Michael Keaton is a veteran actor who has spent over 45 years in Hollywood. Keaton has starred in numerous movies and television series in his career. He is famous for his role of superhero Bruce Wayne/Batman in the DC Comics films. He is also known for his role of Jack Butler in Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice in Beetlejuice, and Adrian Toomes / Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He has starred in all ranges of comedic, thriller, and action films. He won a Golden Globe Award and two Critics’ Choice Awards, and numerous critics awards for his role in Birdman. He was nominated for Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for the same role. Here are some facts you might not know about the veteran actor, Michael Keaton.
Michael Keaton’s Real Surname Is Not Keaton
Michael Keaton was born to George A. Douglas and Leona Elizabeth. His father was a civil engineer and his mother was a homemaker. He has 6 siblings and he is the youngest one. Keaton has Scottish, Scottish-Irish, German, and English ancestry on his father’s side and Irish ancestry on his mother’s side. Keaton lived in several places in Pennsylvania where he grew up. He was raised between McKees Rocks, Coraopolis, and Robinson Township.
Keaton had to use another surname due to SAG rules as there was already an actor and another daytime host named Michael Douglas. He took the surname Keaton.
Michael Keaton Made His Breakthrough With The 1982 Film, Night Shift
Michael Keaton made his Hollywood breakthrough after he played the co-starring role of Bill Blazejowski in the 1982 film, Night Shift. His comedic role as a fast-talking schemer earned him critical acclaim. It was Ron Howard’s directorial debut. His breakthrough with Night Shift earned him his first lead role in the hit film, Mr. Mom.
He had made his film debut in a small non-speaking role in the 1978 comedy film, Rabbit Test.
Michael Keaton Is The Fourth Actor To Play Batman
Michael Keaton is the fourth actor to play the superhero role of Batman. Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, and Adam West played Batman before him. Initially, fans wrote Warner Bros that Keaton was the wrong choice to play Batman. However, his role ultimately earned widespread acclaim from both critics and audiences. He reprised his Batman role in the 1992 film, Batman Returns. He was set to reprise his role in Batman Forever. However, Keaton left the franchise after the film’s director Tim Burton was dropped as director from the film. Keaton refused a $15 million offer from Warner Bros. Val Kilmer replaced him as a Batman.
Keaton will return as a Batman in the upcoming film, The Flash.
Michael Keaton Was Nominated For An Academy Award For Birdman
In terms of achievements, Birdman became one of the most successful films in his career. He played the role of Riggan Thomson in the film. He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor for his role. He won the Golden Globe Award, AACTA Award, Critics’ Choice Award, and several other critic’s awards for Best Actor for the role. He was also nominated for Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and BAFTA Award among numerous other nominations.
He won Screen Actors Guild Awards for an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture for his work in films, Spotlight in 2015 and The Trial of the Chicago 7 in 2021.
The Hollywood Film Festival awarded Keaton a Career Achievement Award. He was named Officer of Order of Arts and Letters in France in 2016.
Michael Keaton Plays Supervillain In Spider-Man films
Michael Keaton previously played superhero Batman in Batman films. He was introduced as the supervillain Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017. The film stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man who faces the Vulture. Keaton will reprise his role as Vulture in the upcoming Sony’s Spider-Man Universe film, Morbius. The film is scheduled to release in 2022.
Michael Keaton Has A Net Worth of $40 Million
Actor Michael Keaton has spent over 45 years in the entertainment industry. Having started his career in the mid-1970s, he is one of the critically and commercially successful actors in Hollywood. He is best known for his role as Batman in the Batman movies in the past and will reprise his role in the upcoming DC Comics film, The Flash. His movies have grossed billions and was paid a handsome paycheck for his roles. He has made his fortune mostly out of his acting career. At present, his net worth is estimated at $40 million.
Michael Keaton Has Been Married Only Once
Veteran actor Michael Keaton has been married only once. He was married to actress, Caroline McWilliams during the 1980s. They married in 1982 and had a son named Sean. However, they divorced in 1990. He dated actress Courteney Cox from 1989 to 1995. He also dated several other personalities in the past. He dated adult actress Rachel Ryan, actress-singer Michelle Pfeiffer, actress and supermodel, Audra Lynn.
As of 2021, Keaton is not married but not single. He is currently in a relationship whose detailed identity has not been in the media outlets yet.
Michael Keaton Is Pittsburgh Pirates Fan
Michael is a longtime Pittsburgh resident. He is an avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Interestingly, Keaton negotiated a break in his Batman movie contract should the Pirates make the playoffs that year. However, the Pirates failed to make the playoffs.
Michael Keaton Is An Avid Fisherman
Actor Michael Keaton is an avid fisherman. He is often seen on Outdoor Channel saltwater fishing series Buccaneers & Bones. Among others, Zach Gilford, Tom Brokaw, Thomas McGuane, and Yvon Chouinard also stars in the series.
Michael Keaton Voted Joe Biden
Michael Keaton voted Joe Biden. In the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Michael Keaton endorsed Joe Biden who became the 47th vice president of the United States who defeated the sitting President, Donald Trump by 51.3%-46.9%. He previously endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.