Standing out in today’s comedy world is no easy feat; However, Keegan-Michael Key’s success makes her look almost effortless. The incredibly talented and hardworking comedian has gained popularity and fame in the comedy duo – Key & Peele. Along with his partner, Jordan Peele, he not only created some of the best sketches in the modern comedy landscape, but they also starred in several blockbusters and TV shows.
Keep reading to learn more about one of Hollywood’s most lauded comedic actors.
Who is Keegan-Michael Key?
Keegan-Michael Key was born on March 22, 1971 in Southfield, Michigan. Although born in Southfield, he later grew up in Detroit. He then attended the University of Detroit Mercy, graduating in 1993, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. He continued his studies in theater and earned an MFA from Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated in 1996.
Keegan-Michael Key officially started his career in 1999, but he didn’t get any special attention until 2004 when he joined the sketch comedy show. Mad TV as a cast member. After his MAd TV Run, he and fellow cast members – Jordan Peele, created, produced and starred in their own Sketch Comedy Show Key & Peele on Comedy Central which was very successful. He then landed a role in Gambling House, a comedy show on USA Network.
One of his most popular roles as an actor is on the Netflix TV show, Friends from College , where he plays one of the main 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 2017’s play Meteor Shower. The critically acclaimed play was directed by Hollywood veteran Steve Martin.
His wife and parents
The American actor was born to Carrie Herr, a Caucasian and Leroy McDuffie, an African American. However, he was later put up for adoption and later adopted by an interracial couple. His adoptive parents, Patricia Walsh and Michael Key, were social workers from Detroit, Michigan.
Keegan-Michael Key is currently married to Elisa Pugliese, an actress, producer and director. The two lovebirds were married on June 8, 2018 in New York.
Prior to his marriage to Elisa, Keegan was once married to Cynthia Blaise, an American actress and dialect coach. Their marriage lasted from 1998 until 2017, when they decided to go their separate ways. Despite being married for over ten years, Keegan and Cynthia had no children together at the time of their divorce.
Height, weight and body measurements
One look at the comedian from Michigan and you can easily tell he’s in great shape. Keegan-Michael Key’s height is listed as 6ft 1in while his weight is recorded at 72kg. Currently, his workout schedule and diet plan are not available online, but one can easily assume that the actor is putting in the necessary effort to maintain his excellent physique.
Keegan Michael-Key has a total net worth of $7Million. It is the cumulative result of his many years, roles and projects in the entertainment industry. Although he has been in the entertainment industry since 1999, he has only recently begun to gain the level of popularity his talent deserves. As a result, his total net worth is expected to increase in the near future as he takes on new projects.
Other Facts About Keegan-Michael Key
1. He is allergic to cats.
2. In college, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity.
3. At the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Keegan-Michael Key played Luther and served as President Barack Obama’s “anger translator.”
4. He met his comedy partner, Jordan Peele, when they were auditioning against each other for a movie spot. MadTV Initially, the network intended to cast a black cast member, but ended up choosing both of them because they worked so well together and had great chemistry.
5. A surprising fact about the actor is that Keegan-Michael Key is a trained Shakespearean actor. In 2017, at New York’s Public Theater, he fulfilled his dream of playing Horatio in Hamlet opposite Oscar Isaac in the lead role. He received rave reviews for his performance.