Achieving a breakthrough in the competitive world of show business requires not only talent but utmost originality and Keegan-Michael Key can count among those that have shown this quality. Key became popular after starring alongside Jordan Peele in the sketch series, Key & Peele (2012–2015) which aired on Comedy Central. His breakthrough wasn’t instant as it came after years of paying his dues. His early works include Mad TV (2004–2009). He has gone on to feature in projects like Playing House, Let’s Be Cops, Tomorrowland, Pitch Perfect 2, Friends from College and The Predator.
Keegan-Michael Key Bio (Age)
Born on March 22, 1971, in Southfield, Michigan, the comedian/actor grew up in Detroit, Michigan under the care of his adoptive parents. He had two half-brothers through his biological dad and this includes the late Dwayne McDuffie, a writer of comic books and comic animated television series. Unfortunately, he never got to know about his half-brothers until they were dead.
In 1993, Key obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater from the University of Detroit, Mercy, and in 1996, he bagged a Master of Fine Arts in theater from Pennsylvania State University.
According to reports, Keegan-Michael Key’s net worth is estimated to be $7 million. This is the result of his many years of being active in the entertainment industry. His career continues to rise and there is no gainsaying that his net worth will definitely increase in the nearest future.
The entertainer is the product of an inter-racial relation between a Caucasian woman named Carrie Herr and an African-American man, Leroy McDuffie. His biological parents gave him up for adoption when he was very young and he was eventually adopted by Michael Key and Patricia Walsh, an interracial couple from Detroit, Michigan, both of whom were social workers.
Though his adoptive parents loved and cared for him like their own, Keegan-Michael Key still craved to know his biological mother.
Keegan-Michael Key reunited with his biological mother when he was 25 and according to him, his first meeting with his mom was one of the most unexpected, crucial, significant and foundational things that have happened in his life. This is because, in the course of their discussion that day, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior through his mother. Accepting Jesus, he said, was pretty unexpected and it is, as he said, one of the touchstones in his spiritual and personal life.
Girlfriend, Wife, Divorce
Keegan-Michael got married the first time in 1998 to Cynthia Blaise, an American actress, and dialect coach. As a dialect coach, Cynthia has worked in movies such as The Tiger Hunter, Hardcore Henry, The Truth About Emanuel, Bad Teacher, Faster and 6 Souls.
The couple met shortly after the comedian left graduate school, during the filming of a movie written by two of his friends in honor of another of their friend who died in a car crash. Although Cynthia was 13 years older than Keegan-Michael Key, it did not deter them from falling in love. Two years later, they tied the knot and Keegan became the step-father to Cynthia’s son who is just 8 years his junior.
Sadly, the couple fell apart a decade plus after their marriage and they reportedly got separated on November 15, 2015. On the Eve of New Year in 2015, Key filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences and in November 2017, their divorce was finalized. Although they were married for almost two decades, Key and Cynthia had no kids together.
The funny guy wasted no time in putting his first marriage behind him as he announced his engagement to actress, producer, and director, Elisa Pugliese, in a Twitter post on 14th November, 2017. It is not certain when Key and Elisa became a couple as they kept their relationship away from the media.
Keegan-Michael Key and Elisa Pugliese later made their relationship official in a marriage ceremony which took place on 8 June 2018, in New York City.
There is no doubt that the Southfield-born comedian is in great shape physically. Keegan has a height of 6 feet and three-quarters of an inch. He is recorded to be weighing 72 kg. He is bald-headed, has dark brown eyes and pink lips which accentuates his well-chiseled face.