Buster Keaton (I) (1895–1966)

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Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra 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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

The General Johnnie Gray
Sherlock Jr. Projectionist / Sherlock, Jr.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. William Canfield Jr.
Seven Chances James Shannon


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 1966 The Scribe (Short)
The Reporter
 1965 War Italian Style
Gen. von Kassler
 1965 Film (Short)
The Man
 1965 Sergeant Dead Head
Airman Blinken
 1965 The Railrodder (Short)
The Man
 1965 Beach Blanket Bingo
 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)
- You're All Right, Ivy (1964) ... Pippo
 1963 The Triumph of Lester Snapwell (Short)
Lester Snapwell
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Jimmy the Crook
 1963 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (TV Series)
Si Willis
- Think Mink (1963) ... Si Willis
 1962 Medicine Man (TV Movie)
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Jonah Butler
- Journey to Nineveh (1962) ... Jonah Butler
 1962 Ten Girls Ago (TV Movie)
Gaspar Dan
 1961 The Home Owner (Short)
The Home Owner
 1961 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Woodrow Mulligan
- Once Upon a Time (1961) ... Woodrow Mulligan
 1960 The Devil to Pay (Short)
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
- After Hours (1960)
 1958 The Adventures of Mr. Pastry (TV Movie)
 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 80 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)
- Strange Little Stranger (1955) ... Agent
 1954 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Dr. Bradley
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1954) ... Dr. Bradley
 1954 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
The Man
- The Awakening (1954) ... The Man
 1952 Un duel à mort (Short)
Le premier pêcheur
 1952 Limelight
Calvero's Partner
 1952 Paradise for Buster (Short)
 1951 Life with Buster Keaton (TV Series)
 1950-1951 The Buster Keaton Show (TV Series)
Buster Keaton
- Buster in the Jungle (1951) ... Buster Keaton
- Gone Fishing (1950) ... Buster Keaton
 1950 Sunset Blvd.
Buster Keaton
 1949 Hollywood on Television (TV Series)
Guest (1949)
 1949 You're My Everything
 1949 The Lovable Cheat
 1949 El Colmillo de Buda
 1947 Buck Privates Come Home
Painter (uncredited)
 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
 1944 San Diego I Love You
Bus Driver
 1943 Forever and a Day
 1941 She's Oil Mine (Short)
Buster Waters - Plumber
 1941 General Nuisance (Short)
Peter Hedley Lamar Jr.
 1941 So You Won't Squawk? (Short)
 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)
 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)
 1937 Love Nest on Wheels (Short)
 1937 Ditto (Short)
The Forgotten Man
 1937 Jail Bait (Short)
Office Boy
 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)
 1935 The E-Flat Man (Short)
 1935 Tars and Stripes (Short)
Apprentice Seaman Elmer Doolittle
 1935 Hayseed Romance (Short)
Elmer Dolittle
 1935 One Run Elmer (Short)
 1935 Palooka from Paducah (Short)
Jim Diltz
 1934 Le roi des Champs-Élysées
Buster Garner / Jim le Balafré
 1934 Allez Oop! (Short)
 1934 The Gold Ghost (Short)
 1933 Hollywood on Parade No. A-13 (Short)
Orchestra Leader / Self
 1933 What-No Beer?
Elmer J. Butts
 1932 Le plombier amoureux
Elmer Tuttle
 1932 Speak Easily
Prof. Post
 1932 The Passionate Plumber
Elmer E. Tuttle
 1931 Buster se marie
 1931 Casanova wider Willen
Reggie Irving
 1931 Sidewalks of New York
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
 1931 Parlor, Bedroom and Bath
Reginald Irving
 1930 De frente, marchen
Canuto de la Montera
 1930 The March of Time
 1930 Doughboys
Elmer J. Stuyvesant Jr.
 1930 Estrellados
Canuto Cuadratin
 1930 Free and Easy
Elmer Butts
 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929
Buster Keaton / Princess Raja
 1929 Spite Marriage
Elmer Edgemont
 1929 Tide of Empire
Drunk Cowboy Thrown Out of Saloon (uncredited)
 1928 The Cameraman
 1928 Steamboat Bill, Jr.
William Canfield Jr.
 1927 College
The Boy
 1926 The General
Johnnie Gray
 1926 Battling Butler
Alfred Butler -posing as Battling Butler
 1925 Go West
 1925 The Iron Mule (Short)
Indian (uncredited)
 1925 Seven Chances
James Shannon
 1924 The Navigator
Rollo Treadway
 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 (as "Buster" Keaton)
 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 The Saphead
Bertie Van Alstyne
 1920 One Week (Short)
The Groom
 1920 The Garage (Short)
Buster - The Assistant
 1919 The Hayseed (Short)
Manager, General Store
 1919 Back Stage (Short)
 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)
 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)
Show Show Writer (42 credits)
Show Show Director (39 credits)
Show Show Producer (16 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (10 credits)
Show Show Additional Crew (9 credits)
Show Show Editor (8 credits)
Show Show Stunts (5 credits)
Show Show Thanks (15 credits)
Show Show Self (73 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (145 credits)

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Alternate Names:

"Buster" Keaton | 'Buster' Keaton | Joseph Francis Buster Keaton


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[on why he did all his own stunts] Stuntmen don't get laughs. See more »


He has appeared in eight films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: One Week (1920), Cops (1922), Sherlock Jr. (1924), The Navigator (1924), The General (1926), Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928), The Cameraman (1928) and Sunset Blvd. (1950). He has also directed seven films that are in the ... See more »


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