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Michael McKean Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Actor, composer, director, screenwriter

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


  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2003Grammy-Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: winner
  • 2003Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated


  • Susan Russell -- Ex-wife
  • Gilbert McKean -- Father
  • Ruth McKean -- Mother
  • Colin McKean -- Son
  • Fletcher McKean -- Son
  • Anna Geisslinger -- Stepdaughter
  • Nell Geisslinger -- Stepdaughter