Michael Keaton

(Michael John Douglas)

Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
  • Born: September 5, 1951
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director









Michael John Douglas, known professionally as Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer, and director. He first rose to fame for his roles on the CBS sitcoms All's Fair and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour and his comedic film roles in Night Shift (1982), Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny Dangerously (1984), and Beetlejuice (1988). He earned further acclaim for his dramatic portrayal of the title character in Tim Burton's Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). He is also known for playing The Vulture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

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Actors don't get to be well-known if they're horrible.
Actors will say 'yes' to anything.
Anesthesia is quite remarkable. It's lost time. And you wake up kind of refreshed. Time
Anyone can be a celebrity now; this is not a big deal anymore.
'Beetlejuice' was a romp, man. 'Beetlejuice' was fun. I've never had so much fun in my life. Life
Chris Guest movies are funny. Humor ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Chris Nolan is great, but I've never seen any of the 'Batman' movies all the way through. I know they're good. I just have zero interest in those kinds of movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
David Letterman used to say, 'I wasn't the class clown, but I wrote for him,' and that's exactly it. You want to be known to be funny without having it pointed out. Humor
Filmmaking is the ultimate team sport. Sports & Athletics
From an art perspective, I don't know how you get better than 'Beetlejuice.' In terms of originality and a look, it's 100% unique. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Generally, I move in the direction of art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Guys never really get over their toys.
Guys who go on and on about loving women usually don't. Women
Have I ever been to a party with a ton of famous people in it? Yes, several times, so I guess that's a Hollywood lifestyle. Fame
High energy creates more energy, more energy, more energy. It kicks off synapses, I guess. It opens up your brain and you think of one thing after another thing, after another. You can really open yourself up comedically, which is fun.
Historically, I'm not a great patient when it comes to slowing down.
I always knew the way in was Bruce Wayne. It wasn't Batman. It was never Batman. That was the key.
I always think that I'm not going to be right for a movie or that there's someone else who can do it better.
I always thought what made 'Beetlejuice' look so great was because it looked like some genius kid made it in his basement.
I can't sleep the first night in a hotel room.
I choose not to be at the whim of others. I want to be at my own whim.
I come from a background where you don't really talk about yourself much.
I didn't go to church all the time, just 'cause I was an antsy kid. Time
I don't know - sometimes I catch myself being dark, and it's annoying. I think, 'Get over it.' I bore myself. But sometimes, like everybody, I'm sure I am obsessive.
I don't know how to not be outside since I was a little kid.
I don't think there's anybody better than Leonardo DiCaprio, and I've been saying that since before anyone knew who he was.
I get kinda self-conscious. I don't want to know about my eyebrows. I'm born with them.
I guess I'm probably a Method actor; I don't know... I just think of it as staying in the zone.
I had a real strong fantasy life as a kid. But then you grow up and think about real jobs. Life
I have a lot of energy, and I move around a lot in my club act.
I have some tremendous, tremendously loving, generous friends all over the world.
I hope this doesn't sound pretentious, but I very often like the way Europeans make movies. I think sometimes that don't they care about having to clean certain things. Hope ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I like people-people rather than movie people.
I liked going to Catholic school.
I liked 'Robocop' because of the director, and it was an intelligent, big-action studio movie.
I never knew anyone who was cloned, but I played one in 'Multiplicity.'
I never wanted to play the short game.
I played a lot of sports when I was a kid so I get in that ballgame mindset of being really, really respectful, but at same time saying to yourself, 'Don't back down a single inch, hang with these guys if you can.' If they throw it high and tight you have to stand in there, you can't take yourself out of that moment. Time ;Sports & Athletics
I reached a point where I didn't think I was that great. I'm not being humble. I was looking at things and thinking: 'You're not really good in that'. I think I was becoming boring as well as bored. It was nobody's fault except mine - probably - and it might not even be my fault.
I read that John Hughes script for 'Mr. Mom,' and I thought, 'This guy is a funny writer.' I went: 'You ought to stick around and direct this thing.' But he didn't; he left, and look what he became. A really legendary comedy director. Humor
I really believed that Batman had the potential to be one of the coolest guys in cinema.
