Biography

Kyle Merritt MacLachlan (born February 22, 1959) is an American actor. MacLachlan widely known for his portrayal of Dale Cooper in the TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017), and its prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). He is also known for his film roles including cult films such as Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), The Hidden (1987), and Showgirls (1995). He has also had prominent roles in other television shows including 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 as Calvin Zabo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2015).

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. He has Scottish, Cornish and German ancestry. He has two younger brothers named Craig and Kent, both of whom live in the Pacific Northwest. MacLachlan graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1977. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1982 and, shortly afterward, moved to Hollywood, California to pursue his career.

Kyle Merritt MacLachlan (born February 22, 1959) is an American actor. MacLachlan widely known for his portrayal of Dale Cooper in the TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017), and its prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). He is also known for his film roles including cult films such as Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), The Hidden (1987), and Showgirls (1995). He has also had prominent roles in other television shows including 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 as Calvin Zabo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2015).

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. He has Scottish, Cornish and German ancestry. He has two younger brothers named Craig and Kent, both of whom live in the Pacific Northwest. MacLachlan graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1977. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1982 and, shortly afterward, moved to Hollywood, California to pursue his career.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 86

Birthday 1959-02-22

Place of Birth Yakima - Washington - USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Untitled Luca Guadagnino Short Film
2019 High Flying Bird
2019 I Know Catherine, The Log Lady as Himself
2019 Fonzo as Dr. Karlock
2018 The House with a Clock in Its Walls as Isaac Izard
2018 Giant Little Ones as Ray Winter
2018 Explained(1 episode) as Narrator - Himself
2017 A Very Lovely Dream: One Week in Twin Peaks as Himself
2017 A Pot of Boiling Oil as Himself
2017 The Man with the Gray Elevated Hair as Himself
2017 The Number of Completion as Himself
2017 See You on the Other Side Dear Friend as Himself
2017 Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers as Himself
2017 I Had Bad Milk in Dehradun as Himself
2017 Two Blue Balls as Himself
2017 Behind the Red Curtain as Himself
2016 Blue Velvet Revisited as Himself
2016 Gravity Falls: Weirdmageddon as Bus Driver (voice)
2015 Riley's First Date? as Dad (voice)
2015 Inside Out as Dad (voice)
2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces as Sheriff Cable
2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces as Special Agent Dale Cooper
2014 Moving Through Time: Fire Walk With Me Memories as Himself
2014 Believe(13 episodes) as Roman Skouras
2013 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(5 episodes) as Cal
2013 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(5 episodes) as The Doctor
2013 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(1 episode) as Skye's Father
2013 Breathe In as Peter Sebeck
2012 Made in Jersey(9 episodes) as Donovan Stark
2012 Gravity Falls(1 episode) as Bus Driver (voice)
2011 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding as Mark Hudson
2010 Sundance Skippy as Himself
2009 Mao's Last Dancer as Charles Foster
2009 The Smell of Success as Jimmy St. James
2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 as Bill Kerr
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier as Superman (voice)
2007 A Slice of Lynch
2006 The One Show(1 episode)
2006 Free Jimmy as Marius (voice)
2006 In Justice(13 episodes) as David Swain
2005 How I Met Your Mother(6 episodes) as The Captain
2005 Mysterious Island(2 episodes) as Cyrus
2004 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear as Edward Wilde
2004 Desperate Housewives(87 episodes) as Orson Hodge
2004 Desperate Housewives(12 episodes)
2004 The Tony Danza Show(2 episodes)
2004 Touch of Pink as Ghost of Cary Grant
2003 Northfork as Mr. Hope
2002 V Graham Norton(1 episode)
2002 Miranda as Nailor
2002 Mysteries of Love as Himself
2001 Richard & Judy(1 episode)
2001 Me Without You as Daniel
2001 Perfume as Business Manager
2001 Xchange as Fisk / Toffler 2
2000 Hamlet as Claudius
2000 Timecode as Bunny Drysdale
2000 The Spring as Dennis Conway
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(2 episodes) as Dr. Brett Morton
1998 Route 9 as Booth Parker
1998 Thunder Point as Sean Dillon
1997 One Night Stand as Vernon
1997 The View(1 episode)
1996 Mad Dog Time as Jake Parker
1996 The Trigger Effect as Matthew
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(2 episodes)
1996 Moonshine Highway as Jed Muldoon
1996 The Windsor Protocol as Sean Dillon
1995 Showgirls as Zack Carey
1995 The Frank Skinner Show(1 episode)
1994 Roswell as Jesse Marcel
1994 Vault of Horror I as Earl Raymond Digs
1994 The Flintstones as Cliff Vandercave
1994 Against the Wall as Michael Smith
1993 The Trial as Josef K
1992 Rich in Love as Billy McQueen
1992 Where the Day Takes You as Ted
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me as Dale Cooper
1991 The Doors as Ray Manzarek
1990 Don't Tell Her It's Me as Trout
1990 Twin Peaks(85 episodes) as Special Agent Dale Cooper
1989 Twin Peaks as Special Agent Dale Cooper
1989 Dream Breakers as Bobby O'Connor
1989 Tales from the Crypt(1 episode)
1988 No Frank in Lumberton
1987 The Hidden as Lloyd Gallagher
1986 Blue Velvet as Jeffrey Beaumont
1984 Dune as Paul Atreides
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(2 episodes)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)

Directing

2006 In Justice(4 episodes)Director
1989 Tales from the Crypt(1 episode)Director

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