Buster Keaton

Actor and Filmmaker
Born Oct 4, 1895

Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton was an American comic actor, filmmaker, producer and writer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname "The Great Stone Face". Buster Keaton (his lifelong stage name) was recognized as the seventh-greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.… Read More

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1895 Birth Born on October 4, 1895.
1899 3 Years Old At the age of three, Keaton began performing with his parents in The Three Keatons. He first appeared on stage in 1899 in Wilmington, Delaware. … Read More


1914 18 Years Old In 1914, Keaton told the Detroit News: "The secret is in landing limp and breaking the fall with a foot or a hand. … Read More


1917 21 Years Old In February 1917, Keaton met Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle at the Talmadge Studios in New York City, where Arbuckle was under contract to Joseph M. Schenck. … Read More
1920 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He appeared in a total of 14 Arbuckle shorts, running into 1920. … Read More
1921 25 Years Old In 1921, Keaton married Natalie Talmadge, sister-in-law of his boss, Joseph Schenck, and sister of actresses Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge. … Read More


1928 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Keaton signed with MGM in 1928, a business decision that he would later call the worst of his life. … Read More
1932 36 Years Old After attempts at reconciliation, Talmadge divorced Keaton in 1932, taking his entire fortune and refusing to allow any contact between Keaton and his sons, whose last name she had changed to Talmadge. … Read More
1933 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Keaton was so demoralized during the production of 1933's What! … Read More
1934 38 Years Old In 1934, Keaton accepted an offer to make an independent film in Paris, Le Roi des Champs-Élysées. … Read More
1935 39 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Keaton's personal favorite was the series' debut entry, Pest from the West, a shorter, tighter remake of Keaton's little-viewed 1935 feature The Invader; it was directed not by White but by Del Lord, a veteran director for Mack Sennett. … Read More


1936 40 Years Old When they divorced in 1936, it was again at great financial cost to Keaton.
1937 41 Years Old When the series lapsed in 1937, Keaton returned to MGM as a gag writer, including the Marx Brothers films At the Circus (1939) and Go West (1940), and providing material for Red Skelton. … Read More
1939 43 Years Old In 1939, Columbia Pictures hired Keaton to star in ten two-reel comedies, running for two years.
1940 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Keaton's personal life had stabilized with his 1940 marriage, and now he was taking life a little easier, abandoning Columbia for the less strenuous field of feature films. … Read More


1949 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Critics rediscovered Keaton in 1949 and producers occasionally hired him for bigger "prestige" pictures. … Read More
1950 54 Years Old In 1950, Keaton had a successful television series, The Buster Keaton Show, which was broadcast live on a local Los Angeles station. … Read More
1954 58 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1954, Keaton played his first television dramatic role in "The Awakening", an episode of the syndicated anthology series Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents. … Read More


1957 - 1958 2 More Events
1959 63 Years Old …  He recovered in the 1940s, remarried, and revived his career to a degree as an honored comic performer for the rest of his life, earning an Academy Honorary Award in 1959. … Read More
In August 1960, Keaton accepted the role of mute King Sextimus the Silent in the national touring company of Once Upon A Mattress, a successful Broadway musical. … Read More
1962 66 Years Old Keaton also found steady work as an actor in TV commercials, including a series of silent ads for Simon Pure Beer made in 1962 by Jim Mohr in Buffalo, New York in which he revisited some of the gags from his silent film days.
1964 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964, Keaton appeared with Joan Blondell and Joe E. Brown in the final episode of ABC's circus drama, The Greatest Show on Earth, starring Jack Palance.
In November, 1965, he appeared on the CBS television special A Salute To Stan Laurel which was a tribute to the late comedian (and friend of Keaton's) who had died earlier that year. … Read More
1966 70 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite being diagnosed with cancer in January 1966, he was never told that he was terminally ill or that he had cancer; Keaton thought that he was recovering from a severe case of bronchitis. … Read More
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