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Buster Keaton Biography

Who’s Buster Keaton: Champion of the Academy Awards, USA, Buster Keaton was an actor and a favorite performer from USA. He was five foot and five inches high. He was well-known for his Pork pie deadpan expression, slapshoes and hat. Accomplishment: IN 1960, he was presented in Walk of Fame. He was created in Piqua, Kansas, USA. Interesting Specifics: He was nicknamed as THE FANTASTIC Stone Encounter and Malec. He was also a director and a maker. Early Lifestyle (Childhood): He was created to Myra Keaton and Joe Keaton. Personal Lifestyle: He was initially wedded to Natalie Talmadge but this wedded finished in a divorce after ten years of marriage. He was also wedded to an celebrity Eleanor Keaton. His mom Myra Keaton was also an celebrity and a performer. Rumor: His father was who owns the travelling show.


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Quick Facts

Full NameBuster Keaton
DiedFebruary 1, 1966, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.65 m
ProfessionComedian, Film director, Stunt Performer, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Vaudeville Performer
NationalityAmerican
SpouseEleanor Keaton, Mae Scriven, Natalie Talmadge
ChildrenBob Talmadge, Buster Keaton Jr.
ParentsJoe Keaton, Myra Keaton
SiblingsLouise Keaton, Harry Keaton
AwardsAcademy Honorary Award
MoviesThe General, Sherlock Jr., Steamboat Bill, Jr., The Cameraman, The Navigator, Our Hospitality, The Goat, Seven Chances, Three Ages, The Playhouse, One Week, Go West, The High Sign, The Electric House, The Boat, Spite Marriage, Battling Butler, The Balloonatic, The Scarecrow, Limelight, The Love Nest, The Blacksmith, The Haunted House, Cops, My Wife's Relations, The Paleface, The Frozen North, The Butcher Boy, Convict 13, Hard Luck, The Saphead, Back Stage, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, College, Film, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Railrodder, Free and Easy, In the Good Old Summertime, Speak Easily, What! No Beer?, The Bell Boy, Parlor, Bedroom and Bath, Day Dreams, Good Night, Nurse!, The Rough House, Grand Slam Opera, Love Nest on Wheels, One Run Elmer, The Cook, Around the World in 80 Days


