Keegan-Michael Key (born March 22, 1971)[1][2] is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer. He 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 spent six seasons as a cast member on Mad TV (2004–2009) and has made several guest appearances on the U.S. version of Whose Line is it Anyway? on The CW. He also appeared in the first season of the FX series Fargo in 2014, and had a recurring role on the sixth and seventh seasons of Parks and Recreation from 2013–2015. He hosted the U.S. version of The Planet's Funniest Animals on Animal Planet from 2005 until the series' end in 2008.

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

Early life and educationEdit

Key was born in Southfield, Michigan on March 22, 1971, the son of Leroy McDuffie, who was black, and Carrie Herr, who was white.[3][4] He was adopted at a young age by a couple from Detroit, Michael Key and Patricia Walsh, both social workers. Like his birth parents, Michael is black and Patricia is white.[5][4] Through his biological father, Key had two half-brothers, one of whom was the Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie (1962–2011), also of Detroit.[6][7][8] Key only discovered the existence of his siblings after they had died, and thus was never able to meet them.

Being biracial has been a source of comedic material for Key, who told Terry Gross in an interview for NPR, "I think the reason Jordan and I became actors is because we did a fair amount of code-switching growing up and still do."[9][10]

Key attended the University of Detroit Mercy as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater in 1993,[11] followed by a Master of Fine Arts in theater at Pennsylvania State University in 1996.[12] While at the University of Detroit Mercy, he was a brother of Phi Kappa Theta.[13]

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role
2016 Storks Alpha Wold (voice)


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  3. Smith, Zadie (February 23, 2015). „Brother from Another Mother”. The New Yorker. Archived from the original on May 6, 2016. Accesat la May 9, 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Key, Keegan-Michael. „Keegan-Michael Key & Olivia Munn Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions”. Wired. Accesat la September 14, 2018. 
  5. "Key and Peele's Comedy Partnership". The New Yorker. Retrieved December 3, 2018. 
  6. Rivera, Joshua (September 18, 2015). "Keegan-Michael Key Hinted He's Related to a Comic-Book Legend". GQ. Retrieved December 3, 2018. 
  7. You Made It Weird #275: Keegan-Michael Key”. Nerdist Podcast. Accesat la October 9, 2015. 
  8. Keegan-Michael Key Has Learned That He And Dwayne McDuffie Were Half Brothers”. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Accesat la October 9, 2015. 
  9. For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'”. December 31, 2013. Accesat la May 9, 2016. 
  10. Siek, Stephanie (February 24, 2012). „'Key & Peele': The color of funny”. CNN. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Accesat la March 3, 2012. 
  11. Keegan-Michael Key Biography”. Archived from the original on August 14, 2016. Accesat la November 14, 2017. 
  12. Patishnock, John (October 9, 2014). „Alum Keegan-Michael Key discusses career, approach to comedy and handling fame”. Pennsylvania State University. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Accesat la February 2, 2015. 
  13. Walsworth, Jack (December 11, 2013). "Keegan-Michael Key: Comedy Central star fondly recalls his days at university". The Varsity News. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 

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