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Feature: Campaigning for an Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Michael McKean and Annette O'Toole are lobbying for an Oscar nomination for "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow," a song they wrote for the movie "A Mighty Wind."
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2003 with 75 to follow.
By United Press International

Hollywood Digest

BOX-OFFICE PREVIEW Action-comedy, hip-hop comedy, an adaptation from popular juvenile literature, old folkies and a Latina-based comedy are playing in U.S. theaters this weekend.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Film of the Week: 'A Mighty Wind'

LOS ANGELES, April 17 (UPI) -- "A Mighty Wind" is another fake show biz documentary in the lineage sired by the immortal "This Is Spinal Tap." Christopher Guest, who starred in that 1984 come
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Simon and Garfunkel might be planning a reunion performance at the Grammy awards, during which they will be presented with Lifetime Achievement honors.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The Mystic Knights of Mau Mau have announced the lineup for the second annual Ponderosa Stomp, which will take place April 29 through May 1 at the Rock'N'Bowl Mid City Lanes in New Orleans.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2002 with 75 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts and Alan Howard of Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, both born in 1941 (age 61); Gary Puckett of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap in 1942 (age 60); James Tucker of the Turtles in 1946 (age 56); Spinal Tap
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Oct. 12-18.
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

News from the entertainment capital

LA SALLE PREPARES FOR FINAL 'ER' EXIT
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Oct. 17)
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2001 with 75 to follow.
By United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Oct. 17)
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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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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