Charlie Chaplin
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Seven Chances
Mack Sennett
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Del Lord
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Charley Chase
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Natalie Talmadge
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Ciccio Ingrassia
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Buster Keaton

Knowledge Identifier: +Buster_Keaton


Buster Keaton

American comic actor, filmmaker, producer and writeradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1895.

Countries: United States (65%), United Kingdom (8%), (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Charlie Chaplin, Seven Chances, Mack Sennett

Linked to: American Film Institute, Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer




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Buster Keaton was born in 1895 add something


Myra Keaton - Their son, silent film actor Buster Keaton , was born October 4, 1895


At the age of three, Keaton began performing with his parents in The Three Keatons. add something


The secret is in landing limp and breaking the fall with a foot or a hand. add something


In February 1917, Keaton met Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle at the Talmadge Studios in New York City, where Arbuckle was under contract to Joseph M. Schenck. add something


Roscoe Arbuckle - Arbuckle gave Buster Keaton his first film-making work in the 1917 short, "The Butcher Boy"


In 1920, The Saphead was released, in which Keaton had his first starring role in a full-length feature. add something


Edward Coxen - By the time Coxen entered entered his 40s in the 1920s, he became largely a supporting actor usually portraying villains, but working with stars such as Buster Keaton


Irving Cummings - Few of the films he made as an actor are easily available, except for Buster Keaton's first feature film, "The Saphead" , in which Cummings plays a crooked stockbroker and Fred Niblo's film Sex , one of the first films to depict a new phenomenon in 1920s America, the Flapper


Film - However, in the 1920s, European filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau and Fritz Lang, in many ways inspired by the meteoric wartime progress of film through Griffith, along with the contributions of Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and others, quickly caught up with American film-making and continued to further advance the medium


Jules Furthman - In 1920, he married the actress Sybil Seely, who played in five films directed by Buster Keaton and bore him a son in 1921 and retired from acting in 1922


Joe Roberts - When Buster Keaton's film apprenticeship years with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle came to an end, and Keaton began making his own shorts in 1920, he asked Roberts to join him


In 1921, Keaton married Natalie Talmadge, sister-in-law of his boss, Joseph Schenck, and sister of actresses Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge. add something


Hard Luck (1921 film) - "'Hard Luck"' is a 1921 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton


Natalie Talmadge - Talmadge married Buster Keaton on May 31, 1921, after an unusual courtship where they did not see each other for two years and exchanged no love letters


With the exception of Seeing Stars, a minor publicity film produced in 1922, Limelight was the only time in which the two would ever appear together on film. add something


The Blacksmith - "'The Blacksmith"' is a 1922 American short comedy film co-written, co-directed by and featuring Buster Keaton


Jean Arthur - Aside from appearing in films for Action Pictures between 1924 and 1926, she appeared in some independent westerns including "The Drug Store Cowboy" , and westerns for Poverty Row, as well as having an uncredited bit part in Buster Keaton's "Seven Chances"


Charlie Chaplin - There is evidence that Chaplin and Keaton, who both got their start in vaudeville, thought highly of one another: Keaton stated in his autobiography that Chaplin was the greatest comedian that ever lived, and the greatest comedy director, whereas Chaplin welcomed Keaton to United Artists in 1925, advised him against his disastrous move to MGM in 1928, and for his last American film, Limelight, wrote a part specifically for Keaton as his first on-screen comedy partner since 1915.


Seven Chances - "'Seven Chances"' is a 1925 American comedy silent film directed by and starring Buster Keaton, based on a play written by Roi Cooper Megrue, produced in 1916 by David Belasco


Thelma Todd - Appearing in about 120 pictures between 1926 and 1935, she is best remembered for her comedic roles in films like Marx Brothers' "Monkey Business" and "Horse Feathers", a number of Charley Chase's short comedies, and co-starring with Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante in "Speak Easily"


James J. Andrews - Buster Keaton's 1927 feature-length comedy masterpiece "The General" was loosely based on the incident


Marion Mack - In 1927 she was cast in her best known role as "Annabelle Lee", the estranged girlfriend of Buster Keaton's character, "Johnnie Gray", in "The General"


Marceline Day - Marceline Day is probably best recalled for her appearances in the now lost 1927 Tod Browning directed horror classic "London After Midnight" opposite Lon Chaney and Conrad Nagel, her role as Sally Richards in the 1928 comedy "The Cameraman" opposite Buster Keaton, and the 1929 drama "The Jazz Age" opposite Douglas Fairbanks Jr.


