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      Buster Keaton

      Buster Keaton

      Highest Rated: 100% One Week (1920)

      Lowest Rated: 33% Pajama Party (1964)

      Birthday: Oct 4, 1895

      Birthplace: Piqua, Kansas, USA

      Renowned for his death-defying stunt work and permanently deadpan facial expressions, actor and director Buster Keaton revolutionized the silent comedy with films such as "Sherlock Jr." (1924), "The General" (1926) and "The Cameraman" (1928). Born in Piqua, KS in 1895, Buster Keaton joined his vaudeville entertainer parents on stage aged just three and continued to perform throughout his childhood before serving in the U.S. Army during the First World War. On his return he forged a working relationship with Fatty Arbuckle, making his acting debut in the comedian's silent two-reel "The Butcher's Boy" (2017), and co-starring with him in over a dozen shorts. After appearing in his first full-length feature, "The Saphead" (1920), Keaton launched his own eponymous production company, with whom he wrote, directed and starred in two-reels such as "One Week" (1920), "The Playhouse" (1921) and "The Electric Wheel" (1922) and cemented a reputation as a master of the parody. Keaton then moved permanently into feature films where he insisted on performing his own stunts, most memorably breaking his neck without realizing in "Sherlock Jr." (1924), hanging onto the front of a locomotive in what many consider to be his masterpiece, "The General" (1926), and narrowly avoiding being toppled by a falling house wall in "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928). However, despite their later status as classics, many of Keaton's labors of love struggled to enamor box office audiences at the time. As a result, Keaton was forced to relinquish his full creative control and he spent several demoralizing years starring in various pictures for MGM, who not only banned him from any stuntwork but also made him film each scene three times in order to capture the international markets. After taking a break from Hollywood to shoot films in England and France, Keaton made several two-reels for Educational Pictures and Columbia, served as a gag writer for the Marx Brothers, Red Skelton and Lucille Ball, and made cameos in "In the Good Old Summertime" (1949), "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) and "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956). He also appeared alongside contemporary Charlie Chaplin for the first and only time in "Limelight" (1952) and embraced the relatively new medium of television with several self-titled comedy shows and a first dramatic role in anthology "Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents" (Syndication, 1953-57). After returning to MGM for "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1960), Keaton was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 1960, enjoyed supporting roles in "Pajama Party" (1964), "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965) and "Sergeant Deadhead" (1965) and sported his signature pork pie hat for his final silent film, "The Railroader" (1965). He then received a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival for his performance as O in Samuel Beckett short "Film" (1965) before making his screen swansong playing next-door-neighbor Erronius in ancient Roman farce "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1966). Several months before its release, Keaton passed away in Woodland Hills, CA from lung cancer at the age of 70.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Spite Marriage
      100% The Cameraman
      100% Go West
      100% The Navigator
      100% One Week
      97% Our Hospitality
      96% Steamboat Bill, Jr.
      94% Seven Chances

      Photos

      THE NAVIGATOR, Buster Keaton, 1924 SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK, Buster Keaton, 1931 SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK, Buster Keaton, 1931 NAVIGATOR, Buster Keaton, 1924, sailor WHAT! NO BEER?, Phyllis Barry, Buster Keaton, 1933 THE NAVIGATOR, Buster Keaton, 1924 THE NAVIGATOR, Kathryn McGuire, Buster Keaton, 1924 SPEAK EASILY, Buster Keaton, 1932 WHAT! NO BEER?, Buster Keaton, 1933 WHAT! NO BEER?, from left, Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, 1933 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ONTHE WAY TO THE FORUM, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton, 1966 WHAT! NO BEER?, Buster Keaton, Phyllis Barry, 1933 THE GENERAL, Marion Mack, Buster Keaton, 1927 SPEAK EASILY, Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, 1932 THE HOLLYWOOD REVUE OF 1929, Buster Keaton, 1929 COLLEGE, Buster Keaton, 1927 WHAT! NO BEER?, Jimmy Durante, Buster Keaton, 1933 THE CAMERAMAN, Buster Keaton on-set, 1928 THE CAMERAMAN, Buster Keaton, 1928 STEAMBOAT BILL, JR., Buster Keaton, 1928

