An icon of a generation, Birdman, Batman, and most recently The Vulture – Michael Keaton need not be introduced to the cinema audience. He is a man who is loved by his fans and respected by everyone. You can forgive him for missing out on some of his films and accomplishments because with a talent like his, it becomes difficult to keep track of everything he has done. But here is everything you need to know about Michael Keaton.
Michael Keaton’s Bio, Age
What if we told you that the name by which the actor attained legendary status is not even his real name? Michael John Douglas, the youngest of seven children in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, was born on September 5, 1951. He took the stage name “Michael Keaton” when he started acting to comply with the rules of the Screen Actors Guild to avoid confusion, as there was already an actor named Michael Douglas.
Michael is half Irish through his mother and was raised catholically. He tried his hand at college for two years at Kent State University, where he performed in plays, but he eventually dropped out and returned to Pennsylvania.
Career – Movies and TV Shows
Michael Keaton is a well-known actor, producer, and director. His rise to fame began in the CBS sitcoms “All’s Fair” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Hour”. It is quite interesting that a man known for his dramatic chops began in comedic roles. He took on more comedic roles in movies like Night Shift, Mr. Mom, and Johnny Dangerously. His status rose dramatically when he was cast in Tim Burton’s Batman. The man who improvised the famous catchphrase “I’m Batman” subsequently conquered Hollywood.
Michael Keaton began acting in the mid-1970s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that his career skyrocketed and consolidated his status as an A-actor. His roles in “Batman” and “Batman Returns” earned him such admiration from fans and critical acclaim that he was asked for $15 million to repeat the role in a third film after the previous director was fired for the first two films. Out of loyalty to the previous director and the fact that he did not like the script, he decided not to accept the offer.
In the 2000s Michael Keaton continued to act in several films with mixed success. However, he did not find the magical role that, like Batman, brought widespread success until his role in Disney’s Cars in 2006. In 2007, he starred in a mini-series called The Company, which earned him a 2008 Screen Actors Guild nomination for excellence as a male actor in a television movie or mini-series. His success continued with Toy Story 3, where he provided the voice of Ken.
In 2014, Michael Keaton reached the pinnacle of acting when he starred in Birdman alongside Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Zach Galifianakis as Riggan Thomson, an actor famous for his role as the iconic superhero who directs a Broadway play based on a short story to regain his former fame. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. As a man whose dramatic cutlet is considered one of the best in the industry, he has applied his talent to modern masterpieces such as Spotlight 2015 and The Founder 2016.
In 2017 he returned to comic books when he played the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, a role he will revisit in the sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Born in Pennsylvania, he has starred in over 40 films and more than 20 television shows, has been nominated for several awards and has won more than a few of them for his work. Awards include an Oscar, an Emmy, and a BAFTA nomination for Birdman and Fred Rogers, two Golden Globe Awards, of which he won one, and four SAG Awards nominations, of which he won two.
In 2016, he was named Officer of Order of Arts and Letters in France and is currently a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University.
The most surprising part of Michael Keaton’s career is that he is currently worth $15 million. One would expect that an actor with his fame and popularity would be worth much more, but this is understandable since there was a time when his career faltered between 1995-2013. However, he owns a ranch in Big Timber, Montana, where he spends most of his time.
Wife and Kid
Michael Keaton was married to Caroline McWilliams from 1982 to 1990, a marriage that produced a son, Sean, in 1983. The actor’s son, Sean Douglas, is an American Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum songwriter and producer.
After his divorce, Michael Keaton later had a relationship with Michelle Pfeiffer from 1988 to 1989 and with Courteney Cox from 1989 to 1995. The good-looking actor is currently single.
Height And Weight
Michael Keaton is certainly in good shape for his age. The actor is tall, 1.80 m tall, and weighs 83 kg. Given the physically demanding nature of the roles he prefers, it is understandable that he needs to stay healthy and fit.