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Adam McKay

Highest Rated:   88% The Big Short (2015)
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Born in 1968, the television sketch comedy scripter, big screen writer/director, and occasional performer Adam McKay first entered the public eye (and established himself professionally) when he helped found the Upright Citizens Brigade comic improv troupe in 1990, alongside Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Horatio Sanz, and others. McKay subsequently worked at the ImprovOlympic theater in Chicago and joined the cast of SCTV, contributing heavily to its infamous sketch "The PiƱata Full of Bees." Later (in the early '90s), McKay auditioned for the cast of Saturday Night Live. He failed to make the cut as an SNL performer, but submitted (highly politicized) material to the program which was so sharp and funny that it secured him a position as a regular SNL contributor (of scripts and occasional short films) from 1995 through 2001. For three of those years, McKay served as SNL head writer; longtime friend (and SCTV alumnus) Tina Fey succeeded him in the role.During his SNL stint, McKay met and befriended funnyman Will Ferrell. Not long after McKay departed from the program, the two formed a professional partnership, teaming up to co-write the summer 2004 big screen comedy vehicle Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; McKay took the director's chair for that turn. Unsurprisingly, the film -- about an oversexed, chauvinistic, mentally-deficient San Diego newsman in the mid-'70s (Ferrell) -- became a massive hit. It prompted a follow-up, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, with the same pedigree as Anchorman, but this time around, McKay posed a triple threat, not only co-authoring the script with Ferrell, but portraying Terry Cheveaux in the cast.He continued his association with Ferrell, directing him in films like Step Brothers (2008), The Other Guys (2010) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), while continuing to produce and write other films. He was briefly considered to direct Ant-Man in 2015, but instead only contributed to the screenplay. In 2015, McKay directed two films- Daddy's Home, reuniting him with Ferrell, and The Big Short, his first directing venture without Ferrell. The film, about the 2007-08 financial crisis, starred Christian Bale and Steve Carell, and earned a slew of rave reviews and an Academy Award nomination for Best Director and a win, for Best Adapted Screenplay, for McKay.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The House
  • Producer
2017
22% The Boss
  • Producer
$54.5M 2016
36% The Brothers Grimsby
  • Executive Producer
2016
No Score Yet The Flintstones
  • Executive Producer
2016
No Score Yet Manimal
  • Producer
2016
31% Daddy's Home
  • Producer
2015
88% The Big Short
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2015
63% Sleeping with Other People
  • Producer
2015
81% Ant-Man
  • Screenwriter
$138.1M 2015
79% The Yes Men Are Revolting
  • Executive Producer
2015
73% Welcome to Me
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet Border Guards
  • Producer
2015
23% Tammy
  • Producer
$51.1M 2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
$76.9M 2013
15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • Producer
$55M 2013
No Score Yet Three Mississippi
  • Producer
2013
No Score Yet Fully Loaded
  • Executive Producer
2012
56% Bachelorette
  • Producer
$0.5M 2012
64% The Campaign
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$86.9M 2012
57% The Dictator
  • Executive Producer
$57.8M 2012
41% Casa de mi padre
  • Producer
$5.9M 2012
38% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
  • Producer
$0.2M 2012
No Score Yet The Action Pack: Anchorman Quote-along
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet Talladega Nights Quote-along
  • Director
2011
29% The Virginity Hit
  • Producer
$0.6M 2010
78% The Other Guys
  • Director
  • Dirty Mike
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$119.3M 2010
27% The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
  • Producer
$15.1M 2009
26% Land of the Lost
  • Executive Producer
$49.4M 2009
No Score Yet Green Team
  • Actor
  • Director
2008
55% Step Brothers
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$100.5M 2008
No Score Yet The Landlord
  • Director
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Girl Missing
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Procedure
  • Director
2007
72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • Terry Cheveaux
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
$148.3M 2006
No Score Yet Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2004
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
  • Screenwriter
  • Custodian
  • Director
$84.2M 2004

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet I'm Sorry
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2011
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
74% The Spoils Before Dying
2014
  • Producer
  • 2015
20% Bad Judge
2014-2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Creator
  • Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
81% The Spoils of Babylon
2014-2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
82% Eastbound & Down
2009-2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Funny Or Die Presents
2010-2011
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
  • 2010
43% Big Lake
2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Assistance
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet LA -> Vegas
2017
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Mission Control
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer

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