Keegan-Michael Key is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Key is best known for co-creating and co-starring in Comedy Central’s sketch series, Key & Peele from 2012 to 2015. For the series, he won the Primetime Emmy Award, American Comedy Award, and Peabody Award. He was also nominated for several other awards for the series.
He is also known for starring in Playing House, Mad TV, Fargo, Parks and Recreation among others. He is also known for hosting the U.S. version of The Planet’s Funniest Animals and CBS Game On!. Besides his television works, Key has also starred in numerous movies including, Pitch Perfect, Don’t Think Twice, The Prom, etc. Alongside acting, he has also provided the voice for several movies and television series.
What is Keegan-Michael Key Famous For?
- Co-creating and co-starring in Comedy Central’s sketch series, Key & Peele from 2012 to 2015.
Where is Keegan-Michael Key From?
Keegan-Michael Key was born on 22 March 1971. His birth place is in Southfield, Michigan in the United States. He holds an American nationality. He was born to father Leroy McDuffie and a mother Carrie Herr. He was later adopted at a young age by Michael Key and Patricia Walsh. He has mixed ethnicity, his father being black and his mother being white. His adoptive parents were also a black man and a white woman. He had two half-brothers through his biological father’s side. One of his half-brothers was a comic book writer, Dwayne McDuffie. His religion is Christianity but has also practiced Buddhism, Catholicism, and Evangelicalism in the past. His zodiac sign is Aries.
Regarding his educational background, Key acquired his BFA degree in theater from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1993. He later obtained his MFA in theater from Pennsylvania State University in 1996.
Keegan-Michael Key Career
- Keegan-Michael Key started his acting career with minor extra roles in films, Get the Hell Out of Hamtown, Garage: A Rock Saga, Uncle Nino, and Mr. 3000 among others.
- He joined the cast of Mad TV midway into the ninth season in 2004, where he met Jordan Peele.
- He spent six seasons as a cast member on Mad TV from 2004 to 2009. He impersonated numerous celebrities on the show such as Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Bill Cosby, Tyler Perry, Eddie Murphy, Seal, Barack Obama, Lionel Richie, and Kobe Bryant among several others.
- The comedy chemistry between Key and Jordan Peele to create their own Comedy Central sketch series, Key & Peele.
- Key & Peele began airing in January 2012 and ran for 5 seasons.
- For Key & Peele, he won the won Peabody Award in 2013, American Comedy Award for Best Alternative Comedy Series in 2014, and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2017.
- He was also nominated for NAACP Image Awards, Writers Guild of America Awards, People’s, Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Key & Peele.
- Key & Peele starred together in the FX crime drama series, Fargo in 2014 where Key played an FBI agent in a recurring role.
- Key starred in guest roles in numerous television series. Key starring other major series are Gary Unmarried, Parks and Recreation, Friends from College.
- He hosted the U.S. version of The Planet’s Funniest Animals on Animal Planet from 2005 to 2008.
- He hosted the sports-based comedy game show, Game On! in 2020.
- Key is known for his supporting role in movies Pitch Perfect 2, Don’t Think Twice, and The Prom.
- Key-starring other films are All the Bright Places, Playing with Fire, Dolemite is My name, The predator, Win It All, and Why Him? among others.
- He made his Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower in 2017.
- Besides acting, Key has voice roles in several television series and movies.
- He voiced American Ranger in SuperMansion, Detective Diedrich in Archer, The Ritual-Master (skekZok) in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and Green Eggs and Ham. He also has guest voice roles in several other series.
- In movies, he voiced Frank the Foreman in The Lego Movie, Murray the Mummy in Hotel Transylvania film series, Judge Peckinpah in The Angry Birds Movie, Alpha Wolf in Storks, Dave in The Star, Ducky in Toy Story, Ducky in The Lion King.
- He will voice Wilder Sanders in Wendell and Wild and Honest John in Pinocchio in the upcoming movies.
- He hosts science show, Brain Games on National Geographic.
Keegan-Michael Key Wife
Keegan-Michael Key is a married man. He is married to producer and director Elisa Pugliese. The couple tied a knot to other on 8 June 2018.
Key was previously married to actress and dialect coach Cynthia Blaise. They were married for around 19 years from 1998 to 2017. They had separated in 2015 and their divorce was finalized in 2017. He does not have children yet.
He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Keegan-Michael Key Height
Keegan-Michael Key stands at a height of 1.83 m tall i.e. 6 feet tall. He has a body weight of 176.5 lbs i.e. 80 kg. His eye color is dark brown. He keeps his head clean-shaved due to his receding hairline. His sexual orientation is straight.
Keegan-Michael Key Net Worth
Keegan-Michael Key is one of the popular comedians from Hollywood. The majority of his income comes from his acting career. To date, Key has starred in numerous movies and television series. Besides acting, he has provided the voice in several films and tv shows as well. He has also starred in several television commercials. At present, his net worth is estimated at around $12 million.