Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Aug 26, 2011

Beyond The Lights Celebrity Golf Classic Increases Its Success - Two Charities Benefit

Celebrity Golf Classic Founded by "Friday Night Lights" Cast and Crew Has Best Year Yet

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) August 26, 2011

The Beyond the Lights Celebrity Golf Classic and Disc Golf Classic successfully raised over $200,000 at its 4th Annual event on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14th, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa with net proceeds benefitting Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. Each successive year the tournament has shattered the previous year’s expectations due to the intense level of commitment from sponsors, celebrities, friends and volunteers. This year’s picture-perfect day of golf, with an evening gala and disc golf tournament was hosted by “Friday Night Lights” actors Kyle Chandler and Brad Leland.

Celebrities in attendance included actors Scott Porter, Taylor Kitsch, and Jesse Plemons from DirecTV/NBC’s critically acclaimed television series “Friday Night Lights”, Dallas Cowboys coach Dave Campo and player Terence Newman, Rex Linn from “CSI Miami” and new University of Texas Defensive Coordinator, Manny Diaz, among others.

The voice of the Dallas Cowboys, Brad Sham, and KBLJ Radio’s Ed Clements presided over the Gala’s live auction. Live auction packages included a trip for four to the Hollywood Movie Premiere of Super 8, and set tours of “CSI Miami” hosted by Rex Linn.

Founded by Kyle Chandler, Brad Leland and “Friday Night Lights” camera operator Heather Page, the tournaments and gala raise funds for charities that help those with spinal cord injuries. Event Director, Heather Page, stated, “That the TV series was coming to an end made the 2011 event seem bittersweet at first. We weren’t sure if we’d continue on beyond the length of the show, but this year’s event proves that support for our efforts to help these spinal cord injury charities continues to grow. So, we’re looking forward to planning next year’s tournament and keeping Beyond the Lights an event that people can look forward to every year.”

For more information about the Beyond the Lights Celebrity Golf Classic and their charities, go to, or contact Heather Page, heather(at)beyondthelights(dot)org, (323) 359-3599


Aug 25, 2011

‘Friday Night Lights’ Coach, Kyle Chandler, Added to Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’

I’ve recently been using the magic of streaming video services to catch up with Peter Berg’s high school football melodrama Friday Night Lights. The show isn’t great, it’s got its good points and bad points, but easily the strongest aspect of the whole thing is not the teenagers or the football, it’s the marriage between main character Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife Tami (Connie Britton). A lot of why it works is that their relationship is written more real, and with less forced crisis than any other marriage I’ve seen on a prime time drama, but the other part of why it works is because Kyle Chandler is just such a warm, engaging presence on the screen. And now that the show is over he’s going to need to find some more work.

I’m rooting for the guy. He landed a pretty big role in J.J. Abrams Super 8 earlier this summer, and that’s got to help some with his visibility. And in a current piece focusing on the actor in USA Today, they’ve revealed that he has a small role in Ben Affleck’s upcoming hostage thriller Argo. I hadn’t heard his name attached to that film yet, and a quick look at the IMDB page reveals that it hasn’t been added there, so let’s treat this as news. And also I’ll treat it as an excuse to talk a bit more about the cast that Affleck has assembled. I already reported on the story that John Goodman was joining the film some time ago. But in addition to that, he’s also got names like Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and film legend Alan Alda on board as well. Plus, Affleck himself is playing one of the lead roles, and while he has his detractors, and I can admit that he’s hit or miss depending on the material, I’ve always liked him when he’s acting in something that he clearly cares about. I hadn’t been paying Argo that much attention, but suddenly it’s put together quite an awesome little cast, and right under my nose to boot. You win this round, Affleck.

