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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.

MOVIE CREDITS:
1986: Jeffrey Beaumont - Blue Velvet
1984: Paul Atreides - Dune
1994: Cliff Vandercave - The Flintstones
1992: Dale Cooper - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
2008: Bill Kerr - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
1991: Ray Manzarek - The Doors
2000: Claudius - Hamlet
1995: Zack Carey - Showgirls
1990: Trout - Don't Tell Her It's Me
1994: Michael Smith - Against the Wall
1987: Lloyd Gallagher - The Hidden
2001: Fisk / Toffler 2 - Xchange
1997: Vernon - One Night Stand
2010: Charles Foster - Mao's Last Dancer
2008: Superman (voice) - Justice League: The New Frontier
2000: Bunny Drysdale - Timecode
2004: Edward Wilde - The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
1994: Jesse Marcel - Roswell
2000: Dennis Conway - The Spring
2009: Jimmy St. James - The Smell of Success
1996: Jake Parker - Mad Dog Time
1992: Ted - Where the Day Takes You
2002: Nailor - Miranda
1993: Josef K - The Trial
1996: Sean Dillon - The Windsor Protocol
2004: Ghost of Cary Grant - Touch of Pink
1996: Matthew - The Trigger Effect
2011: Mark Hudson - Peace, Love & Misunderstanding
1996: Jed Muldoon - Moonshine Highway
2002: Himself - Mysteries of Love
2013: Peter Sebeck - Breathe In
1992: Billy McQueen - Rich in Love
1998: Booth Parker - Route 9
2014: Special Agent Dale Cooper - Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
2014: Sheriff Cable - Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
1998: Sean Dillon - Thunder Point
2015: Dad (voice) - Inside Out
1988: No Frank in Lumberton
2015: Dad (voice) - Riley's First Date?
2001: Daniel - Me Without You
2016: Himself - Blue Velvet Revisited
1989: Special Agent Dale Cooper - Twin Peaks
2014: Himself - Moving Through Time: Fire Walk With Me Memories
2007: A Slice of Lynch
2001: Business Manager - Perfume
2003: Mr. Hope - Northfork
1994: Earl Raymond Digs - Vault of Horror I
1989: Bobby O'Connor - Dream Breakers
2010: Himself - Sundance Skippy
2016: Bus Driver (voice) - Gravity Falls: Weirdmageddon
2006: Marius (voice) - Slipp Jimmy fri
2018: Isaac Izard - The House with a Clock in Its Walls
2017: Himself - A Very Lovely Dream: One Week in Twin Peaks
2017: Himself - A Pot of Boiling Oil
2017: Himself - The Man with the Gray Elevated Hair
2017: Himself - Behind the Red Curtain
2017: Himself - Two Blue Balls
2017: Himself - I Had Bad Milk in Dehradun
2017: Himself - Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers
2017: Himself - See You on the Other Side Dear Friend
2017: Himself - The Number of Completion
2019: Dr. Karlock - Fonzo
2019: High Flying Bird
2018: Ray Winter - Giant Little Ones
2019: Himself - I Know Catherine, The Log Lady
Untitled Luca Guadagnino Short Film

TV CREDITS:
2004: The Tony Danza Show
2005: Cyrus - Mysterious Island
2006: The One Show
2004: Desperate Housewives
1983: Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
1997: The View
1996: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
1999: Dr. Brett Morton - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2004: Orson Hodge - Desperate Housewives
1989: Tales from the Crypt
2006: David Swain - In Justice
2001: Richard & Judy
2002: V Graham Norton
1995: The Frank Skinner Show
1975: Saturday Night Live
2014: Roman Skouras - Believe
2012: Donovan Stark - Made in Jersey
2013: Skye's Father - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013: The Doctor - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2005: The Captain - How I Met Your Mother
2013: Cal - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2012: Bus Driver (voice) - Gravity Falls
1990: Special Agent Dale Cooper - Twin Peaks
2018: Narrator - Himself - Explained