Kyle Merritt MacLachlan (born February 22, 1959) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Dale Cooper in the Mark Frost/David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017), and its film prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). For his role in the series he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1990), and was nominated in the same category in 2017, and was nominated for two Emmy’s. Other prominent roles in television shows include appearing as 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 (2011–2018) and Calvin Zabo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2015).
MacLachlan made his film debut as Paul Atreides in Lynch’s adaptation of Dune (1984), with Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer, Linda Hunt, Freddie Jones, Richard Jordan, Virginia Madsen, Silvana Mangano, Everett McGill, Kenneth McMillan, Jack Nance, Siân Phillips, Jürgen Prochnow, Paul Smith, Patrick Stewart, Sting, Dean Stockwell, Max von Sydow, Alicia Roanne Witt, and Sean Young. This was followed by his role as Jeffrey Beaumont in Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986), with Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, George Dickerson, and Stockwell.
MacLachlan’s other known film roles include Lloyd Gallagher in The Hidden (1987), with Michael Nouri, Clu Gulager, Chris Mulkey, Ed O’Ross, Clarence Felder, Claudia Christian, and Larry Cedar; Ray Manzarek in Oliver Stone‘s The Doors (1991), with Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kevin Dillon, Frank Whaley, Michael Madsen, Billy Idol, and Kathleen Quinlan; Cliff Vandercave in The Flintstones (1994), with John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins, Rosie O’Donnell, Halle Berry, and Elizabeth Taylor; Zack Carey in Paul Verhoeven‘s Showgirls (1995), with Elizabeth Berkeley, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi, Alan Rachins, and Gina Ravera; and the voice of Riley’s father in Inside Out (2015), with Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, and Diane Lane.
Other films in the 1990s include Don’t Tell Her It’s Me (1990), with Steve Guttenberg, Shelley Long, and Jami Gertz; Where the Day Takes You (1992), with Dermot Mulroney, Sean Astin, Balthazar Getty, Lara Flynn Boyle, Ricki Lake, James LeGros, Laura San Giacomo, David Arquette, Christian Slater, and Will Smith; Rich in Love (1992), with Albert Finney, Kathryn Erbe, Jill Clayburgh, Suzy Amis, and Ethan Hawke; The Trial (1993), with Anthony Hopkins, Jason Robards, Juliet Stevenson, Alfred Molina, David Thewlis, and Michael Kitchen; The Trigger Effect (1996), with Elisabeth Shue and Mulroney; Mad Dog Time (1996), with Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Dreyfuss, Jeff Goldblum, and Lane; and Mike Figiss’ One Night Stand (1997), with Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski, Ming-Na Wen, and Robert Downey Jr..
Films in the 2000s XChange (2000), with Stephen Baldwin, Kim Coates, Pascale Bussières, and Janet Kidder; Hamlet (2000), with Hawke, Diane Venora, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Bill Murray, Karl Geary, Steve Zahn, and Sam Shepard; Timecode (2000), with Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Suzy Nakamura, Saffron Burrows, Holly Hunter, Julian Sands, Xander Berkeley, Leslie Mann and Mía Maestro; Me Without You (2001), with Anna Friel, Michelle Williams, and Oliver Milburn; Perfume (2001), with Paul Sorvino, Leslie Mann, Goldblum, Mariel Hemingway, Rita Wilson, Jared Harris, Joanne Baron, and Williams; Miranda (2002), with Christina Ricci, John Simm, John Hurt, Tamsin Greig, and Julian Rhind-Tutt; Northfork (2003), with James Woods, Nick Nolte, Michele Hicks, Daryl Hannah, Anthony Edwards, Robin Sachs, Ben Foster, Claire Forlani, Clark Gregg, and Peter Coyote; and Touch of Pink (2004), with Jimi Mistry.
Later films include Mao’s Last Dancer (2009), with Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Joan Chen, and Amanda Schull; The Smell of Success (2011), with Billy Bob Thornton, Téa Leoni, and Ed Helms; Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2012), with Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff, Chace Crawford, and Rosanna Arquette; Breathe In (2013), Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, and Mackenzie Davis; Giant Little Ones (2018), with Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann, Taylor Hickson, and Maria Bello; The House with the Clock in Its Walls (2018), with Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Sunny Suljic; Steven Soderbergh‘s High Flying Bird (2019), with André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, and Bill Duke; Tesla (2020), with Hawke, Eve Hewson, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Jim Gaffigan; and Capone (2020), with Tom Hardy, Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, Noel Fisher, and Matt Dillon.
