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Happy Birthday, Kyle MacLachlan!

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When David Lynch's Twin Peaks premiered in 1990, no one could've predicted how big the cult following of the show—and its star, Kyle MacLachlan—would become. Though Twin Peaks ended quickly due to declining ratings, it has lived on through the rabid fan base. Today, MacLachlan, who later went on to star in Sex and the City and Portlandia, turns 54. Let's take a look back at one of his most cherished roles.

Meeting Audrey Horne

Teenager Audrey Horne is infatuated by Special Agent Dale Cooper.

With the Log Lady

In a quintessential scene in the diner, Agent Cooper wonders about the Log Lady.

Agent Cooper's Little Secret

The man loves good, hot, black coffee.

Agent Cooper's Speech

After being shot, Agent Cooper talks to Diane, whom he sends reports to.

In the Red Room

After getting shot, Agent Cooper has this truly bizarre dream sequence that Twin Peaks fanatics are still pondering today.

Tibet

Agent Cooper has some untraditional investigative techniques involving a box of rocks and the country of Tibet.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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