Michael McKean

Michael McKean (born October 17, 1947) is an American actor, comedian, writer, composer and musician, perhaps best known for Laverne & Shirley and Spinal Tap.

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1941 (1979)

In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, panic grips California, where a military officer leads a mob chasing a Japanese sub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Dan Aykroyd  •  Ned Beatty  •  John Belushi  •  Lorraine Gary

In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, panic grips California, where a military officer leads a mob chasing a Japanese sub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Dan Aykroyd  •  Ned Beatty  •  John Belushi  •  Lorraine Gary

A Mighty Wind (2003)

In "A Mighty Wind", director Christopher Guest reunites the team from "Best In Show" and "Waiting for Guffman" to tell tell the story of 60's-era folk musicians, who inspired by the death of their former manager, get back on the stage for one concert in New York ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Catherine O'Hara  •  Bob Balaban  •  Larry Miller  •  Eugene Levy

In "A Mighty Wind", director Christopher Guest reunites the team from "Best In Show" and "Waiting for Guffman" to tell tell the story of 60's-era folk musicians, who inspired by the death of their former manager, get back on the stage for one concert in New York ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Catherine O'Hara  •  Bob Balaban  •  Larry Miller  •  Eugene Levy

Airheads (1994)

The Lone Rangers have heavy-metal dreams and a single demo tape they can't get anyone to play. The solution: Hijack an AM rock station and hold the deejays hostage until they agree to broadcast the band's tape.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lehmann
CAST:  Brendan Fraser  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Adam Sandler  •  Chris Farley

The Lone Rangers have heavy-metal dreams and a single demo tape they can't get anyone to play. The solution: Hijack an AM rock station and hold the deejays hostage until they agree to broadcast the band's tape.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lehmann
CAST:  Brendan Fraser  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Adam Sandler  •  Chris Farley

Auto Focus (2002)

A successful TV star during the 1960s, former "Hogan's Heroes" actor Bob Crane projects a wholesome family-man image, but this front masks his persona as a sex addict who records and photographs his many encounters with women, often with the help of his seedy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schrader
CAST:  Greg Kinnear  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Rita Wilson  •  Maria Bello

A successful TV star during the 1960s, former "Hogan's Heroes" actor Bob Crane projects a wholesome family-man image, but this front masks his persona as a sex addict who records and photographs his many encounters with women, often with the help of his seedy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schrader
CAST:  Greg Kinnear  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Rita Wilson  •  Maria Bello

Best in Show (2000)

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The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air as hundreds of eager contestants from across America prepare to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest events of their lives -- the Mayflower Dog Show ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Jay Brazeau  •  Parker Posey  •  Michael Hitchcock  •  Catherine O'Hara

The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air as hundreds of eager contestants from across America prepare to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest events of their lives -- the Mayflower Dog Show ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Jay Brazeau  •  Parker Posey  •  Michael Hitchcock  •  Catherine O'Hara

Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)

A prequel to the first animated/live-action Casper feature, Casper: A Spirited Beginning introduces the friendliest ghost you'll ever know and explains how Casper met and befriended the other ghouls at Applegate Manor. After being stranded, Casper meets young Chris ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean McNamara
CAST:  Steve Guttenberg  •  Lori Loughlin  •  Rodney Dangerfield  •  Michael McKean

A prequel to the first animated/live-action Casper feature, Casper: A Spirited Beginning introduces the friendliest ghost you'll ever know and explains how Casper met and befriended the other ghouls at Applegate Manor. After being stranded, Casper meets young Chris ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean McNamara
CAST:  Steve Guttenberg  •  Lori Loughlin  •  Rodney Dangerfield  •  Michael McKean

Clue (1985)

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Clue finds six colorful dinner guests gathered at the mansion of their host, Mr. Boddy -- who turns up dead after his secret is exposed: He was blackmailing all of them. With the killer among them, the guests and Boddy's chatty butler must suss out the culprit ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Lynn
CAST:  Lesley Ann Warren  •  Christopher Lloyd  •  Eileen Brennan  •  Tim Curry

