Michael Keaton was born Michael John Douglas on September 5, 1951 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania into a Scots-Irish (Ulster Scots) family. He has not legally changed his name to his stage name, which was created after seeing Diane Keaton. He started out as a stand-up comedian, went to work…more
Michael has brown hair and blue eyes.
Michael stands at 5 feet, 9 inches.
He has brown hair and blue eyes.
Says that if he could make a sequel or follow-up to any movie of his, it would be "Beetlejuice."
When it was announced that Michael Keaton was picked for the title in role "Batman" (1989), over 50,000 letters were written to Warner Bros. protesting his casting even before the film first-opened.
Turned down such high-profile roles as Dr. Seth Brundle in the 1986 remake of "The Fly" as well as roles in the "Ghostbusters" movies.
His documentary "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor" was nominated for an Emmy in 2004 as Outstanding Nonfiction Special.
He was nominated for a 2005 Teen Choice Award for "Choice Movie Scary Scene" for "White Noise."
The National Society of Film Critics gave him their Best Actor Award in 1989 for both Beetle Juice and Clean and Sober.
He worked as a cameraman at WQED in Pittsburgh.
He is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 2004 he produced a documentary about Mister Rogers titled Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor.
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films nominated him for a Best Supporting Actor Saturn Award in 1990 for his performance in Beetle Juice.
He appeared in several episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, before moving to Los Angeles to try to break into television.
He was given a Best Supporting Actor Award by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle in 1983, for Night Shift.
He has not legally changed his name to "Keaton".
His breakthrough movie performance was in Night Shift along with Henry Winkler.
He shared a MTV Movie Award Nomination for Best Kiss in 1993, with Michelle Pfieffer.
His performance in Live from Baghdad earned him a Golden Globe Nomination in 2003 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television.
He attended Montour High School in the Pittsburgh area.
His starring performance in Beetlejuice earned acclaim, rave reviews and a lot of money moving him to Hollywood's "A-list".
He attended Kent State University in Ohio.
He changed his name because Michael Douglas and Mike Douglas were already registered with the actors guild.
He was the smallest actor to play Batman and the fourth actor to portray the character.
Michael:(on playing Batman
I'm gonna do four or five of these movies, and it's going to become my career. I'll have to keep expanding the bat suit, because I get fatter every year. I'll be bankrupt. I'll be out opening shopping malls, going from appearance to appearance in a cheesy van.
Michael: (on directing a feature film) I probably could've done this earlier, if I was more ambitious.
Michael: (on doing a villain role in a superhero film) I think it'd be fun because those are the roles where you get to chew it up.
Michael: (asked if he regretted not returning as Batman in "Batman Forever") I was waiting in line for another movie and just kind of poked my head in... watched about 10 minutes. I saw enough to know that I made the right decision.
Michael: (comparing working on "Batman Returns" to the first "Batman" film) In some ways, this one was harder, because I felt like I was doing an impersonation of myself. Which, aside from being nearly impossible, is really weird.
Michael: (on his birth name being Michael Douglas) Yeah, I had to change my name because there were two other actors registered at Equity with that name. One of them is doing quite well from what I understand, the other is making cheap porn movies... (pause) like Basic Instinct.