Buster 'The Great Stoneface' Keaton Was A 'Brilliant' Comedian, According To Film Director (Exclusive)

Legend has it that Buster Keaton got his nickname from Harry Houdini after the magician saw him tumble down a flight of stairs as an infant and not shed a tear. "Boy, that was sure a buster!" Harry allegedly declared, using the parlance of the day for a fall. That was far from the only hard-knock Buster endured in his life. Incorporated into his parents' vaudeville act as a baby, he was tossed around the stage like a slapstick prop. "It wasn't really child abuse," Peter Bogdanovich, director of the new documentary The Great Buster, exclusively told Closer Weekly in the magazine's latest issue, on newsstands now. "It was comedy." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Buster went out on his own as a silent-film comic and became a superstar, earning the moniker "The Great Stone Face" for his deadpan gags. His love life didn't make him smile, either. His first marriage,
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