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An American actor, director, producer, singer/songwriter and comedian whose blue eyes will burn into your soul. Nah, he's actually a pretty easy goin' guy.

His real name is Michael John Douglas, but since there was already a [[Creator/MichaelDouglas Michael Douglas]] in the Screen Actors Guild, which doesn't permit doubles on its rolls, he chose to use the last name of Keaton partly due to Creator/BusterKeaton and partly because he heard the name and thought it sounded good (he has never legally changed his name, though).

At the start of his film career Keaton was best known for starring in comedies such as ''Film/MrMom'', ''JohnnyDangerously'', and Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', although he would become notable for his range in both comedy and drama when he was cast again by Burton as the [[{{Franchise/Batman}} eponymous character]] in his then latest gig, ''Film/{{Batman}}'', which was to be [[DarkerAndEdgier a return to the character's roots as a grim avenger of the night]]. Fans did not open up to the casting at first and sent letters to WarnerBros expressing their disdain by citing that Keaton had only done comedy and was too short and too "ugly" to play Batman. A quick trailer was released by WB, showcasing a glimpse of Keaton's {{badass}}ery and [[TheStoic seriousness]] in the role, and most fans were won over and bought tickets. Needless to say, the film was a huge commercial success and was the biggest money-maker of 1989.

Keaton and Burton returned to the franchise with ''Film/BatmanReturns''; while it still raked in the dough, it didn't do as well as the first, which could be attributed to the outrage over it being even darker than its predecessor. Keaton was initally attached to ''Film/BatmanForever'' and even did some costume testing, but when Warner Bros. demoted Burton to producer and Keaton looked at the LighterAndSofter screenplay that got the thumbs-up from new director Joel Schumacher, he left the franchise and was [[TheOtherDarrin replaced]] by Val Kilmer. Keaton ultimately proved to be ''the'' live-action Batman above all others until (or, some say, in spite of) Christopher Nolan's [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga 2005-2012 reboot trilogy]] starring Christian Bale.

He's also dabbled in directing, with his first film ''The Merry Gentleman'' appearing at the Sundance Festival in 2008, and he's done a few small other things since then; including being the executive producer for the films TheLastTime - in which he also starred - and BodyShots, as well as performing the songs "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn2SynEdwiY Don't Lose Your Faith]]" (which he also wrote the lyrics to) and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY2_jUDQHVc Frosty The Snowman]]" from the soundtrack for ''[[Film/JackFrost1998 Jack Frost]]''.

With no signs of retiring any time soon, Keaton is keeping his roles diverse by alternating between comedy and drama, and he lent his vocal talents to a [[{{Franchise/Barbie}} Ken doll]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. Keaton's appeal is put it best in this [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/study-87-percent-of-movies-would-be-better-with-mi,19268/ article]] in Website/TheOnion.

Has recently announced that [[http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/michael-keaton-more-less-confirms-beetlejuice-2-192008938.html he would be interested in reprising his iconic role of Betelgeuse]], but [[http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/michael-keaton-insists-hes-more-than-interested/333390 nothing more seems to have come of it]], and the film seems to be stuck in DevelopmentHell.

