Keegan-Michael Key Biography, Age, Movies, Divorce, Parents, Wife, Net Worth

Keegan Michael Key Biography | Who Is Keegan Michael Key?

Keegan-Michael Key is an American actor, writer, comedian, and producer. Key starred in the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele (2012–2015) and co-starred in the USA Network comedy series Playing House (2014–2017). He also spent six seasons as a cast member on Mad TV (2004–2009) and has also made several guest appearances on the U.S. version of Whose Line is it Anyway? on The CW.

Key also appeared in the first season of the FX series Fargo in 2014, and has had a recurring role on the sixth and seventh seasons of Parks and Recreation from 2013–2015. He then hosted the U.S. version of The Planet’s Funniest Animals on Animal Planet from 2005 until the series’ end in 2008.

Keegan has had supporting roles in several films, including Let’s Be Cops (2014), Tomorrowland (2015) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). He appeared at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as the character Luther, President Barack Obama’s anger translator also in 2015. He also produced and starred in the 2016 film Keanu with his Key & Peele co-star Jordan Peele. He made his Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s comedy Meteor Shower in 2017.

Keegan attended the University of Detroit Mercy as an undergraduate, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater in 1993. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in theater at Pennsylvania State University in 1996. Key was a brother of Phi Kappa Theta while at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Keegan Michael Key Age

Keegan-Michael Key was born on March 22, 1971 in Southfield, Michigan, U.S. He is 47 years old as of 2018.

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Keegan Michael Key Ethnicity

Michael belongs to a mixed ethnicity,

Keegan Michael Key Parents

Key was born to Leroy McDuffie, who was African American, and Carrie Herr, who was White. He was then adopted at a young age by an interracial couple from Detroit, Michael Key and Patricia Walsh, both social workers.
He has two half-brothers through his biological father, one of whom was the Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie (1962–2011), also of Detroit. Key discovered the existence of his siblings after they’d passed, he did not get a chance to meet them.

Keegan Michael Key Wife | Keegan Michael Key Married

He married actor and director Elisa Pugliese on June 8, 2018 in New York City.

Keegan Michael Key Divorce

Key married actress and dialect coach Cynthia Blaise on 27 December 1998 and divorced on 16 November 2017.

Keegan Michael Key Girlfriend

Key is a married man.

Keegan Michael Key Kids

Key has no children yet.

Keegan Michael Key Mad Tv

Keegan joined the cast of Mad TV midway into the ninth season. Key and Jordan Peele were cast against each other so that FOX could pick one black cast member. They both ended up being picked after demonstrating great comedic chemistry. Keegan played many characters on the show. One of Key’s most famous characters is “Coach Hines”, a high school sports coach who frequently disrupts and also threatens students and faculty members.

During the penultimate episode of Mad TV, Hines revealed that he is the long-lost heir to the Heinz Ketchup company and he only became a Catholic school coach to help delinquent teenagers like Yamanashi (Bobby Lee). During seasons 9 and 10, Keegan appeared as “Dr. Funkenstein” in blaxploitation parodies, with Peele playing the monster. Keegan also portrayed various guests on Real **********ing Talk like the strong African Rollo Johnson and also blind victim Stevie Wonder Washington. Key often goes “backstage” as Eugene Struthers, an always-ecstatic water- or flower-delivery man who accosts celebrities.

There is also “Jovan Muskatelle”, a shirtless man with a jheri curl and also a shower cap. Keegan interrupts live news broadcasts by a reporter (always played by Ike Barinholtz), annoying him with rapid fire accounts of events that have happened frequently exclaiming “It was crazy as hell!”

Celebrities that Keegan impersonated on the show include Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Roscoe Orman (as his character Gordon from Sesame Street), Matthew Lillard, Bill Cosby, Al Roker, Terrell Owens, Tyler Perry, Robin Antin, Keith Richards, Eddie Murphy (as his character James “Thunder” Early from the movie Dreamgirls), Sherman Hemsley (as his character George Jefferson on The Jeffersons), Charles Barkley, Sendhil Ramamurthy (as Mohinder Suresh), Tyson Beckford, Seal (originally played by Jordan until he left the show at the end of season 13), Sidney Poitier, Lionel Richie, Barack Obama, Kobe Bryant and Jack Haley (as the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz). Key also played female celebrities, including Phylicia Rashād and Eva Longoria (as Gabrielle Solis on a Desperate Housewives parody).

