Trivia He turned down both the roles of Peter Venkman and Egon Spangler in the "Ghostbusters" pictures as well as the lead role of Dr. Seth Brundle in "The Fly."
He turned down the opportunity to appear in the "Batman Forever" and "Batman and Robin," disliking the campier tone the pictures were taking.
He often worked with Tim Burton, "Beetlejuice" and the first two "Batman" pictures.
When it was announced that he would be appearing in the bone-fide title role of Tim Burton's "Batman" pictures, thousands of angry fans wrote letters attempting to dissuade them. The studio revealed an early trailer to show that Keaton would be playing it straight and ideal for the role.
Originally said "no" to "Beetlejuice" as did most of the original cast. It eventually came to be perhaps his most popular role. Although he was only in the film for literally 14 minutes, it remains his favorite film.
He won the Best Actor Award from the U.S. National Society of Film Critics Awards for his performances in "Beetlejuice" and "Clean and Sober."
He loves snowboarding, golf, and mountain biking, and fly-fishing and riding horses.
He turned down the opportunity to appear in "Batman Forever" despite a fat fee and top billing to appear in "Speechless" with his ex-"Beetlejuice" co-star Geena Davis.
Started his career as a stagehand in "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" (1968) (he operated "Picture, Picture"), and in 2004 he produced a documentary on Rogers, Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor (2004) (TV).
He played Agent Ray Nicolette in the film adaptations from the Elmore Leonard books in "Jackie Brown" (1997) and again in "Out of Sight" (1998).
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