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Encyclopedia > Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton

Birth name Michael John Douglas
Born September 5, 1951 (1951-09-05) (age 56)
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, USA
Spouse(s) Caroline McWilliams (1982-1990)

Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), better known by the stage name Michael Keaton, is an American actor, perhaps best known for his early comedic roles in films such as Night Shift, Beetlejuice, and his portrayal of Batman in the two Tim Burton directed films of the series. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coraopolis is a borough in Allegheny County in the US state of Pennsylvania. ... Caroline McWilliams (b. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Night Shift is a 1982 comedy film, one of Ron Howards earliest directorial efforts. ... This article is about the film. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ...

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Biography

Personal life

Keaton, the youngest of seven children, was born Michael John Douglas in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, the son of Leona, a homemaker, and a father who worked as a civil engineer and surveyor.[1] He went to Montour High School in Pennsylvania and then studied speech for two years at Kent State, before dropping out and moving to Pittsburgh. Keaton was married to actress Caroline McWilliams from 1982 until 1990. They have one son, Sean Douglas (b. 1983). In the mid 1980s he dated Michelle Pfeiffer. In the late 1980s he dated porn star Rachel Ryan. Courteney Cox dated Keaton from 1989-1995. Coraopolis is a borough in Allegheny County in the US state of Pennsylvania. ... Look up Surveyor in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the events of May 4, 1970, see Kent State shootings Kent State University (also known as Kent, Kent State or KSU) is one of America’s largest university systems, the third largest university in Ohio after Ohio State University (57,748) and the University of Cincinnati (35,364), and... Caroline McWilliams (b. ... Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated and internationally known American actress. ... Rachel Ryan is a American porn actress that also went under the names Penny Morgan and Penny Moore. ... Courteney Bass Cox Arquette (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress and former fashion model, known for her role as Monica Geller in the hugely popular television sitcom Friends. ...


Early career

An unsuccessful attempt at stand-up comedy led Keaton to working as a TV cameraman at local public television station WQED (TV). Keaton first appeared on TV in several episodes of the Pittsburgh-based public television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1975) and he came to realize he wanted to work in front of the cameras. His first acting job was on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as one of the "Flying Zucchini Brothers." He also served as a full-time production assistant on the show, and directed several "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" segments. In 2003, following Rogers' death, Keaton hosted the PBS memorial tribute program, Fred Rogers: Everybody's Favorite Neighbor. Keaton left Pittsburgh and moved to Los Angeles to begin auditioning for various TV parts. He cropped up in various popular TV shows including Maude (1977) and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (1979). Around this time Keaton decided to use an alternative surname to remove confusion with well known actor Michael Douglas, as well as satisfying SAG rules, and after reading an article on actress Diane Keaton, he decided on "Michael Keaton". B. J. Novak in a stand-up comedy routine at Olde English sketch comedy in June 2007. ... Public broadcasting (also known as public service broadcasting or PSB) is the dominant form of broadcasting around the world, where radio, television, and potentially other electronic media outlets receive funding from the public. ... WQED (channel 13, digital channel 38) is a PBS television station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Mister Rogers Neighborhood or Mister Rogers is an American childrens television series that was created and hosted by Fred Rogers. ... Mister Rogers Neighborhood or Mister Rogers is an American childrens television series that was created and hosted by Fred Rogers. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Maude is a half-hour American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972 until April 29, 1978. ... Mary Tyler Moore is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from September 19, 1970 to March 19, 1977. ... For other people bearing this name, see Michael Douglas (disambiguation) Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944) is an American actor and producer, primarily in movies and television. ... The Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.) is the labor union representing over 120,000 film actors in the United States. ... Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, director and producer. ...


