Twenty-five years after he first donned the cape as Batman, Michael Keaton is back and exploring his superhero past. Before he became Michael Keaton, however, he studied speech for two years at Kent State. He left school early to try his hand at stand-up comedy, but that didn't take immediately and he had to take a steady job. One of the first people he met doing stand-up was Larry David. In 1975, he worked on "Mister Rogers" as a crew member making .25 an hour. It was on Fred Rogers's show that he made an early onscreen appearance as one of the "Flying Zucchini Brothers." 14. Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor," which honored the late Rogers. After moving to Los Angeles, Keaton landed a starring role alongside James Belushi in "Working Stiffs" (1979). received thousands of letters in protest of the actor's casting as the superhero.Keaton got his start on "Mister Rogers," though, most of his work was surprisingly behind the scenes. There are varying reports as to whether he took the surname Keaton because of Diane Keaton, but he's denied that rumor. He was even close to taking the name Michael Jackson due to his brothers calling him Jackson as a nickname for John. Unfortunately, the show was short-lived, lasting only eight episodes. The show, however, influenced his casting in Ron Howard's "Night Shift" (1982) opposite Henry Winkler. Later in the decade, after starring in Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" (1988), Burton cast Keaton as Bruce Wayne in "Batman" (1989). But Keaton earned acclaim from critics and audiences, and "Batman" proved successful at the box office, prompting a sequel. After "Batman Returns" (1992), Burton was dropped as the director of a third live-action Batman film and, subsequently, Keaton left the project, too. Besides playing Bruce Wayne in two films, Keaton also twice portrayed the Elmore Leonard character Agent Ray Nicolette. Abrams, planned to kill off the actor in the pilot episode for a big WTF moment, but the network eventually didn't think it was beneficial to the show's long-term success. He tells me what he wants me to do, and I say, "Okay, here's what's going to be required: My mom has to meet the Pope and get blessed by the Pope. But on the other hand, I'm curious about people. "I've been doing the same thing all along," he insists. It's that as you get older, you gain experience and you learn to wait for the right project. You learn to foul off pitches—'not right for me…not right for me…'—and you stay in the box, patient, until they throw you the pitch you want. But it's strange: I had nothing but the best experiences with the priests in my parish. "Go stand in the corner." Stupid, mean, shameful punishment.
He called someone in my office and said he'd like me to come to South Carolina to be part of the entertainment contingent. With all due respect…I'm not a practicing Catholic. I mean one on one." And he says, "I think we can arrange that."So…we get there. There was some priest from Pittsburgh who had a position in the Vatican, and he was gathering people from different spheres who were Catholic. And not like she's getting blessed in a stadium. This fall, he revisits his superhero past in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the acclaim is already rolling in. His father worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, while his mother was a homemaker. He's a diehard Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also enjoys fly fishing and fishes on his 1,000 acre ranch in Montana. He also has a ranch in Santa Barbara, California and a home in Pacific Palisades. He can next be seen playing the title role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," playing a former superhero actor who puts on a play in an attempt at respectability. The filmmaker recently said he wanted Keaton because he could navigate drama and comedy and add "a meta-dialogue to the film." 29. From his connection to "LOST" to his history with Larry David, here are 29 things you probably don't know about Michael Keaton. Michael Keaton was born September 5, 1951 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania to Leona Loftus and George A. I had an old-school nun who beat my hand with a ruler.