Casting Bits: Kyle Chandler in "Argo"

2011 by Russ Fischer

It’s not a stretch, I think, to call this the ‘fan-favorite actors’ edition of casting bits. Kyle Chandler, Alexander Skarsgård and Rob Corddry all fall into that catergory, I’d say. So after the break, you’ll find:

  • Kyle Chandler joins Ben Affleck’s Argo,
  • Rob Corddry looks set for zombification in Warm Bodies,
  • and Michael Nyqvist & Alexander Skarsgård are among the crew joining the ‘modern communication’ indie story Disconnect.

This first one is a small note, but I think it’s the first we’ve heard of it: Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights and Super 8 has “a small part” in Argo, the film that Ben Affleck is about to direct. That’s per USA Today, which has a feature on the actor’s career. No more details, sadly, but given that Argo already boasts Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Scoot McNairy, things are looking pretty good.

(To refresh: Argo is based on the true story of a CIA crew that attempted to extract diplomat hostigaes from Tehran during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. They did this by posing as a crew setting up a big sci-fi film to shoot in Iran. “Stranger than fiction,” and all that.)

Aug 24, 2011

Kyle Chandler Won't Sit on the Bench For Long

"I just went and saw Crazy, Stupid, Love. Julianne Moore — I've been in love with her since Boogie Nights. But also, The Big Lebowski. Ohhh, she's hot in that," Chandler says with a smile and a sigh. "I fell in love with her. I think I had a chance to be in something with her at one point, but I didn't get the part."

It's been a good year for Chandler, 45. First, his beloved but chronically ratings-challenged series Friday Night Lights wrapped up five seasons with a heart-wrenching finale in February. Chandler, his TV wife, Connie Britton, and the show nabbed Emmy nominations for the final season.

And in June, Chandler played a taciturn town cop in the box-office smash Super 8, from director J.J. Abrams.

"I've moved on from the show. I moved on after we did the wrap party. I'm glad the show ended as strong as it did," Chandler says.

Now, Chandler, who's based in Texas with his wife, Kathryn, and teenage daughters, Sawyer and Sydney, is being selective about what's next for him.

"Right now, I'm going around and meeting with people. Television, cable, features are always out there. Thank goodness I've saved my money."

He has a small part in Ben Affleck's political thriller Argo, about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. And there's talk of another Friday Night Lights movie, this one a sequel to the TV series.

"I'm in a great position now where I've got recognition. I'm not recognized too much. I think I'm recognized enough by the industry. (Friday Night Lights executive producer) Pete Berg said, 'No one knows who the hell you are, and you've been working for 20 years.'

"That doesn't bother me too much, as long as people in Hollywood know. I want to find material that piques my interest, keeps me outside the box and challenges me."

In person, Chandler is unfailingly well-mannered and unpretentious, if reserved and exceedingly private during an afternoon interview at the famous Salt Lick barbecue. A neighbor's daughter, he says, works here as a server.

But as far as his own kids go, he's loath to divulge much.

"We do what families do. I don't know what to say other than that. My daughter loves horses. My other daughter loves soccer. The one thing that we don't get enough of, what we're always trying to figure out how to get enough of, is just spending time together."

He has a dry, understated, blink-and-you-miss-it sense of humor. Ask Chandler about his Emmy nomination, his third, and he says he's honored and proud. But it sure would be nice to finally win: "Otherwise, I'm just a loser."

Rest assured that the real Chandler doesn't have his character's wisdom or clear-eyed insight. "If I was as beloved as Coach Taylor was … I'd be very beloved."

Nor is he eager to assume any real-life coaching duties. "I'm back to me again. I've had requests to do speeches for teams," he says. "Coach Taylor lives in Dillon. That's about 60 miles east of here. So they have to go find him."

Check out the link for video:

Kyle Chandler Lends Support to Texas Wildlife Relief Fund


Friday Night Lights, Super 8 Star Urges Texans to Support the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund, Become a Volunteer Firefighter


Actor Kyle Chandler, best known recently for his roles as Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights and Deputy Jackson Lamb in Super 8, will serve as spokesperson for two public service campaigns to help raise awareness and funds for Texas’ 1,400 volunteer fire departments.

