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Michael McKean

Since beginning his career as a member of the satirical Credibility Gap, multi-talented actor, writer and director Michael McKean has become associated with some of pop culture's most iconographic film and television shows of the last three decades. McKean starred in the 70s series Laverne and Shirley, also serving as writer and sometime director. He co-wrote, composed music for and starred in Rob Reiner's classic rock comedy This is Spinal Tap, with Christopher Guest, Reiner and Harry Shearer.

In addition to starring in Christopher Guest's Best in Show, McKean's most recent feature film credits include the next HBO Film titled And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself with Antonio Banderas; 100 Mile Rule (Brent Huff, dir.); R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse (Joe Dante, dir.); and The Guru (Daisy von Scherler Mayer, dir).

McKean just completed the Independent Film Channel 2002-03 Image Campaign as writer, director and star in their newest series of highly regarded television commercials.

Recent films include Auto Focus for director Paul Schrader, Little Nicky with Adam Sandler, Beautiful with Minnie Driver, Clint Eastwood's True Crime, Teaching Mrs. Tingle starring Helen Mirren and Katie Holmes; and Mystery, Alaska with Russell Crowe. McKean's long list of motion picture credits includes such films as The Brady Bunch Movie and The Big Picture, which McKean also co-wrote with Christopher Guest.

McKean begins his third season on Martin Short's television series Primetime Glick. He was a regular on Saturday Night Live, Tracey Takes On and Dream On, for which he has also directed episodes. Since 1976, the ubiquitous performer has appeared in over 75 different projects.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Michael McKean Facts

Birth Name Micheal McKean
OccupationActor, Director, Screenwriter
BirthdayOctober 17, 1947 (70)
SignLibra
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Michael McKean compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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