Ask a group of strangers to cite actor Kyle MacLachlan’s most famous role, and they’ll each give you a different answer. For some, he’ll always be the Dale Cooper, the earnest, eccentric FBI special agent who appreciates a “damn good coffee” from David Lynch’s surrealist soap Twin Peaks.
For others, he’s still Trey MacDougal, Charlotte’s WASP-in-shining armor-turned-catastrophic-disappointment in Sex and the City. Or Jeffrey Beaumont, the college student protagonist of Blue Velvet; Orson Hodge, Bree’s second husband in ABC’s Desperate Housewives; Zack Carey from the much-ridiculed Show Girls; Calvin Zabo, the father of Skye in Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.; the reggae-loving Mayor of Portland on IFC’s sketch comedy Portlandia; or, most recently, “Dad” in Pixar’s latest hit film Inside Out. Others still will know him for his wine label, Pursued by a Bear.
Now in his mid-50s, MacLachlan is taking well-deserved break before returning to Portlandia. Later this year, he’ll resume his role as Dale Cooper, last seen in the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, for Showtime’s reboot David Lynch’s cult series. After much back-and-forth, Lynch is confirmed to write the new season.