Michael McKean

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Actor • Comedian • Musician • Composer

Birth Name: Michael John McKean

Birth Date: October 17, 1947

Age: 76 years old

Birth Place: New York, New York

Born in New York, Michael McKean appeared in over 20 plays during his high school years. After studying acting at Carnegie Mellon University and NYU (with Olympia Dukakis), he flew out to Los Angeles in February 1970 and decided to stay there. While in college, McKean met David L. Lander and Christopher Guest - two young men who would later become hugely important in his professional life. The threesome, along with Harry Shearer and Richard Beebe, formed The Credibility Gap, an influential comedy group that performed on the radio and toured in the early 1970s.

McKean and Lander began performing in L.A. clubs as characters they'd come up with at Carnegie Mellon; Lenny and Squiggy. Penny Marshall and her husband Rob Reiner loved them and introduced them to her brother Garry Marshall who brought them on to "Laverne & Shirley" [ABC, 1976-83] in 1976. McKean's first professional acting job became a seven-year run on a #1 show. Garry Marshall gave McKean his first leading movie role in "Young Doctors in Love" (1982). Meanwhile, McKean, Shearer, and their friend Christopher Guest had spent a few years developing what is generally acknowledged as the funniest rock film ever, along with co-writer and director Rob Reiner - "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984).

McKean has reprised his role as David St. Hubbins in various "Tap"-related projects and live appearances over the years. His 70+ movie credits also include Clue (1985), "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987), "The Big Picture" (1989), "Jack" (1996) and more recently "Jerry & Marge Go Large" (2022) and Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022). McKean has had significant roles on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000-), "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2001), "Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015-21), "Breeders" (FX, 2020-, "Good Omens" (Amazon Prime, 2019-) and many others. He has also been providing voices for dozens of animated series, among them "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1990-), "Pinky & The Brain" (WB, 1995-99), "Spongebob Squarepants" (Nickelodeon, 1999-), "American Dad!" (Fox, 2005-) and "Rugrats" (Nickelodeon/Paramount+, 1991-).

His most acclaimed role, for which he was nominated for an Emmy in 2019, was as Jimmy McGill's brother, Chuck on "Better Call Saul" (AMC, 2015-22). For McKean personally, his most significant role was in the 1998 Lifetime film "Final Justice" where he met his wife, Annette O'Toole. He and O'Toole were Oscar-nominated for co-writing the song "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow," for "A Mighty Wind" (2003). Also, McKean shared a Grammy with Guest and Eugene Levy for the film's title tune.

Next up for McKean is a role as the President of the United States on the Netflix series "The Diplomat" (2023).

Credits

Jerry & Marge Go LargeStream

Actor
Howard
Movie
2022
67%

RugratsStream

Voice
Grandpa Lou Pickles
Series
2021
86%

Rugrats Shorts

Voice
Grandpa Lou Pickles
Show
2021

Playing God

Actor
Frank
Movie
2021

My Little Pony: A New Generation

Voice
Argyle
Movie
2021

The Happy Days of Garry Marshall

Actor
Show
2020

BreedersStream

Actor
Michael
Series
2020
94%

Pink Skies Ahead

Actor
Richard
Movie
2020
82%

Good OmensStream

Actor
Sergeant Shadwell
Series
2019
85%

Image Makers: The Adventures of America's Pioneer Cinematographers

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Movie
2019

Daddio

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Movie
2019

Better Call Saul: Madrigal Electromotive Security Training: Employee Training

Actor
Show
2018

Better Call Saul: Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training

Actor
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2017

Food: Fact or Fiction?Stream

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Series
2015

Goldie & BearStream

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Mr. Locks
Series
2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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Talk
2015

Better Call SaulStream

Actor
Chuck McGill
Series
2015
98%

Better Call Saul: Extras

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2015

The Meddler

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2015

The 7DStream

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Uncle Humidor
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2014

Last Week Tonight With John OliverStream

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Aide
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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

Drunk HistoryStream

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2013

Family Tree

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Keith Chadwick
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2013

10 Rules for Sleeping Around

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2013

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

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Dr. Bartholomew Wolper
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2013

Comedy Bang! Bang!Stream

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2012

The Words

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Nelson Wylie
Movie
2012

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

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Dr. Bartholomew Wolper
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2012

Happy EndingsStream

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Big Dave
Series
2011
76%

Off the Map

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Ed Greenman
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2011

Overheard With Evan Smith

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2010

The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS

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2009

CastleStream

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2009
82%

Whatever Works

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Joe
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2009

Imps

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Fritz #2 (Segment "Interrogation")
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2009

Adventures of Power

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Harlan
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2008

Surf's Up

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Rock
Movie
2007

Joshua

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Chester Jenkins
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2007

Help Me Help You

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2006

Rachael Ray ShowStream

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2006

The UnitStream

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2006
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For Your ConsiderationStream

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Lane Iverson
Movie
2006
53%

The Year Without a Santa Claus

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Snow Miser
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2006

The Harry Smith Project Live

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Jerry Palter
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2006

Hopeless Pictures

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2005

American DadStream

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Emperor Zing
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2005

The ProducersStream

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Prison Trustee
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2005
51%

Boston LegalStream

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2004
86%

Tavis Smiley

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2004

A Mighty WindStream

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Jerry Palter
Movie
2003
87%

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

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William Christy Cabanne
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2003

Last Call With Carson Daly

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2002

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II

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Sarousch
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2002

Slap Her, She's French!