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Keegan and his former Mad TV castmate Jordan Peele starred in their own Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele. The series began airing on January 31, 2012 and ran for five seasons until September 9, 2015.

Keegan and his comedy partner Jordan Peele starred in an episode of Epic Rap Battles of History, with Keegan playing Mahatma Gandhi and Jordan playing Martin Luther King Jr. The duo returned to Epic Rap Battles of History with the “Muhammad Ali versus Michael Jordan” battle, with Keegan portraying Jordan.

Michael was introduced by President Barack Obama at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner as Luther, Obama’s Anger Translator, one of his characters from the show.

Keegan Michael Key Other Work

Keegan was one of the founders of Hamtramck, Michigan’s Planet Ant Theatre, and was also a member of the Second City Detroit’s mainstage cast before joining the Second City e.t.c. theater in Chicago. He co-founded the Detroit Creativity Project along with Beth Hagenlocker, Marc Evan Jackson, Margaret Edwartowski, and Larry Joe Campbell. The Detroit Creativity Project then teaches students in Detroit improvisation as a way to improve their communication skills.

He performed with The 313, an improv group formed with other members of Second City Hollywood that appears around the country. The 313 is made up primarily of former Detroit residents and also named for Detroit’s area code. Keegan also hosted Animal Planet’s The Planet’s Funniest Animals.

He then made a cameo in “Weird Al” Yankovic’s video “White & Nerdy” with fellow Mad TV co-star Jordan Peele. He hosted GSN’s “Big Saturday Night” in 2009, and has co-starred in Gary Unmarried on CBS. Keegan was a panelist on the NPR comedy quiz show Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me… on March 27 and also on July 24, 2010. Keegan has been in several episodes of Reno 911! as the “Theoretical Criminal”.

They were both featured on the cover and in a series of full-page comic photos illustrating The New York Times Magazine article “Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?” on March 31, 2013. A live-action video version was then featured on the Times’ website. Keegan co-stars in the horror-comedy Hell Baby. He is one of the rotating “fourth chair” performers in the 2013 revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

In addition to Key & Peele, Key also co-starred in the USA Network comedy series Playing House. It began airing in April 2014.

Alongside his comedy partner Jordan Peele, Keegan played an FBI agent in a recurring role in the 2014 FX crime drama Fargo.

He was involved in audio episodes for the marketing campaign, “Hunt the Truth” on the website for the video game Halo 5: Guardians, voicing a fictional journalist and also war photographer named Benjamin Giraud, who investigates the Master Chief’s background.

He has also had small supporting roles in numerous films, including 2014’s Horrible Bosses 2, Let’s Be Cops and also the animated The Lego Movie, as well as Pitch Perfect 2 and Tomorrowland in 2015. Keegan and Jordan are working with Judd Apatow on a feature-length film for Universal Pictures.

Keegan is one of several hosts of the podcast Historically Black by American Public Media and also The Washington Post.

In the summer of 2017, Keegan returned to the theatre in a production of Hamlet at New York’s Public Theater where he played Horatio opposite Oscar Isaac in the title role. Key, who is a classically trained actor, received rave reviews for his performance. The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney noted that Key’s comedic skills were on full display, “…but his ease with the verse and stirring sensitivity a revelation.”

His voice acted in The Star, the animated film based on the Nativity of Jesus.

Keegan made his Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s comedy Meteor Shower in 2017.

Keegan Michael Key Net Worth

The Mad Tv star has an estimated net worth of $7 million.

Keegan Michael Key Height

Key stands at a height of 1.85 m.

Keegan Michael Key Gay

Key is not gay.

Keegan Michael Key Movies





Toy Story 4


The Lion King



Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation


The Predator



Win It All


The Disaster Artist


The Star




Clarence, Smoke Dresden

The Angry Birds Movie

Judge Peckinpah

Don’t Think Twice



Alpha Wolf

Why Him?



