Michael McKean

Actor, Comedy writer, Screenwriter
One of the founding members of the legendary comedy troupe, The Credibility Gap, lanky comic actor, writer and musician Michael McKean enjoyed an almost uninterrupted run as an employed Hollywood actor. Known for ... Read more »
Born: 10/16/1947 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (160)

Better Call Saul 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

10 Rules for Sleeping Around 2014 (Movie)

Jeffrey Fields (Actor)

21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Pure Country 2: The Gift 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boy Meets World 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Tree 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Getting By 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happy Endings 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice League 1993 - 1995, 2000 - 2004, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Lateline 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2004, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 2000 - 2003, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1993 - 1995, 2000 - 2003, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

SpongeBob SquarePants 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Words 2012 (Movie)

Nelson Wylie (Actor)

Castle 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2007, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homeland 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Off the Map 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glory Daze 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smallville 2003, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adventures of Power 2009 (Movie)

Harlan (Actor)

Whatever Works 2009 (Movie)

Boris's Friend (Actor)

Law & Order 2000, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grand 2008 (Movie)

Steve Lavisch (Actor)

The Unit 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joshua 2007 (Movie)

Chester Jenkins (Actor)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Lane Iverson (Actor)

Help Me Help You 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hopeless Pictures 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Alias 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

Prison Trustee (Actor)

With Friends Like These 2005 (Movie)

Dr Maxwell Hersh (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

Jerry Palter (Actor)

The Guru 2003 (Movie)

Dwain (Actor)

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

Video Executive (Actor)

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Condition Black 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Disney's Teamo Supremo 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Family Guy 2000, 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Laverne & Shirley 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Again 2002 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

She Gets What She Wants 2002 (Movie)

Monsieur Duke (Actor)

Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

Porterfield "Porty" Pendleton (Actor)

The Huntress 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1998 - 1999, 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Mile Rule 2001 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Australia's Little Assassins 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Johnny Bravo 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

My First Mister 2001 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Strip Mall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II 2001 (Movie)

of Sarousch (Voice)

The Lone Gunmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Beautiful 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

Stefan Vanderhoof (Actor)

Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Kill the Man 2000 (Movie)

Mr Livingston (Actor)

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

Chief of Police (Actor)

On Edge 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Snowden's Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The Pass 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Maggie Winters 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery, Alaska 1999 (Movie)

Mr Walsh (Actor)

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Providence 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 (Movie)

Principal Potter (Actor)

The Simpsons 1992, 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

True Crime 1999 (Movie)

Reverend Shillerman (Actor)

Archibald The Rainbow Painter 1998 (Movie)

JP (Actor)

Disney's Jungle Cubs 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

No Strings Attached 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

of Insaniac (Voice)

Still Breathing 1998 (Movie)

New Mark (Actor)

The Closer 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Trial and Error 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Casper: A Spirited Beginning 1997 (Movie)

Bill Case--Explosives Expert (Actor)

Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

Phillip Barrow (Actor)

That Darn Cat 1997 (Movie)

Peter Randall (Actor)

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack 1996 (Movie)

Paulie (Actor)

The Best of Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pompatus of Love 1996 (Movie)

Sitcom Star (Actor)

Across the Moon 1995 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Friends 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Brady Bunch Movie 1995 (Movie)

Mr Dittmeyer (Actor)

The Laverne & Shirley Reunion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A 70's Celebration: The Beat Is Back 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Airheads 1994 (Movie)

Milo (Actor)

Family Album 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Rick Rochester (Actor)

A Spinal Tap Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

Immigration Agent Seedling (Actor)

Man Trouble 1992 (Movie)

Eddy Revere (Actor)

Memoirs of An Invisible Man 1992 (Movie)

George Talbot (Actor)

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Book of Love 1991 (Movie)

Adult Jack Twiller (Actor)

Grand 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

True Identity 1991 (Movie)

Harvey Cooper (Actor)

Flashback 1990 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

Woody--Pool Boy (Actor)

Hider in the House 1989 (Movie)

Phil Druer (Actor)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

Emmet Sumner (Actor)

Davy Crockett 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Short Circuit 2 1988 (Movie)

Fred Ritter (Actor)

Double Agent 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

Bu Montgomery--"The Barbusters" Band Member (Actor)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

State Trooper (Actor)

Clue 1985 (Movie)

Mr Green (Actor)

D.A.R.Y.L. 1985 (Movie)

Andy Richardson (Actor)

The Bounder 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

David St Hubbins (Actor)

Laverne and Shirley 1975 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Doctors in Love 1982 (Movie)

Dr Simon August (Actor)

Used Cars 1980 (Movie)

Eddie Winslow (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Willy (Actor)

The TV Show 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Cracking Up 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Father's Homecoming (TV Show)

Actor

Classified Love (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Edie & Pen (TV Show)

Actor

Final Justice (TV Show)

Actor

More Than Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in High Places (TV Show)

Actor

Sessions (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

The Sunshine Boys (TV Show)

Actor
Music (12)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

("Old Joe's Place") (Song)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

songs("Covered Wagons Open-Toed Shoes" "A Penny for Your Thougts") (Song)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

music and lyrics (Music)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

("The Whites of Their Eyes") (Song Performer)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

("Do Wah Diddy Diddy" "Rude Mood") (Song Performer)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

("Hell Hole" "Tonight I'm Going to Rock You Tonight") (Song Performer)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

songs (Song)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

(Performer)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

(Music)
Writer (3)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

Morton & Hayes 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Rich Hall Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Biography

One of the founding members of the legendary comedy troupe, The Credibility Gap, lanky comic actor, writer and musician Michael McKean enjoyed an almost uninterrupted run as an employed Hollywood actor. Known for frequently playing goofy characters that were just the slightest bit cool - or occasionally cool, mature characters who seemed just a bit goofy - McKean came to national prominence alongside his friend and collaborator, David L. Lander, as one half of Lenny and Squiggy - two popular recurring characters on the smash '70s hit comedy, "Laverne & Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983). In the early 1980s, McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer formed the fictional rock band, Spinal Tap - considered by many to be the progenitor of such modern musical-comedy acts as Tenacious D. The husband of actress Annette O'Toole, McKean continued making film and television appearances well into the 21st century; even adding Broadway to his list of accomplishments with a role in a 2004 production of "Hairspray." For over three decades, Michael McKean was a force to be reckoned with and - with his ability to pull off low and high-brow laughs - one of the most dependable go-to comic actors in the business.