“Kyle is stepping up in a big way to help raise funds and awareness for volunteer fire departments all across our state,” said Chris Barron, Executive Director of the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas.

“We’re thrilled to have the added star power to draw additional attention to a critical cause.”

Chandler taped the PSAs in Austin this week: “We Care,” emphasizes the urgent funding and equipment needs of volunteer firefighters; and, “Become a Volunteer Firefighter” urges Texans to join first responders as volunteer firefighters in their local communities. “It’s an honor to support our volunteer firefighters,” Chandler said. “And, when Texans learn that more than 77 percent of fire departments in our state are staffed by volunteers, I hope they’ll join me in donating to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund and also consider giving their time in service to their local volunteer fire department.”

The Texas Wildlife Relief Fund is a statewide non--profit that is working to raise funds and awareness about the ongoing crisis facing first responders battling wildfires across Texas. Eight--six percent of the state's volunteer firefighters use personal funds for their department's safety equipment and supply needs. As Texas struggles with one of the worst droughts and wildfire seasons in state history, these volunteer first responders and their limited budgets are stretched thin.

The PSA campaigns are sche
duled to begin airing in Fall 2011. Follow SFFMA on Facebook ( and Twitter (@sffma) for a sneak peek and behind the scenes look at the Kyle Chandler volunteer firefighter PSAs. Secure, tax--deductible online donations to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund can be made by visiting,

Texans interested in service as a volunteer firefighter in their local community should visit the SFFMA website at for more information.

Aug 23, 2011

See You on the Flip Side, FNLs

Here is an excellent article on Friday Night Lights from ESPN, discussing Coach Taylor's big decision in the finale. Go to this link and scroll down to: Friday Night Lights.

Aug 17, 2011

Emmy 2011: Why Kyle Chandler Embraces His Underdog Status

Emmys 2011: Why Kyle Chandler Embraces His Underdog Status (Q&A)

The actor is nominated as outstanding lead actor in a drama series for the final season of "Friday Night Lights."

The ever-modest star of the departed DirecTV/NBC drama Friday Night Lights would never say it out loud. But to earn a first Emmy as a long shot for the final season of playing Coach Eric Taylor would be, for Kyle Chandler, the perfect FNL finale. In a chat with THR, the actor reflects on his big summer, lessons he learned filming FNL in Texas and how not being too famous suits him fine.

The Hollywood Reporter: You're coming off a huge summer with the Friday Night Lights finale, your role in Super 8 and now an Emmy nomination. You also seem incredibly humble. Are you able to bask in the limelight, even a little?

Kyle Chandler: (Laughs.) Well, I'm not sad about it. Super 8 was fantastic, it was great working with all those people. It was a very comfortable set and a very creative experience. I mean, come on, it was Steven Spielberg.

THR: You wrapped FNL in early 2010, so you've had more than a year to process the series coming to an end. How difficult was it to film the finale?

Chandler: It was bittersweet, obviously. Saying goodbye to the characters was like saying goodbye to good friends. I think it's similar to this: My brother works in psychology, with patients with split personalities, and what he tries to do is integrate those personalities so they slowly disappear. It felt like that with the final episode: We finally integrated to the point where the characters were gone, and now we're starting over and waiting for the next job. I liked Coach Taylor a lot -- I think he's a really cool guy. But he was just a little too Goody Two-shoes for me.

THR: What did you most take away from the show, in terms of its impact on your craft?

Chandler: That's very hard to answer. The most important part for me was being part of a group of people who all shared equally in the creative process. It was a complete, total learning experience that has totally changed what I strive to find in other projects. Luckily enough on Super 8, I ended up working with people who were very similar. I've been pretty damn fortunate the past few years, to say the least.

THR: How meaningful was it for FNL to have filmed in Austin, thousands of miles from the grind of Hollywood?

