1. Michael John Douglas , better known by his stage name Michael Keaton, is an American actor.
2. He is currently a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. Keaton first rose to fame for his comedic film roles in Night Shift .
3. He previously received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Live from Baghdad .
4. On January 18, 2016, he was named Officer of Order of Arts and Letters in France.
5. Keaton, the youngest of seven children, was born in Forest Grove, in Robinson Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
6. His father, George A. Douglas, worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, and his mother, Leona Elizabeth , a homemaker, came from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. He attended Montour High School in Pennsylvania.
7. Keaton studied speech for two years at Kent State, before dropping out and moving to Pittsburgh.
8. Keaton left Pittsburgh and moved to Los Angeles to begin auditioning for various TV parts.
9. He popped up in various popular TV shows including Maude and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour.
10. Around this time Keaton decided to use a stage name to avoid confusion with well-known actor Michael Douglas and daytime host Mike Douglas, as well as to satisfy SAG rules.
11. The rumor that Keaton changed his surname because of an attraction to actress Diane Keaton is incorrect. He chose Keaton because of an affinity for the physical comedy of Buster Keaton.
12. His next break was working alongside James Belushi in the short-lived comedy series Working Stiffs, which showcased his comedic talent and led to a co-starring role in the comedy Night Shift directed by Ron Howard.
13. His role as the fast-talking schemer Bill “Blaze” Blazejowski earned Keaton some critical acclaim, and he scored leads in the subsequent comedy hits Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously and Gung Ho.
14. He now considers Beetlejuice his favorite of his own films. That same year, he also gave an acclaimed dramatic performance as a drug-addicted businessman in Clean and Sober.
15. However, when Burton was dropped as director of the film, Keaton left the franchise as well.
16. He was reportedly dissatisfied with the screenplay approved by the new director, Joel Schumacher, which Keaton considered to be too lighthearted in tone.
17. According to the A&E Biography episode on Keaton, after he had refused the first time .