Relationships

Gilbert McKean

Father
Originally from the South; later moved to New York

Ruth McKean

Mother
Originally from the South; later moved to New York

Colin McKean

Son
Born in 1976; mother, Susan Russell

Fletcher McKean

Son
Born in 1985: mother, Susan Russell

Annette O'Toole Actor

Wife
Acted together in the 1997 TV-movie "Final Justice" (Lifetime) Announced engagement in November 1998 Married March 20, 1999 Shared 2004 Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Song (for "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" from "A Mighty Wind")

Susan Russell

Wife
Met at an annual meeting of the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference Married Oct. 10, 1970 Divorced in 1993

EDUCATION

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1965
Met David L. Lander, his "Laverne and Shirley" co-star

New York University

New York , New York
Attended with Christopher Guest

Milestones

2012

Joined Broadway revival cast of "Gore Vidal's The Best Man"

2012

Cast alongside Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in romantic drama "The Words"

2009

Co-starred in Woody Allen's New York–based comedy "Whatever Works"

2009

Played lead role of a doughnut shop owner in Tracy Letts' "Superior Donuts" on Broadway; first played the role at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2008

2008

Appeared on Broadway in the revival of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming"

2007

Co-starred with Sam Rockwell in the dramedy "Joshua"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival

2006

Re-teamed with Guest to play a screenwriter in "For Your Consideration"

2005

Played a prison trustee in the movie musical "The Producers," based on the stage musical by Mel Brooks and starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick

2004

Replaced Harvey Fierstein in the role of Edna Turnblad in the Broadway production of "Hairspray"

2003

Co-starred in the Hollywood/Bollywood satire "The Guru"

2003

Featured in the comedy "A Mighty Wind" with Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Original Song for "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" (shared with wife Annette O'Toole)

2002

Played supporting role in the 50-something romantic comedy "Never Again"

2002

Starred in writer-director Harry Shearer's ensemble corporate retreat comedy "Teddy Bears' Picnic"

2001

Appeared in director Christine Lahti's debut feature "My First Mister"

2001

Co-starred as bandleader Adrien Van Vorhees on the Comedy Central series "Primetime Glick," starring Martin Short

2000

Appeared in the beauty pageant spoof "Beautiful"

2000

Cast as one half of a gay couple in "Best in Show," directed by Christopher Guest

1999

Portrayed the high school principal in "Teaching Mrs. Tingle"

1999

Hosted a series of specials on Comedy Central "Uncomfortably Close With Michael McKean"

1997

Cast in featured role in feature remake of "That Darn Cat"

1995

Cast as the villainous neighbor in "The Brady Bunch Movie"

1994

Joined the regular cast of NBC variety series "Saturday Night Live"

1992

First TV producing credit, the NBC comedy special "A Spinal Tap Reunion"; also co-wrote and recreated his role as David St. Hubbins

1991

Wrote and directed episodes of the short-lived CBS sitcom "Morton & Hayes," executive produced by Rob Reiner and Christopher Guest

1991

Directed four episodes of the HBO comedy "Dream On"; also had recurring role on the show

1991

Played Dan Carver on the six-episode HBO comedy series "Sessions"

1990

Played one of the leading roles on the NBC comedy series "Grand"

1989

Penned second film "The Big Picture," starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Christopher Guest

1989

Co-starred with Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum in "Earth Girls Are Easy"

1987

Directed Showtime comedy special "The Rich Hall Show"

1987

Played two roles in the TV-movie spy spoof "Double Agent"

1986

Played first leading role in a TV-movie, "Classified Love" (CBS); also marked first romantic lead on TV

1984

First feature credit as screenwriter, song performer and songwriter, "This Is Spinal Tap"; directed by Reiner and co-starred Reiner, Guest and Shearer, who also co-wrote

1982

First leading role in a feature, "Young Doctors in Love"

1979

First collaboration with Christopher Guest (and also Harry Shearer from The Credibility Gap), "The T.V. Show"

1978

Appeared in first TV-movie, "More Than Friends"; first collaboration with Rob Reiner

1977

Feature film debut, "Cracking Up"

1976

Made TV series debut on the hit ABC sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" as Lenny Kosnoski

1975

Hired as a writer for the ABC sitcom "Laverne and Shirley," along with Shearer and Lander; series star Penny Marshall reportedly suggested that McKean and Lander play recurring oddball characters, which led to the roles of Lenny and Squiggy

1969

Also toured with The Credibility Gap

1969

Moved to Los Angeles and formed the comedy group The Credibility Gap, which featured Harry Shearer, David L. Lander, and Richard Bebe

1961

Began acting in plays at age 14 and performed in numerous high school productions

Performed with The Left Banke singing group in the late 1960s before enrolling in New York University's School of the Arts

Bonus Trivia

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McKean suffered a broken leg and was hospitalized after being struck by a car while walking in New York City on May 22, 2012.

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