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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:

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  Rich Hall Show, The (1987) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Sleeping Around (2014)
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 Tumbledown (2014)
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 Words, The (2012)
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 Whatever Works (2009)
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 Joshua (2007)
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 Grand, The (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1961:
Began acting in plays at age 14 and performed in numerous high school productions
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Performed with The Left Banke singing group in the late 1960s before enrolling in New York University's School of the Arts
1970:
Moved to Los Angeles and formed the comedy group The Credibility Gap, which featured Harry Shearer, David L. Lander, and Richard Bebe
1970:
Also toured with The Credibility Gap
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
1976:
Made TV series debut on the hit ABC sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" as Lenny Kosnoski
1977:
Feature film debut, "Cracking Up"
1978:
Appeared in first TV-movie, "More Than Friends"; first collaboration with Rob Reiner
1979:
First collaboration with Christopher Guest (and also Harry Shearer from The Credibility Gap), "The T.V. Show"
1982:
First leading role in a feature, "Young Doctors in Love"
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
1986:
Played first leading role in a TV-movie, "Classified Love" (CBS); also marked first romantic lead on TV
1987:
Played two roles in the TV-movie spy spoof "Double Agent"
1987:
Directed Showtime comedy special "The Rich Hall Show"
1989:
Co-starred with Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum in "Earth Girls Are Easy"
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:
Directed four episodes of the HBO comedy "Dream On"; also had recurring role on the show
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
1994:
Joined the regular cast of NBC variety series "Saturday Night Live"
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"
1999:
Hosted a series of specials on Comedy Central "Uncomfortably Close With Michael McKean"
2000:
Cast as one half of a gay couple in "Best in Show," directed by Christopher Guest
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)
2004:
Replaced Harvey Fierstein in the role of Edna Turnblad in the Broadway production of "Hairspray"
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
2006:
Re-teamed with Guest to play a screenwriter in "For Your Consideration"
2007:
Co-starred with Sam Rockwell in the dramedy "Joshua"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival
2008:
Appeared on Broadway in the revival of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming"
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
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.

Family close complete family listing

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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