Michael Keaton Biography

Birthday: 1951-09-05
Place of Birth: Coraopolis, Pennsylvania USA
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Quirky, inventive and handsome US actor who first achieved major fame with his door busting performance as fast talking, ideas man "Bill Blazejowski" alongside nerdish morgue attendant Henry Winkler in Night Shift (1982). Keaton was born Michael John Douglas on September 5th, 1951 in Corapolis, Pennsylvannia and studied speech for two years at Kent State, before dropping out and moving to Pittsburgh. An unsuccessful attempt at stand-up comedy led Keaton to working as a TV cameraman in a cable station, and he came to realize he wanted to work in front of the cameras. Keaton first appeared on TV in several episodes of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" (1968). He left Pittsburgh and moved to Los Angeles to begin auditioning for TV. He began cropping up in popular TV shows including "Maude" (1972) and "The Mary Tyler Moore Hour" (1979). Around this time, Keaton decided to use an alternative surname to remove confusion with better-known actor Michael Douglas. After reading an article on actress Diane Keaton, he decided that Michael Keaton sounded good. His next break was scoring a co-starring role alongside James Belushi in the short-lived comedy series "Working Stiffs" (1979), which showcased his comedic talent and led to his co-starring role in Night Shift (1982). Keaton next scored the lead in the comedy hits Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny Dangerously (1984) , Gung Ho (1986) and the Tim Burton horror-comedy Beetlejuice (1988). Keaton's career was given another major boost when, in 1989, Tim Burton cast him as millionaire playboy / crime-fighter "Bruce Wayne" in the big budget Batman (1989). To say there were howls of protest by fans of the caped crusader comic strip is an understatement! Warner Bros. was deluged with thousands of letters of complaint commenting that comedian Keaton was the wrong choice for the Caped Crusader. Their fears were proven wrong when Keaton turned in a sensational performance, and he held his own on screen with opponent Jack Nicholson playing the lunatic villain, "The Joker". Keen to diversify his work, Keaton next appeared as a psychotic tenant in Pacific Heights (1990), as a hard-working cop in One Good Cop (1991) and then donned the black cape and cowl once more for Batman Returns (1992). He remained in demand during the 1990s, appearing in a wide range of films including the star-studded Shakespearian Much Ado About Nothing (1993), another Ron Howard comedy The Paper (1994), with sexy Andie MacDowell in Multiplicity (1996), as a dogged cop in Jackie Brown (1997) and the mediocre thriller Desperate Measures (1998). More recently, Keaton has appeared in several productions with mixed success, including Live from Baghdad (2002) (TV), First Daughter (2004) and Herbie Fully Loaded (2005).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Working Stiffs Mike O'Rourke 1979 Comedy
Report to Murphy Murphy 1982 Comedy
Gung Ho Hunt Stevenson 1986 Comedy
Batman Batman 1989 Action
The Paper Henry Hackett 1994 Comedy
Jack Frost Jack Frost 1998 Comedy
A Shot at Glory 2000 Drama
The Company James Angleton 2007 Drama
Ticket to Ride Walter Malby 2010 Family
Night Shift Bill Blazejowski 2013
Desperate Measures Peter McCabe 2013 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Working Stiffs Mike O'Rourke 1979 Comedy
Night Shift Bill Blazejowski 1982 Comedy
Johnny Dangerously Johnny Kelly 1984 Comedy, Crime
Gung Ho Hunt Stevenson 1986 Comedy, Drama
Gung Ho! Hunt Stevenson 1986 Comedy, Drama
Touch and Go Bobby Barbato 1986 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Squeeze Harry Berg 1987 Action, Comedy, Crime
Clean and Sober 1988
Batman Batman 1989 0
The Dream Team Billy Caufield 1989 Comedy
Pacific Heights Carter Hayes 1990
One Good Cop 1991 Action, Crime, Drama
Batman Returns Batman 1992 0
The Paper Henry Hackett 1994 0
Speechless 1994 Comedy, Romance
Multiplicity Doug Kinney 1996 Fantasy, Sci Fi, Comedy
Jackie Brown Ray Nicolette 1997 0, Comedy, Game Show
Jack Frost Jack Frost 1997 0, Reality Tv
Desperate Measures Peter McCabe 1998 0, 0
A Shot at Glory 2002 Drama, Sport
Live from Baghdad 2002 Drama
The Company James Angleton 2003 0, 0
White Noise Jonathan Rivers 2005 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Quicksand Martin Raikes 2005 Drama, Crime, Thriller
Herbie Fully Loaded Ray Peyton Sr. 2005 Adventure, Comedy, Family
Herbie: Fully Loaded Ray Peyton Sr. 2005 Adventure, Comedy, Family
Cars Chick Hicks 2006
Game 6 Nicky Rogan 2006
The Car Chick Hicks 2006 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Last Time Ted Riker 2007 Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Post Grad 2009 Comedy, Romance
The Merry Gentleman Frank Logan 2009 Drama
Toy Story 3 Ken 2010 Drama, 0
Noah Noah 2012 Animation
Penthouse North Hollander 2013 Drama, Thriller
Birdman Riggan Thomson 2014 Comedy
RoboCop Raymond Sellars 2014 Action
Spotlight Walter 'Robby' Robinson 2015 Game Show, 0
The Founder Ray Kroc 2016 0