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Buster Keaton
Birthday: December 31, 1969

Birth Place: Piqua, Kansas, USA
Height: 5' 6"

Below is a complete filmography (list of movies he's appeared in) for Buster Keaton. If you have any corrections or additions, please email us at corrections@actorsofhollywood.com. We'd also be interested in any trivia or other information you have.



When at six months he tumbled down a flight of stairs unharmed he was given the name "Buster" by Harry Houdini who, along with W.C. Fields, Bill Robinson ("Bojangles"), Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson shared headlines with The Three Keatons: Buster, his father Joe Keaton and mother Myra Keaton. Their act, one of the most dangerous in vaudeville, was about how to discipline a prankster child. Buster was thrown all over the stage and even into the audience. No matter what the stunt, he was poker-faced. By age 21 his father was so alcoholic the stunts became too dangerous to perform and the act dissolved. He first saw a movie studio in March 1917 and on April 23 his debut film, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy (1917), was released. He stayed with Fatty through 15 two-reelers, even though he was offered much more to sign with Fox or Warner Bros. after returning from ten months with the U.S. Army (40th Infantry Division) in France. His first full-length feature, The Saphead (1920), established him as a star in his own right. By the middle of 1921 he had his own production company--Buster Keaton Productions--and was writing, directing and starring in his own films. With a small and close team around him, Keaton created some of the most beautiful and imaginative films of the silent era. The General (1927), his favorite, was one of the last films over which he had artistic control. In 1928, he reluctantly signed with MGM after his contract with independent producer Joe Schenk expired. MGM quickly began to enforce their rigid, mechanized style of film-making on Keaton, swamping him with gag-writers and scripts. He fought against it for a time, and the compromise was initially fruitful, his first film for MGM - _Cameraman, The (1928)_ - being one of his finest. But with his creativity becoming increasingly stifled, he began to drink excessively, despondent at having to perform material that was beneath him. Ironically, his films around 1930 were his most successful to date in terms of box-office, which confirmed to MGM that their formula was right. His drinking led to a disregard for schedules and erratic behaviour on the MGM lot, and a disastrous confrontation with Louis Mayer resulted in him being fired. The diplomatic producer Irving Thalberg attempted to smooth things over but Keaton was past caring. By 1932 he was a divorced alcoholic, getting work where he could, mostly in short comedies. In 1935 he entered a mental hospital. MGM rehired him in 1937 as a 0-a-week gag-man (his salary ten years before was more than ten times this amount). The occasional film was a boost to this steady income. In 1947 his career rebounded with a live appearance at Cirque Medrano in Paris. In 1952 James Mason, who then owned Keaton's Hollywood mansion, found a secret store of presumably lost nitrate stock of many of Buster's early films; film historian and archivist Raymond Rohauer began a serious collection/preservation of Buster's work. In 1957 Buster appeared with Charles Chaplin in Limelight (1952) and his film biography, The Buster Keaton Story (1957) was released. Two years later he received a special Oscar for his life work in comedy, and he began to receive the accolades he so richly deserved, with festivals around the world honoring his work. He died at 70 years of age.

