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Also Known As: Michael John Douglas Died:
Born: September 5, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, floor crew member, ice cream truck driver, cab driver

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Though he began his career in stand-up comedy, intense actor Michael Keaton blossomed into a multi-talented performer comfortable in comedies, gritty dramas and big budget action movies. At first, he used his manic onscreen persona to great effect in early hits like "Night Shift" (1982) and "Mr. Mom" (1983); the former of which put him on the map, while the latter turned him into a star. But it was his wild turn as a perverted ghost in Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" (1988) and his compelling dramatic performance as a cocaine addict trying to get his life together in "Clean and Sober" (1988) that showcased his true talents. Keaton reached new heights when he won the title role in Burton's take on "Batman" (1989). His casting surprised many - and angered some - though when the finished film was released, most were in agreement that Keaton's brooding performance was inspired. After the inevitable sequel, "Batman Returns" (1992), Keaton went into a bit of a slide, appearing in misguided films like "Jack Frost" (1998), or little-seen indies like "Quicksand" (2001) that barely saw the light of day. He emerged onto the small screen with a stunning turn in "Live from Bagdad" (HBO, 2002), arguably the best...

Though he began his career in stand-up comedy, intense actor Michael Keaton blossomed into a multi-talented performer comfortable in comedies, gritty dramas and big budget action movies. At first, he used his manic onscreen persona to great effect in early hits like "Night Shift" (1982) and "Mr. Mom" (1983); the former of which put him on the map, while the latter turned him into a star. But it was his wild turn as a perverted ghost in Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" (1988) and his compelling dramatic performance as a cocaine addict trying to get his life together in "Clean and Sober" (1988) that showcased his true talents. Keaton reached new heights when he won the title role in Burton's take on "Batman" (1989). His casting surprised many - and angered some - though when the finished film was released, most were in agreement that Keaton's brooding performance was inspired. After the inevitable sequel, "Batman Returns" (1992), Keaton went into a bit of a slide, appearing in misguided films like "Jack Frost" (1998), or little-seen indies like "Quicksand" (2001) that barely saw the light of day. He emerged onto the small screen with a stunning turn in "Live from Bagdad" (HBO, 2002), arguably the best performance of his career and a reminder that, despite appearances, Keaton was capable of handling any role in any genre or medium.

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1.
 Birdman (2014)
2.
 Blindsided (2014)
3.
 Need for Speed (2014)
4.
 RoboCop (2014)
5.
 Clear History (2013)
6.
 Toy Story 3 (2010)
7.
 Other Guys, The (2010)
8.
 Post Grad (2009)
9.
10.
 Last Time, The (2007)
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Raised in Robinson Township, PA
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Began acting and writing comedy material during university study
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Acted in regional theater while supporting himself driving a cab and working in production
1975:
Joined Jerry Vale improvisation troupe
1975:
First appeared on TV in several episodes of the Pittsburgh-based public television program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" as a member of the Flying Zucchini Brothers comedy troupe
1976:
Wrote material and appeared on the CBS series "All's Fair" (1976-77), "Working Stiffs" (1979), and "Report to Murphy" (1982)
1982:
Feature film debut, "Night Shift"
1983:
Co-starred with Teri Garr in the comedy hit "Mr. Mom"
1984:
Played an honest, goodhearted man who is forced to turn to a life of crime in the comedy spoof "Johnny Dangerously"
1988:
Played the title character in the Tim Burton horror-comedy "Beetlejuice"
1989:
Cast by Burton as billionaire playboy and crime-fighter Bruce Wayne in the big budget film "Batman"
1992:
Reprised role of the Caped Crusader in "Batman Returns," again directed by Tim Burton
1994:
Announced his exit from the Batman series; replaced by Val Kilmer
1994:
Starred in the Ron Howard comedy "The Paper"
1996:
Played many different versions of himself in the comedy feature "Multiplicity"
1997:
Portrayed Agent Ray Nicolete in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown"
1998:
Appeared as Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"
2002:
Portrayed CNN on-location producer Robert Wiener in the HBO film "Live from Baghdad"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
2004:
Played the U.S. President and father to Katie Holmes in "First Daughter"
2005:
Starred in the supernatural thriller "White Noise"
2005:
Played Lindsay Lohan's father in the Disney feature "Herbie: Fully Loaded"
2005:
Starred as a playwright who skips opening night to watch the momentous game from the historic 1986 World Series in "Game 6"
2006:
Voiced Chick Hicks in Pixar animated feature "Cars"
2007:
Portrayed real-life CIA counter-intelligence specialist Jesus Angelton in the TNT miniseries "The Company"; earned a SAG nomination for Outstanding Male Actor in a Miniseries
2008:
Made film directorial debut with "The Merry Gentleman"
2009:
Played Alexis Bledel's eccentric father in "Post Grad"
2010:
Voiced the character of Ken, the iconic male doll in Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3"
2010:
Cast opposite Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in the action comedy "The Other Guys"
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Education

Kent State University: Kent , Ohio -
Montour High School: McKees Rocks , Pennsylvania - 1969

Notes

One source lists Mr Keaton's birthdate as September 5.

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wife:
Caroline McWilliams. Actor. Married c. 1982, filed for divorce January 1990; best remembered for her work on the TV soap operas "Guiding Light" and "Another World" and on the primetime series "Benson" and "St. Elsewhere".
companion:
Courteney Cox. Actor. Together from 1989 until July 1995.

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mother:
Leona Douglas.
brother:
Robert Douglas.
son:
Sean Keaton. Born c. 1983, mother Caroline McWilliams.

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