Actor Michael McKean hit by car in NYC
May 23rd, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Actor Michael McKean hit by car in NYC

Actor Michael McKean was hit by a car while walking along a New York City street on Tuesday, suffering a broken leg, the New York Post reports.

Harriet Sternberg, his manager, told the Post McKean was being checked out at St. Luke's Hospital.

“He has sustained multiple injures and we are trying to find out the extent of other injuries,” the Post quoted her as saying.

McKean, 64, played the lead singer for the band Spinal Tap in the movie "This is Spinal Tap" among numerous other roles.

He was to have performed on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” on Tuesday night, the New York Daily News reported.

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

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  1. Ian

    He played David St. Hubbins in Spinal Tap. Everyone seems to be confusing him with Nigel Tufnel, who said "These Go to 11" and complained about the backstage sandwiches.

    May 23, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nigel Tufnel

    Best wishes for a fast recovery. Was the vehicle going 11?

    May 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. zrxgrim

    Was his understudy the driver? Forty years is a long time to wait! All jokes aside, he's a funny guy. I hope the (L)one Wolf makes a fast recovery.

    May 23, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. JustMe

    Get Wel Michael... He also played Gorman Seedling, INS Deputy Commissioner in Coneheads.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Viv

    I'm sure he was wearing quality footwear......

    May 23, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hear Ye

    Never heard of him. Maybe his parents should have directed him to plumber's school instead.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Sid

      The fact that you have never heard of Michael McKean speaks way more about you than it does about him.

      May 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Sodomite

      I guess you're all of 15.

      May 23, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Jodey

      I have known who Michael McKean is since the '80s. He's famous!

      May 23, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Geeke

      you have never seen the brady bunch movie?

      May 23, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • arose4yu

      you must be young.....I remember him from Laverne and Shirley before he went on to films...

      May 23, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • ms codpiece

      just because you have never heard of him does not make him obscure. He has quite a cult following and he is a talented man...he was lenny on Laverne and Shirley...he played mr. ditmeyer in the brady bunch your homework before you comment on "somone you never heard of" why comment at all????

      May 23, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Laura S.

      You've never heard of him??? Either you've never seen a movie or watched a television program in your life, or you're twelve. Go to his Wikipedia page and ask yourself again how you've never heard of him.

      May 23, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnM

      Funny isnt it, that's what your parents said about you.

      May 23, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • David Thomas

      Never heard of him? Really? A partial list: Best in Show, Two Spinal Tap Movies, Coneheads, cast member of Saturday Night Live, cast member of Laverne and Shirley, For Your Consideration, etc., etc. If you really want to feel like an idiot, look him up on Wikipedia and read the hundreds of roles he's had. Get well soon Michael.

      May 23, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • cope

      He is an excellent actor and quite well known, tv – stage – film. There is more to life than Justin Bieber.......

      May 23, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • The Fume

      The reason you have never heard of him is probably because you are under 20.

      May 23, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • yeasayer

      You need to watch some Christopher Guest comedies, like Spinal Tap, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration.

      May 23, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      You wish you could be as successful as this guy! What a hoot he is ... loved him as Lenny and in everything he's ever been in ... what a career ... he is what is known as a working actor and trust me if you can't be an A lister, you want to at least be a working actor; otherwise, you starve! That is a success in itself. Do yourself a favor and rent some of his stuff ...

      May 23, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. js

    He also played Lenny, the other half of Lenny & Squiggy on the Lavern and Shirley show way back in the 70's. He and Squiggy did a fantastic job. Get well soon Mr. Mckean.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. js

    He also played Lenny, the other 1/2 of the duo Lenny & Squiggy on the Laverne & Shirley show back in the 70's. He did a fantastic job. Get well soon Mr. Mckean.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Amy

    Get well Michael, you are one of the best character actors in the biz!

    May 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shell

    Squiggy did it. or Laverne got fed up with his advances.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Luv2putt

    Guess a lot of you posting are too old to remember Lavern and Shirley...He was a Star on that show...

    May 23, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. gmsm520

    He was great at Lenny on Laverne and Shirley in the 70s! Very funny and talented. Get well soon!

    May 23, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. gmsm520

    He was great as Lenny on Laverne and Shirley. Very funny and talented. Get well soon!

    May 23, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mabel

    Oh no! Get well soon, Michael! I'm a huge Spinal Tap fan. And I absolutely loved Lenny and Squiggy.
    BTW he also played the neighbor in The Brady Bunch Movie.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rex Riley

    He must not have had the tinfoil-wrapped 'armadillo' in his trousers because it would have blunted the blow to his legs!

    May 23, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
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