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Michael Keaton (born Michael John Douglas, 5.9.1951) Michael Keaton is an American film actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Tim Burton-directed Batman films and Beetlejuice.

Childhood: Michael Keaton is the youngest of seven children. He was born in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania and his Catholic family lived in Robinson Township, Alleghny County. His mother was a housewife and his father was a civil engineer.

Keaton attended Montour High School in Pennsylvania and then studied speech at Kent State University, but dropped out and moved to Pittsburgh.

Acting Career: Michael Keaton's first TV appearance came in 1975, on the Pittsburgh-based Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood. He also worked as an assistant on the show. He also befriended Spike Jonze early on in his career, when he appeared in a Jonze-directed advert for Architect Jeans.

After leaving Pittsburgh, Keaton successfully auditioned for a number of small TV roles in Los Angeles, including The Mary Tyler Moore Hour and Maude. Having to change his name, to avoid confusion with the actor Michael Douglas, he chose Keaton, inspired by the actress Diane Keaton.

A significant break came for Michael Keaton when he appeared alongside James Belushi in Working Stiffs, as well as appearing in a Ron Howard-directed comedy, Night Shift, which also starred Henry Winkler and Shelley Long. His reputation as a decent comic actor was bolstered by appearances in Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously and Gung Ho.

Michael Keaton's crossover to the mainstream came in 1988 when he was cast in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, which also starred Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. Moving away from comedy, he also gave an acclaimed performance as a drug-addict businessman in Clean and Sober.

Tim Burton gave Michael Keaton another break the following year when he cast him as the lead in his comic book adaptation, Batman. The film also starred Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger. Keaton returned to the role in 1992 for Batman Returns, which featured Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito. Michael Keaton had been lined up to play Batman once more in Batman Forever but left the franchise when Tim Burton was dropped by Warner Bros. in favour of Joel Schumacher. The role went to Val Kilmer and later George Clooney and Christian Bale.

The 1990s continued to be a steady success for `Michael Keaton, though lacking the blockbuster successes that preceded them. Amongst his successes were Pacific Heights (with Melanie Griffith), One Good Cop (with Rene Russo). He then went on to feature in Much Ado About Nothing, in a star-studded cast that featured Kenneth Branagh, Richard Briers, Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompson and Denzel Washington.

Keaton returned to work with Ron Howard in The Paper and then worked alongside Andie MacDowell in Multiplicity. In the Quentin Tarantino movie Jackie Brown, Keaton performed alongside Pam Grier and Samuel L. Jackson. He then starred in the Steven Soderbergh-directed Out of Sight, with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez.

In 1998, Keaton starred in Desperate Measures, with Marcia Gay Harden and Andy Garcia. He followed this with a lightweight Christmas release, Jack Frost.

In Speechless, Keaton worked with Geena Davis once more, as well as Christopher Reeve.

Michael Keaton was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in the HBO movie Live From Baghdad in 2002. It also starred Helena Bonham Carter. The years following this failed to regain Keaton's former box office success. He starred opposite Katie Holmes in the box office flop First Daughter (directed by Forest Whitaker). He also appeared in Herbie: Fully Loaded with Lindsay Lohan. In 2006, Keaton provided the voice for Chick Hicks in the animated Cars as well as putting in a cameo appearance in the Tenacious D film Time Fixers.

Personal Life: Michael Keaton was formerly married to the actress Caroline McWilliams. They have a son together, Sean Maxwell (b.1983). Michael Keaton also dated Courtney Cox for around six years.



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SeriousFun Children's Network 2015 Los Angeles Gala - Arrivals

Michael Keaton - SeriousFun Children's Network 2015 Los Angeles Gala - Arrivals at Dolby Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 14th May 2015

Minions Trailer


Since the dawn of time, the Minions have been desperately looking for a master. From dinosaurs, to cave men, to Dracula, to Napoleon, the Minions have sought out the biggest and best of masters from around the world. The trouble is, their optimism and perseverance - while commendable - is nothing compared to their utter ineptitude. The Minions have a terrible problem with either killing their boss, or letting their bosses die in some way. But with the 1960s in full swing and the Minions currently unemployed, they travel to a villain convention to find a new master, and uncover a conspiracy to steal the crown from the Queen of England. 

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SeriousFun Childrens Network 2015 Los Angeles Gala

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Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2015 Annual Gala

Michael Keaton - Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2015 Annual Gala - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 30th April 2015

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Michael Keaton Brings A Small Serving Of 'Batman' And 'Beetlejuice' To' Saturday Night Live'


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Michael Keaton returned to ‘SNL’ on Saturday evening for the first time in 23 years and left us all wondering why he’d been gone for so long. The Oscar nominated actor paid homage to a few of his most famous characters during his hosting stint, even if their appearances were a little more fleeting than some fans would have liked.

