Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

Highest Rated: 100% The Three Ages (1923)

Lowest Rated: 33% Pajama Party (1964)

Birthday: Oct 04, 1895

Birthplace: Piqua, Kansas, USA

Renowned for his death-defying stunt work and permanently deadpan facial expressions, actor, director and 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

Spite Marriage
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
The Cameraman
Seven Chances
Go West
The Navigator
The Three Ages
Limelight

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
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
85% 77% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Erronius (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 33% How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Bwana (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 79% Film The Man (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 61% The Railrodder The Man (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1965
No Score Yet 0% Sergeant Deadhead Airman Blinken (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 The Great Chase Unknown (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet 30 Years of Fun Unknown (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sound of Laughter Unknown (Character) - 1962
69% 57% Around the World in 80 Days Train Conductor (Character) - 1956
97% 90% Limelight Calvero's Partner (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paradise for Buster Unknown (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 80% The Misadventures of Buster Keaton Buster (Character) - 1950
99% 95% Sunset Blvd. Self - 1950
64% 80% 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 Boom in the Moon Unknown (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet God's Country Mr. Boone/Old Tarp (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet That's the Spirit L.M. (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Went to the Races Bellboy (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 45% Hollywood Cavalcade Buster Keaton (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Handicap Director - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Streamlined Swing 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 20% What! No Beer? Elmer J. Butts (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 36% The Passionate Plumber Elmer E. Tuttle (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 25% Speak Easily Professor Post (Character),
Producer
- 1932
No Score Yet 38% Parlor, Bedroom and Bath Reginald Irving (Character),
Producer
- 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buster se marie Reggie (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 62% The Stolen Jools Policeman (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 31% Sidewalks of New York Harmon (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 18% Free and Easy Elmer (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 40% Doughboys Elmer (Character) - 1930
100% 58% Spite Marriage Elmer (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1929
43% 22% The Hollywood Revue Himself/Princess Raja (Character) - 1929
100% 91% Steamboat Bill, Jr. William Canfield Jr. (Character),
Director
- 1928
100% 94% The Cameraman Buster (Character) - 1928
90% 73% College A Son (Character) - 1927
80% 74% Battling Butler Alfred Butler (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1926
93% 92% The General Johnny Gray (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1926
100% 90% Seven Chances James Shannon (Character),
Director,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1925
100% 79% Go West Friendless (Character),
Director
- 1925
92% 95% Sherlock, Jr. Sherlock, Jr./Projectionist (Character),
Director,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1924
100% 89% The Navigator Rollo Treadway (Character),
Director,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1924
100% 76% The Three Ages The Boy (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1923
96% 90% Our Hospitality Willie McKay (21 years old) (Character),
Director
- 1923
No Score Yet 81% The Love Nest Unknown (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Balloonatic The Young Man (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1923
No Score Yet 86% The Electric House Unknown (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 1922
No Score Yet 89% Cops Unknown (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Film Editor
- 1922
No Score Yet 63% The Blacksmith Blacksmith's assistant (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1922
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day Dreams The Young Man (Character) - 1922
No Score Yet 76% My Wife's Relations The Husband (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1922
No Score Yet 61% The Paleface Little Chief Paleface (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1922
No Score Yet 83% 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 Editor
- 1921
50% 49% The Saphead Bertie Van Alstyne (Character) - 1921
No Score Yet 81% The Boat The Boat Builder (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1921
No Score Yet 94% The High Sign Our Hero (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1921
No Score Yet 90% The Goat The Goat (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1921
No Score Yet 76% Hard Luck Suicidal Boy (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1921
No Score Yet 92% One Week The Groom (Character) - 1920
No Score Yet 74% Convict 13 Golfer Turned Prisoner (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1920
No Score Yet 90% The Scarecrow Farmhand (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1920
No Score Yet 87% Neighbors The Boy (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 1920
No Score Yet 72% Back Stage Stagehand (Character) - 1919
No Score Yet 56% The Hayseed General Store Manager (Character) - 1919
No Score Yet 45% Good Night, Nurse! Dr. Hampton/Woman with Umbrella (Character) - 1918
No Score Yet 65% The Bell Boy Bellboy (Character) - 1918
No Score Yet 63% The Cook Assistant Chef (Character) - 1918
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moonshine Unknown (Character) - 1918
No Score Yet 47% Out West Sheriff/Saloon Owner (Character) - 1918
No Score Yet 30% Coney Island Rival/Cop with Moustache (Character) - 1917
No Score Yet 46% The Butcher Boy Buster (Character) - 1917
No Score Yet 20% Oh, Doctor! Junior Holepoke (Character) - 1917
No Score Yet 33% 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
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Woodrow Mulligan (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1957 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1957 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1955

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