Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton


Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth Name

Michael John Douglas


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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


Trivia and Quotes

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    • 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.

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    Michael Keaton is a solid, fun actor who has produced a great body of work. His version of Batman was extremely well done and a real departure for a guy who had been primarily a comic actor.

    His comic movies have some classics and cult hits. Beetle Juice was fantastically dark and ridiculous. Mr. Mom was a surprise hit and Johnny Dangerously was a surprisingly good, low-brow farce. Night Shift was also a big hit in the 80s.

    A huge star in the 80s who has shown staying power as a character actor and mid-level star in the 90s and 2000s. An impressive career.moreless
  • "I'm feeling a little *anxious* after 600 years, if you know what I mean." Keaton is a handsome man and great actor. He is almost as terrific as his character, Beetle Juice.moreless

    I am watching "Beetle Juice" for the umpteenth time, and each time I marvel at what a great an actor Michael Keaton is. He plays that character with gusto. Michael Keaton's acting in it is excellent. Contrast this over-the-top role of Beetle Juice with his playing Batman. Johnny Dangerously, Mr. Mom, Bill in Night Shift, Chick Hicks are all very different roles, but all are played marvelously by Keaton. His three best roles are Batman, Mr. Mom, and Beetle Juice. Interestingly, two of these roles are with Tim Burton. I have read that fans were upset at the thought of Keaton playing Batman. One hopes that all were finally satisfied with his superb performance.moreless