Top 25 Favorite Twin Peaks Characters

I Love Twin Peaks to death. It is my all time favorite show, despite the fact that I wasn't alive when it was on. I decided that the best way to show such an affection was to make a list of my favorite characters. Just as a note, the two Donnas count as one, since I feel both actresses did an excellent job portraying her. Otherwise, Enjoy!
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1.
Kyle MacLachlan
Actor, Twin Peaks
The "boy next door, if that boy spent lots of time alone in the basement", is how Rich Cohen described Kyle MacLachlan in a 1994 article for "Rolling Stone" magazine. That distinctly askew wholesomeness made MacLachlan a natural to become famous as the alter ego of twisted director David Lynch...
“ Special Agent Dale Cooper ” - sincity208
 
2.
Michael Ontkean
Michael Ontkean, the Cando-American actor best known for playing the minor league hockey player Ned Braden in the cult classic Slap Shot, was born on January 24, 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His parents Leonard and Muriel (née Cooper) Ontkean were actors. Michael appeared on the Canadian TV series Hudson's Bay...
“ Sheriff Harry S. Truman ” - sincity208
 
3.
Sheryl Lee
"Dead, wrapped in plastic" is how Sheryl Lee entered onto the scene as Laura Palmer, the doomed homecoming queen on the cult TV series Twin Peaks. Lee was born April 27, 1967 in Germany. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado, spending much of her youth studying dance before knee injuries ended her hope of becoming a dancer...
“ Laura Palmer ” - sincity208
 
4.
Dana Ashbrook
Growing up in San Diego, becoming an actor came naturally to Dana Ashbrook. His father is the director of the Palomar College Department of Performing Arts, and his mother is a teacher who performs in local theater. His sisters, Daphne Ashbrook and Taylor Ashbrook, are also working actresses. His own career started while still in his teens...
“ Bobby Briggs ” - sincity208
 
5.
Mädchen Amick
Born and raised in Sparks, Nevada, Madchen Amick was encouraged by her parents to follow her own creative instincts where she learned the skill of playing the piano, bass, violin and guitar as well as being able to do tap, ballet, jazz and modern dancing. In 1987 at the age of 16, she traveled to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting
“ Shelly Johnson ” - sincity208
 
6.
Michael J. Anderson
Michael Anderson was born in Huron, South Dakota, at 10:30 P.M., on Halloween night. Subject to a genetic anomaly known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, he grew up in a wheelchair. After graduating high school, he traveled America, singing for tips and living in his car. For six years, he attended the University of Colorado where he majored in numerous subjects ranging from philosophy to microbiology...
“ The Man from Another Planet ” - sincity208
 
7.
Frank Silva
A native of central California, Frank Silva majored in theater at San Francisco State University where he received a master's degree in light design. He worked with director David Lynch on several of his movies (Dune, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart) as a prop master and set decorator. While Silva was working...
“ BOB ” - sincity208
 
8.
Ray Wise
Actor, RoboCop
Raymond Herbert "Ray" Wise (born August 20, 1947) is an American actor. Some of his best-known roles include Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks, henchman Leon C. Nash in RoboCop, Jack Taggart Sr. in Jeepers Creepers II, the Devil in the CW television series Reaper, Donald Wadsworth in Suburban Gothic...
“ Leland Palmer ” - sincity208
 
9.
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ Gordon Cole ” - sincity208
 
10.
Sherilyn Fenn
The sultry, versatile Sherilyn Fenn was born Sheryl Ann Fenn into a family of musicians of Italian and Hungarian descent on her mother's side and of Irish and French descent on her father's. Her mother Arlene Quatro played keyboard in rock bands, her aunt is rock-star Suzi Quatro and her grandfather Art Quatro was a jazz musician...
“ Audrey Horne ” - sincity208
 
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“ Windom Earle ” - sincity208
 
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“ Agent Albert Rossenfield ” - sincity208
 
