Keegan-Michael Key Biography: Age, Education, Career

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    Keegan-Michael Key (born March 22, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter.

    He came into the limelight after his appearance in his role in the sketch comedy series Key & Peele (2012-2015) for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2016.


    Real Facts About Keegan

    • Full Name: Keegan-Michael Key
    • Born: 22 March 1971
    • Age: 51 years old (2022)
    • Place of Birth: Southfield, Michigan, United States
    • Nationality: American
    • Parents: Carrie Herr, Leroy McDuffie, Patricia Walsh, Michael Key
    • Siblings: Dwayne McDuffie
    • Wife • Spouse: Elle Key (m. 2018), Cynthia Blaise (m. 1998–2017)
    • Children: N/A
    • Occupation: Actor • Comedian
    • Net Worth: N/A


    Early Life & Education

    Keegan-Michael Key was born on March 22, 1971, in Southfield, Michigan, United States. He is the son of Leroy McDuffie, a black man, and Carrie Herr, a woman of Polish and Flemish ancestry.

    Michael Key and Patricia Walsh, a couple from Detroit who both worked in social services, adopted him at an early age.

    His adoptive parents, Patricia Walsh and Michael Key were also black guys and white ladies, just like his birth parents.

    Keegan-Michael Key had two half-brothers through his biological father, one of which was the comic book creator Dwayne McDuffie. He didn’t learn about his half-siblings until after they passed away.

    Keegan-Michael Key was brought up in a Catholic home. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1993.

    In 1996, he obtained a Master of Fine Arts in drama from Pennsylvania State University. At the University of Detroit Mercy, he belonged to the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity.



    Keegan-Michael Key joined the Mad TV cast in 2004, about halfway through the ninth season. He and Jordan Peele were paired up against one another, but they were chosen after showcasing fantastic comic chemistry.

    In the episode, he took on a variety of roles. His most well-known persona is Coach Hines, a high school sports coach who often disturbs and threatens students and faculty.

    Hines revealed that he is the long-lost heir to the Heinz Ketchup company on the penultimate episode of Mad TV and that he only became a Catholic school coach to assist troubled youngsters like Yamanashi (Bobby Lee).

    Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele co-starred in the Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele, which had its premiere on January 31, 2012, and ran for five seasons until September 9, 2015.

    Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele each played Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. in an Epic Rap Battles of History episode. The pair returned to Epic Rap Battles of History in the Muhammad Ali versus Michael Jordan match, with Keegan-Michael Key as Michael Jordan.

    Before joining the Second City e.t.c., theater in Chicago, Keegan-Michael Key performed on the main stage of the Second City Detroit. He was also one of the founders of the Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck, Michigan. Together with Beth Hagenlocker, Marc Evan Jackson, Margaret Edwartowski, and Larry Joe Campbell, he co-founded the Detroit Creativity Project.

    The Detroit Creativity Project teaches improvisation to students in Detroit to help them communicate. Keegan-Michael Key participated with The 313, an improv troupe founded with other Second City Hollywood performers and performs nationwide.



    Nwede Chinedu Mishach Popularly known as Rechibee is a Nigerian Content Editor and an Entertainment reporter at Wakadaily. He is a passionate journalist with a core interest in Special reports, Biography, and music journalism.

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