Buster Keaton

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Buster Keaton

Born

10/4/1895, Piqua, Kansas, USA

Died

2/1/1966

Birth Name

Joseph Francis Keaton Jr.

Gender

Male
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Buster Keaton, born Joseph Frank Keaton on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, was a pioneer in the American film industry. Legend holds that Keaton received the nickname "Buster" from no less than Harry Houdini himself, a story that Keaton often repeated. He began his career in vaudeville,…more

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    • Buster did an unaired pilot for CBS in 1962, Medicine Man, along with co-star Ernie Kovacs. Kovacs died a week after filming was completed and the project was shelved.

    • Buster released his autobiography, My Wonderful World Of Slapstick, in 1960.

    • Buster was given an Honorary Oscar in 1960, for " his unique talents which brought immortal comedies to the screen."

    • Buster sold the rights to his life story to the producers of The Buster Keaton Story (1957) and used the money to buy property in San Fernando Valley, California, which he lived on for the rest of his life.

    • Buster was voted the 7th Greatest Director of All Time by Entertainment Weekly.

    • Buster was married 3 times; to Natalie Talmadge from 1921-1932, to Mae Scriven from 1933-1936, and to Eleanor Norris from 1940 until his death.

    • Buster's first sound films required him and other cast members to do each scene 3 times - once for English, once for French, and once for Spanish, for overseas film distribution.

    • Buster did all of his own stunts, until being hired by MGM in 1928, where he was required by contract to have a stunt double.

    • Buster broke his neck filming Sherlock Junior (1924) and was not aware of it for years, until he was examined in the 1930s for having migraine headaches and it was discovered.

    • Buster was friends with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, even after the September 1921 scandal that ruined both his career and personal life, having met him in February 1917. He risked his career by publicly defending his close friend.

    • Buster appeared with fellow silent film star Charlie Chaplin in Limelight (1952).

    • Buster adapted easily to the transition from silent to sound pictures as he had both years of stage experience and a trained baritone voice.

    • Buster was named the 21st Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by the American Film Institute.

    • Buster was voted the 35th Greatest Movie Star of All Time by Entertainment Weekly.

    • Buster was featured on a commemorative postage stamp from the U.S. Postal Service released on April 27, 1994.

    • Buster frequently had actors taller and heavier-set than him play his enemies, to give his character more of a disadvantage to overcome and endear him to the audience.

    • Buster had hearing problems from landmine explosions in World War I, where he was serving in Germany in 1918.

    • Buster was married to his wife, Eleanor, who was 23 years younger than him, from 1940 until his death in 1966.

    • Buster has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures at 6619 Hollywood Boulevard and one for television at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Buster parodied his silent film background in the Twilight Zone episode "Once Upon A Time," which had him as a time traveler whose scenes when going into the past were silent, whereas the modern ones had sound.

    • Buster received his stage name from magician Harry Houdini, who saw the 6-month old Keaton fall down a flight of stairs and get up unhurt, and remarked "Some Buster!"

    • Buster started his own production company, Buster Keaton Productions, in 1921.

    • Buster was 5 feet 6 inches tall.

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