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Buster Keaton

Film Director / Film Producer / Writer / Screenwriter / Comedian / Stunt Performer / Mime Artist | * 10/04/1895 († 70, 02/01/1966) | Piqua, Kansas, USA
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Joseph Frank Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966), known professionally as Buster Keaton, was an American actor, comedian, Film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. He is best known for his silent Films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression that earned him the nickname "The Great Stone Face". Critic Roger Ebert wrote of Keaton's "extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929" when he "worked without interruption" on a series of Films that make him "the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies". His career declined afterward with a loss of artistic independence when he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, his wife divorced him, and he descended into alcoholism. He recovered in the 1940s, remarried, and revived his career as an honored comic performer for the rest of his life, earning an Honorary Academy Award in 1959. Many of Keaton's Films from the 1920s remain highly regarded, such as Sherlock Jr. (1924), ()
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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". Keaton was recognized as the seventh-greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Keaton the 21st-greatest male star of all time. Critic Roger Ebert wrote of Keaton's "extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929, [when] he worked without interruption on a series of films that make him, arguably, the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies."Orson Welles stated that Keaton's The General is the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made. A 2002 worldwide poll by Sight & Sound ranked Keaton's The General as the 15th best film of all time. Three other Keaton films received votes in the magazine's survey: Our Hospitality, Sherlock, Jr., and The Navigator.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Documentaries | Drama

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Awards & Nominations for Buster Keaton

Academy Honorary Award

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Movies with Buster Keaton as Actor(148)

