Gordon Cole

Gordon Cole

Gordon Cole is a character from the television series "Twin Peaks", created by David Lynch and Mark Frost.


Gordon Cole (played by co-creator David Lynch) is a Regional Bureau Chief in the FBI and Agent Cooper's immediate superior. He is very hard-of-hearing (wearing large hearing aids) and thus speaks very loud. He often misunderstands what is said to him and replies with comically inappropriate responses. Cole’s coded messages sometimes baffle even his closest colleagues. In one episode, he says, “Cooper, today you remind me of a small Mexican chihuahua.” Cooper asks him what he means, but Cole changes the subject. The issue is never resolved.

While in Twin Peaks, Cooper and he go to the "Double R" Diner where he is smitten by waitress Shelly Johnson, whom to his surprise he can hear perfectly well.

At the beginning of "Fire Walk With Me", Cole briefs agents Chester Desmond and Sam Stanley on their assignment to investigate the murder of Teresa Banks. Cole uses a coded language, in the attire and gestures of Lil the Dancer, to inform the agents of what to expect in their investigation. Cole describes the Teresa Banks murder case as one of his “blue rose” cases. The exact meaning of this is never given, but fans have speculated that a “blue rose” case is one involving the supernatural.

David Lynch may have drawn inspiration for Gordon Cole from the character Professor Calculus who shared similar characteristics as featured in the classic Herge's Adventures of Tintin cartoon book series.


On the 2007 Gold Edition DVD of "Twin Peaks", Lynch confirms that the name Gordon Cole is very likely a reference to "Sunset Boulevard", Billy Wilder's sardonic tale of Hollywood. In the film, Gordon Cole is a studio employee who cynically wants only to rent the car of a faded silent film star Norma Desmond, whereas she believes she is being recalled to the studio for her big comeback. Therefore, metaphorically speaking, Gordon Cole would be someone who is out of touch (can't hear), and is only interested in objects or symbols.

External links

* [http://home.no.net/sabrekke/tp/gordon.htm Gordon Cole profile] at "Twin Peaks" fan-page (includes photo)

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