Actors Michael McKean and his wife, Annette O'Toole, attend the opening night of "A Streetcar Named Desire" at The Broadhurst Theatre on April 22, 2012, in New York.
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Michael McKean arrives to the TV Land Awards 10th Anniversary in New York on April 14, 2012.
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Actor Michael McKean attends the 2012 Drama Desk panel discussion and luncheon at Sardi's on March 30, 2012, in New York.
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From left, Blair Underwood, Cynthia Nixon and Michael McKean attend the 2012 Drama Desk panel discussion and luncheon at Sardi's on March 30, 2012, in New York.
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Actors, from left, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest perform as their characters "The Folksmen" from the film "A Mighty Wind" at the MTV Networks Upfront 2003 presentation to advertisers at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden on May 6, 2003, in New York.
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Musician Harry Shearer, musician Michael McKean and musician Christopher Guest attend the Unwigged and Unplugged press conference and performance held at the House Of Blues on March 2, 2009, in West Hollywood, Calif.
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The fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap (played Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest) was featured in the 1984 rock musical mocumentary directed by Rob Reiner. Reiner also appeared in the film and wrote some of the music.
In 2002, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Christopher Guest, right, and Michael McKean of Spinal Tap perform on stage during the Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium on July 7, 2007, in London.
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Actors Michael McKean and Jeff Goldblum take part in the "Mocking the Truth" panel discussion at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center April 29, 2006, in New York.
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Harry Shearer, left, and Michael McKean perform songs from their "mockumentary" films "This is Spinal Tap" and "A Mighty Wind" as part of a performance and panel discussion at the Newport International Film Festival in Newport, R.I., June 11, 2005. McKean was awarded the festival's Claiborne Pell in Lifetime Achievement, and the duo was joined on stage by Spinal Tap and Mighty Wind colaborator Christopher Guest.
Eugene Levy, left, and Michael McKean, far right, accept the award for best song written for a motion picture for "A Mighty Wind" during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, in Los Angeles.
Rob Reiner (seated), with Billy Crystal and Michael McKean at the podium during the Comedy Central/New York Friars Club Roast of Reiner on Oct. 6, 2000.