His next key break was scoring a co-lead alongside James Belushi in the short-lived comedy series Working Stiffs (1979), which showcased his comedic talent and got him into the casting for the co-lead in Night Shift (1982). His role as the hilariously fast-talking schemer Bill "Blaze" Blazejowski alongside nerdish morgue attendant Henry Winkler earned Keaton some critical acclaim, and he scored leads in the subsequent comedy hits Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny Dangerously (1984), and Gung Ho (1986). James Edgar Belushi (born June 15, 1954) is an American actor, comedian, musician and younger brother of the late comedian John Belushi. ... Working Stiffs is a short-lived 1979 television series which starred Jim Belushi and Michael Keaton as brothers Ernie and Mike ORourke. ... Night Shift is a 1982 comedy film, one of Ron Howards earliest directorial efforts. ... Dr. Henry Franklin Jameson Frederick Winkler (born October 30, 1945) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, producer and author. ... For the Lonestar song, see Mr. ... Johnny Dangerously is 1984 comedy spoof of 1930s crime/gangster movies. ... Gung Ho is a 1986 Ron Howard film, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Michael Keaton and Gedde Watanabe. ...


His role as the title character in the 1988 Tim Burton horror-comedy Beetlejuice, which starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder, earned Keaton widespread acclaim and boosted him to the A-list. That same year, Keaton also gave an acclaimed dramatic performance as a drug addicted businessman in Clean and Sober. Some even mentioned an Oscar nomination for him. Newsweek featured the young actor in a story during this time. This is a list of television-related events in 1988. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ... This article is about the film. ... Alexander Rae Alec Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe Award-winning, American actor. ... Virginia Elizabeth Geena Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actress and former fashion model. ... Winona Ryder (born October 29, 1971) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress. ... Clean and Sober is a 1988 dramatic movie directed by Glenn Gordon Caron and starring Michael Keaton as a slick commercial real estate agent who learns the hard way about his dependence on drugs (cocaine and alcohol). ...


Batman

See also: Batman (1989 film) and Batman Returns

Keaton's career was given another major boost when in 1989 he was again cast by Burton, this time as billionaire playboy and crime-fighter Bruce Wayne in the big budget film Batman. Tim Burton cast him in the title role of Batman (1989) because he thought that Keaton was the only actor who could believably portray someone who has the kind of darkly obsessive personality that the character demands. After the Keaton casting, Warner Bros. received thousands of letters of complaint by fans commenting that the comedic Keaton was the wrong choice for Gotham City's creature of the night, given his prior work in comedies and the fact that he lacked the suave, handsome features and tall, muscular physicality often attributed to the character in the comic books. However, Keaton gained acclaim with his sophisticated and landmark performance, making Batman the highest-grossing film of the year. Batman is a 1989 Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. ... Batman Returns is a 1992 superhero thriller film based on the Batman character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... A billionaire is a person who has a net worth of at least one billion units of currency, such as United States Dollars (USD), Pounds or Euros. ... For other uses, see Batman (disambiguation). ... Batman is a 1989 Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. ... “WB” redirects here. ... This article is about the fictional place. ... Batman is a 1989 Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. ...


According to Keaton, he wasn't surprised when he was first considered as Batman since he was only familiar with the 1960s Batman television series, but it wasn't until Burton introduced Keaton to Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" that Keaton really understood the dark and brooding side of Batman that he portrayed to much fan approval. Keaton returned to wear the black cape and cowl again in Batman Returns (1992), which was another box-office success. This article is about the 1960s television series. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... This article is about Frank Miller, the comic book writer and artist. ... The Dark Knight Returns (commonly abbreviated to DKR) is a superhero comic book story published by DC Comics between 1985 and 1986, starring Batman and was written and drawn by Frank Miller. ... Batman Returns is a 1992 superhero thriller film based on the Batman character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ...


He was prepared to return for Batman Forever (1995), even going so far as to show up for costume fitting. However, when Burton was dropped by Warner Bros. (slated to co-producer), Keaton left the series after being dissatisfied with the screenplay the new director, Joel Schumacher, approved, which Keaton considered to be lighter in tone in comparison to the past two Batman movies. According to the A&E Biography episode on Michael Keaton, after he had refused the first time (due to analysis of the script and meetings with Schumacher), Warner Brothers then offered him $35,000,000 (one of the highest salaries offered to an actor at the time), but Keaton steadfastly refused. In marked contrast to their initial reaction, many fans complaining about the following two Batman films often demanded not only that Tim Burton be rehired as director but that Keaton play Batman again. Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Biography is one of A&Es longest-running and most popular programs. ... Biography is a documentary television program. ... Warner Bros. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ...


