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Also Known As: David St. Hubbins, Michael John Mckean Died:
Born: October 17, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, guitarist, singer, comedy writer, screenwriter

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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. ...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Rich Hall Show, The (1987) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Meddler, The (2016)
2.
 Tumbledown (2015)
3.
 Sleeping Around (2014)
5.
 Words, The (2012)
8.
 Whatever Works (2009)
9.
10.
 Grand, The (2007)
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1979:
First collaboration with Christopher Guest (and also Harry Shearer from The Credibility Gap), "The T.V. Show"
1987:
Played two roles in the TV-movie spy spoof "Double Agent"
1987:
Directed Showtime comedy special "The Rich Hall Show"
1989:
Penned second film "The Big Picture," starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Christopher Guest
1990:
Played one of the leading roles on the NBC comedy series "Grand"
1991:
Wrote and directed episodes of the short-lived CBS sitcom "Morton & Hayes," executive produced by Rob Reiner and Christopher Guest
1991:
Played Dan Carver on the six-episode HBO comedy series "Sessions"
1992:
First TV producing credit, the NBC comedy special "A Spinal Tap Reunion"; also co-wrote and recreated his role as David St. Hubbins
1995:
Cast as the villainous neighbor in "The Brady Bunch Movie"
1997:
Cast in featured role in feature remake of "That Darn Cat"
1999:
Portrayed the high school principal in "Teaching Mrs. Tingle"
2000:
Appeared in the beauty pageant spoof "Beautiful"
2001:
Co-starred as bandleader Adrien Van Vorhees on the Comedy Central series "Primetime Glick," starring Martin Short
2001:
Appeared in director Christine Lahti's debut feature "My First Mister"
2002:
Starred in writer-director Harry Shearer's ensemble corporate retreat comedy "Teddy Bears' Picnic"
2002:
Played supporting role in the 50-something romantic comedy "Never Again"
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)
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
2007:
Co-starred with Sam Rockwell in the dramedy "Joshua"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival
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
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"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
Carnegie Mellon University: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1965

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wife:
Susan Russell. Married in 1970; met McKean at an annual meeting of the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference; divorced.
wife:
Annette O'Toole. Actor. Acted together in the 1997 TV-movie "Final Justice"; announced engagement in November 1998; married on March 20, 1999.

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father:
Gilbert McKean. Originally from the South; later moved to New York.
mother:
Ruth McKean. Originally from the South; later moved to New York.
son:
Colin Russell McKean. Born in 1976; mother, Susan Russell.
son:
Fletcher McKean. Born in 1985: mother, Susan Russell.
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