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Michael McKean hit by car, breaks leg

Michael McKean hit by car, breaks leg

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) -- Michael McKean's publicist says the actor is hospitalized in stable condition after he was hit by a car and broke his leg Tuesday in New York.
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'Laverne & Shirley' set for TV Land honor

'Laverne & Shirley' set for TV Land honor

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- "Laverne & Shirley," "One Day At a Time" and "Pee-wee's Playhouse" are to be honored at next month's TV Land Awards ceremony in New York, the network said.
Donna Hanover joins 'Best Man' cast

Donna Hanover joins 'Best Man' cast

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Television personality and former first lady of New York Donna Hanover has joined the cast of the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man."
McCormack joins 'Best Man' cast

McCormack joins 'Best Man' cast

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Television actor Eric McCormack has joined the star-studded cast of the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," the show's producers said Wednesday.
Lansbury, Larroquette join cast of Broadway's 'Best Man'

Lansbury, Larroquette join cast of Broadway's 'Best Man'

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Candice Bergen, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette and Michael McKean are to star in a Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," producers said.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.
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Garner, Usher head to 'Sesame Street'

Garner, Usher head to 'Sesame Street'

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Usher, Jennifer Garner and Sherri Shepherd are to appear on episodes of "Sesame Street" to air this month, producers of the U.S. preschool series said.
More stars line up for Thanksgiving parade

More stars line up for Thanksgiving parade

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Bruce Greenwood, Jimmy Smits, Christine Lahti and Michael McKean have been added to the lineup of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, CBS said.
'Spinal Tap' stars plan concert tour

'Spinal Tap' stars plan concert tour

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer are planning a concert tour in honor of their rock mockumentary "This is Spinal Tap's" 25th anniversary.
Spinal Tap recording new songs

Spinal Tap recording new songs

LONDON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. comic writer-actors who played the British heavy metal band in the iconic mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap" are recording some new songs.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 17, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007.
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Spinal Tap hosts exclusive auction dinner

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) -- The cast members of "This is Spinal Tap" are reuniting for a highest-bidder meet-and-greet in Los Angeles to benefit the Live Earth concerts.
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Michael McKean
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Michael John McKean (born October 17, 1947) is an American actor, comedian, writer, composer and musician, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Squiggy's friend, Leonard 'Lenny' Kosnowski, on the sitcom Laverne and Shirley; as David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap; and for his work in the Christopher Guest ensemble films.

McKean was born in New York City, New York, the son of Ruth and Gilbert McKean. He began his career (as well as the characters of Lenny and Squiggy) in Pittsburgh while a student at Carnegie Mellon University; David Lander was a fellow student at CMU. Their partnership grew after graduation as part of the comedy group The Credibility Gap with Harry Shearer in Los Angeles, but McKean's breakthrough came in 1976 when he joined the cast of Laverne and Shirley. McKean directed one episode, and the characters became something of a phenomenon, even releasing an album as Lenny and the Squigtones in 1979, which featured a young Christopher Guest on guitar (credited as Nigel Tufnel; the name Guest would use a few years later as part of the spoof rock band, Spinal Tap). "Foreign Legion of Love" was a big hit for the Squigtones, with frequent play on the Dr Demento Show. McKean also played his character in an episode of Happy Days. After leaving Laverne and Shirley in 1982, McKean played David St. Hubbins in the cult spoof documentary movie This Is Spinal Tap with both Guest and Shearer, and appeared in the soap opera spoof Young Doctors in Love.

McKean quickly became a recognizable name in film and television, with appearances in films such as Used Cars (1980), Clue (1985), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), the film adaptation of Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Coneheads (1993), and Radioland Murders (1994). He also had guest roles on such shows as Murder, She Wrote, Murphy Brown, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Caroline in the City. McKean was part of an ensemble cast in the short-lived television series Grand on NBC which aired in 1990.

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