I really like to hear actors talk about acting, but I don't really like hearing myself talk.
I remember my mom threatening me, half-serious: 'You know what? I should take you to Pittsburgh and put you in dance lessons just to keep you occupied.' Well, that brought everything to a screeching halt. 'Jeeze, dance lessons.' In retrospect, it would have been awesome, but then, 'Ugh, dancing - dancing's for sissies.'
I saw some Pixar movies like 'The Incredibles' and thought, 'This is extraordinary. These are some of the best movies I've seen.' Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I saw 'Wild,' and I thought, 'Wow, this is a lot of things, but one of the things is it's a therapist's dream and a climate-change denier's nightmare.'
I think one reason I really like women and like working with women is because of my sisters. Women
I took my play very seriously, and I got way, way lost in my play world.
I try to not be or associate with elitists.
I used to work on a survey crew, because my dad was an engineer, but he was also a surveyor. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I was a really involved dad - not because I'm such a wonderful person. I like being a dad. Families, Children & Parenting
I was an altar boy, which I loved and am very proud of. It was strict, but also really nice.
I was never a huge 007 fan, but I sure liked Sean Connery. I'm sure Pierce Brosnan is good and has his moments, but I've not seen him; I've only seen bits and pieces on TV, so I can't really judge. Pierce looks very natural in the role.
I was raising a child full time, sharing the responsibility with his mom. He lived with me half the time, so I chose not to go away and make certain movies. Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I was so gullible as a kid.
I worked at a PBS station called WQED in Pittsburgh.
I'd get scripts and think: 'What's the point of this?'
If I didn't do 'Batman,' 'Birdman' wouldn't have happened.
If I'm going to meditate, there is a little church up in Montecito, California. It's an old Spanish mission, actually. I find it comforting in there.
If you get a good comedy once a year, man, that's pretty good. I may be pickier than some, but still, there aren't that many movies that are really, truly, honestly that funny. Humor ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
If you look at what I do, there's no consistency. The consistency is that there is no consistency. I do projects that are good and not so good.
If you're a dope like me, you get every sports channel you can get. I'm watching, you know, Netherlands soccer. Sports & Athletics
I'll always stand by the first 'Batman'. Even for its imperfections, people will never know how hard that movie was to do. A lot of that still holds up.
I'm a very private person.
I'm claustrophobic.
I'm envious of writers and musicians. I think it must be so difficult. Not just the frustration, but the discipline.
I'm getting more and more bored with professional sports, but I still watch. Sports & Athletics
I'm in a business that invites narcissism, self-involvement, and egos being blown out of proportion. Business, Commerce & Finance
I'm just shocked at how blatantly shallow people are sometimes.
I'm the seventh child of George and Leona Douglas, and I don't ever remember a time when my father didn't work two jobs. When my mother was going to the grocery, or going to Mass, or trying to take care of seven kids in a run-down farmhouse. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm usually pretty good in front of a live audience. I usually like that.
In high school, I was too shy to perform. It's one thing to get laughs from your family, to be funny at parties and in class. It's another thing to get up on the stage. Humor ;Families, Children & Parenting
In our family, my brothers and I shared toys. In other words, just because it was mine didn't mean my brothers and I didn't play with it. Families, Children & Parenting
In the household in which I was raised, the themes were pretty simple. 'Work hard. Don't quit. Be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful. Also, never whine, never complain. And always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.' Humor ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's great to make your own choices, but there's a price to pay. I could've made more money or been more famous. I could be the current groovy guy. Fame ;Money, Coins & Minting
I've changed my diet a few times. Now I'm trying to eat more protein. I eat little meals throughout the day. I love food, so I still give myself great meals. Also, when I'm busy, it's easy to lose weight. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I've got a statue of St. Francis in my front yard, and I'm not even a practicing Catholic.
I've got six wonderful brothers and sisters.
