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Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler, December 2008
Born Kyle Martin Chandler
September 17, 1965 (1965-09-17) (age 44)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Katherine Chandler

Kyle Martin Chandler (born September 17, 1965) is an American film and television actor best known for his roles in the television shows Early Edition and Friday Night Lights.



Personal life

Chandler was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Sally, a dog breeder, and Edward Chandler, a farm owner and pharmaceutical sales representative.[1] He was raised in Loganville, Georgia and near Chicago, Illinois, and educated at the University of Georgia, in Athens. He is married to Katherine Chandler and has two daughters named Sydney and Sawyer.


Chandler was signed by an ABC scout in 1988 on a talent search. Chandler's first major role on television was as the Cleveland Indians rightfielder Jeff Metcalf in the ABC show Homefront. Homefront was a drama set in the late 1940s in the fictional town of River Run, Ohio. In his next television role, Kyle moved from the past to play a man who had the ability to change future disasters as the central character in the CBS television series Early Edition. He portrayed bar owner Gary Hobson, a stockbroker turned hero who received "tomorrow's newspaper today," delivered to his door by a mysterious cat. In 1996 he received the Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television for his portrayal of Gary.

Subsequently, Chandler appeared opposite Joan Cusack as investment banker Jake Evans in the short-lived ABC comedy series What About Joan. In a departure from his usual good guy roles, Chandler played scheming lawyer Grant Rashton in the short-lived series The Lyon's Den. Other roles on Chandler's resume include: William Griner, Tour of Duty, and 1930s B-actor Bruce Baxter (who was based on Bruce Cabot, the actor who played Jack Driscoll in the original King Kong) in the 2005 film King Kong. Coicidentally he would later go on to play John Driscoll in The Day the Earth Stood Still.

In February 2006, Chandler appeared as the ill-fated bomb squad leader Dylan Young in "It's The End of The World" & "As We Know It", a two-part episode on the ABC series Grey's Anatomy that followed the 2006 Super Bowl. He received substantial notice and press for the appearance as a result and subsequently received a nomination in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. He appeared again in the February 15, 2007 episode of Grey's Anatomy: "Drowning On Dry Land", and the February 22, 2007 episode: "Some Kind of Miracle". In July, 2009, Kyle Chandler appeared in a television commercial for teachers, directed by Emmy nominee Brent Roske.

Following his Emmy-nominated guest role in Grey's Anatomy, Kyle Chandler is currently starring as Coach Eric Taylor in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights, which follows the lives of a high-school football coach and his players in a small Texas town. The series is inspired by the book and movie of the same name. The show's pilot aired on October 3, 2006. Friday Night Lights is broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesdays on DirecTV Channel 101.

In 2007, he appeared in the big screen movie The Kingdom. In December 2008, he appeared in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Nominations & wins

  • 2007: Television Critics Association Award — Individual Achievement in Drama (Friday Night Lights)

Kyle had a star near Orion's Belt named for him in September 2007.



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