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Today's birthday, September 5: Michael Keaton, US actor (1951-)

Michael Keaton is an American actor whose career spans comedy and drama.

Born Michael John Douglas on September 5, 1951 in Pennsylvania, Keaton dabbled in comedy before working as a TV cameraman in Pittsburgh.

He first appeared on-screen in 1975, before working behind the scenes as a production assistant on the program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Keaton moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, where he changed his name to Keaton to avoid confusion with fellow American actor Michael Douglas.

He appeared in several TV programs before landing a role opposite James Belushi in the 1979 comedy series Working Stiffs.

This led to his role in the 1982 comedy Night Shift, directed by Ron Howard.

In 1987 Keaton's role in Tim Burton's horror-comedy Beetlejuice earned him widespread critical acclaim.

This was followed by his performance in the drama Clean and Sober, and that year Keaton won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor for his combined performances in this film and Beetlejuice.

His career was given another boost when he was cast as Batman in Tim Burton's Batman movies, the first in 1989.

He reprised the role in Burton's sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992.

During the 1990s he appeared in over a dozen films, including the high-profile Shakespeare film Much Ado About Nothing, and My Life alongside Australian actress Nicole Kidman.

In 2007 he appeared in TV mini-series The Company, for which he earned a 2008 SAG nomination.

Keaton won a Golden Globe for best actor in the multi-award-winning 2004 film Birdman.

The following year, he starred in Spotlight as editor of the Boston Newspaper that uncovered the abuse of children by priests in the Catholic church.

He is currently set to star in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is scheduled for release in 2017.

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