I've proven I'm courageous. I'm gutsier than anybody; I've got a better imagination than anybody; I'm essentially more creative than any other actor I know, and I've proven I take risks. I don't think I need to prove anything to myself any more.
Leaving a lot of movie sets, I've gone home and said, 'How come my hands are clean?' I should finish something and go home with dirt in my fingernails, because then you really feel that you've done something.
My brothers were tremendous shack builders. My shacks were horrible. My brothers once built a two-story shack from the ground up that was awesome!
My first day in grade school, I was plain scared. I left the comfort of my run-down house, which I loved, and went to school where it was cold, it smelled, the lighting was bad.
My first manager, he had left Germany when he was five, but he would joke about the Nazis. And I'd laugh, but I'd look at him, and he was the first one who told me, 'You know, funny is a powerful thing; it's a wonderful weapon.' Humor
My limited theater experience was when I was a kid starting out: two or three plays. I was good in one and mediocre in the other. My problem is that I have other interests.
My work is distinct and definitive and specific, and hopefully it is so that every single character is different, and they are - but there's probably an underlying element that's me. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
No, I don't see many movies. I don't even see my own movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
One thing my mother had a nose for was inauthenticity.
Over the years, I think, people - actors, writers, whatever - lose their frame of reference. Their frame of reference is based on somebody else who did this or did that. Performances. So it just becomes a reflection of what already works. Like a warm-up. And that's an invitation to be inauthentic.
People always make these generalized statements about Hollywood, and there's all kinds of people in Hollywood.
People, when they talk or write about comedy, they don't really get it.
Show business is, essentially, a fear-based industry. Business, Commerce & Finance
Sometimes I do movies that aren't any good, or sometimes I might not be any good in them, or sometimes they don't do very well. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Sometimes I don't feel like an actor. Sometimes I speak about it like it was another job, and then I go, 'Wait a minute - I am one!'
The first feature film I did, when I did 'Night Shift,' I improvised quite a bit because I would improvise at the audition, so sometimes I would return to the original lines, and then when I was on set, I would improvise even more.
The vast majority of Pittsburghers don't come from any kind of serious dough.
There are certainly producers I hang with and directors I hang with and actors I hang with.
There are times when I consciously give the character something physical - a walk, the way he sits, how he talks, or his lack of physicality, which is like a physicality.
There are very few jobs where you're held up to public scrutiny.
There comes a point in your life when you realize how quickly time goes by, and how quickly it has gone. Then it really speeds up exponentially. With that, I think you start to put a lot of things into context; you start to see how huge the world is, and really, the universe. Life ;Time
There is the theory... that you live in two places: You either live in fear, or you live in love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There just is not one person in my family who is not funny. Humor ;Families, Children & Parenting
There're only a few photographers I've ever felt really comfortable with.
There's this thin line between knowing something is going to be really hard and saying, 'Yeah, you know, but I still gotta see if I can pull it off.'
To make extra money, my parents would sell eggs and chickens. I was very little. I remember a chicken's head being chopped off with the chicken running around. I wasn't sure if my imagination was running away with me or if it really happened. It really happened. Money, Coins & Minting
To say directing was a long-stewing ambition doesn't cover it. If you cut me open, you'd see it.
To this day, I have the most fond memories of some of my old toys.
Unless you're flat out dead, you have to think of some other questions like: what's on the other side? It brings up issues of God, or no God. How does he play into this? Or he, or she, or it? How does it all play into this? Religion & God
Unpredictability means what it means. I don't know how you define it. It is what it is.
Weirdly, for someone who wanted to be funny, I didn't like a lot of attention. Humor
Westerns were always my favorite things when I was little. And it always bothered me when cowboys were too clean in movies, or when they wore their guns like they had an outfit on. It always worked better when a guy looked sweaty and smelly; I hadda believe, I hadda believe that. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When I was in improv workshops or doing stand-up or writing comedy with others, or just doing comedy, I just laughed. Funny was funny; I loved to laugh. I always liked people I found generally funny. Humor
Will Ferrell makes me laugh a lot when he gets out there and gets crazy.
You don't get bored with stuff like 'Birdman.'