Chandler: I'll just say it's not always a negative thing to not have agents and publicists coming to the set every day. Not that that's a bad thing, but in a sense that kept us all feeling more like a real family.

THR: Is there a particular moment from filming the series that most sticks with you?

Chandler: Actually, one of the most exciting moments came in the very, very beginning, when we started the series after the pilot. [Producer] Pete Berg and all the actors were in a room together, and he laid out the rules on how we were going to be working. It was quite obvious that it was going to be something different from anything else I'd been involved with before.

THR: What were the rules?

Chandler: "Challenge the writing, challenge the producers, challenge the directors. Directors, challenge the actors, challenge the producers, challenge the writers. Writers, challenge the producers," etc. Everyone was given the order to challenge in an intelligent and collaborative way that really fired up people's imaginations. Pete was fantastic at turning us, for lack of a better term, into a team. No one was ever told "what to do" on the set; we were only told to do what we do best.

THR: Does it bother you that the show's consistently low ratings will forever be part of its legacy?

Chandler: Well, we all knew we were part of something special, so whenever people talked about the ratings, I'll tell you, I didn't give a damn about any of that. Of course, I just wanted the show to keep going. Selfishly, I've never had more fun working in my life, and I've never learned more. My job now is to take the lessons that I learned and share them with people in the next projects that I take on.

THR: It's almost as if you all graduated from Friday Night Lights Acting Academy.

Chandler: (Laughs.) Exactly. And it didn't hurt people, as you can see. Everyone from the cast is out there doing something really cool now -- Aimee Teegarden, Taylor Kitsch, Michael B. Jordan, Connie Britton and, of course, [showrunner] Jason Katims still has Parenthood. It's pretty awesome.

THR: Are you recognized in public more frequently these days?

Chandler: A little bit more, yeah, and people say things to me on the street more often. But I've been on the other side of that, too. You can pretend, "Oh, it's too difficult; oh, it's too much." But then it starts ending, and you have to bring up, "Oh, you know, I did that movie a couple years ago." It's a double-edged sword. That said, I can see where a high level of fame would easily be pain and anguish for people trying to raise a family. But I'm just not at that point. I'm not that famous, so there's a natural balance.

Aug 15, 2011

FNLs: On the Page and on the Small Screen

Just as Rick Perry has been haunting the announced Republican candidates in Iowa in preparation for his own entry into the campaign, Texas has been haunting me in the past week. Everywhere I look: Texas. I got through a marathon viewing of season four of Friday Night Lights only to discover that Netflix wasn't making season five available for instant viewing and the network was only making the final few episodes available on the net. Most of Mao's Last Dancer, a film I picked up earlier in the week, takes place in Houston. One of the books I have been reading, The Shooting Salvationist, deals with a true crime and trial in Midland and Austin; and the other which I have just finished in my Friday Night Lights binge is the H. G. Bissinger book on which the TV series was based. (Click the link below for the full article.)

Aug 13, 2011

12 Potentially Jawdropping Emmy Upsets

"Friday Night Lights"

"Friday Night Lights"

Could a show like "Friday Night Lights" win an Emmy as Best Drama Series for its final season, never having won the top prize before? It has only happened once before, with "Barney Miller" winning in 1982 after six consecutive losses (1976-1981) in the Best Comedy Series category. Unlike that situation, this is the first and last time "Friday Night Lights" is nodded in the top category. It has support from the actors branch with lead nods for both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, plus the writers branch with a bid for showrunner Jason Katims for the overall series finale, "Always." The show also received the Program of the Year award from the TV Critics Association this month. To win, it will have to upset the three-time reigning champ "Mad Men" and the recent Golden Globe and SAG ensemble winner "Boardwalk Empire."

Aug 12, 2011

Emmys: Kyle Chandler Looks Back on Friday Night Lights

A lot of drama did unfold around the weekly games, but its main focus was the tightly knit community off the football field. At the center stood Coach Eric Taylor and his wife, Tami, played by nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. Life in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas, was a struggle. Too many dreams were pinned on a team of boys and their talents. When those boys stumbled, Coach Taylor was there.

