Keegan-Michael Key has been on the TV Academy’s radar for some time now and by winning the nomination for the Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series at the 68th Emmy Awards for ‘Key & Peele’ makes him a second-time contender for the trophy.
The series came to an end last summer, following its five-season run, and as a parting present, the TV Academy has nominated him in four categories including nods for writing and producing the Comedy Central sketch series. According to a report by the Goldderby, this year’s nominations has brought tally to 10 nominations over three years.
According to Comedy Central, Key’s name appeared on Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2014 list and on Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year of 2012. He was also seen in a number of other TV shows including FX’x ‘Fargo,’ Adult Swim’s ‘Children’s Hospital,’ NBC’s ‘Parks & Recreation,’ and USA’s ‘Playing House.’
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He is also a series regular on FOX’s ‘MADtv’ for six seasons and CBS’ ‘Gary Unmarried.’
Key was born to a white mother and black father, both of whom were social workers and reportedly faced issues growing up with it. He was born on March 22, 1971, in Southfield Michigan and raised in Detroit. Race plays an important role in the duo’s brand comedy series, ‘Key & Peele.’
Key met his co-star Jordan Peele in 2003 while auditioning for ‘MADtv.’ The TV Guide reported that Fox was looking for only one black cast member for the show’s ninth season, but upon discovering the chemistry between Key and Peele, they offered roles to both.
Earlier this year, Key filed for a divorce from his wife Cynthia Blaise, after being separated since November 2015. Blaise is an actress, who also appeared on ‘Key & Peele.’ According to People, the court papers cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. However, the couple has no children.