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Michael Keaton
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Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

All Hollywood-if not the rest of the civilized world-was positively agog when it was announced that this mischievous, physically unprepossessing comic actor would be playing comic-book crimebuster Batman in a big-budget motion picture. That reaction was topped by the one experienced after the film's premiere, which demonstrated that he'd pulled it off with aplomb. Keaton, a former speech major at Kent State University and nightclub comedian, landed a costarring role (with Jim Belushi) in a 1979 sitcom, "Working Stiffs," that died after just three weeks. He first startled moviedom with his side-splitting debut in Night Shift (1982), which he stole effortlessly from its ostensible lead, Henry Winkler. ("Is this a great country or what?" Mr. Mom (1983) gave him his first solo starring hit. His film career thereafter was spotty: Although he won star status, he didn't always choose his projects wisely.Johnny Dangerously (1984), Gung Ho, Touch and Go (both 1986), and The Squeeze (1987) demonstrated that he had talent to spare, but his engaging personality alone couldn't compensate for uneven scripts or lackluster direction.Beetlejuice (1988), Tim Burton's hugely successful comedy, cast Keaton as a gravel-voiced ghost and put him in outlandish makeup. Apparently liberated by his bizarre appearance, he gave his loosest, funniest performance to date and in so doing bolstered his sagging reputation. He played a substance abuser in Clean and Sober (also 1988), proving that he could carry a serious drama. Then Burton hired him to play the title role in Batman (1989). Aided by a molded costume that added size and muscle to his slight frame, Keaton managed to convince audiences that hewas the Caped Crusader. Moreover, Burton had him play Bruce Wayne as a brooding neurotic, which added an interesting dimension to a flat character. The movie became one of the all-time biggest box-office grossers and spawned a muchanticipated if not-quite-as-successful sequel, Batman Returns in 1992.

After playing a mental patient in The Dream Team (1989), a fitfully funny comedy, Keaton went villainous in Pacific Heights (1990), portraying a ruthless, scheming tenant. He was a New York policeman in One Good Cop (1991), an uneasy mixture of urban toughness and cloying sentimentality that fizzled at the box office. In 1993 he played the scuzzy Dogberry, with an accent of indeterminate origin, in Kenneth Branagh's production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing then returned to safer ground as an expectant father in the tearjerker My Life Keaton followed with The Paper and Speechless (both 1994).

Michael Keaton stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
Night Shift 1982 With Peter L. DVD ***
Mr. Mom 1983 *** 1/2
Johnny Dangerously 1984 ***
Gung Ho 1986 with Jessica **
Beetlejuice 1988 With Jessica *** 1/2
The Dream Team 1989 With Jessica ** 1/2
Batman 1989 With Jessica at Midnight Preview at Showcase North Haven * 1/2
Porco Rosso 1992 Suzy and Hanna Digital ***
Batman Returns 1992 Don't Remeber ***
Much Ado About Nothing 1993 with Judy Lenzi-Magoveny and others at York Square Digital ****
The Paper 1994 Don't Remember DVD *** 1/2
Speechless 1994 I Don't Rememver ** 1/2
Jackie Brown 1997 w/ Suzy on DVD DVD ** 1/2
Out of Sight 1998 Suzy Digital *** 1/2
First Daughter 2004 Kendra on DVD * 1/2
Herbie: Fully Loaded 2005 family on DVD ***
Cars 2006 Suzy & Hanna at Destina Middletown Digital *** 1/2
Toy Story 3 2010 Hanna at Destina Middletown Digital ****
The Other Guys 2010 Suzy and Hanna in Maine **
Birdman 2014 Suzy Digital ** 1/2
Minions 2015 Suzy and Hanna Digital * 1/2
Spotlight 2015 Suzy Digital *** 1/2