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Buster Keaton

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Stone-faced silent film icon and the initial physical comedian who directed and starred in THE OVERALL in 1926. He received an honorary Academy Prize in 1958. Keaton provides two stars for the Hollywood Walk Of Popularity. He first made an appearance on stage alongside his parents within the Three Keatons at age group three. The works they would perform often included his father tossing him across the stage and carrying out lots of technique falls. His parents had been questioned with the regulators about allegations of kid mistreatment but he could often confirm he wasn’t in fact being harm. He got on his renowned deadpan after recognizing that his gags got much less of fun if he smiled and was shortly provided the nickname THE FANTASTIC Stone Encounter. He became an alcoholic following the failing of his initial relationship. He was wedded 3 x; to Natalie Talmadge, Mae Scriven, and Eleanor Norris. He previously two sons called Bob and Buster Jr. Donald O’Connor performed him in his biography, The Buster Keaton Tale.

Quick Facts


Full Name Buster Keaton
Date Of Birth October 4, 1895
Died February 1, 1966, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Piqua, KS
Height 1.65 m
Profession Comedian
Nationality American
Spouse Eleanor Keaton, Mae Scriven, Natalie Talmadge
Children Bob Talmadge, Buster Keaton Jr.
Parents Joe Keaton, Myra Keaton
Siblings Louise Keaton, Harry Keaton
Awards Academy Honorary Award
Movies The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr., Sherlock Jr., Our Hospitality, The Cameraman, The Navigator, One Week, Seven Chances, Three Ages, The Goat, The Playhouse, Convict 13, Go West, Cops, The Blacksmith, The High Sign, The Frozen North, The Electric House, My Wife's Relations, Battling Butler, The Scarecrow, Spite Marriage, The Paleface, The Balloonatic, The Love Nest, Limelight, The Butcher Boy, The Boat, College, The Haunted House, The Saphead, Hard Luck, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Railrodder, Back Stage, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Free and Easy, In the Good Old Summertime, Day Dreams, What! No Beer?, Coney Island, Speak Easily, Parlor, Bedroom and Bath, Around the World in 80 Days, Neighbors, The Bell Boy, Out West, Doughboys, The Passionate Plumber, The Cook, Film
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1A heavy smoker for most of his life, he was diagnosed with lung cancer during the first week of January 1966 after a month-long coughing bout, but he was never told that he was terminally ill or that he had cancer, as his doctors feared that the news would be detrimental to his health. Keaton thought that he was recovering from a severe case of bronchitis. Despite his failing health, he was active and walking about almost until the day he died.
2Perhaps as a result of an accident that crushed his right index finger at age 3, he developed the ability to use his right hand for certain tasks and his left hand for others. He wrote left-handed, but played the ukulele right-handed. When he played baseball (his favorite sport), he threw right-handed and batted left-handed.
3David Jason is one of his biggest fans, and claims to channel him whenever he did his own stunts. He was quite honored when the Daily Mirror compared them.
4Contributed gags (uncredited) to the Red Skelton film A Southern Yankee (1948).
5Most biographers overlook his appearance on the ABC-TV variety show The Hollywood Palace (1964). At the end of the first winter-spring season, series producers Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach scheduled the show's host Gene Barry with guest stars Keaton and Gloria Swanson to appear together in a comedy sketch. Keaton was at that time appearing in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Bringing famous Hollywood film stars onto the show was the producers' main goal. Getting Swanson and Keaton on the show was considered a coup and an opportunity to promote the film. The sketch starred Swanson as Cleopatra and Keaton as Marc Antony, staged on a stepped Roman platform terrace surrounded by a 20-inch-high parapet wall and Roman columns, with the pair falling in love. It was written by Joe Bigelow and Jay Burton, but director Grey Lockwood encouraged Swanson and Keaton to contribute any bits, routines and ideas that they wanted to, which they did. On the first day of rehearsal Swanson was on the stage, gazing up at the lighting fixtures overhead. She asked for lighting director Jack Denton to come to the stage, which he did, and Swanson began pointing out how she wanted which lights to focus on her and Keaton during the sketch--side light, key light, back light, which color gels to use, etc. Denton made sure that all of her suggestions were implemented. Keaton's idea was that the sketch should end with "Antony" and "Cleopatra" sitting on the parapet wall bench, join hands, raising their legs high and falling backwards out of sight over the wall. He and Swanson rehearsed the fall several times, and did the stunt themselves when it came time to actually shoot the scene for the show.
