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!
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
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
"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
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...
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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
Michael J. Anderson
Michael Anderson was born in Huron, South Dakota, at 10:30pm, 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...
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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
“ Leland Palmer ” - sincity208
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Chambers Lynch
shortly after he turned 21...
“ Gordon Cole ” - sincity208
Her childhood was filled with change. Sheryl Ann (later "Sherilyn") was the youngest of 3 kids. She and her two older brothers were raised by their musician mom, Arlene Quatro
, who moved the family around Michigan. She and her mom went to L.A. when Sherilyn was 17. Within a couple of years, Sherilyn was working in TV and film...
“ Audrey Horne ” - sincity208
“ Windom Earle ” - sincity208
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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
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
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...
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“ Leo Johnson ” - sincity208
“ Norma Jennings ” - sincity208
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
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
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
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
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
Born in Avoca, Iowa and moved with his parents to Hollywood, California in the late 1940s, Richard Beymer acted in various films while attending North Hollywood High School. He enjoys making his own films and has a film used in a PBS series on the civil rights movement.
“ Benjamin Horne ” - sincity208
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
“ Deputy Tommy Hawke Hill ” - sincity208
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...
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