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Keaton first hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ 33 years ago when he was an up and coming comedic actor and was still a few years away from donning the Batman cape. Now aged 63, the actor is enjoying a career renaissance thanks to the Oscar winning Birdman, but that doesn’t mean fans have forgotten about Keaton’s other classic performances.

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Video - Michael Keaton Arrives At The Independent Spirit Awards In Santa Monica - Part 2


Michael Keaton was seen arriving at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California. The 30th Annual ceremony took place on 21st February 2015 - the day before the Academy Awards, and served as a chance to celebrate the achievements of some of the best independent filmmakers working today.

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A Week In Movies: Oscar Awards Birdman, Then The Stars Party And Return To Work. Trailers Arrive For Simon Pegg As An Aussie Hitman, A Bradley Cooper Romance And A Kristen Wiig Comedy


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Hollywood celebrated itself on Sunday night with the 87th Academy Awards, ignoring the critics' favourite Boyhood to present the best film, director and screenplay Oscars to the show business comedy Birdman. The lively presenters and winners were caught backstage by paparazzi in the press room.

Photos - 87th Annual Oscars Red Press Room - Sunday 22nd February 2015

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Birdman: Michael Keaton Putting His Oscars Speech Back in Pocket [Video]


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Maybe Michael Keaton hadn't checked the bookmakers odds for a while. The veteran Hollywood star had long been considered the favourite to win best actor at the Oscars for his stellar turn in Birdman, though around the turn of the year, Eddie Redmayne was being strongly backed to win.

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With just days to go before the Academy Awards, the British actor was the comfortable favourite to win the Oscar for his performance as Dr Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and it was really no surprise when his name was read out by Cate Blanchett. Or maybe it was to Keaton.

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87th Annual Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals

Michael Keaton - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

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'Birdman' Clinches Academy Award For Best Picture


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Here it is – the one that everybody wanted to know – the 2015 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year has been won by Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The movie, in which Michael Keaton plays a washed-up film star trying to reinvent himself as a credible Broadway stage actor, sufficiently impressed the Academy to put it on top of a very strong field.

Birdman came out on top ahead of seven other films: Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash.

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Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in the Academy Award winner for Best Picture 2015 - 'Birdman'

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Eddie Redmayne Secures Oscar For Best Actor For 'The Theory Of Everything'


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British actor Eddie Redmayne has won the prize of Best Actor at the 2015 Academy Awards. He played the role of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, alongside Felicity Jones.

In a hotly contested category, Redmayne beat Steve Carell (John Eleuthere du Pont in Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (Chris Kyle in American Sniper), fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch (Alan Turing in The Imitation Game) and the much-fancied Michael Keaton (Riggan Thomson / ‘Birdman’ in Birdman).

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Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne portraying Prof. Stephen Hawking

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Wins Best Director At 2015 Oscars


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The 2015 Oscar for Best Director has been won by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for his work on Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Inarritu beat Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which led the field at the start of the night with nine nominations in total, Richard Linklater’s epic Boyhood, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and Morten Tyldum’s Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game.

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'Birdman' won Inarritu the prize for Best Director

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30th Film Independent Spirit Awards

Michael Keaton - 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals at Tent on the beach, Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Saturday 21st February 2015

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Eddie Redmayne Beats Cumberbatch And Fiennes To Best Actor Prize At 2015 BAFTAs


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Not that we couldn't have guessed it, but 'The Theory Of Everything' star Eddie Redmayne has landed the accolade for Best Actor at the 2015 BAFTA Awards, beating the likes of fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and Ralph Fiennes.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in 'The Theory Of Everything'
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in 'The Theory Of Everything'

The win marks his first BAFTA win in his career, having previously been nominated for their Rising Star Award in 2012. Stephen Hawking movie 'The Theory Of Everything' won the actor a Golden Globe as well this year, with the next step being the ever prestigious Oscars - for which we have every confidence in Redmayne, despite again facing some serious competition.

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Bafta Is Perhaps The Best Predictor Of Oscar Night


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For the last six years, a shift in the voting patterns at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has offered a striking prediction of what will happen on Oscar night.

The 2015 BAFTA's will take place on 8th February, 2015
The 2015 BAFTA's will take place on 8th February, 2015

The British Academy Film Awards last year predicted the split between Best Picture '12 Years a Slave' and Best Director Alfonso Cuaron for 'Gravity'. In 2013 the Bafta went to 'Argo' in a closely fought race, while also predicting Christoph Waltz's second Supporting Actor Oscar for 'Django Unchained' in what was considered an open field of previous winners.

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