6He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6619 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
7Acting mentor to comedienne Lucille Ball.
8His acting mentor was Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
9On a whim, Keaton took crew member Ed Brophy and used him in a comedy role in The Cameraman (1928). That decision launched Brophy on his own notable comedy career.
10Ex-brother-in-law of Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge.
11Ex-son-in-law of Margaret Talmadge.
12Broke his ankle while filming The Electric House (1922) when he slipped on the escalator and was still recovering from it when he made The Play House (1921) in which his stunts were considered to be tamer than usual.
13He appears in four of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Movies: The General (1926) at #18, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) at #40, Sherlock Jr. (1924) at #62 and The Navigator (1924) at #81.
14A baseball fanatic, Keaton not only held games between takes, but also incorporated it into applications for employment. According to legend, two of the questions on the application he used to hire actors read "Are you a good actor?" and "Are you a good baseball player?" Anyone who answered "Yes" to either had a job with Keaton.
15Keaton, Charles Chaplin and Stan Laurel all referred to their screen characters as "The Little Fellow".
16Keaton was one of the few actors who welcomed the advent of sound films. He knew his character didn't need dialog, but he looked forward to sound effects. "When somebody goes boom, they really go *boom*" he once said.
17He is believed to be the first person to use "Buster" as a name, and popularized its usage ever after.
18In 1952 while remodeling his home, James Mason discovered several reels of Keaton's "lost" films (Mason had purchased Keaton's Hollywood mansion) and immediately recognized their historical significance. He took upon himself the responsibility for their preservation.
19He died the same day as his The Stolen Jools (1931), Speak Easily (1932) and Sunset Blvd. (1950) co-star Hedda Hopper.
20When he was three years old, he got his right index finger caught in a clothes wringer and it was crushed and had to be amputated at the first knuckle. The injury is most clearly visible in The Garage (1920), when Keaton steadies Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's head with his right hand while wiping oil off his face with his left.
21Is mentioned in the song "Cinéma" by Paola Del Medico.
22His last film work was The Railrodder (1965), but because it was such a short film it was released before other movies, like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), which had completed filming before "The Railrodder".
23His performance as Johnny Gray in The General (1926) is ranked #34 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
24Wanted to become an engineer as a child.
25He and his parents formed an acrobatic group called "The Three Keatons" in his early youth.
26There is much legend regarding the conception of his nickname, Buster. Many attribute the name to the legendary Harry Houdini, who was the partner of Joe Keaton (Buster's father) in the medicine-show group "Kathleen Marownen", after he saw a young Buster fall down a set of stairs without any injury. Others have said that it was Joe who conceived the name after he saw Buster's accident, while still others say that Joe Keaton fabricated the incident for a good story to tell on vaudeville. Which of these stories is actually true is unknown.
27The Navigator (1924) was his most successful movie by gross revenue.
28Said he learned everything about moviemaking and comedy from Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
29Loved to play baseball. He would sometimes play baseball between takes on the movie set. Furthermore, for the annual Hollywood charity baseball game for Mount Sinai Hospital in the 1930s, he always lead the comedians' team and developed the comedy business on field with his writers.
30Met Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle for the first time strolling down Broadway in New York City. Arbuckle was with Keaton's old vaudeville acquittance Lou Anger, who introduced them. Arbuckle immediately asked Keaton to visit the Colony Studio, where he was set to begin a series of comedies for Joseph M. Schenck. The famous comedy team was born.
31Was hearing-impaired since 1918, after serving in Germany fighting World War I.
32Was named the 21st Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by the American Film Institute
33In one scene in Sherlock Jr. (1924), filmed at a train station, Keaton was hanging from a tube connected to a water basin. The water poured out and washed him on to the track, fracturing his neck. This footage appears in the released film.
34The three top comedians in silent era Hollywood were Keaton, Charlie Chaplin (Charles Chaplin) and Harold Lloyd. All three comics produced, controlled and owned their own films. Keaton was convinced to sell his studio and films to MGM in the 1920s, while Chaplin and Lloyd retained ownership of their films. Chaplin and Lloyd became wealthy, while Keaton endured years of financial and personal problems.
35He often surrounded himself with tall and heavy-set actors in his films, typically as his antagonist, to make his character seem to be at as much of a physical disadvantage as possible. The similarly diminutive Charlie Chaplin (Charles Chaplin) also did this.
