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Buster Keaton (1895–1966)


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, ... See full bio »

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 1966 The Scribe (Short)
Journalist
 1965 Due marines e un generale
Gen. von Kassler
 1965 Film (Short)
The Man
 1965 Sergeant Dead Head
Airman Blinken
 1965 The Railrodder (Short)
The Man
 1958-1965 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Mr. Turner / Charlie
- Now You See It, Now You Don't (1965) ... Mr. Turner
- A Very Merry Christmas (1958) ... Charlie
 1965 The Man Who Bought Paradise (TV Movie)
Mr. Bloor
 1964 Pajama Party
Chief Rotten Eagle
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Mortimer Lovely
- Who Killed 1/2 of Glory Lee? (1964) ... Mortimer Lovely
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Pippo
- You're All Right, Ivy (1964) ... Pippo
 1963 The Triumph of Lester Snapwell (Short)
Lester Snapwell
 1963 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (TV Series)
Si Willis
- Think Mink (1963) ... Si Willis
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Jonah Butler
- Journey to Nineveh (1962) ... Jonah Butler
 1962 Ten Girls Ago (TV Movie)
Gaspar Dan
 1962 Medicine Man (TV Movie)
Junior
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
- After Hours (1960)
 1958 The Adventures of Mr. Pastry (TV Movie)
Professor
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Charles Blackburn / Harrison
- The Innocent Sleep (1958) ... Charles Blackburn
- No Time at All (1958) ... Harrison
 1958 You Asked for It (TV Series)
The baker
- Episode dated 16 February 1958 (1958) ... The baker
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Train Conductor - San Francisco to Fort Kearney
 1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Member of the Jury
- The Night of January Sixteenth (1956) ... Member of the Jury
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Kelsey Dutton
- The Silent Partner (1955) ... Kelsey Dutton
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
Agent
- Strange Little Stranger (1955) ... Agent
 1954 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
The Man
- The Awakening (1954) ... The Man
 1952 Paradise for Buster (Short)
Buster
 1952 Limelight
Calvero's Partner
 1952 Un duel à mort (Short)
Le premier pêcheur
 1951 Life with Buster Keaton (TV Series)
BK
 1951 The Buster Keaton Show (TV Series)
Buster Keaton / Buster 'B.K.' Keaton
- Gone Fishing ... Buster Keaton
- Buster in the Jungle ... Buster Keaton
- Buster in Training ... Buster 'B.K.' Keaton
 1950 Sunset Blvd.
Buster Keaton
 1949 You're My Everything
Butler
 1949 The Lovable Cheat
Goulard
 1949 El Colmillo de Buda
Moe
 1946 God's Country
Mr. Boone aka Old Tarp
 1945 She Went to the Races
Bellboy (uncredited)
 1945 That Night with You
Sam - Short Order Cook
 1945 That's the Spirit
L.M.
 1944 San Diego I Love You
Bus Driver
 1943 Forever and a Day
Wilkins
 1941 She's Oil Mine (Short)
Buster Waters, plumber
 1941 General Nuisance (Short)
Peter Hedley Lamar Jr.
 1941 So You Won't Squawk (Short)
Eddie
 1940 His Ex Marks the Spot (Short)
Buster - the husband
 1940 Li'l Abner
Lonesome Polecat
 1940 The Villain Still Pursued Her
William Dalton
 1940 The Spook Speaks (Short)
Buster
 1940 New Moon
Prisoner - 'LuLu' (uncredited)
 1940 The Taming of the Snood (Short)
Buster Keaton
 1940 Pardon My Berth Marks (Short)
Elmer - Newspaper Copyboy
 1940 Nothing But Pleasure (Short)
Clarence Plunkett
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade
Buster Keaton
 1939 Mooching Through Georgia (Short)
Homer Cobb
 1939 Pest from the West (Short)
Sir
 1937 Love Nest on Wheels (Short)
Elmer
 1937 Ditto (Short)
The Forgotten Man
 1937 Jail Bait (Short)
 1936 Mixed Magic (Short)
Elmer 'Happy' Butterworth
 1936 The Chemist (Short)
Elmer Triple
 1936 Blue Blazes (Short)
Elmer Whipple
 1936 Grand Slam Opera (Short)
Elmer Butts
 1936 Three on a Limb (Short)
Elmer Brown
 1936 The Invader
Leander Proudfoot
 1935 The Timid Young Man (Short)
Milton
 1935 The E-Flat Man (Short)
Elmer
