Dale Cooper is the main protagonist of the David Lynch's Twin Peaks franchise, appearing in the original show from 1990-1991 and then in the 2017 limited series revival Twin Peaks: The Return, as well as the 1992 movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (although in a supporting role). He is portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan, who also plays two other characters in the franchise such as Dougie Jones and Cooper's evil doppelganger.

Dale is an FBI agent who is sent to the town of Twin Peaks to solve the murder of a girl named Laura Palmer. He later becomes trapped in the waiting room of the mysterious realm known as the Black Lodge, and doesn't resurface until over a quarter of a century later, in which he attempts to gain back his memories and return to Twin Peaks.


Twin Peaks (1990-1991)

Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)



  • Originally Cooper's role was meant to be bigger in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, but he was reduced to a supporting role on actor Kyle MacLachlan's request, as at the time he didn't want to be typecast with the character.
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