When looking back on the show and his role on it, Chandler is as open and gregarious as Coach Taylor was reserved. He occasionally slips into the present tense; even a year later, it’s not easy letting “Lights” go.

Read the interview here:

Coach Taylor's Hidden Farewell Speech

It’s been exactly four weeks since Friday Night Lights sailed beautifully through the big goalposts in the sky, so here’s another excuse to moisten those tear ducts. As it turns out, the ending of the original script for the finale included a heartfelt farewell speech by Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) that was to play over the moving montage that showed where our characters wound up eight months later. But when the producers reviewed that sequence during the editing process, “every one of those little moments was much more than what it felt like it was going to be in the script,” explains executive producer Jason Katims. “Because the images ran so long, it was hard for us to figure a graceful way to fit in the speech. Also, I just wanted to let the images stand for themselves…. I loved the speech and the way Kyle did it — and it was one of the things I was really looking forward to in the finale — but after looking at it both ways, I realized that the episode was stronger without it.”

Coach’s sentimental send-off may have been benched for the finale, but it was included on the season 5 DVD as an extra. Make that a well-hidden extra. To uncover it: Go to the menu screen for the finale, choose the “commentary off” button, click right, and select the small football that appears. For those of you with limited access to a DVD player, EW has made it extremely easy for you: Simply press play below. And if you find yourself getting too sad while listening to Coach sign off, just remember: We might see ‘em all again on the big screen!

Click this link, and scroll down to hear it:

Aug 9, 2011

TV Highlights & Lowpoints of 2010 - 2011

High Point Number 4: A Fond Farewell to Friday Night Lights and Smallville

...Friday Night Lights’s story is both tragic and triumphant. When I saw its first season, I was stunned by its quality, the brilliance of its camera work, the outstanding writing, and the astonishingly gifted cast. I told friends that it was one of the best shows on TV, and that it was going to win a huge number of Emmys. I believed Kyle Chandler (who played Coach Eric Taylor on the show) was a lock to win Best Actor and Connie Britton was equally certain to win Best Actress. And at bare minimum Taylor Kitsch, Zach Gilford, and Adrianne Palicki were certain to get Emmy noms for their supporting roles. ...

Aug 7, 2011

2011 Summer Press Tour: TCA Awards

Saturday evening, we press types put down our notebooks, laptops and recorders to gather in the International Ballroom -- home of the Golden Globes, as I've prattled on about before -- for the 27th annual TCA Awards.

Among the winners:

* "Friday Night Lights" won program of the year for its final season, and a group of cast members, including leads Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, came onstage for the award.

TCA Awards Honors Friday Night Lights

By Linda Holmes

"At any rate, these are awards I actually vote in, so I am proud — yes, proud! — to announce as the big news of the night that we honored Friday Night Lights, in its final season, as our Program Of The Year. It was very satisfying to be able to send off showrunner Jason Katims and actors like Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton with a standing ovation."

Aug 6, 2011

Aug 1, 2011

FNLs Boss Confirms Feature Film Buzz: 'We're Writing a Script Now'

Friday Night Lights exec producer Peter Berg is confirming what TVLine told you last month: He wants to bring the franchise back to the big screen, with Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton reprising their roles as Coach and Tami Taylor.

“We’re writing a script,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour following a panel for his NBC reboot of Prime Suspect. “We’ve been meeting with [fellow FNL EP] Jason Katims for the last couple of weeks. We have a real good script idea. We want to do it. We’re very serious about doing it. We intend to do it.”

Berg added that the “goal would be to focus the film around Kyle and Connie and bring [in] some new characters and then bring in some of our familiar faces. We have, I think, a really fresh, very original take on it. We’re very serious about wanting to do it… If all goes well, we would shoot it next year at some point.”