Kyle Chandler

A film and television actor with the eyes of an everyman, Kyle Chandler was born Sept. 17, 1965, in Buffalo, N.Y. He was raised on a small farm in Georgia and earned a drama degree from the state's flagship university, making his way to Los Angeles with help from a roving talent scout.

Although Chandler's résumé includes several small roles in big-screen fare -- such as the ambitious 2005 remake of King Kong -- his most well-received work has aired on television. His brief but memorable turn as a bomb-squad leader on "Grey's Anatomy" earned him a 2006 Emmy nod for outstanding guest actor in a drama series.

Chandler is best known, however, for his Emmy-nominated role as high school football coach Eric Taylor on "Friday Night Lights" (2006-10), a primetime drama adapted from the feature film of the same name. He also co-starred with Jamie Foxx in the 2007 thriller The Kingdom.