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Jordan Haworth Peele (born February 21, 1979) is an American actor, writer, comedian, producer, and director. Although he started out in comedy, he now has a reputation as a great master of Horror.

Peele is perhaps best known as one-half of the comedy duo Key & Peele with Keegan-Michael Key, whom he met while starring on the FOX late-night sketch comedy series Mad TV. Their own sketch series, also titled Key & Peele, ran on Comedy Central from 2012 to 2015. In 2016, Key and Peele starred in the comedy film Keanu, which they also produced.

His 2017 directorial debut, the satirical horror film Get Out (2017), was a smash hit both critically and financially; it earned him three Academy Award nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay), making Peele only the third-ever filmmaker note  to receive those accolades for their debut release. He won Best Original Screenplay, becoming the first black screenwriter to receive that award.


Peele followed it up with another horror film, Us, in 2019, which had the second largest opening weekend for any original live-action film to date, behind only Avatar. The same year, he was the host and executive producer for CBS's online revival of The Twilight Zone.

Peele is married to actress and comedian Chelsea Peretti.

Selected filmography:

As actor:

As writer-director:

  • Get Out (2017) note 
  • Us (2019)
  • Nope (2022)

As producer:

Jordan Peele's work provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Author Tract: His work frequently addresses racial topics and the prejudice towards African-Americans in The United States.
  • Every Man Has His Price: In a Rolling Stones interview, he explained he largely turned down franchises in the hope of directing his original stuff. That said, he was happy to write and produce The Twilight Zone and claimed he'd direct a Gargoyles reboot given the chance.
  • Playing Against Type: Despite working for decades in comedy, Get Out (2017) did enough to secure his reputation in the horror genre, leading up to him serving as a writer/producer/host on the Twilight Zone revival and producing/co-writing a Candyman movie. That's not even saying with his second original horror movie Us, which already made him a bigger star than he already is.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the Blue Oni to Key's more dynamic and fiery Red Oni.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Get Out and Us have so much iconography and subtle visual imagery that the internet is guaranteed to go nuts with Wild Mass Guessing whenever Peele unveils a new directorial project.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: invoked He started off with sketch comedy before entering the director's chair to do horror films. It kind of zig-zags since Peele is still doing some comedic roles while he's directing.
  • What Could Have Been: Peele has approached Disney to produce a live-action remake of Gargoyles. They turned him down.