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Michael McKean, Spinal Tap’s David St. Hubbins, Hit by Car

Michael McKean
Gareth Cattermole

Actor Michael McKean, best known to rock fans for his portrayal of David St. Hubbins in the classic 1982 “mockumentary,” ‘This is Spinal Tap,’ was struck by a car Tuesday (May 22) in New York City. McKean suffered a broken leg.

McKean, who is currently starring on Broadway in a production of Gore Vidal’s ‘The Best Man,’ was hit at W. 86th Street and Broadway. He was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

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

The 64-year old actor rose to fame in the mid-70s as Lenny on the hit TV sitcom ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ but it was as the easily irritated, heavily sedated and punctual St. Hubbins, for which he and his co-stars Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer also wrote the songs, that he put his musical and comedic talents to simultaneous use.

He also played Jerry Palter, the lead singer of The Folksmen, in 2003’s ‘A Mighty Wind.’ On several occasions, the Folksmen have served as Spinal Tap’s opening act, only to be booed by an audience that wasn’t aware that the band was comprised of the same people.

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