Buster Keaton

Actor and filmmaker Buster Keaton

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.
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home town
Piqua, Kansas
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Woodland Hills

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Jay Leno To Perform At MGM Grand At Foxwoods Saturday, Aug. 27 - Hartford Courant
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But if you watch a comedy from 1920s, with Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin, it's just as funny, even funnier. A big, fat, rich guy falling into a mud puddle in a tuxedo has always been funny. Hypocrisy has always been funny. Maybe today, it just comes
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Malmesbury Carnival's feast of music - Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
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Local pianist Kes Smith is providing a new musical accompaniment to a showing of Buster Keaton's epic silent film The General tomorrow night (AUG26)at St Mary's Hall. He has devised the score to complement the action on the screen
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'Modern Family' Star To Portray Fatty Arbuckle For HBO - Screen Rant
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The title of both the book and upcoming film may sound like a bad joke, but it actually originated with Buster Keaton, who once commented on Arbuckle's troubles. Keaton stated: “But one day in September, 1921, all of the laughter stopped
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Eric Stonestreet, HBO Team for Fatty Arbuckle Telefilm - Hollywood Reporter
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Arbuckle (1887-1933) was a silent film star, comedian, director and screenwriter who mentored Charile Chaplin and discovered Buster Keaton and Bob Hope. The popular comedian also had his troubles: in 1921 Arbuckle was accused of raping and accidentally
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School field to be named after Buster Keaton - Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com
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By Lynn Moore | The Muskegon Chronicle The ball field at Muskegon's Bluffton Elementary will be named after Buster Keaton whose family summered in the area around the school located just steps from Lake Michigan. The board of education agreed to a
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Merkin Concert Hall Announces the 2012 New York Guitar Festival - Broadway World
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... Dan Zanes, Keller Williams, Kaki King, Califone & others TBA Some of today's most distinctive and influential guitarists premiere original scores for silent films by one of the greatest comic actor/directors in the history of cinema: Buster Keaton
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Buster Keaton classics coming to Ogunquit's Leavitt Theatre Aug. 21 - Seacoastonline.com
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OGUNQUIT — Silent film returns to the big screen at the Leavitt Theatre in August with a matinee program of classic Buster Keaton comedies accompanied by live music. The screening, at 2 pm on Sunday, Aug. 21 at the historic Leavitt Theatre,
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Retrospective on great silent film comedians Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton - 7thSpace Interactive (press release)
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Another great comedian from the silent era was Buster Keaton, the "Great Stone Face", renowned for his spectaculars of stunts and comic effects. Representative works depicting their different creative performances in comedy will be shown in the next
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; ‘The Family Fang’ by Kevin Wilson - Review
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The little boy and girl sing plaintively for a crowd. In front of them an open guitar case bears a handwritten note reading: “Our dog needs an operation. Please help us save him.” The audience members show sympathy for these two sad kids until, out of the blue, a man starts heckling. “You’re terrible!” he shouts.
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ARTS & LEISURE; Male Archetypes in the Movies: Big Baby to Brave Boy
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THERE are times, particularly during the summer, when the big screen seems overrun with the alpha and omega of contemporary masculinity: the big babies of comedies and the hard-bodied manly men of superhero fantasies. There are a handful of other types in play, yet even these represent a fairly limited spectrum, from the idealized to the abject.
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THIS LAND; A Son Follows Giant Footsteps Into the Big Tent
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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -- Down Clown Alley, in the backstage tent for Circus Smirkus, a slight boy of 14 studies his clown self in a jagged piece of mirror. This is Sam Ferlo, the son of a former circus clown and a former circus showgirl, and the godson of a man once known as the Human Cannonball. Guess what Sam wants to join when he grows up. Seeing the
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Blu Monday: July 12, 2011 - We Are Movie Geeks
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Synopsis: Authorized by the Buster Keaton estate and mastered in HD from 35mm archival film elements, The Short Films Collection gathers all of Keaton's solo silent comedies in one monumental three-disc set. Widely considered to be among Keaton's
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San Francisco Silent Film Festival reels in the years - San Francisco Examiner
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Watching Buster Keaton with your Netflix subscription on your laptop can't compete with the Mighty Wurlitzer organ of the Castro Theatre, which will get a significant workout during the 16th San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which runs from Thursday
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One year later, Crandell holding its own - Albany Times Union
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It will mark the occasion by showing Buster Keaton's 1926 classic silent film "The General" and a short silent film from 1927 called "Dog Shy." Bernie Anderson will provide live piano accompaniment to both films. The movies start at 7 pm, and admission
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RIC president “adopts” RI Historical Society film - RIC News and Events
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From epics such as DW Griffith's “The Birth of a Nation” to slapstick the comedies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the silent film era is often associated with Hollywood. But a little known film fact is that some of these forerunners to the
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Billy Beck, Character Actor and Clown, Dies at 86 - Patch.com
