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Michael Keaton


Occupation: Actor
Date of Birth: September 9, 1951
Place of Birth: Coraopolis, Pa., USA
Sign: Sun in Virgo, Moon in Capricorn
Relations: Ex-wife: Caroline MacWilliams; kid: Sean Willie
Education: Attended Kent State University

 

EVERYONE from Mike Nichols to John Belushi got their start with Chicago's famed Second City improvisational group. Michael Keaton landed there in 1975, and went on to L.A. to write comedy and to act in various television series. After a few mediocre film comedies, he broke through with Mr. Mom, in 1983. Five years later, he shone in two totally disparate genres: as a goofy ghoul in the surprisingly successful Beetlejuice, and as a strung-out yuppie addict in Clean and Sober; he was named best actor of the year by national film critics. Then there was his surprisingly effective star turn as an alienated caped crusader, a part that many thought would never mesh with his average looks. But from the heights of his Batman stardom, in 1989, Keaton's career has flagged. Second City didn't prepare him for Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and audiences prayed that his dying yuppie in My Life would just hurry up and get it over with. He refused to suit up for the third Batman installment, and returned instead to his comedy roots for 1996's Multiplicity, in which he played a pressed-for-time construction foreman who clones himself. Apart from cropping up in the recurring supporting role of fed Ray Nicolet in the Elmore Leonard adaptations Jackie Brown and Out of Sight, Keaton's recent starring roles  as a crafty mass murderer in Desperate Measures and as a rock musician who dies and is reincarnated as a snowman in Jack Frost  have left much to be desired.

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