Keegan-Michael Key

Keegan-Michael Key

Highest Rated: 100% Teacher of the Year (2014)

Lowest Rated: 18% Let's Be Cops (2014)

Birthday: Mar 22, 1971

Birthplace: Southfield, Michigan, USA

Though many comedy fans were first introduced to Keegan-Michael Key as a cast member on "MADtv" (Fox, 1995-2016), he truly became a household name thanks to his sketch comedy series "Key and Peele" (Comedy Central, 2012-15). Born in Southfield, Michigan in 1971 to an African American father and white mother, Key was adopted by parents who, by chance, reflected the same racial makeup. Key would later cite the regular "code switching" he engaged in between the two cultures within his family as contributing to his interest in playing different characters. Key eventually earned a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Detroit Mercy as well as a master's from Pennsylvania State University. He was a mainstage cast member at Detroit's Second City improv theater before relocating to Chicago to join that city's even more prestigious Second City location. After a few years, he made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career on screen, where he slowly began to accrue credits with appearances on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and in the film "Uncle Nino" (2002). In 2004, Key was cast on the sketch comedy series "MADtv" along with another up-and-coming comedy performer named Jordan Peele. Key played a number of beloved recurring characters on the show such as Eugene Struthers and Coach Hines, and when he left the show in 2009, he and castmate Peele opted to pitch their own series to Comedy Central. "Key and Peele" proved both a critical and commercial hit, with Key's regular characters like Luther the Anger Translator becoming pop culture sensations. Key also appeared in recurring roles on "Fargo" (FX, 2014-) and "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2009-2015) at this time, in addition to co-starring with Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair on the largely improvised series "Playing House" (USA, 2014-17) and making a small but hilariously memorable appearance in the comedy "Let's Be Cops" (2014). When "Key and Peele" wrapped in 2015, he appeared in the feature film "Tomorrowland" (2015) and began providing the voice of American Ranger on the animated series "SuperMansion" (Crackle, 2015- ). The next year, Key re-teamed with Peele for the absurdist comedy film "Keanu" (2016) and honored his roots as an improvisor with the sleeper hit "Don't Think Twice" (2016). Then in 2017, Key began starring on the comedy-drama series "Friends from College" (Netflix, 2017-19). Though the show lasted only two seasons, it was a major critical hit, increasing Key's reputation as not just a gifted comedian but a talented actor. He quickly moved forward, co-starring with Eddie Murphy in "Dolemite is My Name" (2019) as well as with John Cena in the family comedy "Playing with Fire" (2019), as well as reteaming with Peele as a double act in "Toy Story 4."

Highest rated movies

Teacher of the Year
Don't Think Twice Dolemite Is My Name Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Win It All Keanu
Afternoon Delight
All the Bright Places

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Murray (Voice) - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Mario Bros: The Movie Toad (Voice) - 2022
54% 63% The Prom Mr. Hawkins (Character) - 2020
89% 72% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Gustofson (Character) - 2020
64% 61% All the Bright Places Embry (Character) - 2020
24% 77% Playing With Fire Mark (Character) $20.5M 2019
97% 91% Dolemite Is My Name Jerry Jones (Character) - 2019
52% 88% The Lion King Kamari (Voice) $543.6M 2019
97% 94% Toy Story 4 Ducky (Voice) $434.0M 2019
33% 33% The Predator Coyle (Character) $51.0M 2018
62% 48% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Murray (Voice) $167.5M 2018
43% 70% The Star Dave (Voice) $40.4M 2017
85% 55% Win It All Unknown (Character) - 2017
39% 51% Why Him? Gustav (Character) $60.2M 2016
65% 62% Storks Alpha Wolf (Voice) $72.7M 2016
98% 69% Don't Think Twice Jack (Character) $4.4M 2016
43% 46% The Angry Birds Movie Judge Peckinpah (Voice) $107.5M 2016
78% 55% Keanu Clarence Goobril/Smoke Dresden (Character),
Producer
$20.6M 2016
31% 57% Welcome to Happiness Proctor (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 45% Freaks of Nature Mr. Keller (Character) - 2015
55% 63% Hotel Transylvania 2 Murray (Voice) - 2015
28% 45% Vacation Jack Peterson (Character) $58.9M 2015
50% 49% Tomorrowland Hugo (Character) $93.4M 2015
100% 60% Teacher of the Year Ronald Douche (Character) - 2014
35% 47% Horrible Bosses 2 Mike (Character) $54.4M 2014
18% 51% Let's Be Cops Pupa (Character) $82.4M 2014
31% 27% Hell Baby F'Resnel (Character) $5.0K 2013
66% 41% Afternoon Delight Bo (Character) $174.5K 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alleyball Curt Braunschweib (Character) - 2006

