50 Facts About Michael Keaton


Michael Keaton is known for his leading roles in a wide variety of genre films.


Michael Keaton has received numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.


Michael Keaton had a career resurgence with his starring role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman for which he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.


Michael Keaton has performed voice roles for the animated films Cars, Toy Story 3, and Minions.


On television, Michael Keaton has starred as a journalist in the HBO film Live from Baghdad.


Michael Keaton John Douglas, the youngest of seven children, was born at Ohio Valley Hospital in Kennedy Township, Pennsylvania, on September 5,1951.


Michael Keaton was raised between McKees Rocks, Coraopolis and Robinson Township, Pennsylvania.


Michael Keaton's father, George A Douglas, worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, and his mother, Leona Elizabeth, was a homemaker, and came from McKees Rocks.


Michael Keaton's mother was of Irish descent, while his father was of Scottish, Scotch-Irish, German and English ancestry, and was originally from a Protestant family.


Michael Keaton graduated with the Class of 1969, and studied Speech for two years at Kent State University, where he appeared in plays, and returned to Pennsylvania to pursue his career.


Michael Keaton first appeared on TV in the Pittsburgh public television programs Where the Heart Is and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.


Michael Keaton performed stand-up comedy during his early years to supplement his income.


Michael Keaton left Pittsburgh and moved to Los Angeles to begin auditioning for various TV parts.


Michael Keaton popped up in various popular TV shows including Maude and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour.


Michael Keaton decided to use a stage name to satisfy SAG rules, as there were already an actor and daytime host with the same or similar names.


Night Shift led to Michael Keaton becoming a leading man in the 1983 comedy hit Mr Mom.


Michael Keaton was pigeonholed as a comic lead during this time with films like Johnny Dangerously, Gung Ho, The Squeeze, and The Dream Team, though Michael Keaton tried to transition to dramatic leads as early as 1984, playing a hockey player in Touch and Go, which was shelved until 1986.


Michael Keaton played the title character in Tim Burton's horror-comedy Beetlejuice, earning Keaton widespread acclaim and boosting him to Hollywood's A list.


Michael Keaton's career was given another major boost when he was again cast by Tim Burton, this time as the title comic book superhero of the 1989 film Batman.


Michael Keaton later reprised the role for the sequel Batman Returns, which was another critically acclaimed success.


Michael Keaton was initially set to reprise the role again for a third Batman film, even going as far as to show up for costume fitting.


However, when Burton was dropped as director of the film, Michael Keaton left the franchise as well.


Michael Keaton was reportedly dissatisfied with the screenplay approved by the new director, Joel Schumacher.


Michael Keaton remained active during the 1990s, appearing in a wide range of films, including Pacific Heights, One Good Cop, My Life and the star-studded Shakespearean story Much Ado About Nothing.


Michael Keaton starred in The Paper and Multiplicity, and twice in the same role, that of Elmore Leonard character Agent Ray Nicolette, in the films Jackie Brown and Out of Sight.


Michael Keaton made the family holiday movie Jack Frost and the thriller Desperate Measures.


Michael Keaton starred as a political candidate's speechwriter in 1994's Speechless.


Michael Keaton had a cameo in the Tenacious D short film Time Fixers, an iTunes exclusive.


Michael Keaton reportedly was cast as Jack Shephard in the series Lost, with the understanding that the role of Jack would be a brief one.


Michael Keaton starred in the 2007 TV miniseries The Company, set during the Cold War, in which he portrayed the real-life CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton.


Michael Keaton provided the voice of Ken in Toy Story 3.


Michael Keaton announced in June 2010 his interest in returning for a Beetlejuice sequel.


Michael Keaton played Captain Gene Mauch in the comedy The Other Guys.


Michael Keaton starred alongside Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman or, playing Riggan Thomson, a screen actor, famous for playing the iconic titular superhero, who puts on a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver short story to regain his former glory.


Michael Keaton won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Thomson and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.


In 2015, Keaton appeared as Walter V Robinson in Tom McCarthy's Academy Award-winning film Spotlight, and in 2016, he starred as businessman Ray Kroc in the biopic The Founder.


On July 28,2016, Michael Keaton was honored with the 2,585th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to film.


In 2020, Michael Keaton played US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in The Trial of the Chicago 7, a legal drama directed by Aaron Sorkin about seven anti-Vietnam protesters charged with inciting riots in 1968.


In 2021, Michael Keaton starred as American lawyer Kenneth Feinberg in the Netflix biographical drama film Worth.


In 2022, Michael Keaton won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for Hulu's Dopesick.


Michael Keaton cites his performance in 1988's Clean and Sober as an early preparation for Dopesick.


Michael Keaton briefly reprised his role as Vulture in the SSU film Morbius, which released on April 1,2022.


Michael Keaton was set to reprise the character in Batgirl starring Leslie Grace, set for a release on HBO Max, taking some inspiration from the acclaimed DC Animated Universe animated series, Batman Beyond, with Keaton playing the elder Bruce Wayne as the title character's mentor and remote coordinator in the Batcave.


Michael Keaton reprised the character in the 2023 film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, in a deleted scene.


On May 6,2022, it was reported that Michael Keaton is set to star in and direct the noir thriller, Knox Goes Away.


On May 9,2023, it was confirmed by that Michael Keaton would be reprising his role as Beetlejuice for the sequel Beetlejuice 2.


Michael Keaton wrote an ESPN blog on the Pirates during the final months of their 2013 season.


Michael Keaton supported Barack Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton for President in the 2016 US presidential election, and Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election.


Michael Keaton was honored with a Career Achievement Award from the Hollywood Film Festival.


Michael Keaton is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University.