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vaudeville Comedy, Then and Now Unknown (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Clowns James Shannon (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet War, Italian Style Gen. von Kassler (Character) - 1967
      83% 77% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Erronius (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 78% Film The Man (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 0% Sergeant Deadhead Airman Blinken (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 67% The Railrodder The Man (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1965
      No Score Yet 33% How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Bwana (Character) - 1965
      73% 52% Beach Blanket Bingo Buster Keaton (Character) - 1965
      33% 34% Pajama Party Chief Rotten Eagle (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 30 Years of Fun Unknown (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Chase Unknown (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sound of Laughter Unknown (Character) - 1962
      72% 57% Around the World in 80 Days Train Conductor (Character) - 1956
      90% 90% Limelight Calvero's Partner (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paradise for Buster Unknown (Character) - 1952
      98% 94% Sunset Boulevard Self - 1950
      No Score Yet 80% The Misadventures of Buster Keaton Buster (Character) - 1950
      62% 79% In the Good Old Summertime Hickey (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lovable Cheat Goulard (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet God's Country Mr. Boone/Old Tarp (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boom in the Moon Unknown (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She Went to the Races Bellboy (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That's the Spirit L.M. (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Night With You Sam (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet San Diego, I Love You Bus Driver (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Villain Still Pursued Her William Dalton (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 41% Li'l Abner Lonesome Polecat (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spook Speaks Buster (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 46% Hollywood Cavalcade Buster Keaton (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Streamlined Swing Director - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Handicap Director - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jail Bait Office Boy (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mixed Magic Elmer 'Happy' Butterworth (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Old Spanish Custom Leander Proudfoot (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 17% What! No Beer? Elmer J. Butts (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 33% The Passionate Plumber Elmer E. Tuttle (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 26% Speak Easily Professor Post (Character),
      Producer
      - 1932
      No Score Yet 47% The Stolen Jools Policeman (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 31% Sidewalks of New York Harmon (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 41% Parlor, Bedroom and Bath Reginald Irving (Character),
      Producer
      - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Buster se marie Reggie (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 40% Doughboys Elmer (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet 17% Free and Easy Elmer (Character) - 1930
      100% 60% Spite Marriage Elmer (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 1929
      43% 18% The Hollywood Revue Himself/Princess Raja (Character) - 1929
      96% 91% Steamboat Bill, Jr. William Canfield Jr. (Character),
      Director
      - 1928
      100% 94% The Cameraman Buster (Character) - 1928
      91% 72% College A Son (Character) - 1927
      92% 92% The General Johnny Gray (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1926
      83% 74% Battling Butler Alfred Butler (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 1926
      94% 90% Seven Chances James Shannon (Character),
      Director,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1925
      100% 80% Go West Friendless (Character),
      Director
      - 1925
      86% 95% Sherlock, Jr. Sherlock, Jr./Projectionist (Character),
      Director,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1924
      100% 89% The Navigator Rollo Treadway (Character),
      Director,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1924
      93% 77% The Three Ages The Boy (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1923
      97% 90% Our Hospitality Willie McKay (21 years old) (Character),
      Director
      - 1923
      No Score Yet 80% The Love Nest Unknown (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1923
      No Score Yet 72% The Balloonatic The Young Man (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1923
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Day Dreams The Young Man (Character) - 1922
      No Score Yet 85% The Electric House Unknown (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 1922
      No Score Yet 88% Cops Unknown (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Film Editing
      - 1922
      No Score Yet 76% My Wife's Relations The Husband (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1922
      No Score Yet 64% The Blacksmith Blacksmith's assistant (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1922
      No Score Yet 62% The Paleface Little Chief Paleface (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1922
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Frozen North The Bad Man (Character),
      Director
      - 1922
      No Score Yet 82% The Boat The Boat Builder (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1921
      No Score Yet 90% The Goat The Goat (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1921
      No Score Yet 77% Hard Luck Suicidal Boy (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1921
      57% 48% The Saphead Bertie Van Alstyne (Character) - 1921
      No Score Yet 84% The Haunted House Bank Clerk (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1921
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Play House Audience/Orchestra/Mr. Brown - First Minstrel/Second Minstrel/Stagehand (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Film Editing
      - 1921
      No Score Yet 94% The High Sign Our Hero (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1921
      100% 92% One Week The Groom (Character) - 1920
      No Score Yet 75% Convict 13 Golfer Turned Prisoner (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1920
      No Score Yet 90% The Scarecrow Farmhand (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1920
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Garage Unknown (Character) - 1920
      No Score Yet 87% Neighbors The Boy (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 1920
      No Score Yet 74% Back Stage Stagehand (Character) - 1919
      No Score Yet 50% The Hayseed General Store Manager (Character) - 1919
      No Score Yet 66% The Cook Assistant Chef (Character) - 1918
      No Score Yet 68% The Bell Boy Bellboy (Character) - 1918
      No Score Yet 41% Good Night, Nurse! Dr. Hampton/Woman with Umbrella (Character) - 1918
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moonshine Unknown (Character) - 1918
      No Score Yet 43% Out West Sheriff/Saloon Owner (Character) - 1918
      No Score Yet 53% The Butcher Boy Buster (Character) - 1917
      No Score Yet 17% Oh, Doctor! Junior Holepoke (Character) - 1917
      No Score Yet 38% Coney Island Rival/Cop with Moustache (Character) - 1917
      No Score Yet 31% The Rough House Gardener/Delivery Boy/Cop (Character) - 1917
      No Score Yet No Score Yet His Wedding Night Delivery Boy (Character) - 1917

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Jonah Butler (Guest Star) 1962
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Woodrow Mulligan (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1951 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1952 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Unknown (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1955