Michael McKean Biography (1947-)

Born October 17, 1947, in New York, NY; son of Gilbert and Ruth McKean; married Susan Russell, 1970 (divorced, 1993); married Annette O'Toole (an actress), March 20, 1999; children: (first marriage) Colin Russell, Fletcher. Addresses: Agent: Jenny Delaney, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2704.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, musician, producer, director, writer
Birth Details
October 17, 1947
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Leonard "Lenny" Kosnowski, Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), ABC, 1976-1983
  • Tom Smithson, Grand (also known as Grosse Pointe), NBC, 1990
  • Dan Carver, Sessions, HBO, 1991
  • Gibby Fiske, a recurring role, Dream On, 1991-1996
  • Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, Saturday Night 80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1994-1995
  • Voice of Shere Khan, Disney's Jungle Cubs (animated; also known asJungle Cubs), ABC, 1996
  • Voices of Professor Ram and village shaman, Clerks (animated; alsoknown as Clerks: The Animated Series, Clerks TAS, Clerks: The Cartoon, and Clerks: Uncensored), ABC, 2000
  • Adrien Van Voorhees, Primetime Glick, Comedy Central, 2001-2002
  • Appeared as Frank McClellan, Secret Service Guy, Fox.
  • Movies
  • Terry Christopher, More Than Friends (also known as Love Me andI'll Be Your Best Friend), 1978
  • Pete Newly, Classified Love, CBS, 1986
  • Reverend Prufrock, The History of White People in America: Volume II, 1986
  • Wexler Hatch, Daniel and the Towers, 1987
  • Dr. Warren Starbinder/Jason Star, "Double Agent," The Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1987
  • Martin Mull in "Portrait of a White Marriage" (also known as Portrait of a White Marriage and Scenes from a White Marriage), Cinemax, 1988
  • Michael, A Father's Homecoming (also known as Oakmont, The Oakmont Stories, and Town and Gown), NBC, 1988
  • Phil Dreyer, Hider in the House, 1989
  • Pettibone, Murder in High Places (also known as Out of Season), NBC, 1991
  • Ozzie Evans, "MacShayne: The Final Roll of the Dice" (also known as "MacShayne's Big Score"), NBC Friday Night Mystery, NBC, 1994
  • Rick, Edie & Pen (also known as Desert Gamble), HBO, 1996
  • The Sunshine Boys, CBS, 1997
  • Merle Hammond, Final Justice, Lifetime, 1998
  • Willie, The Pass (also known as Highway Hitcher), Showtime,1998
  • Episodic
  • "Monty Hale," America 2Night, 1978
  • Lenny, "Lenny and the Squigtones," American Bandstand, 1979
  • Lenny Kosnowski, "Fonzie's Funeral: Part 2," Happy Days, 1979
  • Musical guest, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, Saturday Night 80, SNL, andSNL 25), NBC, 1984
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, Saturday Night 80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1984
  • "The Borrowing," George Burns Comedy Week, 1985
  • Mr. Wallace, "Davy Crockett," Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends, Showtime, 1987
  • Gibby Fiske, "Felines ... Nothing More Than Felines," Dream On, HBO, 1990
  • Dennis, "Mad about the Boy," Empty Nest, 1990
  • Ross McKay, "The Return of Preston Giles," Murder, She Wrote, CBS,1990
  • "And Your Little Dog, Too," Dream On, HBO, 1991
  • Dr. Mummenschvantz, "The Bride of Mummula," Morton & Hayes (also known as Partners in Life), CBS, 1991
  • Voice of David St. Hubbins, "The Otto Show," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1992
  • Voices of Battleheim, guy in the lab coat, Kyle, and Myman, Dinosaurs (animated), various episodes, beginning c. 1992
  • Mr. Gordon, "Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, All You Gotta Do Is Call...," Family Album, 1993
  • Voice, "A Civil War," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1994
  • Dr. Fabian Leek, "Vatman," Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, ABC, 1994
  • Voices of Dr. Herder Bryant, Ed, Parish, guy in lab coat, Ansel, and parent patrol officer, Dinosaurs (animated), ABC, various episodes, beginning c. 1994
  • Noel Babcock, Ph.D., "Nanny and the Professor," The Nanny, CBS, 1995
  • Mr. Rastatter, "The One with the List," Friends, NBC, 1995