36Not only did Keaton do all his own stunts, but, when needed, he acted as a stunt double for other actors in the films.
37When he married Natalie Talmadge, the Talmadge family was one of the great acting dynasties in both theater and film, and the gossip in Hollywood was that Keaton married her to gain respect in the industry, a rumor he never quite lived down during his peak. Ironically, Keaton is now a film legend, while most people would be hard-pressed to answer who the Talmadges are.
38He was voted the 35th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
39Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 523-531. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
40Was voted the 7th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, making him the highest rated comedy director. Charles Chaplin didn't make the list.
41He became an alcoholic when he his career collapsed around 1930, only kicking his habit and regaining his self-esteem when he married Eleanor Norris (Eleanor Keaton), his wife from 1940 until his death in 1966.
42First married Mae Scriven in Mexico on January 1, 1932 before his divorce from Natalie Talmadge was final, then again legally in 1933.
43Because most of his childhood was spent on vaudeville with his parents, he had few peers. However, he enjoyed a more regular childhood during his family's annual summer getaways to an Actor's Colony on Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Michigan. In fact, the city of Muskegon has erected a historical marker to note his stomping ground.
44His mother was of British/German ancestry, and his father was of Scottish/Irish ancestry.
45He was already quite ill with the cancer that would eventually kill him by the time he made his last completed film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). He used a stunt double in this film, as well as most of the films he made as an MGM contract player. Before signing with MGM in 1928, he had performed all of his own stunts, and even doubled for cast members in his own films, as in Sherlock Jr. (1924), where he played both himself, riding on the handlebars of a motorcycle, and the man who falls off the back of it.
46Died quietly at home, in his sleep, shortly after playing cards with his wife.
47Fractured his neck while filming Sherlock Jr. (1924) and did not learn about it until a doctor saw X-rays of his neck during a routine physical examination many years later.
48Pictured on one of ten 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating stars of the silent screen, issued 27 April 1994. Designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, this set of stamps also honored Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Charles Chaplin, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Zasu Pitts, Harold Lloyd, Theda Bara and the Keystone Kops.
49Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
50Unlike many silent movie stars, Buster was eager to go into sound considering he had a fine baritone voice with no speech impediments and years of stage experience, so dialogue was not a problem.
51His older son was born during his marriage to Natalie Talmadge.
52Older brother of Harry Keaton and Louise Keaton.
53Father, with Natalie Talmadge, of sons Buster Keaton Jr. and Bob Talmadge.
54Son of Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton.
55Perhaps as a result of an accident that crushed his right index finger at age 3, he developed the ability to use his right hand for certain tasks and his left hand for others. He wrote left-handed, but played the ukulele right-handed. When he played baseball (his favorite sport), he threw right-handed and batted left-handed.
56David Jason is one of his biggest fans, and claims to channel him whenever he did his own stunts. He was quite honored when the Daily Mirror compared them.
57Contributed gags (uncredited) to the Red Skelton film A Southern Yankee (1948).
58Most biographers overlook his appearance on the ABC-TV variety show The Hollywood Palace (1964). At the end of the first winter-spring season, series producers Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach scheduled the show's host Gene Barry with guest stars Keaton and Gloria Swanson to appear together in a comedy sketch. Keaton was at that time appearing in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Bringing famous Hollywood film stars onto the show was the producers' main goal. Getting Swanson and Keaton on the show was considered a coup and an opportunity to promote the film. The sketch starred Swanson as Cleopatra and Keaton as Marc Antony, staged on a stepped Roman platform terrace surrounded by a 20-inch-high parapet wall and Roman columns, with the pair falling in love. It was written by Joe Bigelow and Jay Burton, but director Grey Lockwood encouraged Swanson and Keaton to contribute any bits, routines and ideas that they wanted to, which they did. On the first day of rehearsal Swanson was on the stage, gazing up at the lighting fixtures overhead. She asked for lighting director Jack Denton to come to the stage, which he did, and Swanson began pointing out how she wanted which lights to focus on her and Keaton during the sketch--side light, key light, back light, which color gels to use, etc. Denton made sure that all of her suggestions were implemented. Keaton's idea was that the sketch should end with "Antony" and "Cleopatra" sitting on the parapet wall bench, join hands, raising their legs high and falling backwards out of sight over the wall. He and Swanson rehearsed the fall several times, and did the stunt themselves when it came time to actually shoot the scene for the show.
