Adam McKay
McKay in 2019
Born (1968-04-17) April 17, 1968 (age 55)
EducationPennsylvania State University
Temple University
Occupations
  • Director
  • producer
  • writer
  • comedian
Years active1986–present
Notable work
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse
(m. 1999)
Children2
RelativesJeremy Piven (brother-in-law)

Adam McKay (born April 17, 1968) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. McKay began his career as a head writer for the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL) from 1995 to 2001. Following his departure from SNL, he rose to fame in the 2000s for his collaborations with comedian Will Ferrell and co-wrote his comedy films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys. Ferrell and McKay later co-wrote and co-produced numerous television series and films, with McKay himself co-producing their website Funny or Die through their company Gary Sanchez Productions.

McKay began venturing into more dramatic territory in the 2010s. He wrote and directed the films The Big Short, Vice, and Don't Look Up. For each of these films, McKay received several Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and for the scripts in both the Adapted and Original screenplay categories.[1][2][3]

Early life

McKay was born in Denver and was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts[4] and later Malvern, Pennsylvania[5] by a mother who was a waitress, Sarah, and a musician father.[6][7] When McKay was seven his parents divorced.[6] He attended Great Valley High School in Malvern, where he graduated in 1986. He then attended Pennsylvania State University for a year before transferring to Temple University, where he majored in English. McKay dropped out of Temple a semester-and-a-half before he was set to earn his bachelor's degree. He described it as "settling with an imaginary degree".[8]

He is one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv comedy group and a former performer at Chicago's ImprovOlympic, where he was a member of the improv group, The Family, whose members included Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Neil Flynn, Miles Stroth, and Ali Farahnakian, as well as Child's Play Touring Theatre.[6]

Career

Writing, acting, and producing

McKay originally auditioned for Saturday Night Live to be an onscreen performer, but did not make the cut. However, the scripts he submitted earned him a job as a writer from 1995, and within a year McKay became head writer at age 27, a position he held until 2001.[9] He also directed a number of short films for the show, including the original SNL Digital Shorts.[10] McKay encouraged his Second City friend Tina Fey to submit some of her scripts to Saturday Night Live, and she later succeeded him as head writer.[11] Though McKay was never an actual SNL cast member, he did make several on-camera appearances over the years and had a recurring role as an obnoxious audience member "Keith" who would often shout insults at the celebrity hosts during their opening monologue.[12]

Shortly after leaving SNL, McKay teamed up with comedian Will Ferrell to form production company Gary Sanchez Productions and write the comedy films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Step Brothers (2008), and The Other Guys (2010), all of which he also directed, produced and made cameo appearances in as an actor. Ferrell and McKay co-produced the HBO series Eastbound & Down.[13]

Adam McKay at the 2015 premiere of "Ant-Man" at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
McKay at the Hollywood premiere of Ant-Man in 2015

McKay was one of the writers for the film The Campaign (2012), and produced the film Daddy's Home (2015), the latter of which reunited The Other Guys stars Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and was directed by Sean Anders. McKay also rewrote the script for the Marvel Studios feature film Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed; McKay had initially been in talks to direct the film following Edgar Wright's departure, but opted not to out of respect for Wright.[14][15] McKay also worked with Reed, Paul Rudd, Gabriel Ferrari & Andrew Barrer on Ant-Man and the Wasp to flesh out the story.[16] He has also expressed interest in helming a Silver Surfer movie for Marvel Studios.[17]

He produced the films Land of the Lost (2009), The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009), The Virginity Hit (2010), Casa de Mi Padre (2012), Bachelorette (2012), Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012), The Campaign (2012), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), Tammy (2014), Welcome to Me (2014), Get Hard (2015), Sleeping with Other People (2015), Daddy's Home (2015), and The Boss (2016).

In addition to Eastbound & Down, McKay has produced the TV series Big Lake and Succession, whose pilot he directed, and the miniseries The Spoils of Babylon, and The Chris Gethard Show.

In April 2019, McKay and Ferrell announced that they were separating as producing partners but would continue producing all projects currently in development or in production at Gary Sanchez Productions.[18] It was later revealed the reason for the split was due to the fact that McKay cast John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss on the show Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, a role that Ferrell wanted, without letting Ferrell know.[19]

In 2019, McKay launched a new production company, Hyperobject Industries, which has a first look overall TV deal with HBO and had a first-look feature deal at Paramount Pictures. Hyperobject Industries' first TV project was an HBO pilot based on Jeff Pearlman's non-fiction book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. McKay directed the pilot.[20][21] More recently, McKay's Hyperobject Industries has a first look deal with Apple.[22]

Directing

McKay at the Australian premiere of Anchorman 2

McKay has directed, and co-written with Will Ferrell, the films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Step Brothers (2008), The Other Guys (2010), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). He has directed an "alternate film" about Ron Burgundy that is considered a companion to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) entitled Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004), which is made up mostly of alternative takes, deleted scenes, and scrapped sub-plots from the original film strung together with a narrative.

