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Keegan-Michael Key Biography

Birth Name:
Keegan-Michael Key
Birth Place:
Detroit, MIchigan, United States
Profession
Actor, writer, comedian

Fast Facts

  • Says he was "painfully shy" as a child
  • Was trained as a Shakespearean actor, but became interested in comedy after he was exposed to improv in college
  • First TV appearance was in a 1994 episode of ER
  • Returned to Detroit in 1997 and joined the Second City as a performer and writer
  • Has received multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards, given to honor achievement in Chicago theater
  • A founding member of the Planet Ant Theatre

Awards

  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: winner
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated

Relationships

  • Cynthia Blaise -- Ex-wife
  • Michael Key -- Father
  • Carrie Herr -- Mother
  • Patricia Walsh -- Mother
  • Elisa Pugliese -- Wife
  • Cynthia Blaise -- Wife (separated)