Clue finds six colorful dinner guests gathered at the mansion of their host, Mr. Boddy -- who turns up dead after his secret is exposed: He was blackmailing all of them. With the killer among them, the guests and Boddy's chatty butler must suss out the culprit ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Lynn
CAST:  Lesley Ann Warren  •  Christopher Lloyd  •  Eileen Brennan  •  Tim Curry

Coneheads (1993)

A pair of aliens arrive on Earth to prepare for invasion, but crash instead. With enormous cone-shaped heads, robotlike walks and an appetite for toilet paper, aliens Beldar and Prymatt don't exactly blend in with the population of Paramus, N.J. But for some reason ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Barron
CAST:  Robert Knott  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Jane Curtin  •  Sinbad

A pair of aliens arrive on Earth to prepare for invasion, but crash instead. With enormous cone-shaped heads, robotlike walks and an appetite for toilet paper, aliens Beldar and Prymatt don't exactly blend in with the population of Paramus, N.J. But for some reason ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Barron
CAST:  Robert Knott  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Jane Curtin  •  Sinbad

Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)

A group of beavers ask Dr. Dolittle to save their habitat from loggers. The only hope is to get the forest preserved because it's the home of a protected bear, but there's a problem: the bear's the only bear in the forest, so she can't reproduce. Undaunted, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carr
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Kristen Wilson  •  Raven-Symoné  •  Kyla Pratt

A group of beavers ask Dr. Dolittle to save their habitat from loggers. The only hope is to get the forest preserved because it's the home of a protected bear, but there's a problem: the bear's the only bear in the forest, so she can't reproduce. Undaunted, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carr
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Kristen Wilson  •  Raven-Symoné  •  Kyla Pratt

Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

In this musical comedy, Valerie is dealing with her philandering fiancé, Ted, when she finds that a trio of aliens have crashed their spaceship into her swimming pool. Once the furry beings are shaved at her girlfriend's salon, the women discover three handsome men ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Temple
CAST:  Geena Davis  •  Michael McKean  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Damon Wayans

In this musical comedy, Valerie is dealing with her philandering fiancé, Ted, when she finds that a trio of aliens have crashed their spaceship into her swimming pool. Once the furry beings are shaved at her girlfriend's salon, the women discover three handsome men ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Temple
CAST:  Geena Davis  •  Michael McKean  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Damon Wayans

For Your Consideration (2006)

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Catherine O'Hara  •  Stephen Rannazzisi  •  Ed Begley Jr.  •  Eugene Levy

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Catherine O'Hara  •  Stephen Rannazzisi  •  Ed Begley Jr.  •  Eugene Levy

Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002)

Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns is a rock documentary about Brooklyn's finest, They Might Be Giants. Filmed in 2001, the film contains concert footage, interviews, humor, animation, coffee, humor, lyric readings, people wondering about the subject matter of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  AJ Schnack
CAST:  John Flansburgh  •  John Linnell  •  Conan O'Brien  •  Syd Straw

Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns is a rock documentary about Brooklyn's finest, They Might Be Giants. Filmed in 2001, the film contains concert footage, interviews, humor, animation, coffee, humor, lyric readings, people wondering about the subject matter of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  AJ Schnack
CAST:  John Flansburgh  •  John Linnell  •  Conan O'Brien  •  Syd Straw

Little Nicky (2000)

After the lord of darkness decides he will not cede his throne to any of his three sons, the two most powerful of them escape to Earth to create a kingdom for themselves. This action closes the portal filtering sinful souls to Hell and causes Satan to wither away. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Brill
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Rhys Ifans

After the lord of darkness decides he will not cede his throne to any of his three sons, the two most powerful of them escape to Earth to create a kingdom for themselves. This action closes the portal filtering sinful souls to Hell and causes Satan to wither away. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Brill
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Rhys Ifans

My First Mister (2001)

