Well-Loved Actor From 'Spinal Tap' & 'Best in Show' Hit by Car in NYC

Michael McKeanMichael McKeanYou know how break a leg is considered a good-luck term in theatre? I think maybe we should temporarily put that one on moratorium in favor of something specific for beloved comic actor Michael McKean. You know, like break a medical record in getting better.

McKean, who you may know from Laverne & Shirley, This Is Spinal Tap, or my personal favorite, Best in Show, is currently in a NYC hospital after being struck by a car on Tuesday. Apparently he was walking in the Upper West Side around 3 p.m. when a car hit him on a sidewalk, and judging by the disturbing photos from the scene of the accident, McKean got seriously banged up.


It's hard to know exactly what happened—according to police, no criminal charges were filed—so it may have simply been an issue of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. At any rate, McKean was bleeding from the head at the scene, and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in critical condition.

He's since been upgraded to stable condition, and although he has a broken leg to deal with, hopefully McKean will be on the mend soon. His publicist said the accident was "pretty devastating," but that "he'll be okay."

If you're anything like me, you've long been a fan of McKean but had no idea quite how much work he's done over the years. He of course memorably starred as Lenny on the hit show Laverne & Shirley before his work in the Christopher Guest ensemble films, but he's also racked up a ton of TV credits include appearances on Saturday Night Live, Law & Order, Alias, Castle, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Happy Endings, Homeland, and much, much more.

Out of all of those hundreds of well-loved roles and appearances, one thing's clear: Michael McKean has always taken his work seriously. McKean was scheduled to appear Wednesday night in his latest Broadway role in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, and according to his rep, this will be the first time he'll ever have missed a day of acting:

It’s the first time he will have ever missed a curtain in his entire life. He’s never missed stage, screens in film or television. His understudy has never gone on in 40-plus years.

What a sad accident, and I hope his recovery goes quickly and he's back doing what he loves as soon as possible. Get well soon, Mr. McKean!

Are you a Michael McKean fan? What role of his have you most enjoyed?

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