Movie Credits
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
[ Roy Kinnear ]
Due marines e un generale (1966)
Film (1965)
Sergeant Dead Head (1965)
[ Cesar Romero ]
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)
[ Mickey Rooney ]
The Railrodder (1965)
The Man Who Bought Paradise (1965)
[ Ray Walston ]
Pajama Party (1964)
[ Don Rickles ]
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
[ Don Knotts ][ Mickey Rooney ][ Spencer Tracy ][ Jerry Lewis ][ Carl Reiner ]
The Triumph of Lester Snapwell (1963)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
[ Harry Dean Stanton ][ Tony Randall ]
A Very Merry Christmas (1958)
No Time at All (1958)
[ Charles Bronson ]
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
[ David Niven ][ Peter Lorre ][ John Gielgud ][ John Mills ][ Cesar Romero ]
Incantevole nemica, L' (1953)
Limelight (1952)
[ Charles Chaplin ]
Paradise for Buster (1952)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
[ William Holden ][ Billy Wilder ]
The Misadventures of Buster Keaton (1950)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
[ Van Johnson ]
You're My Everything (1949)
The Lovable Cheat (1949)
Colmillo de Buda, El (1949)
Moderno Barba Azul, El (1946)
God's Country (1946)
She Went to the Races (1945)
That Night with You (1945)
That's the Spirit (1945)
San Diego I Love You (1944)
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
[ Van Johnson ]
Forever and a Day (1943)
[ Claude Rains ][ Charles Laughton ][ Ray Bolger ][ Ray Milland ][ Christopher Isherwood ]
She's Oil Mine (1941)
General Nuisance (1941)
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 1 (1941)
So You Won't Squawk (1941)
His Ex Marks the Spot (1940)
Li'l Abner (1940)
The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940)
The Spook Speaks (1940)
New Moon (1940)
The Taming of the Snood (1940)
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 6 (1940)
Pardon My Berth Marks (1940)
Nothing But Pleasure (1940)
Mooching Through Georgia (1939)
Pest from the West (1939)
Ditto (1937)
Jail Bait (1937)
Love Nest on Wheels (1937)
Mixed Magic (1936)
The Chemist (1936)
Blue Blazes (1936)
Grand Slam Opera (1936)
Three on a Limb (1936)
The Timid Young Man (1935)
The E-Flat Man (1935)
Tars and Stripes (1935)
Hayseed Romance (1935)
One Run Elmer (1935)
Palooka from Paducah (1935)
The Invader (1935)
The Gold Ghost (1934)
Roi des Champs-Élysées, Le (1934)
Allez Oop (1934)
What! No Beer? (1933)
Speak Easily (1932)
The Passionate Plumber (1932)
Plombier amoureux, Le (1932)
Casanova wider Willen (1931)
Sidewalks of New York (1931)
The Slippery Pearls (1931)
[ Gary Cooper ][ Stan Laurel ]
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)
Buster se marie (1931)
Wir schalten um auf Hollywood (1931)
[ Ramon Novarro ]
Doughboys (1930)
Free and Easy (1930)
The March of Time (1930)
De frente, marchen (1930)
Estrellados (1930)
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
[ Stan Laurel ]
Spite Marriage (1929)
The Cameraman (1928)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
College (1927)
The General (1927)
Battling Butler (1926)
Go West (1925)
The Iron Mule (1925)
Seven Chances (1925)
The Navigator (1924)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Our Hospitality (1923)
Three Ages (1923)
The Love Nest (1923)
The Balloonatic (1923)
Daydreams (1922)
The Electric House (1922)
The Haunted House (1922)
The Frozen North (1922)
The Blacksmith (1922)
My Wife's Relations (1922)
Cops (1922)
The Paleface (1922)
The Boat (1921)
The Playhouse (1921)
The Goat (1921)
The 'High Sign' (1921)
Hard Luck (1921)
The Haunted House (1921)
Convict 13 (1920)
The Saphead (1920)
The Round-Up (1920)
One Week (1920)
Neighbors (1920)
The Scarecrow (1920)
The Garage (1919)
The Hayseed (1919)
Back Stage (1919)
The Cook (1918)
Good Night, Nurse! (1918)
Moonshine (1918)
The Bell Boy (1918)
Out West (1918)
The Rough House (1917)
The Butcher Boy (1917)
A Country Hero (1917)
Coney Island (1917)
Oh Doctor! (1917)
His Wedding Night (1917)


  • Son of Joe Keaton.
  • Son of Myra Keaton.
  • Father of Buster Keaton Jr.
  • Brother of Harry Keaton and Louise Keaton.
  • His older son was born during his marriage to Natalie Talmadge.
  • 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.
  • Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • 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.
  • Fractured his neck while filming a movie 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.
  • 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.
  • His mother was of British/German heritage, and his father was of Scottish/Irish heritage.
  • 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.
  • First married Mae Scriven in Mexico on 1 January 1932 before his divorce from Natalie Talmadge was final, then again legally in 1933.
  • He became an alcoholic when he his career colapsed around 1930, only kicking his habit and regaining his self-esteem when he married Eleanor Norris, who was his wife from 1940 to his death in 1966.
  • 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.
  • Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 523-531. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
  • He was voted the 35th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • 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.
  • Not only did Keaton do all his own stunts, but, when needed, he acted as a stunt double for other actors in the films.
  • 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 also did this.
  • The three top comedians in silent era Hollywood were Keaton, Charlie 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.
  • In one scene in the film _Sherlock, Jr. (1924)_ at a train station, he was hanging off of 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
  • Was named the 21st Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by the American Film Institute
  • Was hearing-impaired since 1918, when he was in Germany fighting the war.
  • Is portrayed by Ian Mune in Lucy (2003) (TV) and by Donald O'Connor in The Buster Keaton Story (1957)
  • 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 was born.
  • Loved to play baseball. He would sometimes play baseball between takes on the movie set.
  • Said he learned everything about movie-making and comedy from 'Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle' .
  • The Navigator (1924) was his most successful movie according to the gross.
  • 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.
  • He and his parents formed an acrobatic group called "The three Keatons" in his early youth.
  • Wanted to become an engineer as a child
  • His performance as Johnny Gray in _The General (1927)_ is ranked #34 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

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