Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton

Sep. 5th, 1951
Born in
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, USA
5' 9"

Michael Keaton's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Company TV Show
The Company
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour TV Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour
Gary the Rat TV Show
Gary the Rat
Report to Murphy TV Show
Report to Murphy
The Tony Randall Show TV Show
The Tony Randall Show
Working Stiffs TV Show
Working Stiffs

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Need for Speed
2010 - Toy Story 3
2010 - The Other Guys
2009 - Post Grad
2008 - The Merry Gentleman
2006 - Cars
2006 - The Last Time
2005 - Herbie Fully Loaded
2004 - First Daughter
1998 - Jack Frost
1998 - Desperate Measures
1998 - Out of Sight
1997 - Inventing the Abbotts
1997 - Jackie Brown
1996 - Multiplicity
1994 - The Paper
1994 - Speechless
1993 - Much Ado About Nothing
1992 - Batman Returns
1990 - Pacific Heights
1989 - Batman
1989 - The Dream Team
1988 - Clean and Sober
1988 - She's Having a Baby
1986 - Gung Ho
1984 - Johnny Dangerously
1983 - Mr. Mom
1982 - Night Shift

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Lanny Wolf
Himself - Host
Blaine Sternin
Tree salesman
Chip Winston
Trip Larsen (Voiced)
[Complete List]


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 "MisteRogers' 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 (I). 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 (I) horror-comedy _Beetlejuice (1988)_.

Keaton's career was given another major boost when, in 1989, Tim Burton (I) 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 (I) 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).

  • Started his career as a stagehand in _"MisteRogers' Neighborhood" (1968)_ (qv) (he operated "Picture, Picture"), and in 2004 he produced a documentary on Rogers, _Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor (2004) (TV)_ (qv).
  • Was offered to play either Peter Venkman or Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) but turned down both parts, which went to Bill Murray and Harold Ramis.
  • Is the fourth actor to play Batman.
  • Has a son, Sean Maxwell Douglas (born May 27, 1983), with ex-wife 'Caroline McWilliams' (qv).
  • His son Sean plays keyboard for a band called The Hatch.
  • According to 'Mike Myers (I)' (qv) on _"Revealed with Jules Asner" (2001)_ (qv), Keaton saw the comic actor perform at Second City Toronto. After the show ended, Keaton went to personally congratulate Myers and said, "Keep up the great work." Myers would soon work with Keaton on an episode of _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) when Keaton was guest host.
  • Has only reprised two roles in his career. First, he played Batman in _Batman (1989)_ (qv) and _Batman Returns (1992)_ (qv). Second, he played Ray Nicolette in _Jackie Brown (1997)_ (qv) and _Out of Sight (1998)_ (qv). Also appearing in the latter film was 'George Clooney' (qv), who has also played Batman.
  • Was originally slated to play 'Jeff Daniels (I)' (qv) character in 'Woody Allen' (qv)'s _The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)_ (qv) and actually did film some scenes, but Allen decided it wasn't working and replaced him with Daniels.

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