Post-Batman

Keaton remained in demand during the 1990s, appearing in a wide range of films including Pacific Heights (1990), One Good Cop (1991), the star-studded Shakespearian Much Ado About Nothing (1993), another Ron Howard comedy The Paper (1994), with Andie MacDowell in Multiplicity (1996), as Elmore Leonard character Agent Ray Nicolette in Jackie Brown (1997) and Out of Sight (1998), and in the thriller Desperate Measures (1998). Since 2000, Keaton has appeared in several productions with mixed success including Live From Baghdad (2002), White Noise (2005), First Daughter (2004), and Herbie: Fully Loaded with Lindsay Lohan (2005). While he continues to receive good notices from the critics (particularly for Jackie Brown), with the exception of Cars, in which he played the part of Chick Hicks, he has not been able to approach the box-office success of the Batman series. Pacific Heights is a 1990 thriller film directed by John Schlesinger, starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, and Michael Keaton. ... One Good Cop is a 1991 film starring Michael Keaton, Rene Russo, Anthony LaPaglia. ... Much Ado About Nothing is a 1993 movie based on William Shakespeares play; it was adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also played the role of Benedick. ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, and an Academy Award winning film director, and producer, known for his roles on sitcoms, movies and television. ... For other uses see The Paper (disambiguation) The Paper is a 1994 film directed by Ron Howard that stars Michael Keaton. ... Andie MacDowell (born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell on April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American screen actress. ... Multiplicity is a 1996 film starring Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell. ... Elmore John Leonard Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Out of Sight is a 1998 movie directed by Steven Soderbergh. ... Desperate Measures is a 1998 Action Thriller starring Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox & Marcia Gay Harden. ... Live from Baghdad is a television movie produced in 2002 by HBO. Directed by Mick Jackson and written by Robert Wiener (based on the book of the same title by Robert Wiener). ... White Noise is a 2005 drama/supernatural horror film, directed by Geoffrey Sax and produced by Brightlight Pictures. ... First Daughter is a romantic comedy film released by 20th Century Fox in 2004 (see 2004 in film). ... Lindsay Dee Lohan[1] (born July 2, 1986) is an American actress and pop music singer. ... This article is about the animated movie. ... Chick Hicks is a fictional character, a racecar and the antagonist in the 2006 animated Disney/Pixar film Cars. ...


In 2006, Keaton starred in an independent film called Game 6, a semi-thriller based around the infamous 1986 World Series bid by the Boston Red Sox. Keaton has also just been announced to be the lead in Media 8 Entertainment's upcoming film Reaper, a supernatural thriller, expected for a 2008 release. He has also recently agreed to star as John Target in the Matt Evans scripted No Rule To Make Target. He is directing the drama movie The Merry Gentleman. Keaton was also cast as Dr. Jack Shephard in the series Lost, with the understanding that Jack would have been a small role and only in the show for a short time, however the character was given a large role and Keaton couldn't commit to it because of other commitments, the role was later given to actor Matthew Fox.[citation needed] Game 6 is a film first presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and released in the United States in 2006. ... Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... M8 Entertainment Inc. ... 2008 in film is expected to feature another battle of the sequels, as many properties release new installments, including: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park 4... Dr. Jack Shephard is a fictional character on the ABC television series Lost played by Matthew Fox. ... LOST redirects here. ... Matthew Fox may be: Matthew Fox (movie tycoon) heir to the Fox motion pictures fortune; married Yolande Betbeze, Miss America 1951 Matthew Fox (priest) (born 1940) Catholic & Episcopal priest and author Matthew Fox (actor) (born 1966) American actor Category: ...


