Keegan Michael Key - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 25, 2022

Keegan Michael Key
Profession: Actor, Comedian, Writer, Producer
Best Known For: Keanu (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $12 million

Personal Details

Born on : March 22, 1971 (age 52)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Keegan Michael Key
Birth Place: Southfield, Michigan, USA
Horoscope: Aries
Father's Name: Leroy McDuffie
Mother's Name: Carrie Herr
Siblings: 2

Dwayne McDuffie (half-brother)

High School: Shrine Catholic High School
University: University of Detroit Mercy, Pennsylvania State University
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (Polish, Belgian, African-American)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: June 8, 2018
Wife's Name: Elisa Pugliese

Cynthia Blaise (27 Dec 1998- 16 Nov 2017)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.85 meter (6 feet 1 inch)
Weight: 72 kg (158.73 lb)
Hair Color: Blad
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Keegan-Michael Key?

Keegan-Michael Key is an actor, comedian, writer as well as producer.

Keegan-Michael Key Age, Parents, Siblings

Keegan-Michael Key’s birth took place on March 22, 1971, in Southfield, Michigan, U.S.A. Key is biracial. His father Leroy McDuffie was of African American origin while his mother Carrie Herr is of Polish, Belgian ethnicity. But his biological parents were not the ones who raised him.

At a young age, Keegan-Michael Key was adopted by also an interracial couple- Michael Key and Patricia Walsh, also of  African-American and Caucasian ethnicity respectively. Both his adoptive parents worked as social workers. 

Through Keegan-Michael Key’s biological parents, he has two half-brothers. One of his half-brothers (paternal) is Dwayne McDuffie, an Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer. But sadly, both of his half-brothers passed away before all three were aware that they had half-siblings.

Source: FameWatcher (Keegan-Michael Key)

Education, Ethnicity

As for education, the future actor attended Shrine Catholic High School and then at the University of Detroit Mercy. He graduated from there in 1993 with a  Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre. He continued his education up to the Master’s level. He enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1996 with a Master of Fine Arts in theatre.

His ethnicity includes Polish, Belgian, and African-American.

Keegan-Michael Key – Girlfriend, Wife, Divorce, Children

Keegan-Michael Key was in a relationship with Cynthia Blaise, a dialect coach, and married her on 27 December 1998. 

He was married to his wife for almost 20 years before they filed for divorce, which was finalized on 16 November 2017. They do not have any children together. The reasons for their divorce were kept private.

Key went on to have an affair with director Elisa Pugliese. He and Pugliese married on June 8, 2018, in New York City. The couple does not have any children together and also has not announced pregnancy as of yet.

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Source: Getty Images (Keegan-Michael Key and Elisa Pugliese)

Keegan-Michael Key Career

Early Days

In 1999, Keegan-Michael Key played a minor in the film Get the Hell Out of Hamtown followed by similar roles in 2000 in Garage: A Rock Saga. After a series of guest appearances and supporting roles in mainstream movies, he finally landed a role in Mad TValong with Jordan Peele, he joined the series in the ninth series in 2004 and also worked as a writer in the series. 

Key and Peele joined hands again for their own series Key & Peele which aired from January 31, 2012, to September 9, 2015, for a total of 5 seasons. Other TV shows he has starred in are The Planet's Funniest Animals (2005-2008), Reno 911! (2008-2009), Gary Unmarried (2009-2010), Children's Hospital (2010-2015), Playing House (2014-2017), SuperMansion (2015-present), Friends from College (2017-present), Impulse (2018-present).

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Films, Series

Keegan-Michael Key has also acted in movies including Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), Pitch Perfect  2 (2015), Keanu (2016), The Predator (2018) while two movies Dolemite Is My Name, All the Bright Places are in the post-production phase.

Moreover, Key is a talented voice actor. Over his career-span, he has lent his voice in The Lego Movie (2014), Hotel Transylvania 2The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Storks (2016), The Star (2017), Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018), Toy Story 4 (2019), The Lion King (2019), among others.

In 2015, he appeared at the White House Correspondents' Dinner as  President Barack Obama's anger translator, Luther.

Source: IMDb (poster for Keanu)


On the set of Keanu, he worked with Tiffany Haddish, Nia Long, Madison Wolfe, Jamar Malachi Neighbors, Ian Casselberry.


Along with actors like Judy Greer, Max Greenfield, and Jack Black, Key has worked with the Young Storytellers Foundation, helping them to raise money in their annual fundraiser.

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Keegan-Michael Key Awards, Nominations

Key has been nominated for several prestigious awards. He has been nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award, Writers Guild of America Award (2013), American Comedy Award (2014), Primetime Emmy Award (2014, five categories in 2015, four categories in 2016), People's Choice Award (2015), NAACP Image Award (2014,2015, 2016), Screen Actors Guild Award (2015), etc.

Among all the nominations, he has won Peabody Award (2013), American Comedy Award (2014), Primetime Emmy Award (2016).

Source: Hollywood Reporter (Keegan-Michael Key)

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Keegan-Michael Key Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Key is around $12 million. His annual salary is unknown.

Keegan-Michael Key Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Keegan-Michael Key is followed by over a million followers.

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