  • Father Damian, "Caroline and the Wedding," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1995
  • The clown, "The Thaw," Star Trek: Voyager, 1996
  • Voice of Cecil, Disney's Jungle Cubs (animated; also known as Jungle Cubs), ABC, 1996
  • "All about Louie," Dream On, HBO, 1996
  • Voice of Dr. Jeffrey Otitus, "Reigning Cats and Dogs," Road Rovers(animated), The WB, 1996
  • Barrington "Barry" LeTissier, "Family," Tracey Takes On..., HBO, 1996
  • Barrington "Barry" LeTissier, "Food," Tracey Takes On..., HBO, 1997
  • Miner, "Mining Accident," The Weird Al Show, 1997
  • Himself, "BooBooKitty," Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Network, 1997
  • Voice of Jasper Badum, Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series (animated), ABC, syndicated, and The Disney Channel, 1997
  • Voices of Raymond and Rupert, "Mr. Monkeyman," Johnny Bravo (animated), Cartoon Network, 1997
  • Dennis Page, "Second Time Around," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1997
  • Arthur Willhaven, "Morality Bites," The Closer, CBS, 1998
  • Dave Whitby, "Veronica's Cheating Partners," Veronica's Closet, 1998
  • Voice of Mr. Bream, "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave: Parts 1 & 2," Recess, 1998
  • Voice of 50s Joker, "Legends of the Dark Knight," Batman: Gotham Knights (animated), The WB, 1998
  • Obermeyer, "Pearce's New Buddy," LateLine, ABC, 1998
  • Morris Fletcher, "Dreamland," The X-Files, Fox, 1998
  • Morris Fletcher, "Dreamland II," The X-Files, Fox, 1998
  • Professor Peens, "Life Is Precious and God and the Bible," Mr. Show, HBO, 1998
  • Lewis Stickley, "Maggie's Master Plan," Maggie Winters, CBS, 1998
  • Lewis Stickley, "You'll Never Walk Alone in This Town Again," Maggie Winters, CBS, 1999
  • Sherman Smith, "Blind Faith," Providence, NBC, 1999
  • Voices of Arthur Fortune and Jerry Rude, "Monty Can't Buy Me Love," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1999
  • Morris Fletcher, "Three of a Kind," The X-Files, Fox, 1999
  • Jedediah Lawrence, "State of the Unions," Boy Meets World, ABC, 1999
  • Voice of Johnny Stitches, "It Girl," Hey Arnold!, Nickelodeon, 1999
  • Barrington "Barry" LeTissier, "Obsession," Tracey Takes On..., HBO, 1999
  • Sin City Spectacular (also known as Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular), FX Channel, c. 1999
  • Voice of Ian Peek, "Sneak Peek," Batman Beyond, The WB, 2000
  • Elias Grace, "Meta," Law & Order, NBC, 2000
  • Lieutenant Praeger, "Springing Tiny," The Huntress, USA Network, 2000
  • David St. Hubbins, "The Two Mrs. Thorsons: Part 1," The Huntress,USA Network, 2001
  • Psycho-Vivor host, "Barry Boinks Caroline," Strip Mall, Comedy Central, 2001
  • Psycho-Vivor host, "Psycho-Vivor," Strip Mall, Comedy Central, 2001
  • Voice of Pengrove Pig, "European Road Show," Family Guy, Fox, 2001
  • Morris Fletcher, "All about Yves," The Lone Gunmen, 2001
  • Voice of Ralph Thorson, "The Quest: Parts 1 & 2," The Huntress, USA Network, 2001
  • "Laverne & Shirley," TVography, 2001
  • Morris Fletcher, "Jump the Shark," The X-Files, Fox, 2002
  • Voice of the sportsman, "Legends: Parts 1 & 2," Justice League(animated), Cartoon Network, 2002
  • "Show 22," Pyramid, 2002
  • Saturday Night Live: TV Tales, E! Entertainment Television, 2002
  • Bobby Lightfoot, "Family Therapy," As Told by Ginger, 2002
  • Voice of Spyro, "Shaggy Busted," Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law,2002
  • Voice of Spyro, "The Dabba Don," Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law,2002
  • Dr. Edmund, "The Hologram Man," The Zeta Project, 2002
  • Voice of L. G. Algae, "Pond Scum," The Angry Beavers; voice of Nevel Nosenest, "Music Lesson," Animaniacs; voice of David St. Hubbins, "Money Can't Buy Everything," Mega Man; voice of Ponytail, "Brain Drained," voice of Schneiderlander, "Broadway Malady," voice of Mel Anoma, "Inherit the Wheeze," and voice of toll collector, "Robin Brain," all episodes of Pinky and the Brain; voice of Lo-Fi, "The Chief's New Groove," TeamoSupremo; also provided the voices of Jake and Spink, Animaniacs; appeared as Dick Clearfield, Getting By; also appeared in The Goodtime Girls, ABC; The List, VH1; and multiple episodes of Late Show with David Letterman.