Filmography

Night Shift is a 1982 comedy film, one of Ron Howards earliest directorial efforts. ... // This is the year of film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which will become the highest grossing movie for almost 15 years (until Titanic), earning double or triple against any major film of the 1980s. ... For the Lonestar song, see Mr. ... // February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Lets Spend the Night Together opens in New York North Americas Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Tootsie Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy Superman III Flashdance Staying Alive Octopussy Mr. ... Johnny Dangerously is 1984 comedy spoof of 1930s crime/gangster movies. ... // Events The Walt Disney Company founds Touchstone Pictures to release movies with subject matter deemed inappropriate for the Disney name. ... Gung Ho is a 1986 Ron Howard film, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Michael Keaton and Gedde Watanabe. ... // April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... // April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... The Squeeze is a 1987 comedy, starring Michael Keaton. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... Shes Having a Baby is an American movie, released in 1988, which was directed by John Hughes. ... // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... This article is about the film. ... // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... Clean and Sober is a 1988 dramatic movie directed by Glenn Gordon Caron and starring Michael Keaton as a slick commercial real estate agent who learns the hard way about his dependence on drugs (cocaine and alcohol). ... // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... The Dream Team is a 1989 comedy starring Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle, Stephen Furst & James Remar. ... // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... Batman is a 1989 Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. ... // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... Pacific Heights is a 1990 thriller film starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, and Michael Keaton. ... The year 1990 in film involved some significant events. ... One Good Cop is a 1991 film starring Michael Keaton, Rene Russo, Anthony LaPaglia. ... The year 1991 in film involved many significant films. ... Batman Returns is a 1992 superhero thriller film based on the Batman character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1992. ... Porco Rosso , lit. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1992. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... Much Ado About Nothing is a 1993 movie based on William Shakespeares play; it was adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also played the role of Benedick. ... The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... My Life is a 1993 film starring Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman and directed by Bruce Joel Rubin. ... The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... For other uses see The Paper (disambiguation) The Paper is a 1994 film directed by Ron Howard that stars Michael Keaton. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... A 1994 romantic comedy starring Geena Davis (who also co-produced the film with her then husband director Renny Harlin), Michael Keaton, Christopher Reeve, Bonnie Bedelia and Ernie Hudson. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... Multiplicity is a 1996 film starring Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell. ... The year 1996 in film involved some significant events. ... Inventing the Abbotts is a 1997 American drama film/romance film directed by Pat OConnor, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Liv Tyler, and Jennifer Connelly. ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ... Desperate Measures is a 1998 Action Thriller starring Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox & Marcia Gay Harden. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... Out of Sight is a 1998 movie directed by Steven Soderbergh. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... Promotional movie poster for the film Jack Frost is a 1998 Christmas film, starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston about a father that dies and comes back as a snowman. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... A Shot at Glory is a film by Michael Corrente released in 2001 (but made in 1999), starring Robert Duvall and the Scottish football internationals Ally McCoist and Craig Mackay. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... Quicksand is a 2001 direct-to-video British-French co-produced action film starring Michael Keaton and Michael Caine. ... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... Live from Baghdad is a television movie produced in 2002 by HBO. Directed by Mick Jackson and written by Robert Wiener (based on the book of the same title by Robert Wiener). ... The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. ... First Daughter is a romantic comedy film released by 20th Century Fox in 2004 (see 2004 in film). ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... White Noise is a 2005 drama/supernatural horror film, directed by Geoffrey Sax and produced by Brightlight Pictures. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... This article is about the animated movie. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Game 6 is a film first presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and released in the United States in 2006. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... ((nodeletion)) A song by R&B singer Rihanna. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Amputee boxer Baxter Humby, as Spider-Man, throws a computer-generated punch through the chest of Sandman, portrayed by Thomas Haden Church 2007 has been referred to, by film and media critics, as the year of the threequels, a nickname referring to both the 2004 summer movie season and several...

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Preceded by
Adam West
Actors to portray Batman
1989-1995
Succeeded by
Val Kilmer

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