Pitch Perfect 2

Beca’s Boss

Welcome to Happiness



Hugo Gernsback


Jack Peterson

Hotel Transylvania 2

Murray the Mummy

Freaks of Nature

Mr. Keller


The Lego Movie

Frank the Foreman

Teacher of the Year

Ronald Douche

Let’s Be Cops


Horrible Bosses 2



Hell Baby


Afternoon Delight




Marcys Flunkie


Just Go with It


Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

Guinness Man


Welcome to the Jungle Gym

Mike McKenzie

Due Date

New Father


Yoga Matt


Role Models


Land of Arabia



Sucker For Shelley




Curt Braunschweib

Grounds Zero



Mr. 3000



Uncle Nino

Airport Stranger


Garage: A Rock Saga

TV Studio Manager


Get the Hell Out of Hamtown



Dolemite Is My Name

Jerry Jones


All the Bright Places

Keegan Michael Key TV Shows






Michael Pearce


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Faux BitConnect Carlos


Friends from College

Ethan Turner


The Simpsons

Jazzy James

Son of Zorn

Grobos the Great


Smilin’ Jack

Samurai Jack

Da’ Samurai

2016, 2017


Detective Diedrich, Floyd


Modern Family

Tom Delaney

Angie Tribeca

Helmut Fröntbüt

The Muppets


House of Lies

Devin Townsend

American Dad!


Mack & Moxy

Admirable Keegan

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Crazy Jimmy



American Ranger, Sgt. Agony, Blue Menace


The Hotwives



King Lhoga

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Grant Anderson

White House Correspondents’ Dinner


Rick and Morty

Fourth Dimensional Being

W/ Bob & David

Traffic Cop


Playing House

Mark Rodriguez


Bob’s Burgers


2014, 2016

Robot Chicken


2014, 2015

Parks and Recreation


2014, 2015

BoJack Horseman

Sebastian St. Clair


The Middle

Reverend Deveaux


FBI Special Agent Bill Budge

2013–16, 2018

Whose Line is it Anyway?

Himself / Fourth Seater


How I Met Your Mother


Super Fun Night



Key & Peele

Himself, Various


A Series of Unfortunate People


Love Bites



Dick Barbian

The League

Steve / Carmenjello


Childrens Hospital

Cop, Captain Tripper


Sons of Tucson



Gary Unmarried



Reno 911!

Hypothetical Criminal


Chocolate News






The Planet’s Funniest Animals



Mad TV



I’m With Her





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Keegan Michael Key Penn State

Published: April 22, 2018


If you receive a Christmas Card this year from Penn State coach James Franklin and family, take a second look.

Before Saturday’s Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium, Franklin’s wife, Fumi, and daughters Shola and Addy took a photo with actor Keegan-Michael Key, a Penn State graduate who has become a friend of both the Franklins and the football team.

Franklin’s family liked the photo so much, they plan to share it this holiday season. In fact, the coach was concerned that his wife was a little too fond of the picture.

“I had not seen my wife that happy in a long time,” Franklin said. “I mean, her face just lit up. I wasn’t completely comfortable with that.”

For the past three years, Franklin and Key have developed a friendship that goes beyond the jokes about their resemblance. Key did his first Franklinimpression for the team three years ago, has done guest picks as Franklin on ESPN’s “College GameDay” and even discussed Penn State’s “icing” of Georgia State’s kicker in 2017.

The appearance prompted so many angry emails to Franklin that he addressed it a week later — after Penn State’s last-second victory over Iowa.

“That was not me,” Franklin said. “It’s somewhat ridiculous that I have to say that, but we do look a lot alike.”

Key is such a part of the program that he has been offered a window into the world of recruiting, which was a big part of Saturday’s spring scrimmage. Having about 160 recruits on hand to see Key do his Franklin impression certainly was good for the program.

But how did Key become such a Penn State fan? Born in Detroit, Key followed the team as a kid through family friends from Pennsylvania. That helped him, in part, to choose Penn State to pursue a master’s of fine arts. He got to know some players during that time by teaching acting for non-majors at the university.

In 2015, Penn State invited Key to be grand marshal of the homecoming parade. Someone told him, “You look a little like the new head coach.” The rest is history, he said.

“If our genes being similar in some way, shape, or form, is one more thing that brings me back to the program and gives me a sheer love for the program, so be it,” said Key, who, at 47, is a year older than Franklin.

Key, who sang the alma mater with players after the game, said he thought the Lions looked “spry” Saturday. And he offered his character of McCringleberry (a “post-post-post doctorate” student) as a potential tight end.

More seriously, Key said Franklin has infused a “new energy” into Penn State football, and the two bonded regarding the coach’s academic plan for his players.

“We are in like minds on what a student-athlete is,” Key said. “I get very excited when I see him get excited about how well his students do. I get very excited when his students get privileges for having better GPAs. It’s lovely that academics are as important to him.”

After the game, Franklin remained stuck on the family photo. Key’s fiance further had suggested that the actor wear some midsection padding to better mimic their differing physiques. That made Franklin wince as well.

“Obviously I need to get on the treadmill,” Franklin said.