as Himself (archival footage)2019 Barney's Wall
as Himself (archive footage)2018 The Great Buster: A Celebration
as Himself (archive footage)2016 Looking for Charlie: Or, the Day the Clown Died
as Himself (archive footage)2015 Notfilm
as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)2011 Laurel & Hardy: Their Lives and Magic
as (archive footage)2006 Buster Keaton: From Silents to Shorts
as Himself (archive footage)2004 So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM
as (archive footage)1994 That's Entertainment! III
as (archive footage)1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
as Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)1974 That's Entertainment!
as (archive footage)1970 4 Clowns
as Gen. von Kassler1966 Two Marines and a General
as Journalist1966 The Scribe
as himself1965 Salute to Stan Laurel
as The Man1965 The Railrodder
as Buster1965 Beach Blanket Bingo
as Airman Blinken1965 Sergeant Dead Head
as The Man1965 Film
as Chief Rotten Eagle1964 Pajama Party
as Lester Snapwell1963 The Triumph of Lester Snapwell
as (archive footage)1963 Breath Death
as Jimmy the Crook1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
as Himself / The Home Owner1961 The Home Owner
as edited from 'Cops' (archive footage)1960 When Comedy Was King
as Train Conductor1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
as The Man1954 The Awakening
as Calvero's Partner1952 Limelight
as Buster1952 Paradise For Buster
as (archive footage)1951 The Slappiest Days of Our Lives
as Buster Keaton1950 Sunset Boulevard
as Goulard1949 The Lovable Cheat
as Butler1949 You're My Everything
as Old Tarp / Mr. Boone1946 God's Country
as Sam - Short Order Cook1945 That Night with You
as Bellboy1945 She Went to the Races
as L.M.1945 That's the Spirit
as himself1944 Take It or Leave It
as Bus Driver1944 San Diego I Love You
as Wilkins (plumber's helper)1943 Forever and a Day
as Eddie1941 So You Won't Squawk
as Buster Waters, plumber1941 She's Oil Mine
as Peter Hedley Lamar Jr.1941 General Nuisance
as Buster Keaton1940 The Taming of the Snood
as Buster - the husband1940 His Ex Marks the Spot
as Elmer - Newspaper Copyboy1940 Pardon My Berth Marks
as William Dalton1940 The Villain Still Pursued Her
as Prisoner - 'LuLu'1940 New Moon
as Clarence Plunkett1940 Nothing But Pleasure
as Buster1940 The Spook Speaks
as Lonesome Polecat1940 Li'l Abner
as Homer Cobb1939 Mooching Through Georgia
as himself1939 Hollywood Cavalcade
as himself1939 Hollywood Hobbies
as The Forgotten Man1937 Ditto
as Elmer1937 Love Nest on Wheels
as Elmer 'Happy' Butterworth1936 Mixed Magic
as Elmer1936 Blue Blazes
as Elmer Triple1936 The Chemist
as Leander Proudfoot1936 The Invader
as Elmer Brown1936 Three on a Limb
as Elmer Butts1936 Grand Slam Opera
as Elmer Dolittle1935 Hayseed Romance
as Milton1935 The Timid Young Man
as Elmer1935 One Run Elmer
as Elmer1935 The E-Flat Man
as Jim Diltz1935 Palooka from Paducah
as Apprentice Seaman Elmer Doolittle1935 Tars and Stripes
as Elmer1934 Allez Oop
as Wally1934 The Gold Ghost
as Buster Garner / Jim le Balafré1934 The King of Champs-Élysées
as Elmer J. Butts1933 What! No Beer?
as Professor Post1932 Speak Easily
as Elmer E. Tuttle1932 The Passionate Plumber
as Policeman1931 The Stolen Jools
as Reginald Irving1931 Parlor, Bedroom and Bath
as Harmon1931 Sidewalks of New York
as Elmer1930 Doughboys
as Elmer1930 Free and Easy
as Himself / Princess Raja1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929
as Elmer1929 Spite Marriage
as William 'Willie' Canfield Jr.1928 Steamboat Bill, Jr.
as Buster1928 The Cameraman
as Himself (uncredited)1927 Character Studies
as Ronald, The Boy1927 College
as Johnny Gray1926 The General
as Alfred Butler1926 Battling Butler
as Friendless1925 Go West
as James 'Jimmie' Shannon1925 Seven Chances
as Indian (uncredited)1925 The Iron Mule
as Sherlock, Jr.1924 Sherlock, Jr.
as Rollo Treadway1924 The Navigator
as Buster Keaton1923 The Love Nest
as The Young Man (as 'Buster' Keaton)1923 The Balloonatic
as The Boy1923 Three Ages
as William McKay1923 Our Hospitality
as The Bad Man1922 The Frozen North
as Blacksmith's Assistant1922 The Blacksmith
as Little Chief Paleface1922 The Paleface
as Buster1922 The Electric House
as Young man / Jeune homme1922 Cops
as The husband1922 My Wife's Relations
as The Young Man1922 Day Dreams
as Our Hero1921 The High Sign
as Audience / Orchestra / Mr. Brown - First Minstrel / Second Minstrel / Interctors / Stagehand1921 The Play House
as The Goat1921 The Goat
as Bank Clerk1921 The Haunted House
as The Boat Builder1921 The Boat
as Suicidal Boy1921 Hard Luck
as The Boy1920 Neighbors
as Bertie Van Alstyne1920 The Saphead
as The Groom1920 One Week
as Indian (Uncredited)1920 The Round-Up
as Unlucky Golfer / Golfeur malchanceux1920 Convict 13
as Mechanic / Fireman1920 The Garage
as Farmhand (as 'Buster' Keaton)1920 The Scarecrow
as Manager, general store1919 The Hayseed
as Machiniste / Stagehand1919 Back Stage
as Revenue Agent1918 Moonshine
as Sheriff, saloon owner1918 Out West
as Dr. Hampton1918 Good Night, Nurse!
as Assistant Chef1918 The Cook
as Bellboy1918 The Bell Boy
as Vaudeville Artist1917 A Country Hero
as Junior Holepoke1917 Oh, Doctor!
as Delivery boy1917 His Wedding Night
as Buster1917 The Butcher Boy
as Rival / Cop with Moustache1917 Coney Island
as Gardener / Delivery Boy / Cop1917 The Rough House

TV Shows/Series with Buster Keaton as Actor(11)

Movies with Buster Keaton as Crew(97)