59He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6619 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
60Acting mentor to comedienne Lucille Ball.
61His acting mentor was Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
62On a whim, Keaton took crew member Ed Brophy and used him in a comedy role in The Cameraman (1928). That decision launched Brophy on his own notable comedy career.
63Ex-brother-in-law of Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge.
64Ex-son-in-law of Margaret Talmadge.
65Broke his ankle while filming The Electric House (1922) when he slipped on the escalator and was still recovering from it when he made The Play House (1921) in which his stunts were considered to be tamer than usual.
66He appears in four of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Movies: The General (1926) at #18, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) at #40, Sherlock Jr. (1924) at #62 and The Navigator (1924) at #81.
67A baseball fanatic, Keaton not only held games between takes, but also incorporated it into applications for employment. According to legend, two of the questions on the application he used to hire actors read "Are you a good actor?" and "Are you a good baseball player?" Anyone who answered "Yes" to either had a job with Keaton.
68Keaton, Charles Chaplin and Stan Laurel all referred to their screen characters as "The Little Fellow".
69Keaton was one of the few actors who welcomed the advent of sound films. He knew his character didn't need dialog, but he looked forward to sound effects. "When somebody goes boom, they really go *boom*" he once said.
70He is believed to be the first person to use "Buster" as a name, and popularized its usage ever after.
71In 1952 while remodeling his home, James Mason discovered several reels of Keaton's "lost" films (Mason had purchased Keaton's Hollywood mansion) and immediately recognized their historical significance. He took upon himself the responsibility for their preservation.
72He died the same day as his The Stolen Jools (1931), Speak Easily (1932) and Sunset Blvd. (1950) co-star Hedda Hopper.
73When he was three years old, he got his right index finger caught in a clothes wringer and it was crushed and had to be amputated at the first knuckle. The injury is most clearly visible in The Garage (1920), when Keaton steadies Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's head with his right hand while wiping oil off his face with his left.
74Is mentioned in the song "Cinéma" by Paola Del Medico.
75His last film work was The Railrodder (1965), but because it was such a short film it was released before other movies, like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), which had completed filming before "The Railrodder".
76His performance as Johnny Gray in The General (1926) is ranked #34 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
77Wanted to become an engineer as a child.
78He and his parents formed an acrobatic group called "The Three Keatons" in his early youth.
79There is much legend regarding the conception of his nickname, Buster. Many attribute the name to the legendary Harry Houdini, who was the partner of Joe Keaton (Buster's father) in the medicine-show group "Kathleen Marownen", after he saw a young Buster fall down a set of stairs without any injury. Others have said that it was Joe who conceived the name after he saw Buster's accident, while still others say that Joe Keaton fabricated the incident for a good story to tell on vaudeville. Which of these stories is actually true is unknown.
80The Navigator (1924) was his most successful movie by gross revenue.
81Said he learned everything about moviemaking and comedy from Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
82Loved to play baseball. He would sometimes play baseball between takes on the movie set. Furthermore, for the annual Hollywood charity baseball game for Mount Sinai Hospital in the 1930s, he always lead the comedians' team and developed the comedy business on field with his writers.
83Met Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle for the first time strolling down Broadway in New York City. Arbuckle was with Keaton's old vaudeville acquittance Lou Anger, who introduced them. Arbuckle immediately asked Keaton to visit the Colony Studio, where he was set to begin a series of comedies for Joseph M. Schenck. The famous comedy team was born.
84Was hearing-impaired since 1918, after serving in Germany fighting World War I.
85Was named the 21st Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by the American Film Institute
86In one scene in Sherlock Jr. (1924), filmed at a train station, Keaton was hanging from a tube connected to a water basin. The water poured out and washed him on to the track, fracturing his neck. This footage appears in the released film.
87The three top comedians in silent era Hollywood were Keaton, Charlie Chaplin (Charles Chaplin) and Harold Lloyd. All three comics produced, controlled and owned their own films. Keaton was convinced to sell his studio and films to MGM in the 1920s, while Chaplin and Lloyd retained ownership of their films. Chaplin and Lloyd became wealthy, while Keaton endured years of financial and personal problems.
88He often surrounded himself with tall and heavy-set actors in his films, typically as his antagonist, to make his character seem to be at as much of a physical disadvantage as possible. The similarly diminutive Charlie Chaplin (Charles Chaplin) also did this.
