- Was an Eagle Scout as a teen.
- Trained to be a painter.
- Was accepted into the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies in 1970.
- Turned down George Lucas' offer to direct Return of the Jedi (1983) in favor of making Dune (1984).
- In the 1980s, he went to the same Bob's Big Boy restaurant every day for years where he drank a chocolate shake, several cups of coffee and scribbled ideas on napkins.
- Refused to allow DVDs of his movies to include chapter stops.
- In 2010 and 2011, he provided the voice of Gus, a bartender, on the animated sitcom The Cleveland Show.
- Also in 2011, directed a concert film, streamed via computer, featuring Duran Duran. Lead singer Simon Le Bon gushed that he and the rest of the guys in the band were major Lynch fans.
- Designed a nightclub, Silencio, that opened in Paris in 2011. It was inspired by his 2001 film Mulholland Dr.
- 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
- 2001, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: Nominee
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- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics: Nominee
- 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special: Nominee
- 1981, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1987, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
- 1981, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
- 1990, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
- 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
- 2001, Cannes Film Festival — Best Director: Winner
- 2002, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special: Nominee
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: Nominee
- 1986, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
- 1981, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
- 2002, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
- 1980, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
- 1980, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1981, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Drama: Nominee
- 2000, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
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- 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
- 1980, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
- 1999, European Film Awards — Screen International Award - Best Non-European Film: Winner
- 2006, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
- 1987, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- Isabella Rossellini — Ex-significant Other
- Donald Lynch — Father
- Mary Sweeney — Ex-wife
- Riley Sweeney Lynch — Son
- Peggy Reavey — Ex-wife
- Austin Jack Lynch — Son
- Sunny Lynch — Mother
- Mary Fisk — Ex-wife
- Emily Stofle — Wife
- Jennifer Chambers Lynch — Daughter
- Attended Corcoran School of Art, Washington, District of Columbia, United States; attended Boston Museum School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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