To stand out in today’s comedy arena is not an easy feat; however, Keegan-Michael Key has success which makes it look almost effortless. The incredibly talented and hardworking comedian gained attention and popularity as part of the comedy duo – Key & Peele. Together with his partner, Jordan Peele, he has not only created some of the best sketches of the modern comedic landscape but also starred in several blockbusters and television shows.
Keep reading to learn more about one of Hollywood’s most praised comedic actors.
Who Is Keegan-Michael Key?
Keegan-Michael Key was born on the 22nd of March, 1971 in Southfield, Michigan. Though born in Southfield, he later grew up in Detroit. He went on to attend the University of Detroit Mercy where he graduated in 1993, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. He pursued Theater further and acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree in the course from Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated in 1996.
Keegan-Michael Key officially got his career started in 1999 but didn’t gain any substantial attention until 2004 when he joined the sketch comedy show Mad TV as a cast member. After his MAd TV’s run, he and fellow cast member – Jordan Peele, created, produced, and starred in their own Sketch Comedy Show Key & Peele on Comedy Central, which was highly successful. He later went on to land a role in Playing House, a comedy show on USA Network.
One of his more popular roles as an actor is in the Netflix TV show, Friends From College, where he plays one of the lead characters. Some of his other credits include Keanu, Let’s Be Cops, Fargo, Parks And Recreation, Pitch Perfect 2, and Tomorrowland. Keegan-Michael Key made his Broadway debut in the play Meteor Shower, in 2017. The critically acclaimed play was directed by Hollywood veteran, Steve Martin.
His Wife & Parents
The American actor was born to Carrie Herr, a Caucasian woman, and Leroy McDuffie, an African-American man. However, he was then put up for adoption and was subsequently adopted by an interracial couple as well. His adoptive parents Patricia Walsh and Michael Key were social workers from Detroit, Michigan.
Keegan-Michael Key is presently married to Elisa Pugliese, an actress, producer, and director. The two lovebirds got married on the 8th of June, 2018 in New York City.
Prior to his wedding to Elisa, Keegan was once married to Cynthia Blaise, an American actress, and dialect coach. Their marriage lasted from 1998 to 2017, when they decided to go their separate ways. Despite being married for over a decade, Keegan and Cynthia had no children together at the time of their divorce.
Height, Weight & Body Measurements
One look at the Michigan comedian and you can easily tell that he’s in great shape. Keegan-Michael Key’s height is listed as 6ft 1in while his weight is recorded to be 72 kg. Presently, his workout and diet routine is not available online but it can be easily assumed that the actor puts in the required effort to maintain his great physique.
Keegan Michael-Key has a total net worth of $7 Million. This is the cumulative result of his many years, roles, and projects in the entertainment industry. Though he has been a part of the entertainment industry since 1999, he has only recently started getting the level of popularity his talent deserves. As a result, his total net worth is expected to rise in the near future as he takes up more projects.
Other Facts About Keegan-Michael Key
He’s allergic to cats.
In the university, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity.
At the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Keegan-Michael Key appeared in character as Luther and served as President Barack Obama’s ‘anger translator.
He met his comedy partner, Jordan Peele when they were both auditioning against each other for a spot on Mad TV. Initially, the network intended to pick one black cast member but ended picking both of them because they worked amazingly together and had great chemistry.
A surprising fact about the actor is that Keegan-Michael Key is a Shakespearean-trained actor. In 2017, at New York’s Public Theatre, he fulfilled his lifelong dream to play Horatio in Hamlet opposite Oscar Isaac in the title role. He received critical acclaim for his performance.