Michael McKean

Michael McKean

Oct. 17th, 1947
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
6' 0

Michael McKean's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Better Call Saul TV Show
Better Call Saul
Laverne & Shirley TV Show
Laverne & Shirley
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law TV Show
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
Nature TV Show
Family Tree TV Show
Family Tree
Dream On TV Show
Dream On
The Zeta Project TV Show
The Zeta Project
Oswald TV Show
Road Rovers TV Show
Road Rovers
Primetime Glick TV Show
Primetime Glick
Rock & Roll Jeopardy! TV Show
Rock & Roll Jeopardy!
George Burns Comedy Week TV Show
George Burns Comedy Week
Maggie Winters TV Show
Maggie Winters
The $10,000 Pyramid TV Show
The $10,000 Pyramid
Tonight with Jonathan Ross (UK) TV Show
Tonight with Jonathan Ross (UK)
Grand TV Show
Hopeless Pictures TV Show
Hopeless Pictures
Micallef Tonight (AU) TV Show
Micallef Tonight (AU)
The Jon Stewart Show TV Show
The Jon Stewart Show
Family Album TV Show
Family Album
Goodtime Girls TV Show
Goodtime Girls
Music News TV Show
Music News
Rockline on MTV TV Show
Rockline on MTV

Main Movie Roles

2012 - The Words
2010 - Pure Country 2: The Gift
2009 - Whatever Works
2009 - Imps*
2008 - Adventures of Power
2008 - It Might Get Loud
2007 - The Grand
2007 - Joshua
2006 - Relative Strangers
2006 - For Your Consideration
2005 - The Aristocrats
2005 - The Producers
2003 - A Mighty Wind
2002 - Auto Focus
2002 - The Guru
2001 - My First Mister
2001 - Dr. Dolittle 2
2000 - Little Nicky
2000 - Beautiful
1999 - Teaching Mrs. Tingle
1999 - True Crime
1999 - Mystery, Alaska
1998 - Small Soldiers
1998 - Small Soldiers
1997 - Nothing to Lose
1997 - That Darn Cat
1996 - Jack
1995 - The Brady Bunch Movie
1994 - Radioland Murders
1994 - Airheads
1993 - Coneheads
1993 - Coneheads
1992 - Man Trouble
1992 - Memoirs of an Invisible Man
1991 - Hider in the House
1990 - Flashback
1990 - Book of Love
1989 - The Big Picture
1988 - Earth Girls Are Easy
1988 - Short Circuit 2
1987 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles
1987 - Light of Day
1986 - Jumpin' Jack Flash
1985 - Clue
1985 - D.A.R.Y.L.
1984 - This Is Spinal Tap
1982 - Young Doctors in Love
1980 - Used Cars
1979 - 1941

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Jasper Badun (Voiced)
Cecil (Voiced)
Inspector (Voiced)
Barrington 'Barry' LeTissier
Morris Fletcher
Toll Collector (Voiced)
Spink (Voiced)
[Complete List]


He began his career (as well as the characters of Lenny and Squiggy) in Pittsburgh while a student at Carnegie Mellon University; David Lander was a fellow student at CMU. Their partnership grew after graduation as part of the comedy group The Credibility Gap with Harry Shearer in Los Angeles but McKean's breakthrough came in 1976 when he joined the cast of Laverne and Shirley. McKean directed one episode, and the characters became something of a phenomenon, even releasing an album as Lenny and the Squigtones in 1979, which featured a young Christopher Guest on guitar (credited as Nigel Tufnel, the name Guest would use a few years later as part of the spoof rock band, Spinal Tap). "Foreign Legion of Love" was a big hit for the Squigtones, with frequent play on the Dr Demento Show. McKean also played his character in an episode of Happy Days. After leaving Laverne and Shirley in 1982, McKean played David St. Hubbins in the cult spoof documentary movie This Is Spinal Tap with both Guest and Shearer, and appeared in the soap opera spoof Young Doctors in Love.

McKean quickly became a recognizable name in film and television, with appearances in films such as Used Cars (1980), Clue (1985), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), the film adaptation of Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Coneheads (1993), and Radioland Murders (1994). He also had guest roles on such shows as Murder, She Wrote, Murphy Brown, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Caroline in the City. McKean was part of an ensemble cast in the short-lived television series Grand on NBC which aired in 1990.

Having already appeared as a musical guest and then host of Saturday Night Live, McKean joined the cast as a featured player in 1994 and remained for one season. At 46, he was the oldest person ever to join the Saturday Night Live cast, and the only person to be a musical guest, host, and cast member in that order.[2] During this time, he also released a video follow up to Spinal Tap, played the villainous Mr. Dittmeyer in The Brady Bunch Movie, and played the boss Gibby in the HBO series Dream On. After leaving Saturday Night Live, McKean spent a lot of time doing children's fare, voicing various TV shows and movies. In 1999, with two children from a previous marriage (to Susan Russell, from 1970 to 1993) McKean married Annette O'Toole.

  • Has co-starred with wife 'Annette O'Toole' (qv) as a married couple in at least two TV shows: _"Boy Meets World" (1993)_ (qv) and _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv).
  • Engaged to 'Annette O'Toole' (qv) in 1998.
  • Performed as the comedy group The Credibility Gap with 'Richard Beebe' (qv), 'David L. Lander' (qv) and 'Harry Shearer' (qv) (among others) in the 1960s and 1970s, best known for their rock band version of the classic 'Bud Abbott' (qv)/'Lou Costello (I)' (qv) routine "Who's on First?".
  • 'Olympia Dukakis' (qv) was his acting teacher at New York University. Learned improvisation from 'Omar Shapli' (qv). The improvisation class played some dates as a comedy group called Section 10.
  • Gilbert and Ruth McKean, his parents, hailed from Louisiana. Gilbert was a recording executive who worked for RCA and Columbia as well as being one of the founders of Decca Records. Ruth was a library clerk at North Shore High School. The couple, along with Michael's grandmother, attended Louisiana Tech University. He has an older sister, also.
  • 'Annette O'Toole' (qv) and him were one of three husband/wife teams nominated for an Oscar for the 2003-2004 season. The others were 'Peter Jackson (I)' (qv) and his wife 'Fran Walsh' (qv) and 'Shari Springer Berman' (qv) and her husband 'Robert Pulcini' (qv).
  • Did celebrity impersonations of 'Robert Evans (I)' (qv), 'Gary Busey' (qv), 'Howard Stern (I)' (qv) and 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv) on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv).
  • Began his career in Pittsburgh while a student at Carnegie Mellon University. 'David L. Lander' (qv) was a fellow student at CMU and their partnership grew after graduation as part of the comedy group The Credibility Gap with comedian 'Harry Shearer' (qv) in Los Angeles. McKean and Lander's breakthrough came in 1976 when they were cast as Lenny and Squiggy on _"Laverne & Shirley" (1976)_ (qv). The twosome were hired as apprentice writers and day players.

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