Leelee Sobieski is brash, abrasive and vulnerable as a teenage child of divorce who hides her pain behind a mask of hard-edged gothic rebellion. Albert Brooks plays a man who is her total opposite, a precise and well-ordered menswear store owner of forty-nine who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christine Lahti
CAST:  Albert Brooks  •  Leelee Sobieski  •  John Goodman  •  Carol Kane

Leelee Sobieski is brash, abrasive and vulnerable as a teenage child of divorce who hides her pain behind a mask of hard-edged gothic rebellion. Albert Brooks plays a man who is her total opposite, a precise and well-ordered menswear store owner of forty-nine who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christine Lahti
CAST:  Albert Brooks  •  Leelee Sobieski  •  John Goodman  •  Carol Kane

Nothing to Lose (1997)

Advertising executive Nick Beame learns that his wife is sleeping with his employer. In a state of despair, he encounters a bumbling thief whose attempted carjacking goes awry when Nick takes him on an involuntary joyride. Soon the betrayed businessman and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Oedekerk
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Martin Lawrence  •  John C. McGinley  •  Kelly Preston

Advertising executive Nick Beame learns that his wife is sleeping with his employer. In a state of despair, he encounters a bumbling thief whose attempted carjacking goes awry when Nick takes him on an involuntary joyride. Soon the betrayed businessman and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Oedekerk
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Martin Lawrence  •  John C. McGinley  •  Kelly Preston

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

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An irritable marketing executive, Neal Page, is heading home to Chicago for Thanksgiving when a number of delays force him to travel with a well meaning but overbearing shower ring curtain salesman, Del Griffith.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  John Candy  •  Laila Robins  •  Michael McKean

An irritable marketing executive, Neal Page, is heading home to Chicago for Thanksgiving when a number of delays force him to travel with a well meaning but overbearing shower ring curtain salesman, Del Griffith.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  John Candy  •  Laila Robins  •  Michael McKean

Radioland Murders (1994)

In 1939, WBN, a fourth radio network, is about to take to America's airwaves. As if the confusion of the premiere night wasn't enough, Penny Henderson, the owner's secretary, must deal with an unhappy sponsor, an overbearing boss and a soon-to-be ex-husband who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Smith
CAST:  Brian Benben  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Ned Beatty  •  George Burns

In 1939, WBN, a fourth radio network, is about to take to America's airwaves. As if the confusion of the premiere night wasn't enough, Penny Henderson, the owner's secretary, must deal with an unhappy sponsor, an overbearing boss and a soon-to-be ex-husband who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Smith
CAST:  Brian Benben  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Ned Beatty  •  George Burns

Small Soldiers (1998)

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Dante
CAST:  Gregory Smith  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Denis Leary  •  Phil Hartman

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Dante
CAST:  Gregory Smith  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Denis Leary  •  Phil Hartman

Still Breathing (1997)

Two lost souls: she a con-artist in L.A.; he a puppeteer in San Antonio have the same dream linking each with the other. He travels to L.A. to find this woman he has become obsessed with. She resists, afraid of his kooky ideas until she travels with him to San ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James F. Robinson
CAST:  Lou Rawls  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Joanna Going  •  Ann Magnuson

Two lost souls: she a con-artist in L.A.; he a puppeteer in San Antonio have the same dream linking each with the other. He travels to L.A. to find this woman he has become obsessed with. She resists, afraid of his kooky ideas until she travels with him to San ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James F. Robinson
CAST:  Lou Rawls  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Joanna Going  •  Ann Magnuson

Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

Leanne is salutatorian when she needs to be valedictorian to get her scholarship to Harvard. The only class she is worse than the leader in is history, taught by Mrs. Tingle, and the teacher hates her. When an attempt to get ahead in Mrs. Tingle's class goes awry, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Williamson
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Katie Holmes  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Molly Ringwald

Leanne is salutatorian when she needs to be valedictorian to get her scholarship to Harvard. The only class she is worse than the leader in is history, taught by Mrs. Tingle, and the teacher hates her. When an attempt to get ahead in Mrs. Tingle's class goes awry, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Williamson
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Katie Holmes  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Molly Ringwald
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