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1 A heavy smoker for most of his life, he was diagnosed with lung cancer during the first week of January 1966 after a month-long coughing bout, but he was never told that he was terminally ill or that he had cancer, as his doctors feared that the news would be detrimental to his health. Keaton thought that he was recovering from a severe case of bronchitis. Despite his failing health, he was active and walking about almost until the day he died.
2 Perhaps as a result of an accident that crushed his right index finger at age 3, he developed the ability to use his right hand for certain tasks and his left hand for others. He wrote left-handed, but played the ukulele right-handed. When he played baseball (his favorite sport), he threw right-handed and batted left-handed.
3 David Jason is one of his biggest fans, and claims to channel him whenever he did his own stunts. He was quite honored when the Daily Mirror compared them.
4 Contributed gags (uncredited) to the Red Skelton film A Southern Yankee (1948).
5 Most biographers overlook his appearance on the ABC-TV variety show The Hollywood Palace (1964). At the end of the first winter-spring season, series producers Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach scheduled the show's host Gene Barry with guest stars Keaton and Gloria Swanson to appear together in a comedy sketch. Keaton was at that time appearing in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Bringing famous Hollywood film stars onto the show was the producers' main goal. Getting Swanson and Keaton on the show was considered a coup and an opportunity to promote the film. The sketch starred Swanson as Cleopatra and Keaton as Marc Antony, staged on a stepped Roman platform terrace surrounded by a 20-inch-high parapet wall and Roman columns, with the pair falling in love. It was written by Joe Bigelow and Jay Burton, but director Grey Lockwood encouraged Swanson and Keaton to contribute any bits, routines and ideas that they wanted to, which they did. On the first day of rehearsal Swanson was on the stage, gazing up at the lighting fixtures overhead. She asked for lighting director Jack Denton to come to the stage, which he did, and Swanson began pointing out how she wanted which lights to focus on her and Keaton during the sketch--side light, key light, back light, which color gels to use, etc. Denton made sure that all of her suggestions were implemented. Keaton's idea was that the sketch should end with "Antony" and "Cleopatra" sitting on the parapet wall bench, join hands, raising their legs high and falling backwards out of sight over the wall. He and Swanson rehearsed the fall several times, and did the stunt themselves when it came time to actually shoot the scene for the show.
6 He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6619 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
7 Acting mentor to comedienne Lucille Ball.
8 His acting mentor was Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
9 On a whim, Keaton took crew member Ed Brophy and used him in a comedy role in The Cameraman (1928). That decision launched Brophy on his own notable comedy career.
10 Ex-brother-in-law of Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge.
11 Ex-son-in-law of Margaret Talmadge.
12 Broke his ankle while filming The Electric House (1922) when he slipped on the escalator and was still recovering from it when he made The Play House (1921) in which his stunts were considered to be tamer than usual.
13 He appears in four of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Movies: The General (1926) at #18, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) at #40, Sherlock Jr. (1924) at #62 and The Navigator (1924) at #81.
14 A baseball fanatic, Keaton not only held games between takes, but also incorporated it into applications for employment. According to legend, two of the questions on the application he used to hire actors read "Are you a good actor?" and "Are you a good baseball player?" Anyone who answered "Yes" to either had a job with Keaton.
15 Keaton, Charles Chaplin and Stan Laurel all referred to their screen characters as "The Little Fellow".
16 Keaton was one of the few actors who welcomed the advent of sound films. He knew his character didn't need dialog, but he looked forward to sound effects. "When somebody goes boom, they really go *boom*" he once said.
17 He is believed to be the first person to use "Buster" as a name, and popularized its usage ever after.
18 In 1952 while remodeling his home, James Mason discovered several reels of Keaton's "lost" films (Mason had purchased Keaton's Hollywood mansion) and immediately recognized their historical significance. He took upon himself the responsibility for their preservation.
19 He died the same day as his The Stolen Jools (1931), Speak Easily (1932) and Sunset Blvd. (1950) co-star Hedda Hopper.
20 When he was three years old, he got his right index finger caught in a clothes wringer and it was crushed and had to be amputated at the first knuckle. The injury is most clearly visible in The Garage (1920), when Keaton steadies Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's head with his right hand while wiping oil off his face with his left.
21 Is mentioned in the song "Cinéma" by Paola Del Medico.
22 His last film work was The Railrodder (1965), but because it was such a short film it was released before other movies, like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), which had completed filming before "The Railrodder".
23 His performance as Johnny Gray in The General (1926) is ranked #34 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
24 Wanted to become an engineer as a child.
25 He and his parents formed an acrobatic group called "The Three Keatons" in his early youth.
26 There is much legend regarding the conception of his nickname, Buster. Many attribute the name to the legendary Harry Houdini, who was the partner of Joe Keaton (Buster's father) in the medicine-show group "Kathleen Marownen", after he saw a young Buster fall down a set of stairs without any injury. Others have said that it was Joe who conceived the name after he saw Buster's accident, while still others say that Joe Keaton fabricated the incident for a good story to tell on vaudeville. Which of these stories is actually true is unknown.
27 The Navigator (1924) was his most successful movie by gross revenue.
28 Said he learned everything about moviemaking and comedy from Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
29 Loved to play baseball. He would sometimes play baseball between takes on the movie set. Furthermore, for the annual Hollywood charity baseball game for Mount Sinai Hospital in the 1930s, he always lead the comedians' team and developed the comedy business on field with his writers.
30 Met Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle for the first time strolling down Broadway in New York City. Arbuckle was with Keaton's old vaudeville acquittance Lou Anger, who introduced them. Arbuckle immediately asked Keaton to visit the Colony Studio, where he was set to begin a series of comedies for Joseph M. Schenck. The famous comedy team was born.
31 Was hearing-impaired since 1918, after serving in Germany fighting World War I.
32 Was named the 21st Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by the American Film Institute
33 In one scene in Sherlock Jr. (1924), filmed at a train station, Keaton was hanging from a tube connected to a water basin. The water poured out and washed him on to the track, fracturing his neck. This footage appears in the released film.
