Actor Michael McKean Jokes About Injury After Hit By Car
Screen and stage star Michael McKean (Laverne & Shirley, This Is Spinal Tap), 64, was struck by a car on New York City's Upper West Side on Tuesday afternoon, on his way to play the role of Dick Jensen in Broadway's revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man, also starring James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Kerry Butler, Eric McCormack and Angela Lansbury.
McKean's injuries from the accident included a broken leg and facial lacerations, but he is now recovering so nicely that he's even cracking jokes about his condition. "We always tell each other to break a leg in this business. I never thought it would happen to me this way!" McKean said, reports the Los Angeles Times.
On a more serious note, McKean, a recurring actor in Christopher Guest comedies like Best in Show and For Your Consideration, also tweeted his appreciation for all the support following his accident. "Lucky man: best wife, great kids, awesome docs and nurses, priceless friends; a little overwhelmed by the sweet tweets. Love all y'all," McKean posted.
McKean's wife, too, actress Annette O'Toole (Lie to Me, Smallville), tweeted her own sentiments on Wednesday morning. "Thank you dear people for your love and support. @MJMcKean and I so appreciative. He is getting great care. Spirits are good. Grateful, we."
The Best Man producer Jeffrey Richards, after scrambling to replace McKean last minute on Tuesday, announced that the role of Dick Jensen will be played by James Lecesne going forwards. Tuesday marks the first time in McKean's career that he ever missed a performance.
The Best Man has just been nominated for a Tony award for Best Revival. You can catch the Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, airing live Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
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