  • Specials
  • David St. Hubbins, A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (also known as The Return of Spinal Tap), NBC, 1992
  • Segment host, A 70's Celebration: The Beat Is Back, NBC, 1993
  • The Laverne & Shirley Reunion, ABC, 1995
  • Barry, The Best of Tracey Takes On..., HBO, 1996
  • Host, Canned Ham: Trial and Error, Comedy Central, 1997
  • Host, Totally Ridiculous! The World's Funniest True Stories, UPN,1998
  • The devil in "Little Women," Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley, NBC, 1998
  • David St. Hubbins, Just for Laughs: Montreal Comedy Festival, 1999
  • Voice of drummer, Snowden's Christmas (animated), CBS, 1999
  • Host, Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Jason Alexander, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Host, Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Jerry Stiller, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Host, Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Jonathan Winters, Comedy Central, 2000
  • Host, Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Rob Reiner, ComedyCentral, 2000
  • Roast master, The Comedy Central Presents the New York Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner, Comedy Central, 2000
  • Host, Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: George Carlin, Comedy Central, 2001
  • Host, Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Harold Ramis, Comedy Central, 2001
  • Laverne & Shirley, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Cindy Williams, Lifetime, 2001
  • Narrator, Australia's Little Assassins, PBS, 2001
  • Narrator, Condition Black, PBS, 2002
  • Lenny, Entertainment Tonight Presents: Laverne and Shirley Together Again, ABC, 2002
  • Pilots
  • The TV Show, ABC, 1979
  • Howard Bender, The Bounder, CBS, 1984
  • Harvey Baines, Heaven Will Wait, CBS, 1997
  • Arthur Willhaven, The Closer, CBS, 1998
  • Will Masters, Masters of Horror and Suspense, NBC, 1999
  • Nathan Pugh, Legal Aid, CBS, 1999
  • Voice, Doomsday, UPN, 2001
  • The 'Burbs, FX Channel, 2002
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1992
  • Presenter, The 18th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1996
  • Presenter, 1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, TV Land, 1998
  • Other
  • And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself, 2003
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "The Playboy Show," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), ABC, 1982
  • "Felines ... Nothing More Than Felines," Dream On, HBO, 1990
  • "Home Buddies," Morton & Hayes (also known as Partners in Life), CBS, 1991
  • Also directed "Politics" and "Supernatural," episodes of Tracey TakesOn..., HBO.
  • Television Producer
  • Specials
  • (With others) A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (also known as The Return of Spinal Tap), NBC, 1992
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Jason Alexander, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Jerry Stiller, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Jonathan Winters, ComedyCentral, 2000
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Rob Reiner, Comedy Central, 2000
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: George Carlin, Comedy Central, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Other
  • Director, "The Rich Hall Show" (special), Showtime Comedy Spotlight, Showtime, 1987
  • Song performer, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (movie), HBO, 1993
  • Film Appearances
  • Cracking Up, 1977
  • Willy, 1941, Universal, 1979
  • Eddie Winslow, Used Cars, Columbia, 1980
  • Dr. Simon August, Young Doctors in Love, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • David St. Hubbins, This Is Spinal Tap, Embassy, 1984
  • Andy Richardson, D.A.R.Y.L., Paramount, 1985
  • Mr. Green, Clue (also known as Clue: The Movie), Paramount,1985
  • British party guest, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Bu Montgomery of the Barbusters, Light of Day, TriStar, 1987
  • State trooper, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Paramount, 1987
  • Fred Ritter, Short Circuit 2, TriStar, 1988
  • Emmet Sumner, The Big Picture, Columbia, 1989
  • Woody, the pool boy, Earth Girls Are Easy, Vestron, 1989
  • Hal, Flashback, Paramount, 1990
  • Adult Jack Twiller, Book of Love, New Line Cinema, 1991
  • Harvey Cooper, True Identity, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Eddy Revere, Man Trouble, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • George Talbot, Memoirs of an Invisible Man (also known as Les aventures d'un homme invisible), Warner Bros., 1992
  • David St. Hubbins, Spinal Tap: Break Like the Wind--The Videos, 1992
  • Immigration Agent Gordon Seedling, Coneheads, Paramount, 1993
  • Mojo Flats, 1993
  • Rick Rochester, Radioland Murders, Universal, 1994
  • Milo, Airheads, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Frank, Across the Moon (also known as Tehachapi), Hemdale,1994
  • Mr. Larry Dittmeyer, The Brady Bunch Movie, Paramount, 1995
  • Sitcom star, The Pompatus of Love, 1996
  • Paulie, Jack, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Elliot Lewis, No Strings Attached, 1997