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!! Notable roles:
* Jack in ''Film/MrMom'' (1983)
* Johnny Kelly[=/=]Johnny Dangerously in ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'' (1984)
* Hunt Stevenson in ''Film/GungHo'' (1986)
* Betelgeuse in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (1988)
* Daryl Poynter in ''Clean and Sober'' (1988)
* Bruce Wayne[=/=]Batman in ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989) and ''Film/BatmanReturns'' (1992)
* Bob Jones in ''My Life'' (1993)
* Dogberry in ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' (1993)
* Henry Hackett in ''Film/ThePaper'' (1994)
* Doug Kinney and his clones in ''{{Multiplicity}}'' (1996)
* Ray Nicolette in ''Film/JackieBrown'' (1997) and ''OutOfSight'' (1998)
* Peter [=McGabe=] in ''Film/DesperateMeasures'' (1998)
* Jack Frost in ''Film/JackFrost1998'' (1998)
* Blaine Sternin in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' in 2002.
* Chick Hicks in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (2006)
* Frank Logan in ''The Merry Gentleman'' (2008)
* Police chief Mauch in ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' (2010)
* Ken in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' (2010)
* Raymond Sellars in ''[[Film/RoboCop2014 RoboCop]]'' (2014)
* Monarch in ''NeedForSpeed'' (2014)
* Riggan Thomson/Birdman in ''{{Film/Birdman}}'' (2014)
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!!Tropes that apply to Michael Keaton:
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Oh ''yes''. Had a bit of a scandal during the filming for "A Merry Gentleman", resulting in him [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/michael-keaton-cant-kill-lawsuit-606522 being sued]] for not hiring an editor during the production of the film, abandoning the editing in Santa Monica to go fly fishing in Montana and he "had a stand-off with producers at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival when it looked as though his cut of the film wouldn't be screened."
** An [[http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8157339/qa-batman-beetlejuice-star-michael-keaton-mister-rogers-fly-fishing-roles-turned-more interview with Keaton]] began thusly: "When I show up at Amelia's Espresso & Panini in Santa Monica at 9:15 a.m. ó 15 minutes before our prearranged time ó Michael Keaton is already waiting, his New York Times mostly read, two-thirds of his first latte gone. Despite its precious-sounding name, the cafť has a mom-and-pop quality to it; after I get my cappuccino, the genial owner sees I'm sitting with Keaton and throws me a well-worn: 'You're hanging with this guy? If I'd known that I'd have charged you double Ö '"
* CoolOldGuy
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of his characters are this, and so is he in real life. Some gems come from his Twitter:
--> "Scientists AMAZINGLY say-BILLIONS of earth-like planets in the Milky Way. 7 of them have Starbucks & they found a pair of Dockers on another".
--> "NYTimes-astronomers discover HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of planets--23 of them get Oprah. 161 "watch" Ice Road Truckers"."
--> "Tweet from my horse- no joke.a first anywhere?" (and then a few moments later) "At a full gallop while enjoying a lovely if spicey fusili bolegnese btw"
* HiddenDepths: He [[http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/michael-keatons-dark-memories-of-batman-and-shining-love-for-beetlejuice/ originally wanted to be a journalist]], and he's known for being one of the most [[GentlemanAndAScholar well-spoken, polite and intelligent men in Hollywood]]. Even people who don't like his movies agree that he's a great guy.
** He said he doesn't like watching his own movies because "When you hear yourself doing that thing or using this trick, you really start to dislike yourself. I always felt like if I made a movie every year or something that people would get bored to death with me. I assumed people are like me, and I get bored with me."
*** He later commented "Itís great to make your own choices but thereís a price to pay. I couldíve made more money or been more famous. I could be the current groovy guy. You donít want to lose your status, but I was never willing to preserve it by doing things I didnít want to do. I put myself in a position where the studios were saying, ĎItís not obvious what we should do with him.í Iím not calling them stupid. Itís not their job to figure out where to put me. Hey, itís a business. They know I make X amount of money when I play a certain guy, so they want me to play that guy, whoever he is. But my take is: Iíve done that, and if I do it again Iíll end up blowing my brains out. I always thought that was smart. I never wanted to play the short game."
** He's written [[http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9689303/actor-michael-keaton-birth-pittsburgh-pirates-fan several]] [[http://www.bahighlife.com/News-And-Blogs/Notes-From-A-Traveller/Notes-from-a-traveller-Michael-Keaton.html articles]] about things from sports to his love of traveling.
* OldShame: His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPZxhk56O_M attempt]] at stand-up comedy, according to him.
* OneOfUs: He's a well known Pittsburgh Pirates fan, is a semi regular poster on [[https://twitter.com/MichaelKeaton Twitter]] and [[http://instagram.com/michaelkeatondouglas Instagram]], loves fishing, cooking, riding his horses, and [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/lat-keaton-dog_ljyylznc20110512123559,0,1430220.photo playing with his dogs]]. He also recently admitted he's a fan of KatyPerry.
** He's a part of the [[http://outdoorchannel.com/show.aspx?show-id=741 cast]] of the series "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhZpH_8CIWM Buccaneers and Bones]]", and also helped out with an [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/monteburke/2013/04/05/actor-michael-keaton-writer-tom-mcguane-and-flyfishing-legend-stu-apte-come-together-to-help-save-bonefish-and-tarpon/ event]] to help save the bonefish, permit and tarpon.
* PlayingAgainstType: He used to be known as a mainly comedic actor, but then a little film called {{Film/Batman}} came along...
* PrematurelyBald: Both he and his son have receding hairlines (Keaton moreso than his son).
** And by extension - BaldOfAwesome. He's not quite there yet, but he's definitely awesome.