Michael Keaton is an American actor. He was born Michael John Douglas on 5 September 1951 in Pennsylvania, USA. He is of English, Irish, Scottish and German descent. He has six siblings. He studied speech at Kent State for two years. Later he dropped out and moved to Pittsburgh. Initially, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy and later worked at a TV camera, man. It was then that he decided to be an actor. He appeared on TV for the first time on Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood (1968). He decided to keep his stage name Michael Keaton because there was already an actor called Michael Douglas. His comedic talent was displayed in Working Stiffs (1979), a comedy series where he was a co-star of James Belushi.

He also bagged a role in Night Shift (1982) by director Ron Howard. Later, he played the lead role in hits like Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny Dangerously (1984), Gung Ho (1986) and Beetlejuice (1988). In 1989, he played the role of titular role in Tim Burton’s Batman. Warner Bros. was at the receiving end of protests and complaints from fans who claimed that he was the wrong choice for portraying the superhero. Keaton’s fantastic performance proved the fears wrong and garnered praise from both, audiences and critics. He is the fourth actor to play Batman. He later starred in Pacific Heights (1990) and One Good Cop (1991) before returning to play Batman in the movie Batman Returns (1992). The sequel was a success.

In the 1990s, his career graph remained steady as he starred in movies like Much Ado About Nothing (1993), The Paper (1994), Multiplicity (1996), Jackie Brown (1997) and Desperate Measures (1998). In the 2000s, he appeared in Live From Baghdad (2002), First Daughter (2004) and Herbie Fully Loaded (2005). He provided the voice in animated movies like Cars (2006) and Toy Story 3 (2010). In 2014, he starred in RoboCop, Need for Speed and the Oscar-winning Birdman. He received an Oscar Nomination for his role in Birdman. He enjoys spending time on his ranch in Montana.  

Michael Fassbender English Actor

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender is a London based actor of German and Irish descent. He has prominently appeared in blockbuster Hollywood movies. English is his first language; German is his second. He is known for his fantastic intense performances and deep voice. He was born on 2 April 1977 in Heidelberg, Germany. He discovered his passion for acting when participated in a school play at the age of 17. He shifted to London to pursue his dream at the Drama Centre London, at the age of 19. Tom Hardy was one of his classmates over there. Later, Fassbender dropped out. He was a part of some TV shows and plays, namely Band of Brothers (2001), Book at Bedtime (2003), Allegiance (2006). His foray into mainstream cinema happened with Zack Snyder’s 300 (2006) where he played the character Stelios. The film turned out to be a major success. He went on a diet for his role in Hunger (2008) and lost 33 pounds. Later, he acted in Inglourious Basterds and Fish Tank, both of which were highly appreciated. He played Magneto in the superhero movie X-Men: First Class (2011). The film was a huge success and made Fassbender a big star. He shares Ian McKellen’s character. Therefore he studied McKellen’s work in preparation for the role. The two actors met for the first time at the 2013 Comic Con. He is known to be close friends with actor James McAvoy, his co-star from X-Men. He starred in A Dangerous Method (2011), Haywire (2012), Prometheus (2012), 12 Years A Slave (2013) and had been wide praised for his performances. He returned to portrayed Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). He starred in Macbeth (2015) and Steve Jobs (2015), where he played the titular characters in both the movies. He handles both British and American films. Even after his phenomenal success, he still resides modestly in the same London flat, where he lived during his struggling days.  

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Michael Shannon

Michael Corbett Shannon is an actor and a musician from America. He is known for his tall figure, deep voice and has played eccentric characters. He was born on 7 August 1974 in Kentucky. He graduated from Illinois. Entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon was his grandfather. Shannon started out as a stage actor in Chicago and eventually landed his first acting job in Winterset. He appeared in the video of the song House of Pain. Over a course of time, he worked with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Next Lab, Northlight Theatre and contributed to the founding of A Red Orchid Theatre in 1993. He also worked for a year in London’s West End, appearing in Bug, Killer Joe, and Woyzeck. He debuted in films with a role in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. He worked in the movie Chicago Cab (1997). Following this, he appeared in movies like Pearl Harbor (2001) and Vanilla Sky (2001). He was the antagonist in Kangaroo Jack (2003). He also starred in Bad Boys II (2003) and Grand Theft Parsons (2003). In 2008, he starred in movie Revolutionary Road, for which he got an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2010, he worked in Mistakes Were Made, which was a one-man play. The play was held in New York City. In 2012, he was the antagonist in two movies. Premium Rush, in which he portrayed a corrupt police official and Man of Steel, in which he was General Zod. His performance in The Iceman was praised by critics. He also made an appearance in ‘Grace’ on Broadway. Later, he appeared in projects like 99 Homes and Freeheld. In his upcoming movie Elvis & Nixon, he will be playing Elvis Presley while actor Kevin Spacey will portray Richard Nixon. Shannon collaborated with Rob Beitzel and Ray Rizzo to create the band Corporal in 2002. Shannon handles the lyrics and the singing.  

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Michael Shannon English Actor