TV movies include Dream Breakers (1989), with Robert Loggia; John Frankenheimer’s Against the Wall (1994), with Samuel L. Jackson, Clarence Williams III, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, and Philip Bosco; Roswell (1994), with Martin Sheen and Dwight Yoakam; Moonshine Highway (1996), with Randy Quaid, Maria del Mar, and Gary Farmer; The Spring (2000), with Alison Eastwood; The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004), with Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart, Jane Curtin, Olympia Dukakis, Sonya Walger, and Kelly Hu; and Mysterious Island (2005), with Gabrielle Anwar and Stewart.
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- Dune (1984) – directed by David Lynch
- Blue Velvet (1986) – directed by David Lynch
- The Hidden (1987) – directed by Jack Sholder
- Dream Breakers (1989) – Stuart Millar – TV movie
- Don’t Tell Her It’s Me (1990) – directed by Malcolm Mowbray
- The Doors (1991) – directed by Oliver Stone
- Where the Day Takes You (1992) – directed by Marc Rocco
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) – directed by David Lynch
- Rich in Love (1992) – directed by Bruce Beresford￼
- The Trial (1993) – directed by David Jones
- Against the Wall (1994) – directed by John Frankenheimer – TV movie
- The Flintstones (1994)* – directed by Brian Levant
- Roswell (1994) – directed by Jeremy Kagan – TV movie
- Showgirls (1995) – directed by Paul Verhoeven
- The Conversation (1995) – directed by Dean Parisot – TV movie
- Moonshine Highway (1996) – directed by Andy Armstrong – TV movie
- The Trigger Effect (1996) – directed by David Koepp
- Mad Dog Time (1996) – directed by Larry Bishop
- One Night Stand (1997) – directed by Mike Figgis
- Jack Higgins’s The Windsor Protocol (1997) – directed by George Mihalka – TV movie
- Thunder Point (1998) – directed by George Mihalka – TV movie
- Route 9 (1998) – directed by David Mackay – TV movie
- The Invisible Man (1998) – directed by John Patterson – TV movie
- The Spring (2000) – directed by David Jackson – TV movie
- Hamlet (2000) – directed by Michael Almereyda
- Timecode (2000) – directed by Mike Figgis
- XChange (2001) – directed by Allan Moyle
- Perfume (2001) – directed by Michael Rymer
- Me Without You (2001) – directed by Sandra Goldbacher
- Miranda (2002) – directed by Marc Munden
- Jo (2002) – directed by Mike Newell – TV movie
- Northfork (2003) – directed by Michael Polish
- Touch of Pink (2004) – directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid
- The Librarians: Quest for the Spear (2004) – directed by Peter Winther – TV movie
- Mysterious Island (2005) – directed by Russell Mulcahy – TV movie
- Free Jimmy (2006) – directed by Christopher Nielsen – English dub
- Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) – directed by Dave Bullock – direct to DVD
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) – directed by Sanaa Hamri – uncredited
- Mao’s Last Dancer (2010) – directed by Bruce Beresford
- The Smell of Success (2011) – directed by Michael Polish (as Larry Smith)
- The Doctor (2011) – directed by David Nutter – TV movie
- Peace, Love & Misunderstandings (2012) – directed by Bruce Beresford
- Muppets vs. Goldman Sachs (2012) – directed by Alex Fernie – short
- Breathe In (2013) – directed by Drake Doremus – uncredited
- Inside Out (2015)* – directed by Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen
- Riley’s First Date (2015) – directed by Josh Cooley – short
- Kyle MacLachlan’s Stolen Thumb (2018) – directed by Ethan Peverley – short
- Giant Little Ones (2018) – directed by Keith Behrman
- The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) – directed by Eli Roth
- High Flying Bird (2019) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
- The Staggering Girl (2019) – directed by Luca Guadagnino – short
- Tesla (2020) – directed by Michael Almereyda
- Capone (2020) – directed by Josh Trank