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Kyle Merritt MacLachlan (February 22, 1959) is an Americanmarker actor.He graduated from the University of Washingtonmarker in 1982 and, shortly afterward, moved to Hollywood, Californiamarker to pursue his career. MacLachlan was best known for his roles in cult films Blue Velvet as Jeffrey Beaumont, in Showgirls as Zack Carey, and as Paul Atreides in Dune, as well as his television series roles as Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives, Trey MacDougal in Sex and the City and Special Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks.


MacLachlan has worked extensively with David Lynch. He first appeared as Paul Atreides in the film Dune (1984), Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel, and as Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986). Later he played Special Agent Dale Cooper in Lynch's ABC television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991), reprising that role for Lynch's 1992 prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Lynch commented on those roles in a GQ story about MacLachlan: "Kyle plays innocents who are interested in the mysteries of life. He's the person you trust enough to go into a strange world with."

In the 1993 film version of Franz Kafka's The Trial, MacLachlan played the lead role of the persecuted Josef K. He also had a recurring role in the American television series Sex and the City, portraying Dr. Trey MacDougal, the one-time husband of Charlotte York (Kristin Davis). He portrayed the spirit of Cary Grant in Touch of Pink. Noteworthy to critics was his uncanny ability to capture the nuances of Grant's mannerisms, his resemblance to Grant had been previously noted in an episode of Twin Peaks.

In 1995, MacLachlan starred in Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls. The movie was heavily panned by critics and it collected seven Golden Raspberry Awards (from a record thirteen nominations). MacLachlan himself was deeply embarrassed with his involvement. Allegedly he walked out of the film's premiere, but he himself contradicted these claims and commented that he "suffered through the whole two hours" of the premiere.

MacLachlan has appeared in several plays, including John Kolvenbach's On an Average Day with Woody Harrelson, on Broadway in The Caretaker with Patrick Stewart, as well as in Romeo and Juliet, and the Shakespearean history Henry V.

In recent years, MacLachlan continues to play dark and/or morally ambiguous characters. This included a guest role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in which he played a father who shot and killed a sociopathic child who murdered his son. MacLachlan also lent his voice to nefarious media mogul Donald Love in the video game Grand Theft Auto III. After starring in the short-lived In Justice, MacLachlan has become a regular on Desperate Housewives. His character, the mysterious dentist Orson Hodge, first appeared during the show's second season, with MacLachlan becoming a full-time cast member with the start of season three.

On July 7, 2007, MacLachlan was one of the presenters at the London leg of Live Earth. MacLachlan appeared in the 2008 movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

In the 2008 English language DVD re-release of the cult 2006 Norwegian animated film Free Jimmy, MacLachlan voiced the character of "Marius", a militant animal rights activist. The dialogue was written by Simon Pegg and other actors included Pegg himself and Woody Harrelson, amongst others.

MacLachlan was planning to quit Desperate Housewives, now that he was a father, because he was finding the commute from his home in New York Citymarker to the Desperate Housewives set in Los Angelesmarker very difficult.

Personal life

MacLachlan was born in Yakima, Washingtonmarker and is of Scottishmarker descent. He has two younger brothers named Craig and Kent, both of whom live in the Pacific Northwest. MacLachlan graduated from Eisenhower High School.

MacLachlan lives in Manhattanmarker with his wife, Desiree Gruber, and their son, Callum Lyon MacLachlan, born July 26, 2008, in Los Angeles.

The couple has two small dogs (a Jack Russell terrier and a Yorkie/Chihuahua mix) and out of "probably too much affection" have created a website about their dogs as well as a TV series popular on YouTube.

A dedicated oenophile, Kyle is partners with vintner Eric Dunham in Pursued By Bear, a winery in Washington's Columbia Valley. The name, suggested over dinner by Steve Martin, comes from a stage direction ("Exit, pursued by a bear") in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Director Notes
1984 Dune Paul Atreides David Lynch
1986 Blue Velvet Jeffrey Beaumont David Lynch
1987 The Hidden Lloyd Gallagher Jack Sholder
1990 Don't Tell Her It's Me Trout Malcolm Mowbray
1990 – 1991 Twin Peaks (TV series) Special Agent Dale Cooper David Lynch, Mark Frost lead
1991 The Doors Ray Manzarek Oliver Stone
Tales from the Crypt (TV series) (3.03 Carrion Death) Earl Raymond Digs Steven E. de Souza
1992 Where the Day Takes You Ted Marc Rocco
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Special Agent Dale Cooper David Lynch
1993 The Trial Josef K. David Jones
Rich in Love Billy McQueen Bruce Beresford
1994 The Flintstones Clifford Vandercave Brian Levant
Against The Wall (TV) Michael Smith John Frankenheimer
Roswell (TV) Maj. Jesse Marcel Jeremy Kagan
1995 Showgirls Zack Carey Paul Verhoeven
1996 Moonshine Highway (TV) Jed Muldoon Andy Armstrong
Windsor Protocol (TV) Sean Dillon George Mihalka
The Trigger Effect Matthew David Koepp
Mad Dog Time Jake Parker Larry Bishop
1997 One Night Stand Vernon Mike Figgis
1998 Thunder Point (TV) Sean Dillon George Mihalka
2000 XChange Fisk/Toffler 2 Allan Moyle
The Spring (TV) Dennis Conway David Jackson
Hamlet Claudius Michael Almereyda
Timecode Bunny Drysdale Mike Figgis
2000 – 2002 Sex and the City (TV series) Trey MacDougal Darren Star recurring role (seasons 3-5)
2001 Me Without You Daniel Sandra Goldbacher
Grand Theft Auto III (video game) Donald Love voice
2002 Miranda Nailor Marc Munden
2003 Northfork Mr. Hope Michael Polish
2004 Touch of Pink Spirit of Cary Grant Ian Iqbal Rashid
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (TV) Edward Wilde Peter Winther
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) (6.6 Conscience) Dr. Brett Morton David Platt guest appearance
2005 Mysterious Island (TV) Cyrus Russell Mulcahy
2006 In Justice (TV series) David Swain Michelle King, Robert King lead
Free Jimmy Marius Christopher Nielsen Voice in 2008 English language release
2006-2009 Desperate Housewives (TV series) Orson Hodge Marc Cherry regular (Season 2-)
2007 Live Earth in London (TV) Himself Appeared as a presenter
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Superman (voice)
2009 Mao's Last Dancer Charles C. Foster Bruce Beresford


  1., Voyages en cinéphilie. L'homme sériel, November 10, 2006.
  2., Kyle MacLachlan Reflects on "Touch of Pink" by Rebecca Murray. Retrieved January 29, 2008.
  3. Metacritic, accessed May 22, 2008
  4. The Desert Sun. Bob Hope Chrysler Classic celebrity Q&A: Actor Kyle MacLachlan by Leighton Ginn, January 17, 2008.
  6. Blog: No Rock And Roll Fun, "Kyle MacLachlan introduces Corinne Bailey Rae", Thursday, July 5, 2007.
  7. MacLachlan to Quit "Desperate Housewives"?,, June 11, 2009

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