachlan



Also Known As

Kyle MachLachlan, Kyle McLachlan
  • Kyle MachLachlan and Carrie Preston on T...
out of 10
User Rating
138 votes


Kyle MacLachlan was born on February 22, 1959, in Yakima, Washington, and attended Eisenhower High School in Yakima. In 1982, he was graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts.

Although this talented actor claims to be a descendant of Johann Sebastian…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kyle became a father on July 25, 2008, with the birth of his son, Callum Lyon.

    • Kyle was nominated in 2008 for a SAG Award along with his Desperate Housewives castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

    • Kyle was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Sexy Men with Glasses" section.

    • Kyle's "Twin Peaks" character, Agent Dale Cooper, was named number 92 in Bravo's "100 Greatest TV Characters".

    • Kyle was to star as Cinderella's prince in the film version of Steven Sondheim's musical "Into The Woods," but director/producer Rob Reiner abandoned the project.

    • Kyle was screen-tested for Hollywoodland (2006) to play the part of George Reeves but was turned down in favor of Ben Affleck.

    • Kyle refused to let the writers on "Twin Peaks" develop his character's relationship with an adolescent girl any further because he believed it was totally improper for an adult FBI agent to possibly have a romantic connection to a teenager.

    • Kyle has a twin brother, Kent, who is also an actor; he appeared in "Dragnet" (1987) and "Endangered" (1994) as well as an episode of "Northern Exposure."

    • Kyle regularly dyes his hair for projects he works on.

    • Kyle has been good friends with Patrick Stewart since they worked together on "Dune" (1984).

    • Kyle is a coffee aficionado like his character on "Twin Peaks" and has an industrial model coffee maker in his home. He likes to make cappucino in the morning and espresso in the afternoon.

    • Kyle is an avid photographer, using a Sony Qualia brand camera. Some of his pictures were showcased in the Qualia 2004 Exhibition and you can see examples of his work on the TakeGreatPictures wesbite.

    • Kyle enjoys golf and has played in the Dunhill Links championship and plans on playing in the Mercedes Championships on January 1-7, 2007.

    • Kyle published a short story in the collection "Chicken Soup For The Golfer's Soul, Second Round: 101 More Stories of Insight, Inspiration and Laughter On The Links" in 2002.

    • Kyle narrated an audio book for a Twin Peaks novel, "Diane: The Twin Peaks Tapes Of Agent Cooper" in 1990.

    • Kyle recently guest-starred in an episode of Desperate Housewives, entitled Don't Look At Me, which referred to a main line of dialogue featured/repeated by actors Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rosellini in the 1986 film Blue Velvet, in which Kyle was the protagonist.

    • Kyle was nominated in 1996 for the Razzie Award for Worst Actor in the 1995 film Showgirls.

    • Kyle was nominated twice for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1990 and 1991, for Twin Peaks.

    • Kyle's family name, MacLachlan, is from one of the oldest clans in Scotland. In Irish history, the MacLachlans are from the same line as the O'Neills, High Kings of Ireland.

    • In 2002, Kyle acted in the pilot for Jo, a TV series that was never picked up.

    • Kyle has recently done commercials for a British cellphone company, Vodafone.

    • Kyle played the part of legendary rock group The Doors' keyboard player, Ray Manzarek, in Oliver Stone's 1991 film The Doors.

    • Kyle has done a number of commercials for the Japanese coffee brand, Georgia Coffee, with David Lynch directing him.

    • Kyle has appeared in several Shakespeare plays, including Romeo And Juliet, and Henry V.

    • Kyle and his wife have two dogs, a Jack Russell terrier and a Yorkshire/Chihuahua mix. He and his wife have created a website for them,

    • Kyle was originally considered by George Lucas for the role of Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

    • He dated Laura Dern.

    • He dated Lara Flynn Boyle.

    • David Lynch is his friend.

    • He graduated on 1976 from Eisenhower High School in Yakima, WA.

    • Kyle auditioned for the role of Dr. Gregory House. He was quoted as saying, "... It was probably one of the worst auditions of my life."

