Michael Keaton (surname at birth – Douglas) was born on September 5, 1951 in the village of Coraopolis (Pennsylvania, USA). Father – George A. Douglas, worked as an engineer. Mother – Leona Elizabeth (nee Loftus), was a housewife and raised chickens. Michael was the seventh child in the family.
Michael Keaton: “I remember how some chicken was cut off the head, and she was already headless running around the yard. It was just awful! In addition, I always received punches, kicks and cuffs from my older brothers and sisters. No wonder I only dreamed of how to run away from home away from all these Douglases. ”
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The future actor graduated from Montur High School in Pennsylvania, and then he studied speech for two years at the Faculty of Philology at the University of Kent. Soon Michael dropped out of school and moved to Pittsburgh, where he began acting in episodic roles in the series. He also worked as a taxi driver and comedian in nightclubs.
After a not very successful career in Pittsburgh, Keaton moved first to Chicago, where he was a member of the local theater company Second City, and then to Los Angeles. At the same time, so that he would not be confused with the namesake Michael Douglas, the young actor took the creative pseudonym “Keaton”, saw an article in the newspaper about the actress Diane Keaton.
In 1982, Michael made his film debut, playing in the comedy Night Shift. This was followed by several more films of the same genre: Johnny Dangerous (1984), Enthusiast (1986), Grab and Run (1986) and Bluff (1987).
In 1982, Michael Keaton married actress Caroline McWilliams. On May 27, 1983, the couple had a son, Sean.
Fame came to Michael Keaton in 1988 after the release of the mystical film “Beetlejuice” directed by Tim Burton. In the same year, the actor played in the drama “In a sober mind and firm memory.” Both films became very popular and received positive reviews from critics.
In 1989, Keaton played Bruce Wayne, a crime-fighting businessman dressed as a bat in Tim Burton’s action movie Batman. The film was an overwhelming success: it grossed $ 150 million, becoming the third highest grossing film in the 80s. In a few days, Michael from an ordinary actor became a star.
Michael Keaton: “I will grow old in a Batman costume. And if at the same time I get fat, it doesn’t matter. The suit is made of rubber. ”
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Meanwhile, in 1990, after 8 years of marriage, Keaton and Caroline McWilliams divorced. After the divorce, Michael became interested in actress Courteney Cox, whom he dated for six years.
Michael Keaton: “When they tell me that the problem is not in women, but in myself, I just laugh! I’m just an ideal husband – loving, kind, devoted, hardworking and sexy. Damn it, it’s a shame that I can’t marry myself! ”
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In 1992, the film “Batman Returns” was released, which also had a box office success.
In 1995, Keaton was supposed to play in the third part of “Batman”, but due to the replacement of director Tim Burton with Joel Schumacher and disagreements with the studio “Warner Bros” Michael turned down the role.
Michael Keaton has starred with varying degrees of success after his successful roles as the bat-man. He bought a farm and began to live a village life.
Among his roles: Lots (1996), Inventing the Abbots (1997), Jackie Brown (1997), Desperate Measures (1998), Out of Sight (1998), Jack Frost (1998) ), “The Price of Victory” (2000), “Live from Baghdad” (2002), “Quicksand” (2003), “First Daughter” (2004), “White Noise” (2005), “The Decisive Game” (2005 ), Crazy Races (2005), Cars (2006), The Last Time (2006), Company (2007), The Jolly Gentleman (2009), Graduate Survival School 2009), Noah’s Ark: A New Beginning “(2009),” Boku no Pico “(2010),” Penthouse North Facing “(2013), etc.
In 2014, Michael Keaton’s career took off again. The actor played the head of a large company Raymond Sellars in the remake of the 80s action movie Robocop, as well as the host of illegal car races Monarch in the computer racing adaptation Need for Speed: Need for Speed.
On October 17, 2014 (in Russia, January 22, 2015) the premiere of the comedy “Birdman” directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, in which Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton played the main roles. For this work, Keaton received the prestigious Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy.
For the role of Riggan Thomas in Birdman, the actor was nominated for the Oscar-2015 in the nomination for Best Actor. The award ceremony took place on February 22 in Los Angeles.
▪ Special Prize at the Zurich IFF – Career Achievement (2009)
▪ IFF Chicago Founder’s Award for Best Actor for Birdman (2015)
▪ IFF Santa Barbara Modern Master Award for Birdman (2015)
▪ Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble for Birdman (2015)
▪ Golden Globe Award for Best Actor ( comedy or musical) “for the film” Birdman “(2015)
Spouse – Caroline McWilliams, actress (marriage from 1982 to 1990)
Son – Sean Douglas, songwriter (05/27/1983)
Courtney Cox, actress (1990-1996)