Michael Keaton

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Keaton in 2014, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Michael John Douglas

Place of Birth: Kennedy Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 5, 1951

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

Michael Keaton is an American actor and comedian. He is known for playing Bruce Wayne / Batman in the films Batman (1989), Batman Returns, and The Flash (2023). He has also starred in the films Night Shift, Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously, Gung Ho, Touch and Go, The Squeeze, Beetlejuice, Clean and Sober, The Dream Team, Pacific Heights, One Good Cop, Much Ado About Nothing (1993), My Life, The Paper (1994), Speechless, Multiplicity, Jackie Brown, Desperate Measures, Jack Frost (1998), Quicksand, First Daughter, White Noise (2005), Herbie: Fully Loaded, Game 6, The Last Time, The Merry Gentleman, which he also directed; Post Grad, The Other Guys, Penthouse North, RoboCop (2014), Need for Speed, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Spotlight, The Founder, Spider-Man: Homecoming, American Assassin, Dumbo (2019), The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Protégé, and Worth (2021); had voice roles in the animated films Porco Rosso, Cars, Toy Story 3, and Minions; and appeared on television’s The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, Live from Baghdad, The Company (2007), and Dopesick.

He is the son of Leona Elizabeth (Loftus) and George Alexander Douglas, who was a civil engineer and surveyor. Michael was raised between McKees Rocks, Coraopolis, and Robinson Township, all in Pennsylvania. His father had German, English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry. His mother was of Irish descent. He is the father of songwriter and producer Sean Douglas, with his former wife, 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.

Keaton in 2004, photo credit: LostinTexas

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


Curious about ethnicity

11 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Northern Irish ancestry ia really just scottish ancestry with a bit of english and real irish ancestry. Some northern Irish people can have welsh in them as well, but it’s not often. (And by real irish i mean catholic and with ancient roots in far west countys in Ireland, like Cork). So i would just put “English, Scottish, some Irish, possibly Welsh” istead of “Scots-irish/Northern Irish”, because it’s not really a thing in regards to ethnicity. NI is not like Scotland and Wales, most people there are ethnically either from Britain (mostly scottish) are normal irish.

  2. Devotion says:

    That doesn’t look like him?

  3. Alice says:

    Great. Thanks Follers.

  4. lopac says:

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

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