Michael studied speech for two years at Kent State, before dropping out and moving to Pittsburgh.
An unsuccessful attempt at stand-up comedy led Keaton to working as a TV cameraman in a cable station, and he came to realize he wanted to work in front of the cameras.
Keaton got his start on "Mister Rogers," though, most of his work was surprisingly behind the scenes. There are varying reports as to whether he took the surname Keaton because of Diane Keaton, but he's denied that rumor. He was even close to taking the name Michael Jackson due to his brothers calling him Jackson as a nickname for John. Unfortunately, the show was short-lived, lasting only eight episodes. The show, however, influenced his casting in Ron Howard's "Night Shift" (1982) opposite Henry Winkler. Later in the decade, after starring in Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" (1988), Burton cast Keaton as Bruce Wayne in "Batman" (1989). But Keaton earned acclaim from critics and audiences, and "Batman" proved successful at the box office, prompting a sequel. After "Batman Returns" (1992), Burton was dropped as the director of a third live-action Batman film and, subsequently, Keaton left the project, too. Besides playing Bruce Wayne in two films, Keaton also twice portrayed the Elmore Leonard character Agent Ray Nicolette. Abrams, planned to kill off the actor in the pilot episode for a big WTF moment, but the network eventually didn't think it was beneficial to the show's long-term success.
It really wouldn't be until 1982 that the actor would break out in Ron Howard's "Night Shift," and a few years later, his career went into overdrive. He was also raised Catholic, though he acknowledges he's not very religious today. Keaton was born Michael John Douglas and took the stage name Keaton to avoid confusion with "Wall Street" actor Michael Douglas. Clearly, being named Michael Douglas is a cheat code for Hollywood success. There was also already a daytime host and broadcaster named Mike Douglas. The actor didn't like the lighthearted tone of the screenplay and even turned down Warner Bros. He played Nicolette in Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" (1997) and Soderbergh's "Out of Sight" (1998). In 2002, the actor earned his first Golden Globe nomination for his starring role in "Live From Baghdad," a TV movie about journalists reporting during the Gulf War. A couple years later, Keaton was slated to play Jack Shepard in "LOST." Really. With ABC wishing for Jack Shepard to stick around for more episodes, Keaton bowed out of the series. As for his personal life, Keaton was married to actress Caroline Mc Williams from 1982 until 1990.
After collaborating with Tim Burton on "Beetlejuice" (1988), the director cast him as the legendary Bruce Wayne in "Batman" (1989). The couple have one son together, Sean Maxwell Douglas, born in 1983. Directly following his marriage, Keaton was in a relationship with a pre-"Friends" Courteney Cox until 1995. In his free time, the actor is an avid sportsman and sports fan.
This fall, he revisits his superhero past in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the acclaim is already rolling in. His father worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, while his mother was a homemaker. He's a diehard Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also enjoys fly fishing and fishes on his 1,000 acre ranch in Montana. He also has a ranch in Santa Barbara, California and a home in Pacific Palisades. He can next be seen playing the title role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," playing a former superhero actor who puts on a play in an attempt at respectability. The filmmaker recently said he wanted Keaton because he could navigate drama and comedy and add "a meta-dialogue to the film." 29.
In fact, for some celebrity bachelors, it's all downhille after 50, as the single life doesn't quite suit them in their old age.
Mom (1983), Johnny Dangerously (1984) and Beetlejuice (1988), and he earned further acclaim for his dramatic portrayal of the title character in Tim Burton's Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992).From his connection to "LOST" to his history with Larry David, here are 29 things you probably don't know about Michael Keaton. Michael Keaton was born September 5, 1951 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania to Leona Loftus and George A. Michael Keaton may have won a Golden Globe on Sunday, Jan.Hugh Grant is sad, single, and over the hill–and he's not the only one.Unlike some of our favorite aging bachelors, like George Clooney and Jack Nicholson (who's still enjoying the single life at 73-years-old BTW), Hugh Grant and a few other celebrity playboys, haven't gotten better with age. He has been in four celebrity relationships averaging approximately 3.6 years each.