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".
Joe and Myra Keaton (Buster's parents) were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend, illusionist Harry Houdini. Keaton himself verified the origin of his nickname "Buster", given to him by Houdini, when at the age of three, fell down a flight of stairs and was picked up and dusted off by Houdini, who said to Keaton's father Joe, also nearby, that the fall was 'a buster'.
✨ Buster Keaton Trade Marks
★ Pork pie hat, slapshoes, deadpan expression
★ His films contain elaborate gadgets of his own devising
★ Used the camera to help comedy, e.g. to create effect of rocking boat in beginning of The Boat (1921).
★ Small and slight frame
★ Sympathetic characters who can never quite catch a break
★ His ability to remain stoic even as disasters happened around him
★ Did his own stunts
Fractured his neck while filming Sherlock Jr. (1924) and did not learn about it until a doctor saw X-rays of his neck during a routine physical examination many years later.
Died quietly at home, in his sleep, shortly after playing cards with his wife.
Flamenco became one of her favorite pastimes after she learned it for The Barefoot Contessa (1954); increasingly proficient and needing little sleep, she often danced all night.
He became an alcoholic when he his career collapsed around 1930, only kicking his habit and regaining his self-esteem when he married Eleanor Norris (Eleanor Keaton), his wife from 1940 until his death in 1966.
Not only did Keaton do all his own stunts, but, when needed, he acted as a stunt double for other actors in the films.
Was hearing-impaired since 1918, after serving in Germany fighting World War I.
Keaton, Charles Chaplin and Stan Laurel all referred to their screen characters as "The Little Fellow".
✨ Buster Keaton Quotes:
"No man can be a genius in slapshoes and a flat hat."
"They say pantomime's a lost art. It's never been a lost art and never will be, because it's too natural to do."
"All my life, I have been happiest when the folks watching me said to each other, "Look at the poor dope, will ya?"
"A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny."
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