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Kyle Chandler is an American actor who portrays Eric Taylor on the Friday Night Lights television series.


Kyle is the fourth child and youngest of four children born to Edward Chandler and Sally Jeanette (nee Meyer). His father was a pharmaceutical sales rep and his mother was a dog breeder. Kyle was raised Roman Catholic. He was raised in Lake Forest, Illinois and then his family moved to Loganville, Georgia. His father, Edward died when Kyle was 14. His mother, Sally, continued to raise Kyle and his other 3 siblings while running Sheenwater Kennels, a Great Dane dog breeding business. Kyle graduated from George Walton Academy, a private school in Monroe, Georgia, class of 1983. Kyle played football while at the Academy but left the team after his father died. Kyle attended the University of Georgia and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. In 1988, just seven credits short of a bachelor's degree, Kyle dropped out of college to pursue acting. Sally died in 2014 from Alzheimer's Disease. Kyle has been married to his wife Kathryn since 1995 with whom he has two daughters named Sawyer and Sydney. Kyle and Sawyer have been active in their pursuit to end shark finning.[1]



  • Slumberland (2022) • Nemo
  • Godzilla vs Kong (2021) • Dr. Mark Russell
  • The Midnight Sky (2020) • Mitchell
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) • Dr. Mark Russell
  • First Man (2018) • Deek Slayton
  • Game Night (2018) • Brooks Davis


  • Super Pumped (2022) -•- Bill Gurley
  • Mayor of Kingstown (2021) -•- Mitch McLusky (1 episode)


  • His older brother, Brian, is a successful attorney in Houston, Texas. During his brief stint on The Lyons Den (2003), Brian would offer tips on how to act like a lawyer and served as a model for some of Kyle's mannerisms on the show.
  • He received one of the faux "Bruce Baxter" posters from King Kong (2005) as a souvenir.
  • He and Kathryn are the godparents of Paton Ashbrook, the daughter of Lorenzo Lamas and Daphne Ashbrook, the latter who is known for her role as Dr. Grace Holloway in Doctor Who
  • Had a star near Orion's Belt named for him in September 2007.


  1. Note: Shark finning the removal of a shark's fins


Friday Night Lights Television Series Cast
Kyle ChandlerConnie BrittonGaius CharlesZach GilfordMinka KellyTaylor KitschAdrianne PalickiJesse PlemonsScott PorterAimee TeegardenMatt LauriaMichael B. JordanJurnee SmollettMadison BurgeGrey Damon
Brad LelandBlue DeckertDerek PhillipsStacey OristanoLouanne StephensBrent SmigaLiz MikelNieko MannWhitney McCauleyMark NutterKatherine WillisJoey TrutyKate KrauseMerrilee McCommas
Guest Stars
Aasha DavisAlexandra HoldenAldis HodgeWalter Perez