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Also Known As: Kyle Martin Chandler Died:
Born: September 17, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, USA Profession: actor

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After being discovered by an ABC scout during a talent search, Emmy-winning actor Kyle Chandler went on to capture the attention of audiences as Jeff Metcalf, the wannabe baseball player pining after his brother's fiancée on the 1940s-era drama series, "Homefront" (ABC, 1991-93). Following his Broadway debut in "Picnic" (1994) and a small role in "Mulholland Falls" (1996), Chandler followed up with yet another endearing performance on the offbeat fantasy drama series, "Early Edition" (CBS, 1996-2001). The versatile utility player would go on to portray a wide variety of roles in films and on television, ranging from a co-starring role opposite Joan Cusack on the short-lived sitcom "What About Joan?" (ABC, 2001-02), to Peter Jackson's epic big screen remake of "King Kong" (2005). But it was his supporting turn as a morally conflicted high school football coach constantly forced to choose between winning games and doing what is right on the gritty drama series "Friday Night Lights" (NBC/DirecTV, 2006-2011) that put him on the map. Despite critical praise and a loyal audience, the series struggled in the ratings and courted cancellation on several occasions. Regardless of the series' ups and downs,...

After being discovered by an ABC scout during a talent search, Emmy-winning actor Kyle Chandler went on to capture the attention of audiences as Jeff Metcalf, the wannabe baseball player pining after his brother's fiancée on the 1940s-era drama series, "Homefront" (ABC, 1991-93). Following his Broadway debut in "Picnic" (1994) and a small role in "Mulholland Falls" (1996), Chandler followed up with yet another endearing performance on the offbeat fantasy drama series, "Early Edition" (CBS, 1996-2001). The versatile utility player would go on to portray a wide variety of roles in films and on television, ranging from a co-starring role opposite Joan Cusack on the short-lived sitcom "What About Joan?" (ABC, 2001-02), to Peter Jackson's epic big screen remake of "King Kong" (2005). But it was his supporting turn as a morally conflicted high school football coach constantly forced to choose between winning games and doing what is right on the gritty drama series "Friday Night Lights" (NBC/DirecTV, 2006-2011) that put him on the map. Despite critical praise and a loyal audience, the series struggled in the ratings and courted cancellation on several occasions. Regardless of the series' ups and downs, Chandler enjoyed success and recognition that endeared him to a new generation of fans and set him up for a promising film career.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Broken City (2013)
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 Argo (2012)
5.
 Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
6.
 Super 8 (2011)
7.
 Morning (2010)
9.
 Kingdom, The (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1988:
Brought to Hollywood as part of an ABC new talent program
1989:
Featured in the CBS production of "Home Fires Burning"
1990:
Played supporting role of Pvt. William Griner on Vietnam-era drama "Tour of Duty" (CBS)
1991:
First role as a series regular, playing baseball player Jeff Metcalf on ABC's "Homefront"
1992:
Made feature film debut as the ambitious boyfriend of Lesley Ann Warren in "Pure Country"
1994:
Broadway debut, co-starred with Ashley Judd in the Roundabout theater production of "Picnic"
1996:
Landed small role in "Mulholland Falls"
1996:
Played a man who had the ability to change future disasters on CBS series "Early Edition"
2000:
Made TV directorial debut on an episode of "Early Edition"
2000:
Returned to series TV as Cusack's love interest on ABC's "What About Joan"
2003:
Cast in HBO original movie "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself"
2005:
Played Bruce Baxter in Peter Jackson's "King Kong," a remake of the 1933 classic
2006:
Earned an Emmy nomination for his role as a bomb squad leader on a multi-part episode of "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
2006:
Delivered breakthrough performance as team coach Eric Taylor on acclaimed drama series "Friday Night Lights" (NBC); earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2010)
2007:
Joined ensemble cast in Peter Berg's action drama "The Kingdom"
2008:
Appeared in remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
2011:
Starred in the J. J. Abrams directed and Steven Spielberg produced sci-fi thriller "Super 8"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series
2012:
Cast in political thriller "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck
2012:
Played the head C.I.A operative in Pakistan in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty," based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden
2013:
Cast alongside Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in crime drama "Broken City"
2013:
Featured in "The Spectacular Now"
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Education

George Walton Academy: Monroe , Georgia -
University of Georgia: Athens , Georgia -

Notes

"I've never pictured myself as 'the hunk'. It's not like me at all, and, at first, it was very offputting for me. All my friends still laugh when they read about me as some sort of hunk." --Kyle Chandler in THE NEW YORK POST, November 21, 1996.

"When you get a new show or you get a nice role . . . all of a sudden you're the buzz. But when that show's over and you're not working or doing anything, all of a sudden there's no buzz. So I play like there's not buzz, like it's temporary. Besides, my friends don't let me get out of hand. My family doesn't either." --Kyle CHANDLER in USA TODAY, November 1, 1996.

"He has the feel of a Jimmy Stewart." --Bob Brush, executive producer of "Early Edition" to PEOPLE, September 2, 1996.

"He has really cool eyebrows." --Shanesia Davis, who co-stars as Marissa Clark on "Early Edition," to PEOPLE, September 2, 1996.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Kathryn Kyl Chandler. Screenwriter.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Edward Chandler. Pharmaceutical sales representative.
mother:
Sally Chandler. Dog breeder.

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