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Michael Keaton had a very impressive career over the last few decades. He has been in some of the biggest movies in Hollywood and has won several awards for his outstanding acting talents. During his career, Keaton has played the role of a hero, a villain, and everything in between.

As it turns out, however, Keaton hasn’t just saved the day on the big screen, he has also been a hero in real life and has actually saved someone’s life. Here is what we know about Michael Keaton’s heroic off-screen actions.

Michael Keaton is no stranger to heroic actions

Michael Keaton on the red carpet
Michael Keaton | Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Keaton has been featured in a wide range of films. He has also starred in a couple of different movies that are based off comic books. He has been featured in movies produced by both DC Comics and the MCU. 

For his work with DC, Keaton played the role of the infamous superhero, Batman. In 1989, Keaton played the iconic Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Blockbuster hit, Batman. He then reprised his role as the Caped Crusader in the 1992 film, Batman Returns. Both movies were directed by Keaton’s friend and world-renowned director, Tim Burton.

A few years later, Keaton was asked to star in Batman Forever, but he turned it down because Burton was not directing the movie. “If it was Tim Burton directing? In a heartbeat,” Keaton had explained to ScreenRant. “Tim, in the movies, really invented the whole dark-superhero thing. He started everything, and some of the guys who have starred in the movies since, they don’t say that and they’re wrong.”

When it comes to the big screen, there have been about six different actors who have played the role of Batman. And if you count Robert Pattinson, who just recently snagged the role of Batman in an upcoming movie, there are seven. However, out of all of the actors who have played this iconic role, many fans feel that it was Keaton’s portrayal that really made fans fall in love with the character.

Michael Keaton is not always the hero

 Even though Keaton makes an impressive superhero, he recently switched to being a supervillain in the MCU hit, Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the movie, Keaton plays the role of Adrian Tomes/Vulture. In the movie, Keaton convincingly plays the role of a man who is on the brink of bankruptcy after Tony Stark’s Department of Damage Control kick him off of a cleanup job that he and his company were doing.

With no other choice, Tomes makes weapons with some of the Chitauri technology that was left behind after an epic Avengers battle and uses it to make weapons as well as his robotic wings to turn into the Vulture.

Keaton’s performance in this movie was award-winning and epic. He was able to play the role of a doting dad and devoted family man, and in an instant, change to a terrifying villain that is out to destroy Spider-Man.

Michael Keaton is a real-life hero

Keaton may be able to convincingly play a hero and a villain on the big screen. However, in real life, the famous actor is an actual hero.

On an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Keaton had said that he had actually saved his friend’s life by giving him the Heimlich maneuver. “A very good friend of mine, Dennis Dugan actually, we were hanging out at his house and everyone had gone home after this party. We were throwing darts, which we used to do a lot,” Keaton had told Kimmel. “And then all of the sudden, I look at him and he is really red in the face, and then he’s kind of getting a shade of blue that was concerning. Then he very calmly [points to his throat] and I thought ‘Oh sh***.'”

He then said that he vaguely remembered someone explaining the Heimlich maneuver to him and so he got behind his friend and tried to stop him from choking. Keaton’s actions paid off and he was able to successfully dislodge the food from his friend’s throat. He told Kimmel that he and Dugan didn’t talk about what happened until the next day when Dugan had called him and thanked him for saving his life.