34 The three top comedians in silent era Hollywood were Keaton, Charlie Chaplin (Charles Chaplin) and Harold Lloyd. All three comics produced, controlled and owned their own films. Keaton was convinced to sell his studio and films to MGM in the 1920s, while Chaplin and Lloyd retained ownership of their films. Chaplin and Lloyd became wealthy, while Keaton endured years of financial and personal problems.
35 He often surrounded himself with tall and heavy-set actors in his films, typically as his antagonist, to make his character seem to be at as much of a physical disadvantage as possible. The similarly diminutive Charlie Chaplin (Charles Chaplin) also did this.
36 Not only did Keaton do all his own stunts, but, when needed, he acted as a stunt double for other actors in the films.
37 When he married Natalie Talmadge, the Talmadge family was one of the great acting dynasties in both theater and film, and the gossip in Hollywood was that Keaton married her to gain respect in the industry, a rumor he never quite lived down during his peak. Ironically, Keaton is now a film legend, while most people would be hard-pressed to answer who the Talmadges are.
38 He was voted the 35th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
39 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 523-531. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
40 Was voted the 7th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, making him the highest rated comedy director. Charles Chaplin didn't make the list.
41 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.
42 First married Mae Scriven in Mexico on January 1, 1932 before his divorce from Natalie Talmadge was final, then again legally in 1933.
43 Because most of his childhood was spent on vaudeville with his parents, he had few peers. However, he enjoyed a more regular childhood during his family's annual summer getaways to an Actor's Colony on Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Michigan. In fact, the city of Muskegon has erected a historical marker to note his stomping ground.
44 His mother was of British/German ancestry, and his father was of Scottish/Irish ancestry.
45 He was already quite ill with the cancer that would eventually kill him by the time he made his last completed film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). He used a stunt double in this film, as well as most of the films he made as an MGM contract player. Before signing with MGM in 1928, he had performed all of his own stunts, and even doubled for cast members in his own films, as in Sherlock Jr. (1924), where he played both himself, riding on the handlebars of a motorcycle, and the man who falls off the back of it.
46 Died quietly at home, in his sleep, shortly after playing cards with his wife.
47 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.
48 Pictured on one of ten 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating stars of the silent screen, issued 27 April 1994. Designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, this set of stamps also honored Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Charles Chaplin, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Zasu Pitts, Harold Lloyd, Theda Bara and the Keystone Kops.
49 Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
50 Unlike many silent movie stars, Buster was eager to go into sound considering he had a fine baritone voice with no speech impediments and years of stage experience, so dialogue was not a problem.
51 His older son was born during his marriage to Natalie Talmadge.
52 Older brother of Harry Keaton and Louise Keaton.
53 Father, with Natalie Talmadge, of sons Buster Keaton Jr. and Bob Talmadge.
54 Son of Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton.
55 Perhaps as a result of an accident that crushed his right index finger at age 3, he developed the ability to use his right hand for certain tasks and his left hand for others. He wrote left-handed, but played the ukulele right-handed. When he played baseball (his favorite sport), he threw right-handed and batted left-handed.
56 David Jason is one of his biggest fans, and claims to channel him whenever he did his own stunts. He was quite honored when the Daily Mirror compared them.
57 Contributed gags (uncredited) to the Red Skelton film A Southern Yankee (1948).
58 Most biographers overlook his appearance on the ABC-TV variety show The Hollywood Palace (1964). At the end of the first winter-spring season, series producers Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach scheduled the show's host Gene Barry with guest stars Keaton and Gloria Swanson to appear together in a comedy sketch. Keaton was at that time appearing in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Bringing famous Hollywood film stars onto the show was the producers' main goal. Getting Swanson and Keaton on the show was considered a coup and an opportunity to promote the film. The sketch starred Swanson as Cleopatra and Keaton as Marc Antony, staged on a stepped Roman platform terrace surrounded by a 20-inch-high parapet wall and Roman columns, with the pair falling in love. It was written by Joe Bigelow and Jay Burton, but director Grey Lockwood encouraged Swanson and Keaton to contribute any bits, routines and ideas that they wanted to, which they did. On the first day of rehearsal Swanson was on the stage, gazing up at the lighting fixtures overhead. She asked for lighting director Jack Denton to come to the stage, which he did, and Swanson began pointing out how she wanted which lights to focus on her and Keaton during the sketch--side light, key light, back light, which color gels to use, etc. Denton made sure that all of her suggestions were implemented. Keaton's idea was that the sketch should end with "Antony" and "Cleopatra" sitting on the parapet wall bench, join hands, raising their legs high and falling backwards out of sight over the wall. He and Swanson rehearsed the fall several times, and did the stunt themselves when it came time to actually shoot the scene for the show.
59 He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6619 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
60 Acting mentor to comedienne Lucille Ball.
61 His acting mentor was Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
62 On a whim, Keaton took crew member Ed Brophy and used him in a comedy role in The Cameraman (1928). That decision launched Brophy on his own notable comedy career.
63 Ex-brother-in-law of Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge.
64 Ex-son-in-law of Margaret Talmadge.
65 Broke his ankle while filming The Electric House (1922) when he slipped on the escalator and was still recovering from it when he made The Play House (1921) in which his stunts were considered to be tamer than usual.
66 He appears in four of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Movies: The General (1926) at #18, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) at #40, Sherlock Jr. (1924) at #62 and The Navigator (1924) at #81.
67 A baseball fanatic, Keaton not only held games between takes, but also incorporated it into applications for employment. According to legend, two of the questions on the application he used to hire actors read "Are you a good actor?" and "Are you a good baseball player?" Anyone who answered "Yes" to either had a job with Keaton.
68 Keaton, Charles Chaplin and Stan Laurel all referred to their screen characters as "The Little Fellow".
69 Keaton was one of the few actors who welcomed the advent of sound films. He knew his character didn't need dialog, but he looked forward to sound effects. "When somebody goes boom, they really go *boom*" he once said.
70 He is believed to be the first person to use "Buster" as a name, and popularized its usage ever after.