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 96% Whose Line Is It Anyway? Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
2013-2016 2018 2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019-2021
No Score Yet 40% The Shop Guest 2021
88% 85% Schmigadoon! Josh Skinner (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2017 2019-2021
No Score Yet 43% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016-2017 2019-2021
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 2021
No Score Yet 56% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015 2017 2019 2021
No Score Yet 91% Running Wild With Bear Grylls Self 2021
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2016-2017 2021
No Score Yet 33% Pixar Popcorn Ducky (Voice) 2021
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016 2018-2020
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2014 2016 2018 2020
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2016 2020
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2012-2014 2016-2018 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brain Games: Bonus Round Host 2020
No Score Yet 75% Brain Games Host 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Impulse Michael Pearce (Character) 2018-2019
No Score Yet 86% No Activity Brock (Guest Star) 2019
100% 92% Green Eggs and Ham Narrator 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2019
88% 94% The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance The Ritual Master (Voice) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet ET Canada Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Boy's Neighborhood Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2016-2017 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet 50PlusPrime Guest 2019
94% 45% 2 Dope Queens Guest 2019
No Score Yet 20% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016-2017 2019
26% 87% Friends From College Ethan (Character) 2017 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet GMA Day Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 80% SuperMansion American Ranger (Voice) 2015 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Best of Cheddar Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Planet's Funniest Animals Host 1999-2003 2006-2008 2016-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Page Guest 2017
No Score Yet 50% The History of Comedy Self 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2014 2016-2017
90% 96% Playing House Mark Rodriguez (Character) 2014-2015 2017
91% 87% Bob's Burgers Beefersutherland (Guest Voice) 2014 2016-2017
90% 85% Archer Floyd (Guest Voice) 2016-2017
94% 87% Detroiters Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 100% Funny or Die's Billy on the Street Guest 2017
85% 76% The Simpsons Jazzy James (Guest Voice) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Host 2016
98% 80% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Crazy Jimmy (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 39% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet 91% American Dad E-Money (Guest Voice) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2016
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2014 2016
64% 72% The Muppets Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
96% 72% Angie Tribeca Helmut FröntBüt (Guest Star) 2016
85% 88% Modern Family Tom Delaney (Guest Star) 2016
97% 94% Key & Peele Unknown (Character),
Executive Producer
2012-2015
94% 86% Rick and Morty Fourth-Dimensional Being (Guest Voice) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2014-2015
94% 93% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Grant Anderson (Guest Star) 2015
93% 89% Parks and Recreation Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
93% 84% Fargo FBI Agent Budge (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 100% Inside Comedy Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet 88% The Middle Reverend Deveaux (Guest Star) 2014
32% 61% Super Fun Night Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet EP Daily Guest 2013
83% 84% How I Met Your Mother Calvin (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
81% 82% The League Carmenjello (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 100% Love Bites Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
24% 28% Gary Unmarried Curtis (Character) 2009-2010
86% 81% RENO 911! Unknown (Guest Star) 2008-2009
No Score Yet 43% MADtv Unknown (Character) 2004-2009
58% No Score Yet I'm With Her Unknown (Guest Star) 2004