89Not only did Keaton do all his own stunts, but, when needed, he acted as a stunt double for other actors in the films.
90When he married Natalie Talmadge, the Talmadge family was one of the great acting dynasties in both theater and film, and the gossip in Hollywood was that Keaton married her to gain respect in the industry, a rumor he never quite lived down during his peak. Ironically, Keaton is now a film legend, while most people would be hard-pressed to answer who the Talmadges are.
91He was voted the 35th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
92Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 523-531. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
93Was voted the 7th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, making him the highest rated comedy director. Charles Chaplin didn't make the list.
94He became an alcoholic when he his career collapsed around 1930, only kicking his habit and regaining his self-esteem when he married Eleanor Norris (Eleanor Keaton), his wife from 1940 until his death in 1966.
95First married Mae Scriven in Mexico on January 1, 1932 before his divorce from Natalie Talmadge was final, then again legally in 1933.
96Because most of his childhood was spent on vaudeville with his parents, he had few peers. However, he enjoyed a more regular childhood during his family's annual summer getaways to an Actor's Colony on Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Michigan. In fact, the city of Muskegon has erected a historical marker to note his stomping ground.
97His mother was of British/German ancestry, and his father was of Scottish/Irish ancestry.
98He was already quite ill with the cancer that would eventually kill him by the time he made his last completed film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). He used a stunt double in this film, as well as most of the films he made as an MGM contract player. Before signing with MGM in 1928, he had performed all of his own stunts, and even doubled for cast members in his own films, as in Sherlock Jr. (1924), where he played both himself, riding on the handlebars of a motorcycle, and the man who falls off the back of it.
99Died quietly at home, in his sleep, shortly after playing cards with his wife.
100Fractured his neck while filming Sherlock Jr. (1924) and did not learn about it until a doctor saw X-rays of his neck during a routine physical examination many years later.
101Pictured on one of ten 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating stars of the silent screen, issued 27 April 1994. Designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, this set of stamps also honored Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Charles Chaplin, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Zasu Pitts, Harold Lloyd, Theda Bara and the Keystone Kops.
102Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
103Unlike many silent movie stars, Buster was eager to go into sound considering he had a fine baritone voice with no speech impediments and years of stage experience, so dialogue was not a problem.
104His older son was born during his marriage to Natalie Talmadge.
105Older brother of Harry Keaton and Louise Keaton.
106Father, with Natalie Talmadge, of sons Buster Keaton Jr. and Bob Talmadge.
107Son of Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dead Sullivan Show2017TV SeriesMr. Brown (segment)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum1966Erronius
The Scribe1966ShortJournalist
Due marines e un generale1965Gen. von Kassler
Film1965ShortThe Man
Sergeant Dead Head1965Airman Blinken
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini1965Bwana
The Railrodder1965ShortThe Man
Beach Blanket Bingo1965Buster
The Donna Reed Show1958-1965TV SeriesMr. Turner / Charlie
The Man Who Bought Paradise1965TV MovieMr. Bloor
Pajama Party1964Chief Rotten Eagle
Burke's Law1964TV SeriesMortimer Lovely
The Greatest Show on Earth1964TV SeriesPippo
The Triumph of Lester Snapwell1963ShortLester Snapwell
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World1963Jimmy the Crook
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington1963TV SeriesSi Willis
Route 661962TV SeriesJonah Butler
Ten Girls Ago1962TV MovieGaspar Dan
Medicine Man1962TV MovieJunior
The Twilight Zone1961TV SeriesWoodrow Mulligan
The Home Owner1961ShortThe Home Owner
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn1960Lion Tamer
Sunday Showcase1960TV Series
The Devil to Pay1960ShortDiablos
The Adventures of Mr. Pastry1958TV MovieProfessor
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesCharles Blackburn / Harrison
You Asked for It1958TV SeriesThe baker
Around the World in 80 Days1956Train Conductor - San Francisco to Fort Kearney
Producers' Showcase1956TV Series
Lux Video Theatre1956TV SeriesMember of the Jury
Screen Directors Playhouse1955TV SeriesKelsey Dutton
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater1955TV SeriesAgent
The Best of Broadway1954TV SeriesDr. Bradley
Rheingold Theatre1954TV SeriesThe Man
L'incantevole nemica1953
Paradise for Buster1952ShortBuster
Limelight1952Calvero's Partner
Un duel à mort1952ShortLe premier pêcheur
Life with Buster Keaton1951TV SeriesBK
The Misadventures of Buster Keaton1950Buster
Sunset Blvd.1950Buster Keaton
In the Good Old Summertime1949Hickey
You're My Everything1949Butler
The Lovable Cheat1949Goulard
El Colmillo de Buda1949Moe
Boom in the Moon1946
God's Country1946Mr. Boone aka Old Tarp
She Went to the Races1945Bellboy (uncredited)
That Night with You1945Sam - Short Order Cook
That's the Spirit1945L.M.
