Born Michael Douglas, Michael Keaton changed his name at the beginning of his career to avoid being confused with fellow actor- Michael Douglas of “Wall Street.”
He got his come-up working on the set of Mister Rodgers in the late 70s as a crew member, and not long after, he began his prominent and highly- decorated acting career with his performance in 1982’s Night Shift.
Several years later, in 1988, Keaton was cast in the Tim Burton classes Beetlejuice. Just a year later, Burton cast him as the the first actor to play Batman on the big screen following a 20-year lull.
Batman fanatics criticized the choice- that is, until they saw the movie. Keaton’s phenomenal performance shut them up, and it was unanimously decided that he was worthy of the role.
Keaton did such a fantastic job, in fact, that he would collaborate with Burton once again for 1992’s Batman Returns.
Though Keaton had mixed success in the late 90s and early 2000s, he just recently achieved one of the biggest accomplishments in his professional career with an Oscar nomination for his work as lead actor in Birdman (which won Best Picture that year.)
This success helped Keaton experience another burst of success just as he approaches 65.
Last year, he acted in yet another Best Picture winner-Spotlight.