Lyle Kanouse, born July 12, 1952 in Fort Worth, Texas, is an American actor who plays the role of Brenan Hefner on the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. Making his debut on the episode "Hell Followed" in the series' first season, Lyle plays the role of the corrupt port commissioner of Oakland. An antagonist in Season 1, Lyle meets his demise on the subsequent episode, "Better Half", in the same season.


Lyle Kanouse was born in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating from Castleberry High School, he earned a B.A. degree from Texas Wesleyan University (from which he also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998) and a M.S.Ed. degree from Indiana University. Lyle is a former college administrator/teacher at Miami University (Ohio). He made his film debut in Tough Enough, his TV debut on Dallas and his Broadway debut in "The Miser", followed by "Chaplin", "City of Angels" and "Big River", for which he received a Tony Award Honor for Excellence in Theatre.

He appeared in nine national tours of Broadway shows, including "Fiddler on the Roof", "South Pacific", "1776", "Oklahoma!", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", "Chess", "City of Angels", and "Guys and Dolls". Lyle once wrestled a 400-pound black bear, fought a bull in Mexico, played in 11 Softball World Series including two World Champion Softball teams and had a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys. He shares homes in Texas and Hollywood, California, with actress Audrey Wasilewski.

Selected FilmographyEdit

  • Whatever Works as Boris' Friend
  • Fracture as Messenger
  • Hesher as Jack
  • Auto Focus as John Banner
  • Perfect Lover as Perez
  • Temptation as Nick Mason
  • Love Comes to the Executioner as Zack Zivkovic
  • Out West as Rodeo Judge


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Appearances-Logo-SOA Season 1 appearances
"Pilot" "Seeds" "Fun Town" "Patch Over" "Giving Back"
"AK-51" "Old Bones" "The Pull" "Hell Followed" "Better Half"
"Capybara" "The Sleep of Babies" "The Revelator"