71 In 1952 while remodeling his home, James Mason discovered several reels of Keaton's "lost" films (Mason had purchased Keaton's Hollywood mansion) and immediately recognized their historical significance. He took upon himself the responsibility for their preservation.
72 He died the same day as his The Stolen Jools (1931), Speak Easily (1932) and Sunset Blvd. (1950) co-star Hedda Hopper.
73 When he was three years old, he got his right index finger caught in a clothes wringer and it was crushed and had to be amputated at the first knuckle. The injury is most clearly visible in The Garage (1920), when Keaton steadies Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's head with his right hand while wiping oil off his face with his left.
74 Is mentioned in the song "Cinéma" by Paola Del Medico.
75 His last film work was The Railrodder (1965), but because it was such a short film it was released before other movies, like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), which had completed filming before "The Railrodder".
76 His performance as Johnny Gray in The General (1926) is ranked #34 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
77 Wanted to become an engineer as a child.
78 He and his parents formed an acrobatic group called "The Three Keatons" in his early youth.
79 There is much legend regarding the conception of his nickname, Buster. Many attribute the name to the legendary Harry Houdini, who was the partner of Joe Keaton (Buster's father) in the medicine-show group "Kathleen Marownen", after he saw a young Buster fall down a set of stairs without any injury. Others have said that it was Joe who conceived the name after he saw Buster's accident, while still others say that Joe Keaton fabricated the incident for a good story to tell on vaudeville. Which of these stories is actually true is unknown.
80 The Navigator (1924) was his most successful movie by gross revenue.
81 Said he learned everything about moviemaking and comedy from Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
82 Loved to play baseball. He would sometimes play baseball between takes on the movie set. Furthermore, for the annual Hollywood charity baseball game for Mount Sinai Hospital in the 1930s, he always lead the comedians' team and developed the comedy business on field with his writers.
83 Met Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle for the first time strolling down Broadway in New York City. Arbuckle was with Keaton's old vaudeville acquittance Lou Anger, who introduced them. Arbuckle immediately asked Keaton to visit the Colony Studio, where he was set to begin a series of comedies for Joseph M. Schenck. The famous comedy team was born.
84 Was hearing-impaired since 1918, after serving in Germany fighting World War I.
85 Was named the 21st Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by the American Film Institute
86 In one scene in Sherlock Jr. (1924), filmed at a train station, Keaton was hanging from a tube connected to a water basin. The water poured out and washed him on to the track, fracturing his neck. This footage appears in the released film.
87 The three top comedians in silent era Hollywood were Keaton, Charlie Chaplin (Charles Chaplin) and Harold Lloyd. All three comics produced, controlled and owned their own films. Keaton was convinced to sell his studio and films to MGM in the 1920s, while Chaplin and Lloyd retained ownership of their films. Chaplin and Lloyd became wealthy, while Keaton endured years of financial and personal problems.
88 He often surrounded himself with tall and heavy-set actors in his films, typically as his antagonist, to make his character seem to be at as much of a physical disadvantage as possible. The similarly diminutive Charlie Chaplin (Charles Chaplin) also did this.
89 Not only did Keaton do all his own stunts, but, when needed, he acted as a stunt double for other actors in the films.
90 When he married Natalie Talmadge, the Talmadge family was one of the great acting dynasties in both theater and film, and the gossip in Hollywood was that Keaton married her to gain respect in the industry, a rumor he never quite lived down during his peak. Ironically, Keaton is now a film legend, while most people would be hard-pressed to answer who the Talmadges are.
91 He was voted the 35th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
92 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 523-531. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
93 Was voted the 7th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, making him the highest rated comedy director. Charles Chaplin didn't make the list.
94 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.
95 First married Mae Scriven in Mexico on January 1, 1932 before his divorce from Natalie Talmadge was final, then again legally in 1933.
96 Because most of his childhood was spent on vaudeville with his parents, he had few peers. However, he enjoyed a more regular childhood during his family's annual summer getaways to an Actor's Colony on Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Michigan. In fact, the city of Muskegon has erected a historical marker to note his stomping ground.
97 His mother was of British/German ancestry, and his father was of Scottish/Irish ancestry.
98 He was already quite ill with the cancer that would eventually kill him by the time he made his last completed film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). He used a stunt double in this film, as well as most of the films he made as an MGM contract player. Before signing with MGM in 1928, he had performed all of his own stunts, and even doubled for cast members in his own films, as in Sherlock Jr. (1924), where he played both himself, riding on the handlebars of a motorcycle, and the man who falls off the back of it.
99 Died quietly at home, in his sleep, shortly after playing cards with his wife.
100 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.
101 Pictured on one of ten 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating stars of the silent screen, issued 27 April 1994. Designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, this set of stamps also honored Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Charles Chaplin, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Zasu Pitts, Harold Lloyd, Theda Bara and the Keystone Kops.
102 Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
103 Unlike many silent movie stars, Buster was eager to go into sound considering he had a fine baritone voice with no speech impediments and years of stage experience, so dialogue was not a problem.
104 His older son was born during his marriage to Natalie Talmadge.
105 Older brother of Harry Keaton and Louise Keaton.
106 Father, with Natalie Talmadge, of sons Buster Keaton Jr. and Bob Talmadge.
107 Son of Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Sunset Blvd. (1950) $1,000
Love Nest on Wheels (1937) $2,500
Ditto (1937) $2,500
Jail Bait (1937) $2,500
Mixed Magic (1936) $2,500
The Chemist (1936) $2,500
Blue Blazes (1936) $2,500
Grand Slam Opera (1936) $2,500
Three on a Limb (1936) $2,500
The Timid Young Man (1935) $2,500
The E-Flat Man (1935) $2,500
Tars and Stripes (1935) $2,500
Hayseed Romance (1935) $2,500
One Run Elmer (1935) $2,500
Palooka from Paducah (1935) $2,500
Le roi des Champs-Élysées (1934) $15,000
Sunset Blvd. (1950) $1,000
Love Nest on Wheels (1937) $2,500
Ditto (1937) $2,500
Jail Bait (1937) $2,500
Mixed Magic (1936) $2,500
The Chemist (1936) $2,500
Blue Blazes (1936) $2,500
Grand Slam Opera (1936) $2,500
Three on a Limb (1936) $2,500
The Timid Young Man (1935) $2,500
The E-Flat Man (1935) $2,500
Tars and Stripes (1935) $2,500
Hayseed Romance (1935) $2,500
One Run Elmer (1935) $2,500
Palooka from Paducah (1935) $2,500
Le roi des Champs-Élysées (1934) $15,000


