Adam McKay

Adam McKay

  • Highest Rated: 97% Booksmart (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
  • Birthday: Apr 17, 1968
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in 1968, the television sketch comedy scripter, big screen writer/director, and occasional performer Adam McKay first entered the public eye (and established himself professionally) when he helped found the Upright Citizens Brigade comic improv troupe in 1990, alongside Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Horatio Sanz, and others. McKay subsequently worked at the ImprovOlympic theater in Chicago and joined the cast of SCTV, contributing heavily to its infamous sketch "The Piñata Full of Bees." Later (in the early '90s), McKay auditioned for the cast of Saturday Night Live. He failed to make the cut as an SNL performer, but submitted (highly politicized) material to the program which was so sharp and funny that it secured him a position as a regular SNL contributor (of scripts and occasional short films) from 1995 through 2001. For three of those years, McKay served as SNL head writer; longtime friend (and SCTV alumnus) Tina Fey succeeded him in the role.During his SNL stint, McKay met and befriended funnyman Will Ferrell. Not long after McKay departed from the program, the two formed a professional partnership, teaming up to co-write the summer 2004 big screen comedy vehicle Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; McKay took the director's chair for that turn. Unsurprisingly, the film -- about an oversexed, chauvinistic, mentally-deficient San Diego newsman in the mid-'70s (Ferrell) -- became a massive hit. It prompted a follow-up, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, with the same pedigree as Anchorman, but this time around, McKay posed a triple threat, not only co-authoring the script with Ferrell, but portraying Terry Cheveaux in the cast.He continued his association with Ferrell, directing him in films like Step Brothers (2008), The Other Guys (2010) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), while continuing to produce and write other films. He was briefly considered to direct Ant-Man in 2015, but instead only contributed to the screenplay. In 2015, McKay directed two films- Daddy's Home, reuniting him with Ferrell, and The Big Short, his first directing venture without Ferrell. The film, about the 2007-08 financial crisis, starred Christian Bale and Steve Carell, and earned a slew of rave reviews and an Academy Award nomination for Best Director and a win, for Best Adapted Screenplay, for McKay.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

88% Hustlers Producer 2019
97% Booksmart Executive Producer 2019
93% Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' Executive Producer 2019
66% Vice Director Actor Producer Screenwriter 2018
No Score Yet Pai em dose dupla 2 Producer 2017
20% The House Producer $25.6M 2017
21% The Boss Producer $54.5M 2016
38% The Brothers Grimsby Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet Manimal Producer 2016
No Score Yet The Flintstones Executive Producer 2016
31% Daddy's Home Producer 2015
88% The Big Short Screenwriter 2015
64% Sleeping with Other People Producer 2015
83% Ant-Man Screenwriter $138.1M 2015
81% The Yes Men Are Revolting Executive Producer 2015
74% Welcome to Me Producer 2015
No Score Yet Border Guards Producer 2015
24% Tammy Producer $51.1M 2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Director Screenwriter Producer $76.9M 2013
15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Producer $55.1M 2013
No Score Yet Three Mississippi Producer 2013
No Score Yet Fully Loaded Executive Producer 2012
56% Bachelorette Producer $0.5M 2012
66% The Campaign Producer Screenwriter $86.9M 2012
57% The Dictator Executive Producer $57.8M 2012
41% Casa de mi padre Producer $5.9M 2012
36% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Producer $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet The Action Pack: Anchorman Quote-along Director 2011
No Score Yet Talladega Nights Quote-along Director 2011
29% The Virginity Hit Producer $0.6M 2010
78% The Other Guys Producer Director Dirty Mike Screenwriter $119.3M 2010
27% The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Producer $15.1M 2009
26% Land of the Lost Executive Producer $49.4M 2009
No Score Yet Green Team Actor Director 2008
55% Step Brothers Director Screenwriter Executive Producer $100.5M 2008
No Score Yet The Landlord Director Actor 2007
No Score Yet Girl Missing Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Procedure Director 2007
71% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Executive Producer Director Terry Cheveaux Screenwriter $148.3M 2006
No Score Yet Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Director Screenwriter 2004
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy Screenwriter Custodian Director $84.2M 2004

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

88% Dead to Me
2019
Executive Producer
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2019
50% This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy
2019
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2019
91% Succession
2018
Executive Producer Director
  • 2019
  • 2018
75% I'm Sorry
2017
Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
50% LA to Vegas
2018
Executive Producer
  • 2018
93% I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
2017-2018
Executive Producer
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet No Activity
2017
Executive Producer
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2011
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2015
74% The Spoils Before Dying
2014
Producer
  • 2015
20% Bad Judge
2014-2015
Creator Executive Producer Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
81% The Spoils of Babylon
2014-2015
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
91% Eastbound & Down
2009-2013
Executive Producer Producer Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
100% Funny Or Die Presents
2010-2011
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2011
  • 2010
43% Big Lake
2010
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Assistance
2014
Executive Producer Producer
No Score Yet Mission Control
2014
Executive Producer Producer

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