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But to many of us, he'll be most fondly remembered as a sad clown, the character he invented in the streets of Paris in the 1940s and portrayed on the stage of the famed Cirque Medrano, along with Buster Keaton and other legendary sad clowns
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Buster Keaton - Short Films Collection: 1920 - 1923 - DVD Talk
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In 1920 producer Joe Schenck bought Charlie Chaplin's old movie studio, renamed it Keaton Studios, and turned it over to Buster Keaton. His instructions were simple: make eight two-reel comedies a year, and for the next couple of years that's exactly
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1966
    Age 70
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 69
    His final appearance on film was a 1965 safety film produced in Toronto, Canada, by the Construction Safety Associations of Ontario in collaboration with Perini, Ltd. (now Tutor Perini Corporation), The Scribe.
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    Keaton's last commercial film appearance was in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), which was filmed in Spain in September–November 1965.
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    Also in 1965, he traveled to Italy to play a role in Due Marines e un Generale, co-starring alongside the famous Italian comedian duo of Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia.
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    In 1965, Keaton starred in the short film The Railrodder for the National Film Board of Canada.
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    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 68
    Keaton starred in four films for American International Pictures: 1964's Pajama Party and 1965's Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and Sergeant Deadhead.
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    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.
  • 1962
    Age 66
    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.
  • 1960
    Age 64
    Keaton played time-traveler Mulligan, who traveled from 1890 to 1960, then back, by means of a special helmet.
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    In 1960, Keaton returned to MGM for the final time, playing a lion tamer in a 1960 adaptation of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 63
    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.
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  • 1958
    Age 62
    In December 1958, Keaton was a guest star as Charlie, a hospital janitor who provides gifts to sick children, in a special Christmas episode of The Donna Reed Show on ABC.
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  • 1957
    Age 61
    On April 3, 1957, Keaton was surprised by Ralph Edwards for the weekly NBC program This Is Your Life.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1954
    Age 58
    Also in 1954, Keaton and his wife Eleanor met film programmer Raymond Rohauer, with whom the couple would develop a business partnership to re-release Keaton's films.
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    In 1954, Keaton played his first television dramatic role in "The Awakening", an episode of the syndicated anthology series Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents.
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  • 1950
    Age 54
    In 1950, Keaton had a successful television series, The Buster Keaton Show, which was broadcast live on a local Los Angeles station.
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  • 1949
    Age 53
    In 1949, comedian Ed Wynn invited Keaton to appear on his CBS Television comedy-variety show, The Ed Wynn Show, which was televised live on the West Coast.
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    Critics rediscovered Keaton in 1949 and producers occasionally hired him for bigger "prestige" pictures.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1940
    Age 44
    In 1940, Keaton married Eleanor Norris (July 29, 1918 – October 19, 1998), who was 23 years his junior.
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    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.
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  • 1939
    Age 43
    In 1939, Columbia Pictures hired Keaton to star in ten two-reel comedies, running for two years.
  • 1937
    Age 41
    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.
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  • 1936
    Age 40
    When they divorced in 1936, it was again at great financial cost to Keaton.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1935
    Age 39
    The singular event that triggered Scriven filing for divorce in 1935 was her finding Keaton with Leah Clampitt Sewell (libertine wife of millionaire Barton Sewell) on July 4 the same year in a hotel in Santa Barbara.
    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.
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  • 1934
    Age 38
    In 1934, Keaton accepted an offer to make an independent film in Paris, Le Roi des Champs-Élysées.
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  • 1933
    Age 37
    Keaton was at one point briefly institutionalized; however, according to the TCM documentary So Funny it Hurt, Keaton escaped a straitjacket with tricks learned during his vaudeville days. In 1933, he married his nurse, Mae Scriven, during an alcoholic binge about which he afterwards claimed to remember nothing (Keaton himself later called that period an "alcoholic blackout").
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    Keaton was so demoralized during the production of 1933's What!
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  • 1932
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1928
    Age 32
    However, MGM did allow Keaton some creative participation on his last originally developed/written silent film The Cameraman, 1928, which was his first project under contract with them, but hired Edward Sedgwick as the official director.
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    Keaton signed with MGM in 1928, a business decision that he would later call the worst of his life.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1921
    Age 25
    In 1921, Keaton married Natalie Talmadge, sister-in-law of his boss, Joseph Schenck, and sister of actresses Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge.
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  • 1920
    Age 24
    In 1920, The Saphead was released, in which Keaton had his first starring role in a full-length feature.
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    He appeared in a total of 14 Arbuckle shorts, running into 1920.
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  • 1917
    Age 21
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1914
    Age 18
    In 1914, Keaton told the Detroit News: "The secret is in landing limp and breaking the fall with a foot or a hand.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1899
    Age 3
    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.
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  • 1895
    Born
    Born on October 4, 1895.
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