Trademarks

#Trademark
1 Small and slight frame
2 Used the camera to help comedy, e.g. to create effect of rocking boat in beginning of The Boat (1921).
3 His films contain elaborate gadgets of his own devising
4 Pork pie hat, slapshoes, deadpan expression
5 Small and slight frame
6 Used the camera to help comedy, e.g. to create effect of rocking boat in beginning of The Boat (1921).
7 His films contain elaborate gadgets of his own devising
8 Pork pie hat, slapshoes, deadpan expression


Quotes

#Quote
1 Railroads are a great prop. You can do some awful wild things with railroads.
2 Pop made me the featured performer of our act when I was five. There were dozens of other family acts in vaudeville at the turn of the century, but none of the children in them was featured as early as that. Many of those kids were very talented, and their parents were as eager as mine to give them the same head start in show business that I was getting. The reason managers approved of my being featured was because I was unique, being at that time the only little hell-raising Huck Finn type boy in vaudeville. The parents of the others presented their boys as cute and charming Little Lord Fauntleroys. The girls were Dolly Dimples types with long, golden curls. I doubt that any kid actor had more attempts made to save him [by civic do-gooders] than did our Little Buster. The reason of course was our slam-bang act. Even people who most enjoyed our work marvelled when I was able to get up after my bashing, crashing, smashing sessions with pop.
3 [on why he did all his own stunts] Stuntmen don't get laughs.
4 A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.
5 I always want the audience to out-guess me, and then I double-cross them.
6 [on the advent of sound in the movies] In every picture it got tougher. They'd laugh their heads off at dialogue written by all your new writers. They were joke-happy. They didn't look for action; they were looking for funny things to say.
7 Half of our scenes, for God's sakes, we only just talked over. We didn't actually get out there and rehearse 'em. We would just walk through it and talk about it. We crank that first rehearsal. Because any thing can happen - and generally did... We used the rehearsal scenes instead of the second take.
8 When I've got a gag that spreads out, I hate to jump a camera into close-ups. So I do everything in the world I can to hold it in that long-shot and keep the action rolling. Close-ups are too jarring on the screen, and this type of cut can stop an audience from laughing.
9 Only things that one could imagine happening to real people, I guess, remain in a person's memory.
10 I've had few dull moments [in my life] and not too many sad and defeated ones. In saying this, I am by no means overlooking the rough and rocky years I've lived through. But I was not brought up thinking life would be easy. I always expected to work hard for my money and to get nothing I did not earn. And the bad years, it seems to me, were so few that only a dyed-in-the-wool grouch who enjoys feeling sorry for himself would complain.
11 Dumb show is best for screen people, if they must appear in public.
12 Not long ago, a friend asked me what was the greatest pleasure I got from spending my whole life as an actor. There have been so many that I had to think about that for a moment. Then I said, "Like everyone else, I like to be with a happy crowd.".
13 All my life, I have been happiest when the folks watching me said to each other, "Look at the poor dope, will ya?".
14 [on the differences between his and Charles Chaplin's characters] Charlie's tramp was a bum with a bum's philosophy. Lovable as he was, he would steal if he got the chance. My little fellow was a working man and honest.
15 Silence is of the gods; only monkeys chatter.
16 Think slow, act fast.
17 [on his time working as an uncredited gag writer for The Marx Brothers at MGM] It was an event when you could get all three of them on the set at the same time. The minute you started a picture with the Marx Brothers you hired three assistant directors, one for each Marx brother. You had two of 'em while you went to look for the third one and the first two would disappear.
18 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.
19 The first thing I did in the studio was to want to tear that camera to pieces. I had to know how that film got into the cutting room, what you did to it in there, how you projected it, how you finally got the picture together, how you made things match. The technical part of pictures is what interested me. Material was the last thing in the world I thought about. You only had to turn me loose on the set and I'd have material in two minutes, because I'd been doing it all my life.
20 Is Hollywood the cruelest city in the world? Well, it can be. New York can be like that, too. You can be a Broadway star here one night, and something happens, and then you're out--nobody knows you on the street. They forget you ever lived. It happens in Hollywood, too.
21 What used to get my goat at MGM were comedians like The Marx Brothers or [Bud Abbott] and [Lou Costello], who never worried about the script or the next scene. My God, we ate, slept and dreamed our pictures.
22 [Asked by a reporter at an MGM premiere, "Are you happy to be here?"] Of course, I got off location for this!
23 I gotta do some sad scenes. Why, I never tried to make anybody cry in my life! And I go 'round all the time dolled up in kippie clothes-wear everything but a corset... can't stub my toe in this picture nor anything! Just imagine having to play-act all the time without ever getting hit with anything!
24 Tragedy is a close-up; comedy, a long shot.
25 No man can be a genius in slapshoes and a flat hat.
26 Railroads are a great prop. You can do some awful wild things with railroads.
27 Pop made me the featured performer of our act when I was five. There were dozens of other family acts in vaudeville at the turn of the century, but none of the children in them was featured as early as that. Many of those kids were very talented, and their parents were as eager as mine to give them the same head start in show business that I was getting. The reason managers approved of my being featured was because I was unique, being at that time the only little hell-raising Huck Finn type boy in vaudeville. The parents of the others presented their boys as cute and charming Little Lord Fauntleroys. The girls were Dolly Dimples types with long, golden curls. I doubt that any kid actor had more attempts made to save him [by civic do-gooders] than did our Little Buster. The reason of course was our slam-bang act. Even people who most enjoyed our work marvelled when I was able to get up after my bashing, crashing, smashing sessions with pop.
28 [on why he did all his own stunts] Stuntmen don't get laughs.
29 A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.
30 I always want the audience to out-guess me, and then I double-cross them.
31 [on the advent of sound in the movies] In every picture it got tougher. They'd laugh their heads off at dialogue written by all your new writers. They were joke-happy. They didn't look for action; they were looking for funny things to say.
32 Half of our scenes, for God's sakes, we only just talked over. We didn't actually get out there and rehearse 'em. We would just walk through it and talk about it. We crank that first rehearsal. Because any thing can happen - and generally did... We used the rehearsal scenes instead of the second take.
33 When I've got a gag that spreads out, I hate to jump a camera into close-ups. So I do everything in the world I can to hold it in that long-shot and keep the action rolling. Close-ups are too jarring on the screen, and this type of cut can stop an audience from laughing.
34 Only things that one could imagine happening to real people, I guess, remain in a person's memory.
35 I've had few dull moments [in my life] and not too many sad and defeated ones. In saying this, I am by no means overlooking the rough and rocky years I've lived through. But I was not brought up thinking life would be easy. I always expected to work hard for my money and to get nothing I did not earn. And the bad years, it seems to me, were so few that only a dyed-in-the-wool grouch who enjoys feeling sorry for himself would complain.
36 Dumb show is best for screen people, if they must appear in public.
37 Not long ago, a friend asked me what was the greatest pleasure I got from spending my whole life as an actor. There have been so many that I had to think about that for a moment. Then I said, "Like everyone else, I like to be with a happy crowd.".
38 All my life, I have been happiest when the folks watching me said to each other, "Look at the poor dope, will ya?".
39 [on the differences between his and Charles Chaplin's characters] Charlie's tramp was a bum with a bum's philosophy. Lovable as he was, he would steal if he got the chance. My little fellow was a working man and honest.
40 Silence is of the gods; only monkeys chatter.
41 Think slow, act fast.
42 [on his time working as an uncredited gag writer for The Marx Brothers at MGM] It was an event when you could get all three of them on the set at the same time. The minute you started a picture with the Marx Brothers you hired three assistant directors, one for each Marx brother. You had two of 'em while you went to look for the third one and the first two would disappear.
43 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.
44 The first thing I did in the studio was to want to tear that camera to pieces. I had to know how that film got into the cutting room, what you did to it in there, how you projected it, how you finally got the picture together, how you made things match. The technical part of pictures is what interested me. Material was the last thing in the world I thought about. You only had to turn me loose on the set and I'd have material in two minutes, because I'd been doing it all my life.
45 Is Hollywood the cruelest city in the world? Well, it can be. New York can be like that, too. You can be a Broadway star here one night, and something happens, and then you're out--nobody knows you on the street. They forget you ever lived. It happens in Hollywood, too.
46 What used to get my goat at MGM were comedians like The Marx Brothers or [Bud Abbott] and [Lou Costello], who never worried about the script or the next scene. My God, we ate, slept and dreamed our pictures.
47 [Asked by a reporter at an MGM premiere, "Are you happy to be here?"] Of course, I got off location for this!
48 I gotta do some sad scenes. Why, I never tried to make anybody cry in my life! And I go 'round all the time dolled up in kippie clothes-wear everything but a corset... can't stub my toe in this picture nor anything! Just imagine having to play-act all the time without ever getting hit with anything!
49 Tragedy is a close-up; comedy, a long shot.
50 No man can be a genius in slapshoes and a flat hat.