James W. Horne - On the strength of Horne's work in "The Cruise of the Jasper B", Buster Keaton hired him to direct his 1927 comedy "College"


Madame Sul-Te-Wan - Some of her most memorable roles of the era were in the 1927 James W. Horne-directed Buster Keaton comedy "College", and in the 1929 Erich von Stroheim-directed drama "Queen Kelly", starring Gloria Swanson


Ormsby M. Mitchel - The pursuit of Andrews' Raiders formed the basis of the Buster Keaton silent film "The General" and a dramatic 1956 Walt Disney film, "The Great Locomotive Chase"


Keaton signed with MGM in 1928, a business decision that he would later call the worst of his life. add something


Edward Brophy - In 1928, with only a few minor film roles to his credit, Brophy was working as a junior production executive for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer when he was chosen to appear with Buster Keaton in one sequence of Keaton's film "The Cameraman"


Dorothy Sebastian - Sebastian appeared in 1929's "Spite Marriage", wherein she was cast opposite her then-lover Buster Keaton


In 1933, he married his nurse, Mae Scriven, during an alcoholic binge about which he afterwards claimed to remember nothing (Keaton himself later called that period an "alcoholic blackout"). add something


In 1934, Keaton accepted an offer to make an independent film in Paris , Le Roi des Champs-√Člysees. add something


Charles Lamont - By 1934 Lamont was Educational's top director, and he collaborated with Buster Keaton on most of Keaton's 16 Educational shorts


Keaton's personal favorite was the series' debut entry, Pest from the West, a shorter, tighter remake of Keaton's little-viewed 1935 feature The Invader; it was directed not by White but by Del Lord, a veteran director for Mack Sennett. add something


Mack Sennett - His last work, in 1935, was as a producer-director for Educational Pictures; he directed Buster Keaton in "The Timid Young Man" and Joan Davis in "Way Up Thar"


Rudi Fehr - In 1935 he worked on the editing of the Buster Keaton film "The Invader"


When the series lapsed in 1937, Keaton returned to MGM as a gag writer, including the Marx Brothers films At the Circus and Go West, and providing material for Red Skelton. add something


Richard Fiske - The tall, handsome young actor signed a contract with Columbia Pictures in 1938, and appeared regularly in the studio's "B" pictures, serials, and short subjects, including major roles in the popular serials "The Spider's Web" and "Flying G-Men" , frequent castings in the "Blondie", "The Lone Wolf", and "Boston Blackie" series, and equally frequent work with short-subject comedians Charley Chase, Andy Clyde, and Buster Keaton


In 1939, Columbia Pictures hired Keaton to star in ten two-reel comedies, running for two years. add something


Keaton's personal life had stabilized with his 1940 marriage, and now he was taking life a little easier, abandoning Columbia for the less strenuous field of feature films. add something


Margaret Hamilton - Hamilton co-starred opposite Buster Keaton and Richard Cromwell, in a 1940s spoof of the long-running local melodrama "The Drunkard", entitled "The Villain Still Pursued Her"


Boris Karloff - The actor appeared at a celebrity baseball game as the Monster in 1940, hitting a gag home run and making catcher Buster Keaton fall into an acrobatic dead faint as the Monster stomped into home plate.


Between 1947 and 1954, they appeared regularly in the Cirque Medrano in Paris as a double act. add something


Critics rediscovered Keaton in 1949 and producers occasionally hired him for bigger "prestige" pictures. add something


In 1949, comedian Ed Wynn invited Keaton to appear on his CBS Television comedy-variety show, The Ed Wynn Show, which was televised live on the West Coast. add something


At the age of 55, he successfully recreated one of the stunts of his youth, in which he propped one foot onto a table, swung the second foot up next to it, and held the awkward position in midair for a moment before crashing to the stage floor. add something


In 1950, Keaton had a successful television series, The Buster Keaton Show, which was broadcast live on a local Los Angeles station. add something


Billy Gilbert - Gilbert worked in 1950s television, including a memorable pantomime sketch with Buster Keaton


C. Cameron Macauley - He is known for a series of portraits he produced mostly in the 1950s, including photographs of Jack Benny, Aldous Huxley, Frank Lloyd Wright, Count Basie, Buster Keaton and John Houseman


Kinescopes were made for distribution of the programs to other parts of the country since there was no transcontinental coaxial cable until September 1951. add something


