Fast Facts

  • As a New York sessions musician in the late 1960s, recorded a single with the Left Banke.
  • Met Laverne & Shirley costar David L. Lander (McKean played Lenny; Lander played Squiggy) at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Originally hired as a writer for Laverne & Shirley.
  • With Lander, recorded the 1979 album Lenny and Squiggy Present Lenny and the Squigtones.
  • In 1994, became the oldest actor (at age 46) to join the cast of Saturday Night Live; other than Dan Aykroyd, he is the only person to be an SNL host, music guest and cast member.
  • Appeared with second wife Annette O'Toole on episodes of Law & Order and Boy Meets World (as husband and wife), and in the 1998 Lifetime movie Final Justice.
  • Won the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament on Jeopardy! in 2010, winning $1 million for the charity International Myeloma Foundation.
  • Forced to leave the 2012 Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man after he was hit by a car in New York, breaking his leg.


  • 2003, Grammy — Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Winner
  • 2003, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee


  • Colin McKean — Son
  • Anna Geisslinger — Stepdaughter
  • Ruth McKean — Mother
  • Nell Geisslinger — Stepdaughter
  • Susan Russell — Ex-wife
  • Annette O'Toole — Wife
  • Fletcher McKean — Son
  • Gilbert McKean — Father


  • Attended Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; attended New York University, New York, NY

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  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Profession: Actor, Composer, Director, Screenwriter

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