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Michael Keaton

Born Michael Douglas in Coraopolis where his family still lives. Attended Montour High School and studied speech at Kent State University in Ohio. Started as a stagehand on Pittsburgh public TV show, Mister Rogers Neighborhood (1968). Began acting but couldn't keep his name because there was already a Michael Douglas in movies and a Mike Douglas on TV. Had seen an article on Diane Keaton and chose Keaton although has never legally changed his name. The manic morgue comedy Night Shift (1982), his movie debut, was typical of his comedy style. Became a star as the frenetic title ghoul in Tim Burton's dark comedy Beetlejuice (1988). Burton cast him as the title role in Batman (1989). Comic fan anger ensued over his selection, forcing the studio to release an advance trailer both to show that Keaton could do the role well and that the movie would not be a campy parody like the TV show Batman. Played the Caped Crusader in the 1992 sequel, Batman Returns. Has appeared in a variety of films ranging from dramas and romantic comedies to thriller and action films as well as providing voice overs in several Pixar animated hits. Critically praised for his lead performance in Birdman (2014) earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, the Critics' Choice Award for Best Actor and nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award, British Academy Film Award and Academy Award for Best Actor.