San Diego I Love You1944Bus Driver
Forever and a Day1943Wilkins
She's Oil Mine1941ShortBuster Waters - Plumber
General Nuisance1941ShortPeter Hedley Lamar Jr.
So You Won't Squawk?1941ShortEddie
His Ex Marks the Spot1940ShortBuster - the Husband
Li'l Abner1940Lonesome Polecat
The Villain Still Pursued Her1940William Dalton
The Spook Speaks1940ShortBuster
New Moon1940Prisoner - 'LuLu' (uncredited)
The Taming of the Snood1940ShortBuster Keaton
Pardon My Berth Marks1940ShortElmer - Newspaper Copyboy
Nothing But Pleasure1940ShortClarence Plunkett
Hollywood Cavalcade1939Buster Keaton
Mooching Through Georgia1939ShortHomer Cobb
Pest from the West1939ShortSir
Love Nest on Wheels1937ShortElmer
Ditto1937ShortThe Forgotten Man
Jail Bait1937Short
Mixed Magic1936ShortElmer 'Happy' Butterworth
The Chemist1936ShortElmer Triple
Blue Blazes1936ShortElmer Whipple
Grand Slam Opera1936ShortElmer Butts
Three on a Limb1936ShortElmer Brown
The Invader1936Leander Proudfoot
The Timid Young Man1935ShortMilton
The E-Flat Man1935ShortElmer
Tars and Stripes1935ShortApprentice Seaman Elmer Doolittle
Hayseed Romance1935ShortElmer Dolittle
One Run Elmer1935ShortElmer
Palooka from Paducah1935ShortJim Diltz
Le roi des Champs-Élysées1934Buster Garner / Jim le Balafré
Allez Oop!1934ShortElmer
The Gold Ghost1934ShortWally
Hollywood on Parade No. A-131933ShortOrchestra Leader / Himself
What! No Beer?1933Elmer J. Butts
Le plombier amoureux1932Elmer Tuttle
Speak Easily1932Professor Post
The Passionate Plumber1932Elmer E. Tuttle
Buster se marie1931Reggie
Casanova wider Willen1931Reggie Irving
Sidewalks of New York1931Harmon
The Stolen Jools1931ShortPoliceman
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath1931Reginald Irving
De frente, marchen1930Canuto de la Montera
The March of Time1930Caveman
Doughboys1930Elmer
Estrellados1930Canuto Cuadratin
Free and Easy1930Elmer Butts
Spite Marriage1929Elmer Gantry
The Cameraman1928Buster
Steamboat Bill, Jr.1928William Canfield Jr.
College1927A Son
The General1926Johnnie Gray
Battling Butler1926Alfred 'Battling' Butler
Go West1925Friendless
The Iron Mule1925ShortIndian (uncredited)
Seven Chances1925James Shannon
The Navigator1924Rollo Treadway
Sherlock Jr.1924Projectionist Sherlock, Jr.
