Michael Keaton named ETC Visiting Scholar

The ETC is proud to announce that Michael Keaton, actor, comedian, producer, and director, has agreed to become a Visiting Scholar for the Entertainment Technology Center. Michael became popular for his early comedic film roles, notably for his performance as the title character of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988), and later gained international fame for his dramatic portrayal of Bruce Wayne / Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). Other notable films of his include Night Shift (1982), Mr. Mom (1983), Clean and Sober (1988), Pacific Heights (1990) and Jackie Brown (1997), as well as providing voices for characters in the Pixar films Cars (2006) and Toy Story 3 (2010).

Michael’s just-released film Birdman (2014), is a tour de force of cinematic storytelling. A thrilling leap forward for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase powered by a layered story and outstanding performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. Many critics are reporting Birdman to be an Oscar contender this year.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Michael remains a die-hard Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. His late wife, the actress Caroline McWilliams (1945 – 2010), (Drama 1966) was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon and their son Sean Douglas is a multi-platinum songwriter/producer from Los Angeles.

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