Star Spotlight: Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton
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Born Joseph Frank Keaton
Date of birth: October 4, 1895
Date of death: February 1, 1966

Roles

First role: The Butcher Boy (short film, 1917)
Final role: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Best known for…

…being one of the greatest silent film comedians, and one of the greatest comedians of all time in general.

…being “The Great Stone Face.”

…writing, producing and directing in addition to acting (and excelling in all of those capacities).

…his use of physical comedy.

…rockin’ the pork pie hat like no one else can.

Notable awards:

  • Two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for film and one for television, both awarded in 1960
  • Received an honorary Oscar in 1960

More Buster on TMP:
College (1927) review: 4/5
Free and Easy (1930) review: 2/5
Seven Chances (1925) review: 5/5!
Three Ages (1923) review: 5/5!
Favorite things about… In the Good Old Summertime
Slapstick Encyclopedia Volume 5: Keaton, Arbuckle and St. John

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