Breaking Down Every David Lynch Acting Role, from ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘The Cleveland Show’

The "Twin Peaks" creator is set to star in Steven Spielberg's upcoming semi-autobiographical film, "The Fabelmans."
WHAT DID JACK DO?, David Lynch, 2017. © Netflix / courtesy Everett Collection
"What Did Jack Do?"
©Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection

David Lynch is proudly a man of mystery, and thus it’s no surprise to ask yourself: What has this writer-director been in, besides his own works?

Well, the “Twin Peaks” creator seems to take his acting career in stride. One of the few filmmakers — or rather, people in general — who has a movement named after him, Lynch’s onscreen appearances are, well, inherently pretty Lynchian.

From voicing a cartoon bartender on “The Cleveland Show” to famously portraying far-out FBI agent Gordon Cole in “Twin Peaks,” Lynch’s performances have evolved over the course of over 40 years. Now, Lynch is set to appear in Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film “The Fabelmans,” as announced by Variety.

Spielberg is directing the film, which also stars Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” breakout Julia Butters, and newcomer Gabriel LaBelle. Williams and Dano are rumored to portray Spielberg’s parents; according to Deadline, Rogen will play the “favorite uncle of young Spielberg.” The film will be set in 1950s Arizona, albeit the details are still closely under wraps. “The Fabelmans” premieres at 2022 TIFF before debuting in theaters November 11.

“Lincoln” and “West Side Story” screenwriter Tony Kushner is listed as a co-writer along with Spielberg for “The Fabelmans,” while The Hollywood Reporter announced in March 2021 that Spielberg was “conducting test screenings for young actors” to portray an adolescent version of himself.

In the meantime, check out Lynch’s top acting roles below.

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