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Michael McKean
Michael McKean
New York, New York
Lenny Kosnowski's "Lone Wolf" jacket on _Laverne & Shirley (1976)_ .

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Did celebrity impersonations of Robert Evans, Gary Busey, Howard Stern, and Bill Clinton on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).

Children: Fletcher and Colin McKean (born to Susan).

Engaged to Annette O'Toole in 1998.

At age 46, was the oldest man to join the cast of "Saturday Night Live" (1975).

Is the only person to have appeared as a musical guest, hosted, then become a regular cast member, in that order, on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).

The song, "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow," performed by Mitch & Mickey in "A Mighty Wind" was written by McKean and his wife, Annette O'Toole, as a love song to each other after the movie was conceived.

Performed as the comedy trio Credibility Gap with David Lander and Harry Shearer (among others) in the 1960s and 1970s, best known for their rock band version of Who's on First?.

Along with his wife, he was one of three husband/wife teams nominated for an Oscar for the 2003 season, Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh and Shari Springer Berman and her husband Robert Pulcini.

Wrote the song "Potato's In The Patty Wagon" with his wife while commuting back and forth from the United States to Canada, where "Smallville" (2001) was being filmed (his wife plays Martha Kent on the series). There was ample time to write due to the long checks at the border as this was just weeks after September 11th, 2001.

Attended North Shore High School in Glen Head, New York

Has co-starred with his wife Annette as a married couple in at least two TV shows: "Boy Meets World" (1993) ("State of the Unions" episode) and "Law & Order" (1990) ("Mega" episode).

Son Fletcher attended and graduated from Agoura High School.

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. Michael even has a sister who is older than him.

Michael began playing the guitar at the age of fourteen.

Michael decided to become an actor after seeing British actor and comedian Stanley Holloway performing in an one man show in New York City.

McKean began his career in Pittsburgh while a student at Carnegie Mellon University. David L. Lander 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 in Los Angeles. McKean and Lander's breakthrough came in 1976 when they were jointly cast as the Lenny and Squiggy characters on "Laverne & Shirley" (1976).

Along with Richard Gant is one of only 2 actors to appear in both Lois & Clark:The New Adventures of Superman and its prequel of sorts Smallville.




 
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