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Monsieur Duke
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2002

The Guru

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Dwain
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2002

100 Mile Rule

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Howard
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2002

Teddy Bears' Picnic

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Porterfield (Porty) Pendleton
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2002

SmallvilleStream

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Perry White
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2001
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AliasStream

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Dr. Atticus Liddell
Series
2001
86%

Primetime Glick

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2001

The Lone Gunmen

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2001
38%

My First Mister

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Bob
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2001

Never Again

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Alex
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2001

Curb Your EnthusiasmStream

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Matt Tessler
Series
2000
92%

Clerks: The Animated SeriesStream

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2000

Best in ShowStream

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Stefan
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2000
93%

BeautifulStream

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Lance DeSalvo
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2000
17%

Little NickyStream

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Chief of Police
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2000
22%

Snowden's Christmas

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1999

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

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Fred Sandow
Series
1999
78%

SpongeBob SquarePantsStream

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1999

Family Guy

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Pawtucket Pat
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1999

Family GuyStream

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Pengrove Pig / Andy Rooney / Camel Salesman
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1999

Providence

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1999

True CrimeStream

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Reverend Shillerman
Movie
1999
56%

Teaching Mrs. TingleStream

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Principal Potter
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1999
19%

Mystery, Alaska

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Mr. Walsh
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1999

Kill the Man

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Mr. Livingston
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1999

Maggie Winters

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1998

Totally Ridiculous! The World's Funniest True Stories

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1998

Lateline

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1998

The Closer

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Arthur Willhaven
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1998

Final Justice

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Merle Hammond
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1998

With Friends Like These...

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Dr. Maxwell Hersh
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1998

No Strings Attached

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Elliot Lewis
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1998

The Pass

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Willie L.
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1998

The Homefront

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J.P. Bigelow
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1998

Veronica's Closet

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1997

The Weird Al ShowStream

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1997
73%

101 Dalmatians: The SeriesStream

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1997

That Darn Cat

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Mr. Peter Randall (Patti's Dad)
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1997

Still BreathingStream

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New Mark
Movie
1997
62%

Nothing to LoseStream

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Phillip Barrow
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1997
31%

The Sunshine Boys

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Scott Grogan
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1997

Casper: A Spirited Beginning

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Bill Case
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1997

Hey Arnold!Stream

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1996

Edie & Pen

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Rick
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1996

Jack

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Paulie
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1996

Waiting for GuffmanStream

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1996
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Caroline in the CityStream

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1995

Star Trek: VoyagerStream

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The Clown
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1995
76%

Los Brady, la Película

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1995

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1995

La Familia Brady

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1995

The Brady Bunch MovieStream

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Mr. Larry Dittmeyer
Movie
1995
63%

FriendsStream

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Mr. Rastatter
Series
1994
78%

MacShayne: Final Roll of the Dice

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Ozzie Evans
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1994

Airheads

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Milo Jackson
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1994

Radioland Murders

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Rick Rochester
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1994

Across the Moon

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Frank
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1994

The NannyStream

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1993

Boy Meets WorldStream

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Jedediah Lawrence
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1993

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanStream

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1993
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The X-FilesStream

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Morris Fletcher
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1993
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ConeheadsStream

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Gorman Seedling
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1993
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The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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1992

Memoirs of an Invisible Man

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George Talbot
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1992

Man Trouble

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Eddy Revere
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1992

DinosaursStream

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Mr. Myman
Series
1991
91%

True Identity

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Harvey Cooper
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1991

Law & OrderStream

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1990

Flashback

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Hal
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1990

Book of Love

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Adult Jack Twiller
Movie
1990

The SimpsonsStream

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Arthur Fortune / Jerry Rude
Series
1989
85%

Earth Girls Are EasyStream

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Woody
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1989
68%

The Big Picture

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Emmet Sumner
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1989

Hider in the House

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Phil Dreyer
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1989

Murphy Brown

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1988

A Father's Homecoming

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Michael Fields
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1988

Short Circuit 2Stream

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Fred Ritter
Movie
1988
38%

Double Agent

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Jason Starr/Warren Starbinder
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1987

Agente Doble

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1987

Light of Day

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Bu Montgomery
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1987

Planes, Trains & AutomobilesStream

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State Trooper
Movie
1987
92%

Classified Love

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Pete Newly
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1986

D.A.R.Y.L.

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Andy Richardson
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1985

ClueStream

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Mr. Green
Movie
1985
70%

Murder, She WroteStream

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Ross McKay
Series
1984

Jeopardy!Stream

Contestant
Game Show
1984

This Is Spinal Tap

Actor
David St. Hubbins (Lead Guitar, Vocals)
Movie
1984
96%

This Is Spinal Tap

Original Music
Movie
1984
96%

This Is Spinal Tap

Writer
Movie
1984
96%

Cupidon chez les docteurs

Actor
Movie
1982

Young Doctors in Love

Actor
Dr. Simon August
Movie
1982
35%

Docteurs in Love

Actor
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1982

Likely Stories

Actor
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1981

Used Cars

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Eddie Winslow
Movie
1980

America 2Night

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1978

More Than Friends

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Terry Christopher
Movie
1978

Cracking Up

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Dr. Edward O'Mazuraski
Movie
1977

Laverne & ShirleyStream

Actor
Lenny Kosnowski
Series
1976

Laverne & ShirleyStream

Director
Series
1976

Saturday Night LiveStream

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Series
1975

Saturday Night LiveStream

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1975

Happy DaysStream

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Leonard 'Lenny' Kosnowski
Series
1974

Sesame StreetStream

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Series
1969

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