Directing/Director1965 The Railrodder
Writing/Writer1965 The Railrodder
Directing/Director1951 Excuse My Dust
Writing/Writer1951 Excuse My Dust
Directing/Director1949 In the Good Old Summertime
Directing/Director1946 Easy to Wed
Writing/Writer1946 Easy to Wed
Writing/Writer1940 Go West
Writing/Writer1939 Pest from the West
Writing/Writer1939 Mooching Through Georgia
Writing/Story1939 Quick Millions
Directing/Director1939 Hollywood Cavalcade
Writing/Writer1939 At the Circus
Directing/Director1938 Hollywood Handicap
Directing/Director1938 Life in Sometown, U.S.A.
Directing/Director1938 Streamlined Swing
Directing/Director1937 Love Nest on Wheels
Directing/Director1936 Mixed Magic
Directing/Director1936 Blue Blazes
Directing/Director1936 Grand Slam Opera
Writing/Writer1936 Grand Slam Opera
Directing/Director1935 Tars and Stripes
Directing/Director1934 Allez Oop
Directing/Director1934 The Gold Ghost
Production/Producer1932 Speak Easily
Production/Producer1930 Free and Easy
Directing/Director1929 Spite Marriage
Production/Producer1929 Spite Marriage
Directing/Director1928 Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Directing/Director1928 The Cameraman
Directing/Director1927 College
Directing/Director1926 The General
Writing/Screenplay1926 The General
Production/Producer1926 The General
Editing/Editor1926 The General
Crew/Stunts1926 The General
Directing/Director1926 Battling Butler
Production/Producer1926 Battling Butler
Directing/Director1925 Go West
Writing/Story1925 Go West
Production/Producer1925 Go West
Directing/Director1925 Seven Chances
Production/Producer1925 Seven Chances
Editing/Editor1925 Seven Chances
Directing/Director1924 Sherlock, Jr.
Production/Producer1924 Sherlock, Jr.
Editing/Editor1924 Sherlock, Jr.
Directing/Director1924 The Navigator
Production/Producer1924 The Navigator
Editing/Editor1924 The Navigator
Directing/Director1923 The Love Nest
Writing/Writer1923 The Love Nest
Directing/Director1923 The Balloonatic
Writing/Writer1923 The Balloonatic
Directing/Director1923 Three Ages
Writing/Writer1923 Three Ages
Production/Producer1923 Three Ages
Directing/Director1923 Our Hospitality
Production/Producer1923 Our Hospitality
Crew/Stunts1923 Our Hospitality
Directing/Director1922 The Frozen North
Writing/Writer1922 The Frozen North
Directing/Director1922 The Blacksmith
Writing/Writer1922 The Blacksmith
Directing/Director1922 The Paleface
Writing/Writer1922 The Paleface
Directing/Director1922 The Electric House
Writing/Writer1922 The Electric House
Directing/Director1922 Cops
Writing/Writer1922 Cops
Editing/Editor1922 Cops
Directing/Director1922 My Wife's Relations
Writing/Writer1922 My Wife's Relations
Directing/Director1922 Day Dreams
Writing/Writer1922 Day Dreams
Directing/Director1921 The High Sign
Writing/Writer1921 The High Sign
Directing/Director1921 The Play House
Writing/Writer1921 The Play House
Directing/Director1921 The Goat
Writing/Writer1921 The Goat
Directing/Director1921 The Haunted House
Writing/Writer1921 The Haunted House
Directing/Director1921 The Boat
Writing/Writer1921 The Boat
Directing/Director1921 Hard Luck
Writing/Writer1921 Hard Luck
Directing/Director1920 Neighbors
Writing/Screenplay1920 Neighbors
Directing/Director1920 One Week
Editing/Editor1920 One Week
Directing/Director1920 Convict 13
Writing/Writer1920 Convict 13
Directing/Director1920 The Scarecrow
Writing/Writer1920 The Scarecrow
Directing/Director1917 The Rough House
Writing/Writer1917 The Rough House

Born: 10/04 1895 (October) in Piqua
Died: Tuesday, 02/01 1966 (February) in Woodland Hills (aged: 70)
Zodiac sign: Libra (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Participant of: documenta 6
Spouses (current/former): Natalie Talmadge
Father: Joe Keaton
Mother: Myra Keaton
Influenced by/Role models: Harold Lloyd, Roscoe Arbuckle
Other names for Buster Keaton (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"The Great Stone Face"
"Joseph Frank Keaton"
"버스터 키튼"
Buster Keaton frequently works together with these people:
Edward F. Cline (44x, Crew)
Joseph M. Schenck (24x, Crew)
Elgin Lessley (23x, Crew)
Al St. John (20x, Actor)
Joe Roberts (19x, Actor)
Clyde Bruckman (17x, Crew)
Joe Keaton (15x, Actor)
Charles Lamont (15x, Crew)
Fred Gabourie (14x, Crew)
Ed Wynn (7x, Actor)
Mickey Rooney (6x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:4169, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 09/05/2019