McKay directed and co-wrote with Ferrell the George W. Bush Broadway show You're Welcome America. He produced the horror-action film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.[23]

McKay directed the TV movie documentary Lifecasters (2013). He has directed a number of short films, including digital shorts for Saturday Night Live, and the short video "Good Cop, Baby Cop" for Funny or Die that stars his daughter Pearl. Among the other short films he has directed include The Procedure (2007) starring Will Ferrell, Willem Dafoe, and Andy Richter, Green Team (2008) starring Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and himself, and the K-Swiss commercial, Kenny Powers: The K-Swiss MFCEO (2011), starring Danny McBride as Kenny Powers from Eastbound & Down, which he co-produces with Ferrell and has also directed an episode of.

He directed and wrote the film adaptation of the Michael Lewis non-fiction book The Big Short, about the financial and subprime mortgage crisis of 2007-2008,[24] and the build-up of the financial and credit bubble. The film opened in limited release on December 11, 2015, expanded to wide release on December 23, 2015; the film starred Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, and Byron Mann. He received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work in the film, winning his first Academy Award in the latter category. In 2016, he and co-writer Charles Randolph received the USC Scripter Award for their screenplay.

In 2016, he became attached to the superhero film Irredeemable based on the comic of the same name by Mark Waid.[25]

In November 2016, McKay began development of the biographical black comedy Backseat, about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and his rise to power, though the title was eventually changed to Vice.[26][27] Starring Christian Bale as Cheney, the film was released in the United States on December 25, 2018, by Annapurna Pictures.[27] Despite polarized reviews,[28] Vice received eight nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including the Best Picture and McKay's second nomination for Best Director, and won for Best Make-Up and Hairstyling.[29]

McKay's most recent film is a comedy drama, Don't Look Up, about two low level scientists trying to convince the world that a catastrophic comet is coming. McKay wrote the script and produced the film for Netflix. Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Meryl Streep, and Cate Blanchett star in the film.[30][31][32] It received a limited theatrical release in December 2021, before streaming on Netflix later in the month.[33] The film received four nominations at the 94th Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

McKay was set to work with Jennifer Lawrence for the biographical film Bad Blood, about entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, and based on the book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.[34] Originally set to be produced by Legendary Pictures and released by Universal Pictures, in December 2021, the project was picked up by Apple Studios.[35] In November 2022, Lawrence left the project due to not wanting to copy Amanda Seyfried's performance in The Dropout. The current status of the project is unknown.[36]

In March 2023, it was revealed that McKay's next project would be titled Average Height, Average Build, a political satire focused on a serial killer. The film is set to star Robert Pattinson, Amy Adams, Robert Downey Jr., Forest Whitaker, and Danielle Deadwyler.[37] On April 30, 2023, it was announced the project had been acquired by Netflix.[38] On December 4, 2023, it was announced that McKay had left the project to pursue a film on climate change, and the project was subsequently scrapped.[39]

Funny or Die

In 2007, McKay and Ferrell launched the user-submitted comedy video site Funny or Die. A video on the site, titled The Landlord,[40] features both him and his young daughter, Pearl, whom Ferrell and his wife bait to say curse words. Pearl also starred in a second video titled Good Cop, Baby Cop.

Podcasting

From November 2015 until October 2016, McKay hosted the science/comedy podcast Surprisingly Awesome with Adam Davidson, produced by Gimlet Media.[41] McKay additionally produced "Broken: Jeffrey Epstein" and "Broken: Seeking Justice," a podcast series that explored the Jeffrey Epstein case. His next podcast project, Death at the Wing, investigated a series of deaths among high-profile young basketball players in the 1980s and 1990s. In February 2022, he appeared as a guest on Smartless, a comedic podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes. In 2023 he hosted Death on the Lot about celebrity deaths in Hollywood in the 1950s.[42][43][44][45]

Personal life

In 1999, he married Shira Piven, a film and television director.[46] They have two daughters, Lili Rose and Pearl.[2] His brother-in-law is actor Jeremy Piven.

