Adam McKay was born on April 17, 1968, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. to a cocktail waitress mother, Sarah, and a bassist father. He graduated from Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and attended Penn State and Temple University; however, he dropped out from the university. 

McKay became the head writer for two seasons of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. He then collaborated with Will Ferrell to write and direct comedy films such as 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). McKay served as one of the writers for the film The Campaign (2012). He also produced films such as  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 2018, McKay wrote, directed, and produced Vice, a comedy biopic film about former US vice president Dick Cheney. He has been the recipient of 1 Academy Award, 1 Primetime Emmy Award, 1 BAFTA Award, 1 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, 1 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, and among many others. 

Some of his notable works include:

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Step Brothers

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The Other Guys

In 1996, McKay exchanged the nuptial vows with Shira Piven, director of the feature film Welcome to Me (2014) featuring Kristen Wiig. They are blessed with two daughters Pearl McKay and Lili Rose McKay. He is a part of the Creative Council of a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization, Represent.Us. Besides writing, directing and producing movies, he has also been the producer of television series like Big Lake, the miniseries The Spoils of Babylon, and The Chris Gethard Show.

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