Friday, April 9, 2010


Released by Kim Potts/Inside TV

'Twin Peaks,' David Lynch's cult classic serial drama about the quirky, cherry pie-and-coffee-lovin' FBI agent Dale Cooper and the mysteries he investigates among the equally quirky denizens of fictional Twin Peaks, Washington, debuted 20 years ago today. And because its impact on pop culture endures -- as do airings of the series on A&E's Crime and Investigation Network, as well as NBC Universal's Chiller -- it's the perfect time to catch up with what the Lynchian stars have been up to in the past two decades.

Kyle MacLachlan
Special Agent Dale Cooper
MacLachlan, a frequent David Lynch film star before settling down in 'Twin Peaks,' has continued to play roles that capitalize on his handsome figure and offbeat on-screen presence. After co-starring in the notoriously cheesy 'Showgirls,' MacLachlan starred in another fan-fave TV show, playing Charlotte's mama's boy hubby Trey on 'Sex and the City.' He also voiced media mogul Donald Love in the videogame 'Grand Theft Auto III,' played a father who murdered his own child on an episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' and, since 2006, has played the sometimes creepy, sometimes endearing Orson Hodge on 'Desperate Housewives.' New York City resident MacLachlan, who is a frequent guest host on 'Live With Regis & Kelly,' became a first-time father at age 49 when son Callum was born in 2008. The star, who was once engaged to supermodel Linda Evangelista, also co-owns the Pursued by Bear winery, and he and wife Desiree publish a Web site and series of YouTube videos dedicated to their dogs, Mookie and Sam.
Sheryl Lee                                                                                                          
Laura Palmer
Hired to play the murdered Laura Palmer when David Lynch wanted to cast someone from the local area (Seattle) where 'Twin Peaks' was filmed, Lee impressed the filmmaker so much that he later created the part of Laura's lookalike cousin Maddy for her, to give her more to do on the show. Post-'Twin Peaks,' Lee went on to star in the movies 'Backbeat,' 'Vampires' and 'Notes From the Underground,' co-starred on Broadway with Al Pacino in 'Salome' and, before her 'Twin Peaks' co-star Kyle MacLachlan joined the cast, she was hired to play the role of another dead woman, narrator Mary-Alice Young, in the original 'Desperate Housewives' pilot (she was replaced by Brenda Strong before the series premiered). Married to musician (and Neil Diamond's son) Jesse Diamond, Lee has a son, Elijah, and most recently played Peyton's birth mother on 'One Tree Hill,' was Brian Darling's babymama on 'Dirty Sexy Money,' guest-starred on 'House' and 'CSI: New York' and did voicework for the new 'BioShock 2' videogame.
Michael Ontkean
Harry S. Truman
Ontkean, a Division I college hockey player whose first major role was in the 1977 Paul Newman sports comedy classic 'Slap Shot,' was also known for starring in Aaron Spelling's 1970s ABC cop drama 'The Rookies' before he became 'Twin Peaks' Sheriff Harry S. Truman, and for starring in the big-screen drama 'Making Love,' one of the first mainstream Hollywood movies about a closeted gay man in a heterosexual marriage. Ontkean, whose on-screen wife was Kate Jackson, while Harry Hamlin played his character's first gay lover, took the 'Making Love' role after director Arthur Hiller ('Love Story' and 'The In-Laws') had approached Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford and William Hurt, among others, about the part. Post-'Peaks,' he's been in a staple of made-for-TV movies, and guest-starred in TV series like 'The Outer Limits' and the short-lived 'North Shore.' Most recently, Ontkean, who lives in Hawaii with his wife and two children, guest-starred on the (now-defunct) Canadian and ABC Family drama 'Sophie.'

Ray Wise
Leland Palmer
One of the most prolific actors in Hollywood, Wise began his career in daytime TV, starring for six years on the CBS soap 'Love of Life.' Pre-'Twin Peaks,' he starred in 'RoboCop' and 'Swamp Thing' on the big screen, as well as hit TV shows like 'Dallas,' 'Knots Landing,' 'The A-Team,' 'L.A. Law' and 'Moonlighting.' After playing Leland, the BOB-possessed murderer of his own daughter, Wise has continued to be one of the busiest character actors in TV and movies, starring with George Clooney in 'Good Night, and Good Luck' on the big-screen, playing Vice President Hal Gardner on the fifth season of '24,' and playing one of his most-loved TV roles ever -- as the Devil -- in the dramedy 'Reaper.' Most recently, Wise has guest-starred on 'Numb3rs,' 'Psych,' 'Castle' and 'Dollhouse,' and has roles in more than half a dozen upcoming movies, including reprising his role as Taggart in 'Jeepers Creepers 3.'