Our Hospitality1923Willie McKay - 21 Years Old
Three Ages1923The Boy
The Love Nest1923ShortBuster Keaton
The Balloonatic1923ShortThe Young Man (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Daydreams1922ShortThe Young Man
The Electric House1922ShortBuster (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Frozen North1922ShortThe Bad Man
The Blacksmith1922ShortBlacksmith's Assistant (as 'Buster' Keaton)
My Wife's Relations1922ShortThe Husband
Cops1922ShortThe Young Man (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Paleface1922ShortLittle Chief Paleface
The Boat1921ShortThe Boat Builder (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Play House1921ShortAudience / Orchestra / Mr. Brown - First Minstrel / ... (as 'Buster' Keaton)
The Goat1921ShortThe Goat
The 'High Sign'1921ShortOur Hero (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Hard Luck1921ShortSuicidal Boy
The Haunted House1921ShortBank Clerk
Neighbors1920ShortThe Boy
The Scarecrow1920ShortFarmhand (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Convict 131920ShortGolfer Turned Prisoner, Guard
The Round-Up1920Indian (uncredited)
One Week1920ShortThe Groom
The Saphead1920Bertie Van Alstyne
The Garage1920ShortBuster - The Assistant
The Hayseed1919ShortManager, general store
Back Stage1919ShortStagehand
The Cook1918ShortAssistant Chef
Good Night, Nurse!1918ShortDr. Hampton / woman with umbrella
Moonshine1918ShortRevenue Agent
The Bell Boy1918ShortBellboy
Out West1918ShortSheriff, saloon owner
A Country Hero1917ShortVaudeville Artist
Coney Island1917ShortRival / Cop with Moustache (uncredited)
Oh Doctor!1917ShortJunior Holepoke
His Wedding Night1917ShortDelivery Boy
The Rough House1917ShortGardener / Delivery Boy / Cop
The Butcher Boy1917ShortBuster

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Railrodder1965Short uncredited
The Red Skelton Hour1951-1952TV Series 36 episodes
Un duel à mort1952Short screenplay - uncredited
Excuse My Dust1951uncredited
In the Good Old Summertime1949uncredited
A Southern Yankee1948uncredited
Cynthia1947uncredited
Easy to Wed1946uncredited
She Went to the Races1945uncredited
Tales of Manhattan1942uncredited
Go West1940uncredited
At the Circus1939uncredited
Quick Millions1939original story
The Jones Family in Hollywood1939story
Too Hot to Handle1938uncredited
Grand Slam Opera1936Short story
A Night at the Opera1935uncredited
Doughboys1930Story and based on his experiences - uncredited
The General1926written by
Go West1925written by
Three Ages1923uncredited
The Love Nest1923Short writer
The Balloonatic1923Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
Daydreams1922Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Electric House1922Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Frozen North1922Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Blacksmith1922Short written by
My Wife's Relations1922Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
Cops1922Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Paleface1922Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Boat1921Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Play House1921Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Goat1921Short written by
The 'High Sign'1921Short as 'Buster' Keaton
Hard Luck1921Short
The Haunted House1921Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
Neighbors1920Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
The Scarecrow1920Short written by - as "Buster" Keaton
Convict 131920Short written by - as 'Buster' Keaton
One Week1920Short as 'Buster' Keaton / written by - uncredited
The Rough House1917Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Neighbors1920Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Scarecrow1920Short as "Buster" Keaton
Convict 131920Short as 'Buster' Keaton
One Week1920Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Rough House1917Short
The Railrodder1965Short uncredited
Excuse My Dust1951uncredited
Easy to Wed1946uncredited
Hollywood Cavalcade1939uncredited
Streamlined Swing1938Short
Hollywood Handicap1938Short
Life in Sometown, U.S.A.1938Short
Spite Marriage1929uncredited
The Cameraman1928uncredited
Steamboat Bill, Jr.1928uncredited
College1927uncredited
The General1926
Battling Butler1926
Go West1925
Seven Chances1925
The Navigator1924
Sherlock Jr.1924
Our Hospitality1923
Three Ages1923
The Love Nest1923Short
The Balloonatic1923Short as 'Buster' Keaton
Daydreams1922Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Electric House1922Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Frozen North1922Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Blacksmith1922Short
My Wife's Relations1922Short as 'Buster' Keaton
Cops1922Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Paleface1922Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Boat1921Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Play House1921Short as 'Buster' Keaton
The Goat1921Short
The 'High Sign'1921Short as 'Buster' Keaton
Hard Luck1921Short
The Haunted House1921Short as 'Buster' Keaton

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Speak Easily1932producer - uncredited
Buster se marie1931producer
Casanova wider Willen1931producer
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath1931producer
Estrellados1930producer
Free and Easy1930producer - uncredited
Spite Marriage1929producer - uncredited
The Cameraman1928producer - uncredited
The General1926producer - uncredited
Battling Butler1926producer - uncredited
Go West1925producer - uncredited
Seven Chances1925producer - uncredited
The Navigator1924producer - uncredited
Sherlock Jr.1924producer - uncredited