Politics

McKay supports gun control[47] and abortion rights.[48]

He is known to be critical of former President Bill Clinton. "I legitimately think Bill Clinton is one of the worst presidents in the modern age". McKay criticized Clinton for deregulating banks and for his personal life in light of the MeToo movement.[49]

McKay serves on the Creative Council of RepresentUs, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.[50] He is a supporter of the Democratic Party and endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in 2016 and again in 2020.[51][52][53] He identifies as a democratic socialist and joined the Democratic Socialists of America in 2019.[54][55] In 2022, he donated $4 million to the Climate Emergency Fund and joined its board of directors.[56]

McKay was criticized for "going soft" on Democrats for their role in the Iraq War in his film Vice, something he later admitted was a mistake saying, “I regret not giving more blame to the Democrats, who went along with the war in Iraq...I made mistakes, read the reviews and went, ‘Yes, fair.'"[57]

In October 2023, McKay signed an open letter to Joe Biden, President of the United States, of artists calling for a ceasefire of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.[58]

Health

McKay first noticed shaking in his hands while performing with Second City at age 26. He was diagnosed with essential tremor in around 2000.[59] The condition causes his body and voice to quiver. He conducts print interviews lying down and televised ones in a special high backed chair to accommodate his disability.[60][61] McKay had a heart attack while filming the biopic Vice starring Christian Bale, whose character Dick Cheney has multiple heart attacks in the film. The director credits his awareness of the issue from researching the film with his quick response that got him to the hospital before there was any permanent damage.[62] During an interview on the 347th episode of The Empire Film Podcast, McKay said "Either Christian Bale or Dick Cheney just saved my life."[63]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Director Writer Producer
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Yes Yes No
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Yes Yes No
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Yes Yes Executive
2008 Step Brothers Yes Yes Executive
2010 The Other Guys Yes Yes Yes
2012 The Campaign No Story Yes
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Yes Yes Yes
2015 Get Hard No Story Yes
Ant-Man No Yes No
The Big Short Yes Yes No
2018 Vice Yes Yes Yes
2021 Don't Look Up Yes Yes Yes

Producer only

Executive producer only

Acting roles
Year Title Role
2002 God Hates Cartoons Uncle Gabby
2003 Pushing Tom The Boss
Felicia and the Great Quebec Big Dick Cash
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Custodian
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Terry Cheveaux
2008 Step Brothers Man without Glasses
2010 The Other Guys Dirty Mike

Television

Year Title Director Executive
producer
Writer Notes
1995–2001 Saturday Night Live Yes No Yes Also credited as "Coordinator of Falconry"[65]
2009–2013 Eastbound & Down Yes Yes No Directed episode: "Chapter 5"
2010–2011 Funny or Die Presents Yes Yes Yes
2013 Lifecasters Yes No No Documentary film
2018–2023 Succession Yes Yes No Directed episode: "Celebration"
2022–2023 Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty Yes Yes No Directed episode: "The Swan"

Executive producer only

Year Title Notes
2010 Big Lake
2013–2019 Drunk History
2014 The Spoils of Babylon
2014–2015 Bad Judge
2015 The Spoils Before Dying
A Deadly Adoption Television film
2015–2017 The Chris Gethard Show
2017–2018 I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
2017–2019 I'm Sorry
2017–2021 No Activity
2018 LA to Vegas
2019 Live in Front of a Studio Audience Television specials
2019–2022 Dead to Me
2020 Robbie
2020–2022 Motherland: Fort Salem
2021 Q: Into the Storm Television documentary
2022 The Invisible Pilot Television documentary

Acting roles

Year Title Role Notes
1995–2001 Saturday Night Live Various 15 episodes (uncredited)
2007 Human Giant Alan Harkett (voice) Episode "24 Hour Marathon"

Web

Year Title Director Producer Writer Actor Notes
2007 The Procedure Yes Yes Yes No
The Landlord No Yes Yes Yes Role: Friend
Good Cop, Baby Cop Yes Yes Yes Yes Role: Policeman
2008 Green Team Yes Yes Yes Yes Role: Erin Gossamer
Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad No Yes Yes No
Ron Howard's Call to Action No Yes Yes No
2008–2016 Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis No No Yes No
2010 Presidential Reunion No No Yes No
Will Ferrell's NYPD Recruitment Video No No Yes No
2011 A Public Statement from Anthony Weiner's Penis No No Yes No
2014 COPS: Ferguson No No Yes No
2015 Mexican Donald Trump No No Yes No
2017 The President's Sun No No Yes No

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Adam McKay

Year Title Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
2015 The Big Short 5 1 4 1 4
2018 Vice 8 1 6 1 6 1
2021 Don't Look Up 4 4 4
Total 17 2 14 2 14 1

Directed Academy Award performances

Year Performer Film Result
Academy Award for Best Actor
2019 Christian Bale Vice Nominated
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
2016 Christian Bale The Big Short Nominated
2019 Sam Rockwell Vice Nominated
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
2019 Amy Adams Vice Nominated

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