Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice
Night Shift dir. Ron Howard (1982)
Keaton starred in Ron Howard’s Night Shift alongside Henry Winkler. The film featured a soundtrack featuring Talk Talk, Rod Stewart, Quarterflash, and Heaven 17, an ultimate ‘80s flashback. Keaton was praised for his performance as the aggressive Bill “Blaze” Blazejowski, the coworker of Chuck (Winkler) at a morgue.
Beetlejuice dir. Tim Burton (1988)
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! What made the mark for Michael Keaton was Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice as he gave an exuberantly energetic and infectious performance. Classic.
Batman/Batman Returns dir. Tim Burton (1989/1992)
Returning in another Tim Burton film, Michael Keaton was casted as the lead for Batman. He returned in the darker Batman Returns with the delicious Michelle Pfeiffer as Cat Woman and Danny Devito as Penguin.
Pacific Heights dir. John Schlesinger (1990)
Starring alongside Melanie Griffith, Keaton starred as Carter Hayes, a mysterious man who moves into the building where he meets a married couple (Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine) that becomes increasingly suspicious of him. Pacific Heights grossed 44 million dollars and made its mark on the list for Bravo’s Top 100 Scariest Movie Moments. Though the film received mixed reviews (Ebert called it “a horror movie for yuppies”) it was one of the top films of that year.
My Life dir. Bruce Joel Rubin (1993)
An early Nicole Kidman stars alongside Keaton in a moving portrait of a married man and soon-to-be father diagnosed with kidney cancer as he videotapes his life and words of wisdom for the child his wife is soon to have. Director Bruce Joel Rubin dedicated the film to his own mother Sondra Rubin. Look out for co-star Queen Latifah.
Much Ado About Nothing dir. Kenneth Branagh (1993)
Much Ado About Nothing was a hit at the box office the year of 1993. Too many stars to count star including Kate Beckinsale, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Kenneth Branagh, and Robert Sean Leonard. Keaton star in the comedy romp famously based on Shakespeare’s play.
The Paper dir. Ron Howard (1994)
The Paper is yet another film Ron Howard directed featuring Michael Keaton. Keaton stars as the editor of a fictional New York City tabloid in this film chronicling a 24 hour tour-de-force of a newspaper editor’s working life and personal life.
Jackie Brown dir. Quentin Tarantino (1997)
One of Keaton’s finest moments was in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. His role as an ATF agent named Ray Nicolette was an essential part of this crime story that entertained audiences worldwide.
Live From Baghdad dir. Mick Jackson (2002)
Keaton received a Golden Globe nomination for HBO’s Live from Baghdad as CNN producer Robert Wiener covering the Persian Gulf War in 1991. The film’s approach to journalism and particularly news coverage from CNN is riveting stuff and Keaton’s performance is certainly one of his best.
The Company dir. Robert Littell (2007)
The TV-mini-series The Company, which aired on TNT, earned Keaton a Screen Actors Guild nomination. Based on the director Robert Littell’s own novel, The Company “follows the Cold War intelligence battle between the CIA and the KGB from the end of WWII to the fall of the Soviet Union”. Alfred Molina and Chris O’Donnell costar.