Pictures

All Buster Keaton pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 Sutherland Trophy - Special Mention British Film Institute Awards Seven Chances (1925)
1960 Honorary Award Academy Awards, USA For his unique talents which brought immortal comedies to the screen.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6619 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6321 Hollywood Blvd.


Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dead Sullivan Show 2017 TV Series Mr. Brown (segment)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966 Erronius
The Scribe 1966 Short Journalist
Due marines e un generale 1965 Gen. von Kassler
Film 1965 Short The Man
Sergeant Dead Head 1965 Airman Blinken
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini 1965 Bwana
The Railrodder 1965 Short The Man
Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 Buster
The Donna Reed Show 1958-1965 TV Series Mr. Turner / Charlie
The Man Who Bought Paradise 1965 TV Movie Mr. Bloor
Pajama Party 1964 Chief Rotten Eagle
Burke's Law 1964 TV Series Mortimer Lovely
The Greatest Show on Earth 1964 TV Series Pippo
The Triumph of Lester Snapwell 1963 Short Lester Snapwell
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World 1963 Jimmy the Crook
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1963 TV Series Si Willis
Route 66 1962 TV Series Jonah Butler
Ten Girls Ago 1962 TV Movie Gaspar Dan
Medicine Man 1962 TV Movie Junior
The Twilight Zone 1961 TV Series Woodrow Mulligan
The Home Owner 1961 Short The Home Owner
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1960 Lion Tamer
Sunday Showcase 1960 TV Series
The Devil to Pay 1960 Short Diablos
The Adventures of Mr. Pastry 1958 TV Movie Professor
Playhouse 90 1958 TV Series Charles Blackburn / Harrison
You Asked for It 1958 TV Series The baker
Around the World in 80 Days 1956 Train Conductor - San Francisco to Fort Kearney
Producers' Showcase 1956 TV Series
Lux Video Theatre 1956 TV Series Member of the Jury
Screen Directors Playhouse 1955 TV Series Kelsey Dutton
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater 1955 TV Series Agent
The Best of Broadway 1954 TV Series Dr. Bradley
Rheingold Theatre 1954 TV Series The Man
L'incantevole nemica 1953
Paradise for Buster 1952 Short Buster
Limelight 1952 Calvero's Partner
Un duel à mort 1952 Short Le premier pêcheur
Life with Buster Keaton 1951 TV Series BK
The Misadventures of Buster Keaton 1950 Buster
Sunset Blvd. 1950 Buster Keaton
In the Good Old Summertime 1949 Hickey
You're My Everything 1949 Butler
The Lovable Cheat 1949 Goulard
El Colmillo de Buda 1949 Moe
Boom in the Moon 1946
God's Country 1946 Mr. Boone aka Old Tarp
She Went to the Races 1945 Bellboy (uncredited)
That Night with You 1945 Sam - Short Order Cook
That's the Spirit 1945 L.M.
San Diego I Love You 1944 Bus Driver
Forever and a Day 1943 Wilkins
She's Oil Mine 1941 Short Buster Waters - Plumber
General Nuisance 1941 Short Peter Hedley Lamar Jr.
So You Won't Squawk? 1941 Short Eddie
His Ex Marks the Spot 1940 Short Buster - the Husband
Li'l Abner 1940 Lonesome Polecat
The Villain Still Pursued Her 1940 William Dalton
The Spook Speaks 1940 Short Buster
New Moon 1940 Prisoner - 'LuLu' (uncredited)
The Taming of the Snood 1940 Short Buster Keaton
Pardon My Berth Marks 1940 Short Elmer - Newspaper Copyboy
Nothing But Pleasure 1940 Short Clarence Plunkett
Hollywood Cavalcade 1939 Buster Keaton
Mooching Through Georgia 1939 Short Homer Cobb
Pest from the West 1939 Short Sir
Love Nest on Wheels 1937 Short Elmer
Ditto 1937 Short The Forgotten Man
Jail Bait 1937 Short
Mixed Magic 1936 Short Elmer 'Happy' Butterworth
The Chemist 1936 Short Elmer Triple
Blue Blazes 1936 Short Elmer Whipple
Grand Slam Opera 1936 Short Elmer Butts
Three on a Limb 1936 Short Elmer Brown
The Invader 1936 Leander Proudfoot
The Timid Young Man 1935 Short Milton
The E-Flat Man 1935 Short Elmer
Tars and Stripes 1935 Short Apprentice Seaman Elmer Doolittle
Hayseed Romance 1935 Short Elmer Dolittle
One Run Elmer 1935 Short Elmer
Palooka from Paducah 1935 Short Jim Diltz
Le roi des Champs-Élysées 1934 Buster Garner / Jim le Balafré
Allez Oop! 1934 Short Elmer
The Gold Ghost 1934 Short Wally
Hollywood on Parade No. A-13 1933 Short Orchestra Leader / Himself
What! No Beer? 1933 Elmer J. Butts
Le plombier amoureux 1932 Elmer Tuttle
Speak Easily 1932 Professor Post
The Passionate Plumber 1932 Elmer E. Tuttle
Buster se marie 1931 Reggie
Casanova wider Willen 1931 Reggie Irving
Sidewalks of New York 1931 Harmon
The Stolen Jools 1931 Short Policeman
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath 1931 Reginald Irving
De frente, marchen 1930 Canuto de la Montera
The March of Time 1930 Caveman
Doughboys 1930 Elmer
Estrellados 1930 Canuto Cuadratin
Free and Easy 1930 Elmer Butts
Spite Marriage 1929 Elmer Gantry
The Cameraman 1928 Buster
Steamboat Bill, Jr. 1928 William Canfield Jr.
College 1927 A Son
The General 1926 Johnnie Gray
Battling Butler 1926 Alfred 'Battling' Butler
Go West 1925 Friendless
The Iron Mule 1925 Short Indian (uncredited)
Seven Chances 1925 James Shannon
The Navigator 1924 Rollo Treadway
Sherlock Jr. 1924 Projectionist Sherlock, Jr.
Our Hospitality 1923 Willie McKay - 21 Years Old
Three Ages 1923 The Boy
The Love Nest 1923 Short Buster Keaton
The Balloonatic 1923 Short The Young Man (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Daydreams 1922 Short The Young Man
The Electric House 1922 Short Buster (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Frozen North 1922 Short The Bad Man
The Blacksmith 1922 Short Blacksmith's Assistant (as 'Buster' Keaton)
My Wife's Relations 1922 Short The Husband
Cops 1922 Short The Young Man (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Paleface 1922 Short Little Chief Paleface
The Boat 1921 Short The Boat Builder (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Play House 1921 Short Audience / Orchestra / Mr. Brown - First Minstrel / ... (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Goat 1921 Short The Goat
The 'High Sign' 1921 Short Our Hero (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Hard Luck 1921 Short Suicidal Boy
The Haunted House 1921 Short Bank Clerk
Neighbors 1920 Short The Boy
The Scarecrow 1920 Short Farmhand (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Convict 13 1920 Short Golfer Turned Prisoner, Guard
The Round-Up 1920 Indian (uncredited)
One Week 1920 Short The Groom
The Saphead 1920 Bertie Van Alstyne
The Garage 1920 Short Buster - The Assistant
The Hayseed 1919 Short Manager, general store
Back Stage 1919 Short Stagehand
The Cook 1918 Short Assistant Chef
Good Night, Nurse! 1918 Short Dr. Hampton / woman with umbrella
Moonshine 1918 Short Revenue Agent
The Bell Boy 1918 Short Bellboy
Out West 1918 Short Sheriff, saloon owner
A Country Hero 1917 Short Vaudeville Artist
Coney Island 1917 Short Rival / Cop with Moustache (uncredited)
Oh Doctor! 1917 Short Junior Holepoke
His Wedding Night 1917 Short Delivery Boy
The Rough House 1917 Short Gardener / Delivery Boy / Cop
The Butcher Boy 1917 Short Buster

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Railrodder 1965 Short uncredited
The Red Skelton Hour 1951-1952 TV Series 36 episodes
Un duel à mort 1952 Short screenplay - uncredited
Excuse My Dust 1951 uncredited
In the Good Old Summertime 1949 uncredited
A Southern Yankee 1948 uncredited
Cynthia 1947 uncredited
Easy to Wed 1946 uncredited
She Went to the Races 1945 uncredited
Tales of Manhattan 1942 uncredited
Go West 1940 uncredited
At the Circus 1939 uncredited
Quick Millions 1939 original story
The Jones Family in Hollywood 1939 story
Too Hot to Handle 1938 uncredited
Grand Slam Opera 1936 Short story
A Night at the Opera 1935 uncredited
Doughboys 1930 Story and based on his experiences - uncredited
The General 1926 written by
Go West 1925 written by
Three Ages 1923 uncredited
The Love Nest 1923 Short writer
The Balloonatic 1923 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
Daydreams 1922 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Electric House 1922 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Frozen North 1922 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Blacksmith 1922 Short written by
My Wife's Relations 1922 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
Cops 1922 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Paleface 1922 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Boat 1921 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Play House 1921 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Goat 1921 Short written by
The 'High Sign' 1921 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
Hard Luck 1921 Short
The Haunted House 1921 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
Neighbors 1920 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Scarecrow 1920 Short written by - as "Buster" Keaton
Convict 13 1920 Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
One Week 1920 Short as 'Buster' Keaton / written by - uncredited
The Rough House 1917 Short