Lara Flynn Boyle
Donna Hayward
Before playing Laura Palmer's BFF on 'Twin Peaks,' Boyle had minor parts in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' and 'Dead Poets Society,' though her scenes were cut before the movies hit theaters. Post-'Twin Peaks,' she continued to make her biggest splash on TV, where she starred in 'Huff' and 'Las Vegas,' and, most notably, where she earned an Emmy nomination for her role as ADA Helen Gamble on 'The Practice.' On the big screen, she played Wayne's clumsy, clingy ex-girlfriend Stacy in 'Wayne's World,' starred in 'Threesome,' 'Red Rock West' and 'Men in Black II,' and is the 'Fatal Attraction'-ish titular psycho in the guilty pleasure, oh-so-Netflix-able 1993 thriller 'The Temp.' The tabloid magnet, who has dated Richard Dean Anderson, Harrison Ford, David Spade, Eric Dane, 'Peaks' co-star Kyle MacLachlan and, most famously, Jack Nicholson, and was the subject of much eating disorder and plastic surgery speculation during and before her time on 'The Practice,' most recently guest-starred on TV in an episode of 'Law & Order,' and stars in the upcoming big-screen comedy 'Cougar Hunting' and the drama 'Deauville.'

Peggy Lipton
Norma Jennings
'The Mod Squad' star, ex-wife of Quincy Jones and mother of 'The Office' and 'Park and Recreation' star Rashida Jones, played the owner of Twin Peaks' Double R Diner, and the slinger of the "damn fine coffee and cherry pie" that Agent Cooper loved. Since 'Twin Peaks' ended, Lipton has penned an autobiography, 'Breathing Out,' in which she revealed she'd had an affair with Paul McCartney before she starred on 'The Mod Squad,' and she survived a 2004 battle with colon cancer. She also made memorable guest appearances on 'Wings,' 'Popular' and 'Alias,' played the ex-wife of Dennis Hopper's Ben on 'Crash' last season, and, earlier this year, co-starred in the Kristen Bell/Josh Duhamel romantic comedy 'When in Rome.'

Sherilyn Fenn
Audrey Horne
Vampy rich girl Audrey was played by Fenn, whose most famous pre-'Peaks' roles were in the cult fave teen comedy 'Just One of the Guys' and an appearance on '21 Jump Street' with then-fiancee Johnny Depp. Audrey Horne was her breakout role, though Fenn later turned down the chance to star as the character in a 'Twin Peaks' spin-off series. Instead, since the show ended, she has played Curley's wife in the Gary Sinise/John Malkovich version of 'Of Mice and Men,' played Elizabeth Taylor in the made-for-TV miniseries 'Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story' and played Ginger, the one-legged woman who was skeeved by Chandler's third nipple in an episode of 'Friends.' She also starred in 'Boxing Helena,' the big-screen drama in which her titular Helena was the amputated object of obsession of Julian Sands' character, she played a washed-up soap actress in the Showtime drama series 'Rude Awakening,' she played Lulu Hogg in the 'Dukes of Hazzard' movie prequel 'The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning,' and she had recurring roles on 'Dawson's Creek,' 'Boston Public' and 'Gilmore Girls,' as the mother of the daughter Luke never knew he had. Last year, she guest starred as a lesbian counterfeiter on 'In Plain Sight,' and launched her personal blog, Postcards From the Ledge.

M├Ądchen Amick
Shelly Johnson
Double R Diner server Shelly was played by Amick, who made the abused Shelly one of the show's most popular characters. After 'Twin Peaks,' she landed the leads in two more series, 'Central Park West' and a 'Fantasy Island' remake, which were both short-lived. Like former co-star Sherilyn Fenn, she also had recurring roles on 'Gilmore Girls' and 'Dawson's Creek,' as well as on 'ER,' 'Joey,' 'Kidnapped,' 'Jake in Progress' and 'Californication.' She played the female leads in 'Viva Laughlin' and 'My Own Worst Enemy,' was Nate's cougar lover on 'Gossip Girl,' and, this year, has had recurring guest roles on 'Damages' and 'CSI: NY' (as the love interest of Gary Sinise's Mac). Next up, she's signed on for a role in the Fox fall drama pilot 'Pleading Guilty,' co-starring John Larroquette and Jason Isaacs, a legal thriller based on a Scott Turow novel.

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