13.
Lara Flynn Boyle
Lara Flynn Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa on March 24, 1970 to 21-year old Sally Boyle. For Sally and young Lara, money was not plentiful so Sally was required to work three jobs in addition to raising baby Lara by herself. Since Lara was mostly around Sally, they developed a bond that still binds Lara and Sally today...
“ Donna Hayward (TV Show) ” - sincity208
 
14.
Moira Kelly
Actress, The Lion King
Born March 6, 1968 in Queens, New York, she is the third of six kids. Her father, Peter, was trained as a concert violinist. Her mother, Anne, is a nurse. Both are Irish immigrants. Moira was raised in Ronkonkoma, NY. She attended Connetquot Senior High School and graduated in the class of 1986. Later Moira attended Marymount Manhattan College...
“ Donna Hayward (Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me) ” - sincity208
 
15.
Jack Nance
Actor, Eraserhead
Born in Boston of Irish ancestry and raised in Dallas, Jack Nance traveled throughout the country doing children's theater. For eight years, he performed with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Later, he became involved with avant-garde theater. He first met David Lynch in the early 1970s in Philadelphia while he was performing in a local theater...
“ Pete Martell ” - sincity208
 
16.
“ Leo Johnson ” - sincity208
 
17.
“ Norma Jennings ” - sincity208
 
18.
Everett McGill
Everett McGill was born Charles Everett McGill III on October 21, 1945 in Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated from Rosedale High School in Kansas City, Kansas in 1963. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. McGill first gained attention from his memorable portrayal of Naoh, the leader of the Caveman tribe in Quest for Fire...
“ Ed Hurley ” - sincity208
 
19.
Harry Goaz
Actor, Twin Peaks
Born in North Carolina, grew up in Beaumont, Texas, Harry Goaz did not become interested in acting until after he graduated from the University of Texas. He then settled in Los Angeles and studied acting under Bill Traylor at The Loft while working as a driver. He first met David Lynch while driving...
“ Deputy Andy Brenneman ” - sincity208
 
20.
David Duchovny
David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Amram Ducovny, was a writer and publicist who was from a family of Jewish immigrants (from Ukraine and Poland), and worked for the American Jewish Committee. His mother, Margaret (Miller), was a Scottish-born school teacher...
“ Agent Dennis/ Denise ” - sincity208
 
21.
Lenny von Dohlen
Lenny von Dohlen was born in Augusta, Georgia. As a child, he wished to become a jockey, but grew too tall for his dream. He graduated from the University of Texas/Austin and majored in drama at Loretto Heights College. His film debut was in the Academy Award-winning Tender Mercies, starring Robert Duvall...
“ Harold Smith ” - sincity208
 
22.
Russ Tamblyn
Russ Tamblyn might as well face it...he will be a Jet "till his last dying day." Indelibly linked to the "womb to tomb" role of Riff, the knife-wielding, rocket-tempered, Edward Villella-styled gang leader of the streetwise Jets in the musical film masterpiece West Side Story, it's not a bad way to be remembered...
“ Dr. Lawrence Jacoby ” - sincity208
 
23.
Richard Beymer
Iowa-born Richard Beymer's most famous role may have been Tony in West Side Story , but he has given good performances both before and since that film in his more than 50-year career. His debut was in Indiscretion of an American Wife (US title: "The Indiscretion of an American Wife) by famed Italian director Vittorio De Sica and he worked steadily...
“ Benjamin Horne ” - sincity208
 
24.
Kimmy Robertson
Kimmy Robertson began her career as a ballet dancer but her distinctive sense of humor and quirky style brought her to the attention of an agent who happened to worked in the same office as her ballet company. After at first being unsure about becoming an actor, Kimmy was then hired for the first role she auditioned for in the teen comedy The Last American Virgin...
“ Lucy Moran ” - sincity208
 
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“ Deputy Tommy Hawke Hill ” - sincity208
 
26.
Piper Laurie
Actress, Carrie
Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant and her mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Her father moved the family to Los Angeles, California, when she was 6-years-old...
“ Catherine Martell ” - sincity208