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Neighbors 1920 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Scarecrow 1920 Short as "Buster" Keaton
Convict 13 1920 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
One Week 1920 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Rough House 1917 Short
The Railrodder 1965 Short uncredited
Excuse My Dust 1951 uncredited
Easy to Wed 1946 uncredited
Hollywood Cavalcade 1939 uncredited
Streamlined Swing 1938 Short
Hollywood Handicap 1938 Short
Life in Sometown, U.S.A. 1938 Short
Spite Marriage 1929 uncredited
The Cameraman 1928 uncredited
Steamboat Bill, Jr. 1928 uncredited
College 1927 uncredited
The General 1926
Battling Butler 1926
Go West 1925
Seven Chances 1925
The Navigator 1924
Sherlock Jr. 1924
Our Hospitality 1923
Three Ages 1923
The Love Nest 1923 Short
The Balloonatic 1923 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
Daydreams 1922 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Electric House 1922 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Frozen North 1922 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Blacksmith 1922 Short
My Wife's Relations 1922 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
Cops 1922 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Paleface 1922 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Boat 1921 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Play House 1921 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Goat 1921 Short
The 'High Sign' 1921 Short as 'Buster' Keaton
Hard Luck 1921 Short
The Haunted House 1921 Short as 'Buster' Keaton

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Speak Easily 1932 producer - uncredited
Buster se marie 1931 producer
Casanova wider Willen 1931 producer
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath 1931 producer
Estrellados 1930 producer
Free and Easy 1930 producer - uncredited
Spite Marriage 1929 producer - uncredited
The Cameraman 1928 producer - uncredited
The General 1926 producer - uncredited
Battling Butler 1926 producer - uncredited
Go West 1925 producer - uncredited
Seven Chances 1925 producer - uncredited
The Navigator 1924 producer - uncredited
Sherlock Jr. 1924 producer - uncredited
Three Ages 1923 producer - uncredited

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary performer: "Singin' in the Rain" 1929 - uncredited
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966 performer: "Comedy Tonight" reprise
The Rosemary Clooney Show 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode
In the Good Old Summertime 1949 performer: "In the Good Old Summertime"
The Villain Still Pursued Her 1940 performer: "Our House Is Happy Again, Tra-La"
Grand Slam Opera 1936 Short lyrics: "So Long Elmer" - uncredited / performer: "So Long Elmer" - uncredited
Speak Easily 1932 "Oh! Susanna" 1846, uncredited
Doughboys 1930 performer: "You Were Meant For Me" 1929 - uncredited
Free and Easy 1930 "It Must Be You" 1930, uncredited / performer: "The Free And Easy" 1930, "Oh King, Oh Queen", "The Corn Grows Green in Kansas" - uncredited
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 performer: "Tableau of the Jewels" 1929 - uncredited

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Buster Keaton Story 1957 technical advisor
Take Me Out to the Ball Game 1949 gag consultant - uncredited
Nothing But Trouble 1944 gag consultant - uncredited
Bathing Beauty 1944 gag consultant - uncredited
I Dood It 1943 technical advisor: comedy - uncredited
Slightly Dangerous 1943 comedy consultant - uncredited
At the Circus 1939 gag consultant - uncredited
Too Hot to Handle 1938 gag man - uncredited
Love Finds Andy Hardy 1938 gag consultant - uncredited

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The General 1926 uncredited
Seven Chances 1925 uncredited
The Navigator 1924 uncredited
Sherlock Jr. 1924 uncredited
Cops 1922 Short uncredited
The Play House 1921 Short uncredited
One Week 1920 Short uncredited
Moonshine 1918 Short uncredited

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Southern Yankee 1948 stunt assistant - uncredited
The Baby Cyclone 1928 stunt double - uncredited / stunts - uncredited
The General 1926 stunts - uncredited
Our Hospitality 1923 stunts - uncredited
A Desert Hero 1919 Short stunt double: Arbuckle / stunt double: Lake

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Life!! Kilorenzos Smith in Talks... 2012-2013 TV Series documentary inspiration - 2 episodes
Funny Show Part Two: The Video - Movie 2012 Video inspiration
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Bollywood Hero 2009 TV Series special thanks - 3 episodes
The New Bike 2009 Short acknowledgment
The Smelly Janitor 2008 Short special thanks
Mr. Reaper's Really Bad Morning 2004 Short thanks
The Dreamers 2003 acknowledgment: director of "The Cameraman" 1928
Dieter & Andreas 1989 Short grateful acknowledgment
Breath Death 1964 Short dedicated to
Hollywood Cavalcade 1939 thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Candid Camera 1962-1967 TV Series Himself
Hollywood in Spanien 1966 TV Movie documentary Himself
Stan Laurel Funeral 1965 Documentary short Himself
Salute to Stan Laurel 1965 TV Special documentary Himself
Buster Keaton Rides Again 1965 Documentary Himself
The New Truth and Consequences 1963-1965 TV Series Himself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards 1965 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The Jonathan Winters Specials 1965 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Hollywood Palace 1964 TV Series Himself - Sketch Actor
The Ed Sullivan Show 1950-1963 TV Series Himself / Himself - Comedian
Hollywood and the Stars 1963 TV Series Himself
The Jerry Lewis Show 1963 TV Series Himself
Today 1963 TV Series Himself
Es darf gelacht werden 1962 TV Series Himself - Special Guest in Studio
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers 1962 TV Special Himself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958-1961 TV Series Himself
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards 1960 TV Special Himself - Winner: Honorary Award
The Revlon Revue 1960 TV Series Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Betty White Show 1958 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1951-1957 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
I've Got a Secret 1952-1957 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Guest
This Is Your Life 1957 TV Series Himself
The Rosemary Clooney Show 1956 TV Series Himself
The Martha Raye Show 1956 TV Series Himself
The Dunninger Show 1955 TV Series Himself
Make the Connection 1955 TV Series Himself - Guest
All Star Revue 1950-1952 TV Series Himself - Guest Comedic Actor (Sketch) / Himself / Himself - Guest Comedian / ...
All Star Summer Revue 1952 TV Series Himself - Guest Actor / Pantomimist
The Arthur Murray Party 1951-1952 TV Series Himself - Actor / Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1952 TV Series Himself
The Frank Sinatra Show 1952 TV Series Himself - Sketch Actor
Wonderful Town, U.S.A. 1951 TV Series Himself
This Is Show Business 1951 TV Series Himself
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter 1951 TV Series Himself
The Ed Wynn Show 1949-1950 TV Series Himself
The Actor's Society Benefit Gala 1949 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 1 1941 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No 6: Hollywood Recreations 1940 Documentary short Himself, Disinterested Spectator
Hollywood Hobbies 1939 Short Himself (uncredited)
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs 1936 Short Himself
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara 1935 Short Himself - 'Señor Keaton'
Hollywood on Parade No. A-6 1933 Short Himself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots 1932/II Documentary short Himself
Wir schalten um auf Hollywood 1931 Himself
The Voice of Hollywood No. 26 1931 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 21 1930 Short Himself
The Voice of Hollywood 1930 Short Himself
The Voice of Hollywood No. 10 1930 Short Himself
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 Himself / Princess Raja
Character Studies 1927 Short Himself (uncredited)
Life in Hollywood No. 1 1927 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots, Series 5, No. 1 1924 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 15 1922 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 5 1922 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 3 1922 Documentary short Himself
Seeing Stars 1922 Documentary short The Waiter