Marcia Mae Jones - In 1951 she appeared as comic foil to Buster Keaton in Keaton's filmed TV series


Del Lord - In 1952, he directed Buster Keaton in an industrial featurette, "A Paradise for Buster"


Limelight (1952 film) - "'Limelight"' is a 1952 comedy-drama film written, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, co-starring Claire Bloom, with an appearance by Buster Keaton


In 1954, Keaton played his first television dramatic role in "The Awakening", an episode of the syndicated anthology series Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents. add something


Jack Lescoulie - Typical Lescoulie sketches included acting a scene from Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra" with Jayne Mansfield in July, 1956, and being hit in the face with a pie by Buster Keaton in April, 1963


A 1957 film biography, The Buster Keaton Story, starred Donald O'Connor as Keaton. add something


In December 1958, Keaton was a guest star as a hospital janitor who provides gifts to sick children in a special Christmas episode of The Donna Reed Show on ABC. The program was titled "A Very Merry Christmas". add something


In 1960, Keaton returned to MGM for the final time, playing a lion tamer in a 1960 adaptation of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. add something


In August 1960, Keaton accepted the role of mute King Sextimus the Silent in the national touring company of Once Upon A Mattress, a successful Broadway musical. add something


Harry Reser - In 1960 he appeared with Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee and Buster Keaton in "A 70th Birthday Salute to Paul Whiteman" on TV's "The Revlon Revue"


In 1961, he starred in The Twilight Zone episode "Once Upon a Time", which included both silent and sound sequences. add something


Keaton as a time traveler in The Twilight Zone episode, "Once Upon a Time", November 1961. add something


Keaton with fellow comedian Joe E. Brown in a 1962 episode of Route 66. add something


In 1963, Keaton appeared in the episode "Think Mink" of ABC's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington sitcom, starring Fess Parker. add something


In 1964, Keaton appeared with Joan Blondell and Joe E. Brown in the final episode of ABC's circus drama, The Greatest Show on Earth, starring Jack Palance. add something


In 1964, he told an interviewer that in making "this particular pork pie", he "started with a good Stetson and cut it down", stiffening the brim with sugar water. add something


Keaton retold the anecdote over the years, including during a 1964 interview with the CBC's Telescope. add something


Also in 1965, he traveled to Italy to play a role in Due Marines e un Generale, co-starring alongside with the famous Italian comedian duo of Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia. add something


His age was 70. add something


In 1965, Keaton starred in a short film called The Railrodder for the National Film Board of Canada. add something


Buster Keaton died in 1966 add something


Keaton's last film appearance was in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum which was filmed in Spain in late 1965. add something


Despite being diagnosed with cancer in January 1966, he was never told that he was terminally ill or that he had cancer; Keaton thought that he was recovering from bronchitis add something


Keaton died of lung cancer on February 1, 1966, aged 70, in Woodland Hills, California add something


Ciccio Ingrassia - On the 1966 film "Due Marines e un Generale" he worked with Buster Keaton


In 1987 Italian singer-songwriters Claudio Lolli and Francesco Guccini wrote a song, "Keaton", about his work in Italy on the 1966 film "Due Marines e un Generale" add something


In 1994, caricaturist Al Hirschfeld penned a series of silent film stars for the United States Post Office, including Rudolph Valentino and Keaton add something


Eleanor Keaton died in 1998, from emphysema and lung cancer, aged 80 add something


A 2002 worldwide poll by "Sight & Sound" ranked Keaton's "The General" as the 15th best film of all time add something


Alan Schneider - Schneider directed Samuel Beckett's only direct foray into the world of film, entitled "Film " The short subject starred Buster Keaton and its direction is often mis-attributed to Samuel Beckett himself, notably during an exhibit at the Louvre in November 2006


Seven Chances - The International Buster Keaton Society recreated the Seven Chances "Bridal Run" in the streets of Muskegon, Michigan at their 2010 convention


In 2012, "The Ultimate Buster Keaton Collection", a 14-disc Blu-ray box set of Keaton's best work, including eleven of his feature films and much more, was produced by Kino Lorber add something


In 2018 filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich released "The Great Buster", a documentary about Keaton's life, career, and legacy add something


Paul Merton - Paul Merton is set to open the third Yorkshire Silent Film Festival in Leeds on 8 May 2018 presenting films by Buster Keaton, Charlie_Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Harold Lloyd along with live improvised piano by Neil Brand