Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle Merritt MacLachlan 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.

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Blue Velvet (1986)

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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Isabella Rossellini  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Laura Dern

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Isabella Rossellini  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Laura Dern

Dune (1984)

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune—the only place where the time-travel substance 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Francesca Annis  •  Leonardo Cimino  •  Brad Dourif  •  José Ferrer

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune—the only place where the time-travel substance 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Francesca Annis  •  Leonardo Cimino  •  Brad Dourif  •  José Ferrer

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

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In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Sheryl Lee  •  Moira Kelly  •  Mädchen Amick  •  Phoebe Augustine

In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Sheryl Lee  •  Moira Kelly  •  Mädchen Amick  •  Phoebe Augustine

Free Jimmy (2006)

Four stoners, five vegans, three mobsters, four hunters and a million reasons to free one junkie elephant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nielsen
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Simon Pegg  •  Phil Daniels  •  David Tennant

Four stoners, five vegans, three mobsters, four hunters and a million reasons to free one junkie elephant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nielsen
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Simon Pegg  •  Phil Daniels  •  David Tennant

Hamlet (2000)

Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder in New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Almereyda
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Diane Venora  •  Sam Shepard

Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder in New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Almereyda
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Diane Venora  •  Sam Shepard

Mad Dog Time (1996)

With his boss in the madhouse, a mobster is temporary boss of the criminal empire just as vicious rivals threaten the control of the empire.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Bishop
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Ellen Barkin  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Gabriel Byrne

With his boss in the madhouse, a mobster is temporary boss of the criminal empire just as vicious rivals threaten the control of the empire.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Bishop
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Ellen Barkin  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Gabriel Byrne

Me Without You (2001)

During a long, hot summer in seventies London, young neighbors Holly and Marina make a childhood pact to be friends forever. For Marina, troubled, fiercely independent, determined to try everything, Holly stays the only constant in a life of divorcing parents, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandra Goldbacher
CAST:  Anna Friel  •  Michelle Williams  •  Trudie Styler  •  Allan Corduner

During a long, hot summer in seventies London, young neighbors Holly and Marina make a childhood pact to be friends forever. For Marina, troubled, fiercely independent, determined to try everything, Holly stays the only constant in a life of divorcing parents, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandra Goldbacher
CAST:  Anna Friel  •  Michelle Williams  •  Trudie Styler  •  Allan Corduner

One Night Stand (1997)

In Los Angeles, Max Carlyle makes a good living directing commercials and has a happy home life with his wife, Mimi, and two children. When Carlyle travels to New York City to visit his friend Charlie, who has been diagnosed with AIDS, he has repeat run-ins with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Wesley Snipes  •  Nastassja Kinski  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Ming-Na Wen

In Los Angeles, Max Carlyle makes a good living directing commercials and has a happy home life with his wife, Mimi, and two children. When Carlyle travels to New York City to visit his friend Charlie, who has been diagnosed with AIDS, he has repeat run-ins with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Wesley Snipes  •  Nastassja Kinski  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Ming-Na Wen

Roswell (1994)

Based on the book "UFO Crash at Roswell" by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt, Roswell follows the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange debris found on a local rancher's field in July of 1947. Told by his superiors that what he has found ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Kagan
CAST:  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Martin Sheen  •  Dwight Yoakam  •  Xander Berkeley

Based on the book "UFO Crash at Roswell" by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt, Roswell follows the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange debris found on a local rancher's field in July of 1947. Told by his superiors that what he has found ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Kagan
CAST:  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Martin Sheen  •  Dwight Yoakam  •  Xander Berkeley

Showgirls (1995)

A young drifter named Nomi arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become a top showgirl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Elizabeth Berkley  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Gina Gershon  •  Glenn Plummer

A young drifter named Nomi arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become a top showgirl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Elizabeth Berkley  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Gina Gershon  •  Glenn Plummer

The Doors (1991)

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The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Kevin Dillon  •  Frank Whaley

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Kevin Dillon  •  Frank Whaley

The Flintstones (1994)

Modern Stone Age family the Flintstones hit the big screen in this live-action version of the classic cartoon. Fred helps Barney adopt a child. Barney sees an opportunity to repay him when Slate Mining tests its employees to find a new executive. But no good deed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  John Goodman  •  Elizabeth Perkins  •  Rick Moranis  •  Rosie O'Donnell

Modern Stone Age family the Flintstones hit the big screen in this live-action version of the classic cartoon. Fred helps Barney adopt a child. Barney sees an opportunity to repay him when Slate Mining tests its employees to find a new executive. But no good deed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  John Goodman  •  Elizabeth Perkins  •  Rick Moranis  •  Rosie O'Donnell