    • MacLachlan made his directorial debut in 1993 with an episode of the darkly comic hit television series, Tales from the Crypt.

    • After a 14-year absence from the theater, Kyle made his London stage debut in 2002 in On an Average Day in the West End.

    • In late 2003, MacLachlan made his Broadway debut as Aston in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, directed by David Jones for the Roundabout Theater Company. The play was nominated for Best Revival of a Play by the Outer Critics Circle.

    • MacLachlan won a Golden Globe award for his offbeat role as Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks in 1990.

    • In 2004, MacLachlan took advantage of his resemblance to Cary Grant when he played the actor's spirit in Touch of Pink.

    • After appearing in the infamous flop Showgirls in 1995, MacLachlan returned to prominence with a reoccurring role on HBO's Sex and the City in 1998 as well as a starring role in the TV movie The Spring in 2000.

    • Kyle reportedly turned down the Charlie Sheen role in Platoon (1986).

    • Believes that he is a direct descendent of Johann Sebastian Bach.

    • In 2001, Kyle MacLachlan played the voice of Donald Love in the top-selling console game Grand Theft Auto III.

  • Quotes

    • Kyle MacLachlan: The difference with doing a play is that you are in control of that role. In film you give your performance to the best of your ability, and then you are in the hands of the director and the editor and the producer and there's not much you can do about it.

    • Kyle MacLachlan: (when asked if it's true that David Lynch didn't think people cared who killed Laura Palmer?)
      Absolutely. David loved the investigative element of that show. He thought it was much more interesting to investigate than to solve the mystery. Agent Cooper liked the investigation so much that he didn't care if someone confessed. David was actually surprised when he found that people did care.

    • Kyle MacLachlan: (talking about "Showgirls") 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.

    • Kyle: I've always considered myself a late bloomer. I never felt like I knew what I was doing in my twenties.

    • Kyle MacLachlan: I've been able to fly under the radar of the press for the most part.

    • Kyle MachLachlan: As an actor, you're always in situations that can be compromising. But you can wipe away that gray area by making a choice.

    • Kyle MacLachlan: The nice thing about New York is that you're finally able to wear those winter clothes that have been sitting around in your closet in mothballs because in L.A., there's such a small window of time for you to use them. Unless you go to Sundance.

    • (about his character Orson)
      Kyle MacLachlan: He has my sense of humor which is a little on the dry side which works well in the world of 'Desperate Housewives.' He likes things tidy and I'm the same way to. He likes a clean glass and I'm down with that also.

    • (talking about one character he'd like to be one day)
      Kyle MacLachlan: James Arness' character, Matt Dillon, in 'Gunsmoke.' How great would that be? It would be him, because my dad loved the show or David Carradine's character Caine in 'Kung Fu.'

    • (talking about Season Three from "Desperate Housewives")
      Kyle MacLachlan: There has been a whirlwind romance between Orson and Bree and they seem to be getting along pretty well, so a little wedding is happening.

    • (talking about his favorite moment from Season Two on "Desperate Housewives")
      Kyle MacLachlan: My favorite moment was watching Delfino go over the hood of my car.

  • d*mn fine coffee...

    How could I love a guy so much on Twin Peaks and hate him so much on Sex in the City. My all time favorite Kyle role on TV has to be Twin Peaks. As an agent sent to find out who really did kill Laura Palmer he enters a strange world with “d*amn fine coffee,” a lady that talks to logs, David Duchovny in a dress and MFAP. His character seemed to be the only sane one in a place that was anything but. Just when we thing all is well there is a plot twist and Kyle is bad, maybe, and the show ends. I wish that there had been more episodes, meaning more Kyle.

    Those of you wondering what my favorite movie of his is – it’s his first, Dune.moreless
  • I think he is one of the best actors around.

    He is always surprising me with his portrayals, no matter what genre or medium he is using. He can make me fear for his safety, laugh, cry, get mad at him, and on and on. He truly knows his craft and how best to use it to get the audience to believe in the character and forget he's Kyle.

    I used to be his #1 fan, so if I can forget he's Kyle, then he is as good as it gets. I hope his new series lasts as long as he wants it to.moreless