~Buster Keaton~

Born: October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, USA
Died: February 1, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA
~Silent Filmography~
~Actor~

Spite Marriage (1929) .... Elmer Gantry
Tide of Empire (1929/I) (uncredited) .... Bump
The Cameraman (1928) .... Buster
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) .... William Canfield Jr.
Character Studies (1927) (uncredited) .... Himself
... aka Carter DeHaven in Character Studies (USA: alternative title)
College (1927) .... Ronald, The Boy
The General (1926) .... Johnny Gray
Battling Butler (1926) .... Alfred Butler
Go West (1925) .... Friendless
The Iron Mule (1925) (uncredited) .... Indian
Seven Chances (1925) .... James 'Jimmie' Shannon
The Navigator (1924) .... Rollo Treadway
Sherlock Jr. (1924) .... Sherlock, Jr. / Projectionist
Our Hospitality (1923) .... Willie McKay - 21 Years Old
Three Ages (1923) .... The Boy
The Love Nest (1923) .... Buster Keaton
The Balloonatic (1923) .... The Young Man
Seeing Stars (1922) .... Himself
Daydreams (1922) .... The Young Man
The Electric House (1922) (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Frozen North (1922) .... The Bad Man
The Blacksmith (1922) .... Blacksmith's assistant
My Wife's Relations (1922) .... The Husband
Cops (1922) .... The Young Man
The Paleface (1922) .... Little Chief Paleface
The Boat (1921) .... The Boat Builder
The Play House (1921) .... Audience/Orchestra/Mr. Brown - First Minstrel/Second
Minstrel/Interctors/Stagehand
The Goat (1921)
The 'High Sign' (1921) (as 'Buster' Keaton) .... Our Hero
Hard Luck (1921) .... Suicidal Boy
The Haunted House (1921) .... Bank Clerk
The Scarecrow (1920) (as 'Buster' Keaton) .... Farmhand
Neighbors (1920) .... The Boy
... aka Backyard (USA: alternative title)
... aka Mailbox (USA: alternative title)
Convict 13 (1920) .... Golfer Turned Prisoner, Guard
The Round-Up (1920) (uncredited) .... Indian
The Saphead (1920) .... Bertie Van Alstyne
One Week (1920) .... The Groom
The Garage (1920) .... Mechanic/Fireman
... aka Fire Chief
The Hayseed (1919) .... Manager, general store
Back Stage (1919) .... Stagehand
The Cook (1918) .... Assistant Chef
Good Night, Nurse! (1918) .... Dr. Hampton/woman with umbrella
Moonshine (1918) .... Revenue Agent
The Bell Boy (1918) .... Bellboy
Out West (1918) .... Sheriff, saloon owner
... aka The Sheriff
A Country Hero (1917) .... Vaudeville Artist
Coney Island (1917) (uncredited) .... Rival/Cop with Moustache
... aka Fatty at Coney Island
Oh Doctor! (1917) .... Junior Holepoke
His Wedding Night (1917) .... Delivery Boy
The Rough House (1917) .... Gardener/Delivery Boy/Cop
A Reckless Romeo (1917) (uncredited) .... Undetermined Role  
... aka A Creampuff Romance (USA: alternative title)
The Butcher Boy (1917) .... Buster

~Director~

Spite Marriage (1929) (uncredited)
The Cameraman (1928) (uncredited)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) (uncredited)
College (1927) (uncredited)
The General (1926)
Battling Butler (1926)
Go West (1925)
Seven Chances (1925)
The Navigator (1924)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Our Hospitality (1923)
Three Ages (1923)
The Love Nest (1923)
The Balloonatic (1923)
Daydreams (1922)
The Electric House (1922) (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Frozen North (1922)
The Blacksmith (1922)
My Wife's Relations (1922)
Cops (1922) (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Paleface (1922)
The Boat (1921)
The Play House (1921)
The Goat (1921)
The 'High Sign' (1921) (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Hard Luck (1921)
The Haunted House (1921)
Neighbors (1920)
... aka Backyard (USA: alternative title)
... aka Mailbox (USA: alternative title)
The Scarecrow (1920) (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Convict 13 (1920)
One Week (1920)
The Rough House (1917)