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2005)

When a magical artifact is lifted from his library, a meek librarian sets out to ensure its safe return.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Winther
CAST:  Noah Wyle  •  Sonya Walger  •  Bob Newhart  •  Kyle MacLachlan

When a magical artifact is lifted from his library, a meek librarian sets out to ensure its safe return.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Winther
CAST:  Noah Wyle  •  Sonya Walger  •  Bob Newhart  •  Kyle MacLachlan

Timecode (2000)

A production company begins casting for its next feature, and an up-and-coming actress named Rose tries to manipulate her filmmaker boyfriend, Alex, into giving her a screen test. Alex's wife, Emma, knows about the affair and is considering divorce, while Rose's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Xander Berkeley  •  Golden Brooks  •  Saffron Burrows  •  Viveka Davis

A production company begins casting for its next feature, and an up-and-coming actress named Rose tries to manipulate her filmmaker boyfriend, Alex, into giving her a screen test. Alex's wife, Emma, knows about the affair and is considering divorce, while Rose's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Xander Berkeley  •  Golden Brooks  •  Saffron Burrows  •  Viveka Davis

Touch of Pink (2004)

Alim is a gay man living in London to escape the domineering eye of his conservative Muslim mother, Nuru, back in Canada. Alim keeps his homosexuality secret from his mother, so when she comes for a surprise visit, he and his boyfriend, Giles, must put on a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Iqbal Rashid
CAST:  Jimi Mistry  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Kristen Holden-Ried  •  Suleka Mathew

Alim is a gay man living in London to escape the domineering eye of his conservative Muslim mother, Nuru, back in Canada. Alim keeps his homosexuality secret from his mother, so when she comes for a surprise visit, he and his boyfriend, Giles, must put on a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Iqbal Rashid
CAST:  Jimi Mistry  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Kristen Holden-Ried  •  Suleka Mathew

Xchange (2001)

In the near future, a company called Xchange owns a mind transference technology that enables instantaneous travel by swapping bodies with someone at the destination. A member of the privileged corporate class ("Corpie") Xchanging for the first time unwittingly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Moyle
CAST:  Stephen Baldwin  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Pascale Bussières  •  Kim Coates

In the near future, a company called Xchange owns a mind transference technology that enables instantaneous travel by swapping bodies with someone at the destination. A member of the privileged corporate class ("Corpie") Xchanging for the first time unwittingly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Moyle
CAST:  Stephen Baldwin  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Pascale Bussières  •  Kim Coates

Northfork (2003)

"We are all angels. It is what we do with our wings that separates us." In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a new hydroelectric project.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Polish
CAST:  James Woods  •  Nick Nolte  •  Claire Forlani  •  Daryl Hannah

"We are all angels. It is what we do with our wings that separates us." In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a new hydroelectric project.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Polish
CAST:  James Woods  •  Nick Nolte  •  Claire Forlani  •  Daryl Hannah

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2011)

A conservative lawyer named Diane takes her two teenage children Jake and Zoe to meet their estranged, hippie grandmother in Woodstock after her husband asks for a divorce.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Catherine Keener  •  Elizabeth Olsen  •  Chace Crawford

A conservative lawyer named Diane takes her two teenage children Jake and Zoe to meet their estranged, hippie grandmother in Woodstock after her husband asks for a divorce.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Catherine Keener  •  Elizabeth Olsen  •  Chace Crawford

Inside Out (2015)

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Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley's guiding emotions— Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness—live in Headquarters, the control centre inside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Amy Poehler  •  Bill Hader  •  Lewis Black  •  Mindy Kaling

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley's guiding emotions— Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness—live in Headquarters, the control centre inside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Amy Poehler  •  Bill Hader  •  Lewis Black  •  Mindy Kaling

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

Gus is a fat cartoonist that recently won a battle against cancer, which explains his baldness. But he is also lonely. Therefore, his caring sister tries to set him up with suitable woman. But to do so, she must turn him into an irresistible man. When he falls in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm Mowbray
CAST:  Steve Guttenberg  •  Jami Gertz  •  Shelley Long  •  Kyle MacLachlan

Gus is a fat cartoonist that recently won a battle against cancer, which explains his baldness. But he is also lonely. Therefore, his caring sister tries to set him up with suitable woman. But to do so, she must turn him into an irresistible man. When he falls in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm Mowbray
CAST:  Steve Guttenberg  •  Jami Gertz  •  Shelley Long  •  Kyle MacLachlan
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