Michael Keaton

by ethnic on June 8, 2009

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Birth Name: Michael John Douglas

Place of Birth: Forest Grove, Robinson Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 5, 1951

*German, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish (father)
*Irish (mother)

Michael Keaton is an American actor, comedian, director, and producer. He is known for playing Batman in the Tim Burton films Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), among many other roles.

His father, George Alexander Douglas, had German, English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry. His mother, Leona Elizabeth (Loftus), was of Irish descent. He is the father of songwriter and producer Sean Douglas, with his former wife, the late actress Caroline McWilliams.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was George W. Douglass (the son of Gowyn John William Douglass and Sarah Anna Magnus). George was born in Pennsylvania. Gowyn was born in England, the son of John Reid Douglass. Sarah was the daughter of Philip Jacob Magnus and Catherine Ege, who were ethnic Germans from France.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Ella Sarah Matchett (the daughter of Alexander Matchett and Sarah C. “Sadie” Schoff). Ella was born in Pennsylvania. Alexander was the son of Charles or Richard Matchett and Margaret Richardson, who was born in Northern Ireland.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was John Henry Loftus (the son of Michael Loftus and Mary A. McEvey/McEvoy). John was born in Ohio. Michael’s great-grandfather Michael Loftus was born in Ireland, the son of James/Jamis Loftus and Mary Ellen Barrett. Michael’s great-grandmother Mary A. was born in Canada, to Irish-born parents John McEvey and Honora Mannion/Manning.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth May (the daughter of Brian/Bryan May and Bridget McGinty). Mary Elizabeth was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, to Irish parents, from Sligo. Bridget was the daughter of Nathen McGinty and Ellen.

Sources: Genealogy of Michael Keaton – http://www.geni.com

Michael’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Michael’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Michael’s paternal grandmother, Ella Sarah Matchett, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael Keaton (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Michael’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jam! Movies interview with Michael Keaton – http://jam.canoe.ca

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neiltennant June 24, 2018 at 2:06 pm

didn’t he say years ago that he has Romani descent ?

He was great in BATMAN that movie that came out 1989 with PRINCE and NICOLSON

andrew June 11, 2016 at 6:10 am
Devotion December 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

That doesn’t look like him?

crunty February 26, 2016 at 4:34 am

It does, it’s just that he’s either wearing fake tan or has a liver complaint.

Alice December 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Great. Thanks Follers.

lopac February 20, 2012 at 12:02 am

the one and only batman. f***k the rest.

Alice December 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I find it interesting that Michael’s was raised in a large Catholic family. Isn’t that unusal for Scots-Irish who are Presbyterians? Highly unusual.

Alice December 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Thanks for that. In the article it said that she met the Pope. As I said it is highly unusal for Scots-Irish to be Catholic.

Alice December 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

If his mother’s parents were born in Ireland and are Catholic they are definitely not Scots-Irish.

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