~Writer~

The General (1926) (written by)
Go West (1925) (story)
Three Ages (1923) (uncredited)
The Love Nest (1923) (writer)
The Balloonatic (1923) (written by)
Daydreams (1922) (writer)
The Electric House (1922) (written by) (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Frozen North (1922) (written by)
The Blacksmith (1922) (writer)
My Wife's Relations (1922) (writer)
Cops (1922) (writer) (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Paleface (1922) (writer)
The Boat (1921) (writer)
The Play House (1921) (writer)
The Goat (1921) (writer)
The 'High Sign' (1921) (writer) (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Hard Luck (1921) (writer)
The Haunted House (1921) (written by)
Neighbors (1920) (screenplay) (story)
... aka Backyard (USA: alternative title)
... aka Mailbox (USA: alternative title)
The Scarecrow (1920) (written by) (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Convict 13 (1920) (writer)
One Week (1920) (screenplay) (story)
The Rough House (1917) (writer)


~Producer~

Spite Marriage (1929) (producer)
The Cameraman (1928) (producer)
The General (1926) (producer) (uncredited)
Battling Butler (1926) (producer)
Go West (1925) (producer)
Seven Chances (1925) (producer) (uncredited)
The Navigator (1924) (producer)
Sherlock Jr. (1924) (producer) (uncredited)
Three Ages (1923) (producer) (uncredited)  

~Editor~

The General (1926) (uncredited)
Seven Chances (1925) (uncredited)
The Navigator (1924) (uncredited)
Sherlock Jr. (1924) (uncredited)
Cops (1922)
The Play House (1921) (uncredited)
One Week (1920)
Moonshine (1918) (uncredited)

~Stunts~

The Baby Cyclone (1928) (stunt double) (uncredited)
The General (1926) (stunts) (uncredited)
Our Hospitality (1923) (stunts) (uncredited)
A Desert Hero (1919) (stunt double: Arbuckle / Lake)
~Los Angeles Times, 2001~
Buster Keaton was born with the movies in 1895. He learned his timing and honed his comic
instincts in vaudeville, beginning at age 5 as the youngest member of the Three Keatons.

His parents, Joe and Myra, used their child as a prop; he was, his biographer Jeffrey Vance writes,
"routinely thrown about the stage, and occasionally into the audience, by his irascible father."

For anyone who delights in cinematic sight gags, silents are golden. Whether it was Harold Lloyd
dangling from a clock, or Charlie Chaplin spinning on roller skates, or Lillian Gish on an ice floe,
actors soon developed an eloquence that needed no words, and few matched the majestically stony
countenance of Buster Keaton.

What needs to be said as Keaton opens a newspaper that unfolds and unfolds until it is the size of a
bedsheet and envelops him in "The High Sign," or as he spills a bottle of glue on his counter in "The
Haunted House," or as he does a swan dive, in "Hard Luck," into the cement next to the pool,
leaving a large hole? The visual punch lines speak for themselves.

There was, in fact, no use for dialogue in any of the 45 two-reel and feature silent films he made
starting with "The Butcher Boy" in 1917 and ending with "Steamboat Bill, Jr." in 1928.

The advent of talking pictures in 1927 ruined the careers of many actors who looked great mouthing
dialogue but had terrible delivery or accents. The problem for Keaton after the silent era was not his
voice but rather the studios' insistence that virtually every second of talkies have somebody saying
something, regardless of whether it advanced the story. In Keaton's case, words failed him. Nothing
was as articulate as his carefully planned pratfalls.

Although Keaton worked almost steadily until his death in 1966, none of his performances in those
ensuing 40 years match the incandescence of his early work. Many of the half a dozen MGM films
that Keaton made in the 1930s were his greatest commercial successes, but the studio clearly didn't
know how to transfer the silent specialness of Keaton to talkies. In his early films, Keaton was a
controlled improviser. MGM turned him into a scripted comic, and he disliked these pictures
because they came at the expense of comedy and at the promotion of farce.

[Updated Oct 28, 2010: An earlier version said Keaton's death was in 1968, he died in 1966.]

— Eric Lax in the Los Angeles Times Aug. 2, 2001
~Debbie Reynolds' Auction~
photography by Kay Shackleton
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