 1935 Tars and Stripes (Short)
Apprentice Seaman Elmer Doolittle
 1935 Hayseed Romance (Short)
Elmer Dolittle
 1935 One Run Elmer (Short)
Elmer
 1935 Palooka from Paducah (Short)
Jim Diltz
 1934 Le roi des Champs-Élysées
Buster Garner / Jim le Balafré
 1934 Allez Oop (Short)
Elmer
 1934 The Gold Ghost (Short)
Wally
 1933 Hollywood on Parade No. A-13 (Short)
Orchestra Leader / Himself
 1933 What-No Beer?
Elmer J. Butts
 1932 Le plombier amoureux
Elmer Tuttle
 1932 Speak Easily
Professor Post
 1932 The Passionate Plumber
Elmer
 1931 Buster se marie
Reggie
 1931 Casanova wider Willen
Reggie Irving
 1931 Sidewalks of New York
Harmon
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Policeman
 1931 Parlor, Bedroom and Bath
Reginald Irving
 1930 The March of Time
Caveman
 1930 De frente, marchen
Canuto de la Montera
 1930 Doughboys
Elmer
 1930 Estrellados
Canuto Cuadratin
 1930 Free and Easy
Elmer
 1929 Spite Marriage
Elmer
 1928 Brotherly Love
Barber (uncredited)
 1928 The Cameraman
Buster
 1927 College
A Son
 1926 The General
Johnnie Gray
 1925 The Iron Mule (Short)
Indian (uncredited)
 1924 Sherlock Jr.
Projectionist / Sherlock, Jr.
 1923 Our Hospitality
Willie McKay - 21 Years Old
 1923 Three Ages
The Boy
 1923 The Love Nest (Short)
Buster Keaton
 1923 The Balloonatic (Short)
The Young Man (as 'Buster' Keaton)
 1922 Day Dreams (Short)
The Young Man
 1922 The Electric House (Short)
Buster (as 'Buster' Keaton)
 1922 The Frozen North (Short)
The Bad Man
 1922 The Blacksmith (Short)
Blacksmith's Assistant (as 'Buster' Keaton)
 1922 My Wife's Relations (Short)
The Husband
 1922 Cops (Short)
The Young Man (as 'Buster' Keaton)
 1922 The Paleface (Short)
Little Chief Paleface
 1921 The Boat (Short)
The Boat Builder (as 'Buster' Keaton)
 1921 The Play House (Short)
Audience / Orchestra / Mr. Brown - First Minstrel / ... (as 'Buster' Keaton)
 1921 The Goat (Short)
The Goat
 1921 The 'High Sign' (Short)
Our Hero (as 'Buster' Keaton)
 1921 Hard Luck (Short)
Suicidal Boy
 1921 The Haunted House (Short)
Bank Clerk
 1920 Neighbors (Short)
The Boy
 1920 The Scarecrow (Short)
Farmhand (as 'Buster' Keaton)
 1920 Convict 13 (Short)
Golfer Turned Prisoner, Guard
 1920 The Round-Up
Indian (uncredited)
 1920 One Week (Short)
The Groom
 1920 The Saphead
Bertie Van Alstyne
 1920 The Garage (Short)
Buster - The Assistant
 1919 The Hayseed (Short)
Manager, general store
 1919 Back Stage (Short)
Stagehand
 1918 The Cook (Short)
Assistant Chef
 1918 Good Night, Nurse! (Short)
Dr. Hampton / woman with umbrella
 1918 Moonshine (Short)
Revenue Agent
 1918 The Bell Boy (Short)
Bellboy
 1918 Out West (Short)
Sheriff, saloon owner
 1917 A Country Hero (Short)
Vaudeville Artist
 1917 Coney Island (Short)
Rival / Cop with Moustache (uncredited)
 1917 Oh Doctor! (Short)
Junior Holepoke
 1917 His Wedding Night (Short)
Delivery Boy
 1917 The Rough House (Short)
Gardener / Delivery Boy / Cop
 1917 The Butcher Boy (Short)
Buster
Show Show Writer (42 credits)
Show Show Director (46 credits)
Show Show Producer (15 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (9 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (9 credits)
Show Show Editor (8 credits)
Show Show Stunts (5 credits)
Show Show Thanks (12 credits)
Show Show Self (54 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (78 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Co-starred in a pilot for a proposed CBS sitcom called "Medicine Man" which also featured Ernie Kovacs (Kovacs died a week after the pilot was completed). See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Biographical Movies | 20 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

'Buster' Keaton

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[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. See more »

Trivia:

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 ... See more »

Trademark:

Pork pie hat, slapshoes, deadpan expression See more »

Nickname:

The Great Stone Face See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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