  • Peter Randall, That Darn Cat, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Phillip Barrow, Nothing to Lose, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Bill Case, Casper: A Spirited Beginning, Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 1997
  • New Mark, Still Breathing, October Films, 1997
  • Dr. Maxwell Hersh, With Friends Like These..., Miramax, 1998
  • J. P., Archibald the Rainbow Painter (also known as The Homefront), Empty Box Productions, 1998
  • Voices of Insaniac and Freakenstein, Small Soldiers (animated andlive-action), DreamWorks/Red Feather Photoplays, 1998
  • Reverend Hooper, The Man Who Counted, Cumberland Films, 1998
  • Principal Potter, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Miramax/Dimension Films, 1999
  • Mr. Walsh, Mystery, Alaska, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Sugar: The Fall of the West, Next Generation, 1999
  • Mr. Livingston, Kill the Man, Fresh Produce/Seattle Pacific Investments/Summit Entertainment, 1999
  • Reverend Shillerman, True Crime, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Stefan Vanderhoof, Best in Show (also known as Dog Show!),Warner Bros., 2000
  • Lance DeSalvo, Beautiful, Destination Films, 2000
  • Chief of police, Little Nicky, 2000
  • David St. Hubbins, Catching Up with Marty DiBergi, 2000
  • Bob Benson, My First Mister, 2001
  • Voice of bird, Dr. Dolittle 2 (also known as DR2), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Panelist, Wild Desk Ride (also known as Conan O'Brien's Wild Desk Ride), 2001
  • Alex, Never Again, USA Films, 2002
  • Monsieur Duke, Slap Her ... She's French (also known as FrecheBiester!), Premiere Marketing and Distribution Group, 2002
  • Himself, Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns, Bonfire Films of America,2002
  • Voice of Sarousch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (animated), Buena Vista Home Video/Walt Disney Home Video, 2002
  • Porterfield "Porty" Pendleton, Teddy Bears' Picnic, Magnolia Pictures, 2002
  • Dwain, The Guru (also known as Le gourou et les femmes), MCA/Universal, 2002
  • Video executive, Auto Focus, Sony Pictures Classics, 2002
  • Howard, 100 Mile Rule, Honeydo/Road Rules Productions, 2002
  • Jerry Palter, A Mighty Wind, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Captain Van Legge, Haunted Lighthouse (also known as R. L. Stein's Haunted Lighthouse), Lookout Entertainment, 2003
  • Stage Appearances
  • Accomplice, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1989, then Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 1990
  • Toured with the group Credibility Gap.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • (With Credibility Gap) A Great Gift Idea (comedy album), 1974
  • (With David Lander) Lenny and the Squigtones, Casablanca Records and FilmWorks, 1979
  • Break Like the Wind, c. 1992
  • Other albums include This Is Spinal Tap and (with Credibility Gap)Woodshtick.
  • Videos
  • Voice of Dungeon Master Dalboz of Gurth, Zork: Grand Inquisitor (video game), 1997
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Episodes
  • (With David L. Lander and Harry Shearer) "Hi, Neighbor," Laverne &Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), ABC, 1976
  • (With Lander) "Hi, Neighbor, Book 2," Laverne & Shirley (alsoknown as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), ABC, 1977
  • (With Christopher Guest) "The Bride of Mummula," Morton & Hayes (also known as Partners in Life), CBS, 1991
  • Also writer for the series The Huntress, USA Network.
  • Television Specials
  • A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (also known as The Return of Spinal Tap), NBC, 1992
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Jason Alexander, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Jerry Stiller, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Jonathan Winters, ComedyCentral, 2000
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Rob Reiner, Comedy Central, 2000
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: George Carlin, Comedy Central, 2001
  • Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean: Harold Ramis, Comedy Central, 2001
  • Television Music
  • Episodic
  • Song "The Look," "Sing, Sing, Sing," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), ABC, 1981
  • Other
  • Composer, A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (special; also known as The Return of Spinal Tap), NBC, 1992
  • Song composer, "Too Many Nights," Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (movie), HBO, 1993
  • Screenplays
  • (With Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer) This Is SpinalTap, Embassy, 1984
  • (With Guest and Michael Varhol) The Big Picture (based on a storyby Varhol and Guest), Columbia, 1989
  • Spinal Tap: Break Like the Wind--The Videos, 1992
  • Film Music
  • Composer and lyricist, This Is Spinal Tap, Embassy, 1984
  • Songwriter, "The Whites of Their Eyes," The Big Picture, Columbia,1989
  • Composer, Spinal Tap: Break Like the Wind--The Videos, 1992
  • Composer and lyricist for the songs "Covered Wagons, Open-Toed Shoes" and"A Penny for Your Thoughts," Waiting for Guffman, Sony Pictures Classics, 1996
  • Song composer, "Louisiana Nights," Best in Show (also known as Dog Show!), Warner Bros., 2000

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