Who is Kyle Chandler?
Kyle Chandler is a well-known American actor best known for his work on TV shows, such as 'Early Edition' and 'Friday Night Lights'. His work in the latter, where he played the lead role, won him an Emmy award. The series also garnered critical acclaim, winning several awards. Also a film actor, he gained popularity for his roles in several hit films. He was seen in the 2005 remake of 'King Kong', a famous epic monster film. The film was a huge success, and won three Oscars. Other films he has appeared in include 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', 'Argo,' 'The Wolf of Wall Street', and 'Manchester by the Sea'. His most recent work on television is 'Bloodline', a drama thriller series, where he can be seen in the lead role. The series has mostly gained positive reviews. Chandler is also a volunteer firefighter. He takes part in an annual charity golf tournament which raises funds for injured football players. Along with his daughter, he is also involved in trying to end the practice of shark finning.
Childhood & Early Life
Kyle Chandler was born in Buffalo, New York on 17th September 1965. His father Edward Chandler was a pharmaceutical sales representative, while his mother Sally Jeanette was a dog breeder. He is the youngest of their four children. He is of German, English, and Irish descent.
He studied at the George Walton Academy, from where he graduated in 1983. His father passed away during his teenage years after which his mother supported the family by running the business Sheenwater Kennels.
He later enrolled at the University of Georgia to pursue a major in drama. However, he later quit after he was offered roles in television.
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Kyle Chandler made his TV debut in 1988 with a supporting role in the television film 'Quiet Victory'. He next appeared in the TV series 'Tour of Duty', which was based on the events of the Vietnam War. Chandler played the supporting role of a soldier.
He made his film debut with a supporting role in the 1992 drama film 'Pure Country'. The movie was an average success commercially and earned mostly negative reviews. From 1991 to 1993, he played the lead role in the TV series 'Homefront'. The series was an average success and earned multiple Emmys, out of which it won two. It also earned two Golden Globe nominations.
In 1996, he started playing the lead role in the TV series 'Early Edition'. He played the role of a man with a power to prevent future disasters. The series aired till 2000. That year, Chandler started appearing in the TV series 'What About Joan'. It aired till 2001.
In 2005, he played a supporting role in the epic monster film 'King Kong'. It was a remake of the 1933 film of the same name. The film was a huge commercial success. It was nominated for four Oscars out of which it won three.
He then played supporting roles in the action thriller film 'The Kingdom' (2007) and the science fiction film 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (2008). His next significant work on television was the lead role in the TV series 'Friday Night Lights'. It revolved around a high school football team in a fictional town. The show was a huge success and won several awards. Chandler's performance in the show won him an Emmy.
In 2011, he appeared in a main role in the sci-fi horror film 'Super 8'. Directed by JJ Abrams, the film did well commercially, grossing five times its budget. The following year he appeared in the historical drama 'Argo'. Directed by Ben Affleck, the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was also a commercial success.
He appeared in another Oscar winning film 'Zero Dark Thirty' in 2012. The film told the story of the hunt for the infamous terrorist Osama bin Laden responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The film was a huge commercial success. In 2013, he appeared in multiple films, such as 'Broken City' and 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. The latter earned five Oscar nominations.
In 2015, he appeared in the romantic drama 'Carol'. The film did well commercially. He also started playing the lead role in the drama series Bloodline'. His role of a detective in the show earned him a nomination for the Emmy Award. His most recent works on the big screen are 'Manchester by the Sea' (2016) and 'Sidney Hall' (2017).
'King Kong,' a 2005 epic monster film, is one of the most important works of Kyle Chandler's career. Directed by Peter Jackson, the film also starred actors Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann and Evan Parke.
The film was a commercial success and was also met with positive reviews. It was nominated for four Oscars out of which it won three. The story revolved around a filmmaker, who, along with his team travels to the mysterious Skull Island, where they come across a legendary giant gorilla.
Chandler played the lead role in 'Friday Night Lights', a drama TV series about a high school football team. He appeared as 'Eric Taylor', the coach of the team, a role which won him an Emmy Award. The series aired till 2011 and received critical acclaim. It also won several awards including multiple Emmys.
He played an important in the 2012 historical drama film 'Argo'. The film was directed by Ben Affleck who also played the lead role. Other actors in the film included Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Christopher Denham. The film was a commercial success and was also appreciated by the critics. It was nominated for seven Oscars out of which it won three.
Awards & Achievements
The awards won by Kyle Chandler include a 'Saturn Award' for Best Actor on television for his role in the TV series 'Early Edition' which he won in 1997.
He won a Primetime Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series' in 2011 for his role in the TV series 'Friday Night Lights'.
Kyle Chandler is married to Kathryn Macquarrie who he first met at a dog park in the mid-1990s. The couple has two daughters, Sydney and Sawyer.