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Michael Keaton

Highest Rated:   100% Live from Baghdad (2002)
Lowest Rated:   8% Post Grad (2009)
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Birthplace:   Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, USA
Equally adept at sober drama and over-the-top comedy, Michael Keaton has a knack for giving ordinary guys an unexpected twist. This trait ultimately made him an ideal casting choice for Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, and it has allowed him to play characters ranging from Mr. Mom's discontented stay-at-home dad to Pacific Heights's raging psychopath.The youngest of seven children, Keaton was born Michael Douglas on September 5th, 1951 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania on September 9, 1951. After two years of studying speech at Kent State University, he dropped out and moved to Pittsburgh. While working a number of odd jobs--including a stint as an ice cream truck driver--Keaton attempted to build a career as a stand-up comedian, which proved less than successful. He ended up working as a cameraman for the Pittsburgh PBS station, a job that led him to realize he wanted to be in front of the camera, rather than behind it. Following this realization, Keaton duly moved out to Los Angeles, where he joined the L.A. Branch of Second City and began auditioning. When he started getting work he changed his last name to avoid being confused with the better-known actor of the same name, taking the name "Keaton" after seeing a newspaper article about Diane Keaton. He began acting on and writing for a number of television series, and he got his first big break co-starring with old friend Jim Belushi on the sitcom Working Stiffs (1979). Three years later, he made an auspicious film debut as the relentlessly cheerful owner of a morgue/brothel in Night Shift. The raves he won for his performance carried over to his work the following year in Mr. Mom, and it appeared as though Keaton was on a winning streak. Unfortunately, a series of such mediocre films as Johnny Dangerously (1984) and Gung Ho (1985) followed, and by the time Tim Burton cast him as the titular Beetlejuice in 1988, Keaton's career seemed to have betrayed its early promise. Beetlejuice proved Keaton's comeback: one of the year's most popular films, it allowed him to do some of his best work in years as the ghoulish, revolting title character. His all-out comic performance contrasted with his work in that same year's Clean and Sober, in which he played a recovering drug addict. The combined impact of these performances put Keaton back in the Hollywood spotlight, a position solidified in 1989 when he starred in Burton's Batman. Initially thought to be a risky casting choice for the title role, Keaton was ultimately embraced by audiences and critics alike, many of whom felt that his slightly skewed everyman appearance and capacity for dark humor made him perfect for the part. He reprised the role with similar success for the film's 1992 sequel, Batman Returns. Despite the acclaim and commercial profit surrounding Keaton's work in the Batman films, many of his subsequent films during the 1990s proved to be disappointments. My Life (1993), Speechless (1994), and The Paper (1994) were relative failures, despite star casting and name directors, while Multiplicity, a 1996 comedy featuring no less than four clones of the actor, further demonstrated that his name alone couldn't sell a movie. Some of Keaton's most successful work of the 1990s could be found in his roles in two Elmore Leonard adaptations, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997) and Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998). An ATF agent in the former and Jennifer Lopez's morally questionable boyfriend in the latter, he turned in solid performances as part of a strong ensemble cast in both critically acclaimed films. In 1999, Keaton went back to his behind-the-camera roots, serving as the executive producer for Body Shots. Keaton continued to act throughout the early 2000s, and starred in Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) alongside Lindsay Lohan. the actor took on another vehicle-oriented role when he agreed to voice the character of Chris Hicks in Pixar's Cars (2006). In 2010, Keaton voiced the Ken doll in Toy Story 3. Keaton enjoyed an unexpe

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Dumbo
  • Vandermere
2019
35% American Assassin
  • Stan Hurley
$14.9M 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Adrian Toomes / The Vulture
$330.3M 2017
83% The Founder
  • Ray Kroc
$12.8M 2017
96% Spotlight
  • Walter "Robby" Robinson
2015
56% Minions
  • Walter Nelson
$278M 2015
92% Birdman
  • Riggan
2014
22% Need For Speed
  • Monarch
$40.2M 2014
48% RoboCop
  • Raymond Sellars
$50.7M 2014
No Score Yet Penthouse North
  • Executive Producer
  • Robert Hollander
  • Producer
2013
55% Clear History
  • Joe Stumpo
2013
No Score Yet Hawaiian Vacation
  • Ken
2011
78% The Other Guys
  • Capt. Gene Mauch
$119.3M 2010
99% Toy Story 3
  • Ken
$415M 2010
8% Post Grad
  • Walter Malby
$6.3M 2009
63% The Merry Gentleman
  • Frank Logan
  • Director
$0.3M 2009
No Score Yet The Company
  • James Jesus Angleton
2007
35% The Last Time
  • Executive Producer
  • Ted Riker
2007
74% Cars
  • Chick Hicks
$244.1M 2006
No Score Yet Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Legend Reborn
  • Actor
2005
41% Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • Ray Peyton Sr.
$66M 2005
63% Game 6
  • Nicky Rogan
2005
8% White Noise
  • Jonathan Rivers
$55.9M 2005
8% First Daughter
  • President Mackenzie
$9.1M 2004
No Score Yet Fred Rogers - America's Favorite Neighbor
  • Host
2004
No Score Yet Quicksand
  • Martin Raikes
2003
100% Live from Baghdad
  • Robert Wiener
2002
67% A Shot at Glory
  • Peter Cameron
2001
11% Body Shots
  • Executive Producer
1999
20% Jack Frost
  • Jack Frost
1998
93% Out of Sight
  • Ray
1998
87% Jackie Brown
  • Ray Nicolette
1997
17% Desperate Measures
  • Peter McCabe
1997
31% Inventing the Abbotts
  • Narrator
1997
No Score Yet The Directors
  • Actor
1997
43% Multiplicity
  • Doug Kinney
1996
11% Speechless
  • Kevin
1994
88% The Paper
  • Henry Hackett
1994
44% My Life
  • Bob Jones
1993
91% Much Ado About Nothing
  • Dogberry
1993
81% Batman Returns
  • Batman
1992
94% Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta)
  • Porco Rosso [English version]
1992
15% One Good Cop
  • Artie Lewis
1991
43% Pacific Heights
  • Carter Hayes
1990
72% Batman
  • Batman/Bruce Wayne
1989
54% The Dream Team
  • Billy Caulfield
1989
58% Clean and Sober
  • Daryl Poynter
1988
82% Beetlejuice
  • Beetlejuice
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Actor
1988
17% The Squeeze
  • Harry Berg
1987
No Score Yet Touch and Go
  • Bobby Barbato
1986
35% Gung Ho
  • Hunt Stevenson
1986
47% Johnny Dangerously
  • Johnny Kelly/Johnny Dangerously
1984
85% Mr. Mom
  • Jack
1983
95% Night Shift
  • Bill Blazejowski
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2005
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2015
  • 1992
  • 1982
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2001
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Blaine Sternin
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2001

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