Kyle MacLachlan in a press photo
Best known as FBI “Special Agent” Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks (1990-91), Kyle MacLachlan won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for the TV series in 1990. He’s also well known from a variety of widely popular TV shows including Sex and the City (2000-02), Desperate Housewives (2004), and Portlandia (2011-18).
The “boy next door, if that boy next door spent a lot of time in his basement,” according to a 1994 Rolling Stone article, likes to doodle with his knife into his ketchup at Bob’s Big Boy Burbank while he’s with David Lynch and Laura Dern.
Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides
Directed by Bob’s Big Boy Burbank Hall-of-Famer David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan made his feature film debut in the big budget adaptation of Frank Hebert’s Dune (1984). “Meeting David Lynch had a monumental impact on me.” The movie was unsuccessful on many fronts, but Kyle found a lifetime collaborator and muse in David.
Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern
Lynch gave him the part of “Jeffrey” in his film Blue Velvet (1986) with Laura Dern playing his budding romantic interest, “Sandy.” The film is regarded as one of the best films of the 1980’s, and internationally, as one of the greatest American films of all-time.
The 1980’s cult sci-fi classic, The Hidden (1987) would set him up for his next and most career-defining role as a detective.
Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper
Twin Peaks (1990-91) follows an FBI investigation of a coffee loving Special Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan, into the murder of Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer. Directed by David Lynch it became a success on two fronts: high ratings and a massive cult following. It is often listed among the greatest television series of all time, and is considered a landmark turning point in television drama.
Dale Cooper goes into raptures about “Damn fine coffee.” Like his character, Kyle MacLachlan says, “I take great pleasure in simple things or moments, whether that’s coffee or pie.”
Val Kilmer and Kyle MacLachlan
Kyle MacLachlan would lobby hard in the late 1980’s for the role of “Bruce Wayne” when David Lynch was considered to be a potential director. He played keyboardist and co-founder Ray Manzarek in The Doors (1991) with Val Kilmer, who has been filmed in a Bob’s Big Boy Burbank booth.
He regrets being in the infamous flop, Showgirls (1995), saying, “Now, of course, it has a whole other life as a sort of inadvertent… satire. No 'satire' is not the right word. But it’s inadvertently funny. So it’s found its place.”
Kyle MacLachlan and Elisabeth Shue
Kyle MacLachlan would play another smooth agent in Trigger Effect (1996). Critics claimed it was his best performance since Blue Velvet (1986).
Kyle MacLachlan and Linda Evangelista
His girlfriends included Laura Dern, Lara Flynn Boyle, and his longest relationship of six years with supermodel Linda Evangelista.
He took advantage of his resemblance to Hollywood movie-smoothie Cary Grant, when he played the classic actor’s spirit in Touch of Pink (2004).
A post on Kyle's Instagram