With an athletic frame and soulful eyes, Chandler has spent most of his career playing manly but sensitive TV hunks. Raised on a farm in a small Georgia town, he made his first big impression as an aspiring baseball player on the '40s-era drama Homefront
. He enjoyed steady employment on his next series, Early Edition
, as a stockbroker who received tomorrow's newspaper in advance. Although he popped up in small film roles over the years, notably as a pompous actor in the 2005 remake of King Kong
, Chandler fared best on the small screen, making an explosive impression with his Emmy-nominated guest stint on Grey's Anatomy
as a sexy bomb-squad member and following it up with a plum role as a high-school football coach on the drama Friday Night Lights
. When he's not acting, he enjoys cooking and riding his motorcycle.Kyle Chandler Fast Facts:
- Grew up on a farm in Georgia.
- Became interested in theater while a student at the University of Georgia.
- Worked as a bouncer in a Hollywood nightclub before breaking into show business; also sold souvenirs at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.
- Earned an Outer Critics Circle Award in 1994 for his stage performance in Picnic.
- Won the 1996 Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Television Series for Early Edition.
- Kyle Chandler Relationships:
- Kathryn Kyl Chandler - Wife
- Sawyer Chandler - Daughter
- Sydney Chandler - Daughter
- Edward Chandler - Father
- Sally Chandler - Mother
- Kyle Chandler Awards:
- 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
- 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2011 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
- Attended University of Georgia, Athens, GA