Jimmy’s older brother Chuck, a name partner at one of Albuquerque’s most prestigious law firms, Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill, is a brilliant man who holds himself and others to the highest standards. However, he suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, a debilitating affliction garnered under mysterious circumstances, which makes it challenging for him to lead a normal life. Chuck’s unyielding belief that doing the right thing is the only true path leads to a fraught relationship with Jimmy. The gloves come off in Season 3 as he becomes obsessed with doing everything in his power to derail Jimmy from practicing law, no matter the personal cost.
Michael McKean is a multitalented actor, writer, and director associated with some of pop culture's most iconographic films and television shows of the last three decades. He has appeared in hundreds of movies and TV shows.
McKean studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University and at NYU (with Olympia Dukakis) before heading out to LA, where he joined Harry Shearer and David L. Lander in the satirical squad the Credibility Gap. In 1976, McKean and Lander became notorious as Lenny and Squiggy of the TV series Laverne & Shirley.
McKean's film credits include Steven Spielberg's 1941, Used Cars, Young Doctors in Love, and Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap, on which McKean shared starring, screenwriting and composing credits. Other films include: Clue, Light of Day, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Coneheads, The Brady Bunch Movie, Jack, True Crime, and about 70 others, including Christopher Guest's The Big Picture (also cowrote), Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Whatever Works, and The Meddler.
McKean has appeared as a series regular on Saturday Night Live, Dream On, Sessions, Family Tree, Tracey Takes On, Martin Short's Primetime Glick and Family Tree.
His many TV guest appearances include: Friends, Murphy Brown, The Simpsons, The X-Files, Law & Order, Smallville, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Unit, Off the Map, Homeland, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and many others.
In 1999, McKean had the good sense to marry actress Annette O'Toole, with whom he wrote the Oscar-nominated song, "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" for A Mighty Wind. He also collaborated with Guest and Eugene Levy on the title song ("A Mighty Wind") of the eponymous film, which won a Grammy® Award.
McKean made his Broadway debut in 1990 with Rupert Holmes' Accomplice, which netted him a Theater World Award. After this, McKean made his Broadway musical debut in Hairspray, followed by Woody Allen's original stage production A Secondhand Memory, and a Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Tom Stoppard's On the Razzle. McKean then appeared in the successful Broadway revival of The Pajama Game before starring on London's West End in a new comedy, Love Song.
McKean originated the role of Arthur Przybyszewski in Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts, at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre, which went on to Broadway. McKean starred in the Barrow Street Theatre production of Our Town, the new Randy Newman musical Harps and Angels at LA's Mark Taper Forum, and Yes, Prime Minister at LA's Geffen Playhouse.
Most recently, McKean starred on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man, and appeared in the Tony® Award-winning Broadway production of All the Way with Bryan Cranston and the LA production of Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts I, II & III. For the past two seasons, Michael has explored age-old adages, fascinating food mysteries and myths baked inside everything we eat as the host of Cooking Channel's Food: Fact or Fiction?