• Elisa Pugliese is an actress, producer, and the wife of actor Keegan-Michael Key.
• She graduated from Syracuse University in 1993 and began her career as a color stylist.
• Her net worth is estimated at close to $1 million.
• She married Keegan-Michael Key in 2018 after they met in early 2017.
• Keegan-Michael Key was born in Southfield, Michigan, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater.

Who is Elisa Pugliese, Keegan-Michael Key’s Wife?

Keegan-Michael Key has become a renowned comedian and actor, with one Primetime Emmy Award given to him for his work in the entertainment world. Do you know that he is a married man, and that his wife is Elisa Pugliese, an actress herself, and a producer as well?

So, do you want to find out more about Elisa, from her childhood to her relationship with Keegan-Michael, and her career as well? If yes, then stay with us for a while, as we introduce you to Keegan-Michael’s wife.

Elisa Pugliese Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Elisa Pugliese was born on the 2nd April 1971, in The Bronx, New York City USA; she hasn’t shared much about her childhood, and most of the information has remained hidden from the media, including anything about her parents and whether she has any siblings or not. For her education, after high school Elisa enrolled at Syracuse University, from which she graduated in 1993.


Elisa was initially a color stylist, so her acting career really started in 1998, with the role of Stephanie in the action comedy-crime film “Montana”, starring Kyra Sedgwick, Stanely Tucci and Robin Tunney.

She didn’t have much success as an actress. but was actively pursuing it as a career until 2007. During this time, she secured roles in such TV series and films as “The Agency” (2001) as a CIA Secretary, then as Concert Goer in the comedy film “School of Rock” (2003), starring Jack Black, Mike White, and Joan Cusack. Four years later, she was Stacy in the romantic comedy-drama film “The Cake Eaters” and Carla Stanton in the comedy film “The Junior Defenders” both in 2007, with Ally Sheedy, Brian O’Halloran and Justin Henry as the stars.

She then turned towards producing, and her first film was “The Cake Eaters”, after which she worked on the documentary “American Teen” in 2008, and the same year was the producer of the film “August”. Her most successful project was the romantic comedy-drama film “Boy Meets Girl” in 2014, which won 18 awards and had Michael Welch, Michelle Hendley and Alexandra Turshen in the lead roles. More recently she worked on the film “Better off Single” (2016).

Elisa Pugliese Net Worth

Elisa maybe hasn’t become as successful as her husband, however, her professional enterprises have certainly contributed to her wealth.

So, how rich is Elisa Pugliese, as of mid- 2019? According to sources, Elisa’s net worth is estimated at close to $1.5 million, while her husband’s wealth is also estimated at around $12 million, as of mid-2024. Undoubtedly, her wealth is expected to increase, assuming that she continues her career.

Elisa Pugliese Personal Life, Marriage, Children

Elisa is married to Keegan-Michael Key; the two met in early 2017, and after a while started dating; at first they kept their romance a secret, but as they began appearing together frequently at red carpet events, media speculation grew.

Keegan-Michael Key and Elisa Pugliese

It was in November 2017 that the two became engaged, and on the 8th June 2018 the wedding ceremony was held, a rather small and private affair at their home in New York, however, the following day, they held a reception for guests at the One World Observatory in New York. The couple doesn’t have children together. Elisa is a rather private person, of which speaks her inactivity on social media platforms.

Elisa Pugliese’s Husband, Keegan-Michael Key

Now that we have shared all there is to know about Elisa Pugliese, let’s share some facts about her husband, Keegan-Michael Key.

Key was born on the 22nd March 1971, in Southfield, Michigan USA; the son of Leroy McDuffie and Carrie Herr – his father is black, while his mother is white. However, he wasn’t raised by his biological parents as he was put up for adoption at a young age, and was taken in by Michael Key and Patricia Walsh, both of whom were social workers – his adoptive father is also black and his adoptive mother white. He had a half-brother through his biological father, Dwayne McDuffie, a comic book writer, who died in 2011.

For his education, Keegan-Michael enrolled at the University of Detroit Mercy, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater, and then obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater from Pennsylvania State University in 1996.


Keegan-Michael Key introduced himself to the world with his work on the comedy show “MADtv” (2004-2009), and since then has featured in more than 100 films, TV series and comedy shows, such as “Key & Peele” (2012-2015), “Let’s Be Cops” then “Tomorrowland” both in 2015, “Keanu” (2016), and most recently “Friends from College” (2017-2019), among numerous other endeavors.

Personal Life and Philanthropy

Before his marriage to Elisa, Keegan-Michael has one failed marriage behind him; he was married to dialect coach Cynthia Blaise from 1998 until 2017 – they didn’t have children together.

In addition to his successful career, Keegan-Michael has also found time for philanthropic work, as a part of the Young Storytellers Foundation, and has worked for their annual fundraiser next to such stars as Jack Black, Max Greenfield and Judy Greer, among others.

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