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Duels 2016 TV Series documentary
Harold Lloyd: Hollywoods zeitloses Comedy-Genie 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Looking for Charlie: Or, the Day the Clown Died 2016 Documentary Himself
Welcome to the Basement 2016 TV Series Buster
Notfilm 2015 Documentary Himself
Hypertelia 2015 Documentary short Machinist
Eisenstein in Guanajuato 2015 Himself (uncredited)
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton 2014 Video Himself
2nd Indie Fest of YouTube Videos 2014 2014 TV Movie Winner of Golden Prize Alien for contribution to Comedy
Hollywoods Spaßfabrik - Als die Bilder Lachen lernten 2014 TV Movie documentary
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Comic Kino-Eye 2013 Video documentary short Himself
Cinéphiles de notre temps 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Televisión registrada 2012 TV Series Himself
Laurel and Hardy: Die komische Liebesgeschichte von 'Dick & Doof' 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The One Show 2011 TV Series The Boy
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Pritzker Military Library Presents 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Morir de humor 2008 TV Movie
Spisok korabley 2008 Documentary
Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass 2008 Short
Edge of Outside 2006 Documentary Buster
Silent Clowns 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary
Buster Keaton: From Silents to Shorts 2006 Video documentary short
Hollywood Rivals: Chaplin vs Keaton 2006 Video documentary
Timeshift 2005 TV Series documentary Sherlock Jr
Candid Camera: 5 Decades of Smiles 2005 Video Himself
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary
The Forgotten Films of Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle 2005 Video documentary
So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano - La vera storia di Franco e Ciccio 2004 Documentary
In the Good Old Summertime Intro 2004 Video documentary short Hickey
Bob Monkhouse's Comedy Heroes 2004 TV Movie Himself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second 2003 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Buster Keaton and Fatty Roscoe Arbuckle 2002 TV Short documentary Himself
The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Slaphappy 2001 TV Series Himself (2001)
L'Art de Buster Keaton 2001 Video documentary short Various characters
American Masters 1989-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Hidden Hollywood II: More Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Film Breaks 1999 TV Series documentary
50 años de cámaras ocultas 1998 TV Movie Himself
Loriot 1997 TV Series The Young Man (Cops, 1922)
Candid Camera's 50th Anniversary 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Art of Buster Keaton 1995 Video documentary
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary Himself / Blacksmith's Assistant
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Buster, 'The Cameraman' (uncredited)
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'Hollywood Revue of 1929' (uncredited)
Funny Business 1992 TV Series documentary
Legends of Comedy 1992 TV Movie documentary
Buster's Bedroom 1991 uncredited
Sprockets 1991 TV Series The Young Man
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow 1987-1989 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen 1988 TV Movie documentary
Lorca, muerte de un poeta 1987 TV Series
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend 1987 Documentary Himself
Going Hollywood: The '30s 1984 Documentary
Historia del cine: Epoca muda 1983 Video documentary Various roles
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - 'Cops' (uncredited)
Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 TV Movie documentary
Hollywood 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Hollywood Clowns 1979 Video documentary
Clapper Board 1976 TV Series
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Himself
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary William Canfield Jr.
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Movie Clip (uncredited)
It's Showtime 1976 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Hooray for Hollywood 1975 Documentary Himself
The Golden Age of Buster Keaton 1975 Documentary
The Three Stooges Follies 1974 Clarence Plunkett
That's Entertainment! 1974 Documentary Himself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Double Headed Eagle: Hitler's Rise to Power 1918-1933 1973 Documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself
4 Clowns 1970 James Shannon, from Seven Chances
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Himself
The Great Stone Face 1968 Documentary Various Characters
Off to See the Wizard 1967 TV Series Lion Tamer
The Big Parade of Comedy 1964 Documentary Buster in 'The Cameraman'
Breath Death 1964 Short Himself
The Sound of Laughter 1963 Documentary Elmer Butts
Fractured Flickers 1963 TV Series
30 Years of Fun 1963
Nickelodeon Days 1962 Documentary
The Great Chase 1962 Documentary
Calendar 1962 TV Series
Crazy Days 1962 Short Various (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Golden Years 1961 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The DuPont Show of the Week 1961 TV Series Himself
When Comedy Was King 1960 Documentary edited from 'Cops'
Lifetime of Comedy 1960
Columbia Laff Hour 1956
Ça c'est du cinéma 1951
¡Qué tiempos aquéllos! 1951 Documentary
Wonderful Times 1950 Documentary Himself
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership 1949 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Take It or Leave It 1944 Buster Keaton: Clip from 'Hollywood Cavalcade' (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 12 1939 Documentary short Himself
The Movies March On 1939 Short documentary Himself
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