A Look Back at the Wonderfully Strange Career of Kyle MacLachlan on His 54th Birthday

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Let’s be real: who doesn’t love Kyle Maclachlan? No one? Correct. The bizarre and dashing actor has been gracing both our television and film screens for over 30 years now, and like the fine wine he so enjoys, only gets better with age. As a fresh-faced young weirdo, we saw him emboy the leading roles in two of David Lynch’s most iconic films as Blue Velvet‘s amateur detective Jeffrey Beaumont and Twin Peaks’ Special Agent Dale Cooper—whom you could look at as simply an extension of young Jeffrey. We later saw Kyle in a series of female-driven television hits as an impotent and/or sociopathic husbands that you could not help but love in absrudity. And now he’s back on televison and oh no, we’re not complaining. So, as today is his 54th birthday, let’s take a look back on some his most wonderous and strange roles. Enjoy.

Dune, Paul Atreides

 

Blue Velvet, Jeffrey Beaumont

 

Twin Peaks, Dale Cooper

 

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Dale Cooper

 

Sex and the City, Trey McDougal

 

Desperate Housewives, Orson Hodge

 

Hamlet, Claudis

Portlandia, Mayor