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Buster Keaton – MovieActors.com

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Keaton in THE GENERAL.

About Buster Keaton (1895 – 1966)

Buster Keaton was born on October 4th, 1895, in Piqua, Kansas. Keaton passed away on February 1, 1966, in Los Angeles, California, from lung cancer.

Buster Keaton's birth name was Joseph Frank Keaton VI. He went by various nicknames, such as "The Great Stone Face", and "Malic".

Keaton's most common, well-known nickname was "Buster", that became his stage name. Keaton was given this nickname at first by his family, at six months, after he tumbled down a flight of stairs, but was unharmed. Harry Houdini was the one who started to call him his childhood nickname, "Buster," which cemented this name in the public mind.

Keaton was voted the 7th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, making him the highest rated comedy director.

Keaton was voted the 35th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

In one scene in the film, SHERLOCK JR.;(1924), that took place at a train station, Buster Keaton was hanging off of a tube connected to a water basin. The water poured out and washed him onto the track, fracturing his neck. This footage appears in the released film. Keaton was given his nickname at six months he tumbled down a flight of stairs unharmed, he was given the name "Buster" by Harry Houdini.

In 1918 Buster became hearing-impaired when he was in Germany, fighting in WW1.

Buster was the prankster child of The Three Keatons: Buster, his father Joe Keaton and mother Myra Keaton. Their act was one of the most dangerous in vaudeville.

Keaton saw his first movie studio in March 1917 and on April 23 his debut film, Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle's THE BUTCHER BOY (1917), was released. In 1920 Buster's first full-length feature, THE SAPHEAD, was released.

Buster Keaton was named the 21st Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by the American Film Institute. Not only did Keaton do all his own stunts, but, when needed, he acted as a stunt double for other actors. By the middle of 1921 Buster had his own production company – Buster Keaton Productions – and was writing, directing and starring in his own films.

Keaton is pictured on one of ten 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating stars of the silent screen, issued 27 April 1994.

In 1926 THE GENERAL, his favorite movie, was one of the last films over which he had artistic control.

In 1952 James Mason, who then owned Keaton's Hollywood mansion, found a secret store of presumably lost nitrate stock of many of Buster Keaton's early films. Film historian and archivist Raymond Rohauer began a serious collection/preservation of Buster's work soon afterward.

Buster Keaton's notable credits include...

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (1966)
IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (1963)
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1960)
SHE WENT TO THE RACES (1945)
GENERAL NUISANCE (1941)
BLUE BLAZES (1936)
THE SLIPPERY PEARLS (1931)
THE GENERAL (1926)
COPPS (1922)
THE SCARECROW (1920)
CONEY ISLAND (1917)
THE BUTCHER BOY (1917)


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Buster Keaton in SUNSET BOULEVARD.

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Buster Keaton in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM.

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Buster Keaton in THE GENERAL (1917).