Three Ages1923producer - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment! III1994Documentary performer: "Singin' in the Rain" 1929 - uncredited
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum1966performer: "Comedy Tonight" reprise
The Rosemary Clooney Show1956TV Series performer - 1 episode
In the Good Old Summertime1949performer: "In the Good Old Summertime"
The Villain Still Pursued Her1940performer: "Our House Is Happy Again, Tra-La"
Grand Slam Opera1936Short lyrics: "So Long Elmer" - uncredited / performer: "So Long Elmer" - uncredited
Speak Easily1932"Oh! Susanna" 1846, uncredited
Doughboys1930performer: "You Were Meant For Me" 1929 - uncredited
Free and Easy1930"It Must Be You" 1930, uncredited / performer: "The Free And Easy" 1930, "Oh King, Oh Queen", "The Corn Grows Green in Kansas" - uncredited
The Hollywood Revue of 19291929performer: "Tableau of the Jewels" 1929 - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Buster Keaton Story1957technical advisor
Take Me Out to the Ball Game1949gag consultant - uncredited
Nothing But Trouble1944gag consultant - uncredited
Bathing Beauty1944gag consultant - uncredited
I Dood It1943technical advisor: comedy - uncredited
Slightly Dangerous1943comedy consultant - uncredited
At the Circus1939gag consultant - uncredited
Too Hot to Handle1938gag man - uncredited
Love Finds Andy Hardy1938gag consultant - uncredited

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The General1926uncredited
Seven Chances1925uncredited
The Navigator1924uncredited
Sherlock Jr.1924uncredited
Cops1922Short uncredited
The Play House1921Short uncredited
One Week1920Short uncredited
Moonshine1918Short uncredited

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Southern Yankee1948stunt assistant - uncredited
The Baby Cyclone1928stunt double - uncredited / stunts - uncredited
The General1926stunts - uncredited
Our Hospitality1923stunts - uncredited
A Desert Hero1919Short stunt double: Arbuckle / stunt double: Lake

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Life!! Kilorenzos Smith in Talks...2012-2013TV Series documentary inspiration - 2 episodes
Funny Show Part Two: The Video - Movie2012Video inspiration
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Bollywood Hero2009TV Series special thanks - 3 episodes
The New Bike2009Short acknowledgment
The Smelly Janitor2008Short special thanks
Mr. Reaper's Really Bad Morning2004Short thanks
The Dreamers2003acknowledgment: director of "The Cameraman" 1928
Dieter & Andreas1989Short grateful acknowledgment
Breath Death1964Short dedicated to
Hollywood Cavalcade1939thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Candid Camera1962-1967TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood in Spanien1966TV Movie documentaryHimself
Stan Laurel Funeral1965Documentary shortHimself
Salute to Stan Laurel1965TV Special documentaryHimself
Buster Keaton Rides Again1965DocumentaryHimself
The New Truth and Consequences1963-1965TV SeriesHimself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Jonathan Winters Specials1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hollywood Palace1964TV SeriesHimself - Sketch Actor
The Ed Sullivan Show1950-1963TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself
The Jerry Lewis Show1963TV SeriesHimself
Today1963TV SeriesHimself
Es darf gelacht werden1962TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest in Studio
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers1962TV SpecialHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958-1961TV SeriesHimself
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Honorary Award
The Revlon Revue1960TV SeriesHimself
The Garry Moore Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Betty White Show1958TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1951-1957TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
I've Got a Secret1952-1957TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Guest
This Is Your Life1957TV SeriesHimself
The Rosemary Clooney Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The Martha Raye Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The Dunninger Show1955TV SeriesHimself
Make the Connection1955TV SeriesHimself - Guest
All Star Revue1950-1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest Comedic Actor (Sketch) / Himself / Himself - Guest Comedian / ...
All Star Summer Revue1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest Actor / Pantomimist
The Arthur Murray Party1951-1952TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952TV SeriesHimself
The Frank Sinatra Show1952TV SeriesHimself - Sketch Actor
Wonderful Town, U.S.A.1951TV SeriesHimself
This Is Show Business1951TV SeriesHimself
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter1951TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Wynn Show1949-1950TV SeriesHimself
The Actor's Society Benefit Gala1949TV MovieHimself - Performer
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 11941ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No 6: Hollywood Recreations1940Documentary shortHimself, Disinterested Spectator
Hollywood Hobbies1939ShortHimself (uncredited)
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs1936ShortHimself
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara1935ShortHimself - 'Señor Keaton'
Hollywood on Parade No. A-61933ShortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots1932/IIDocumentary shortHimself
Wir schalten um auf Hollywood1931Himself
The Voice of Hollywood No. 261931ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 211930ShortHimself
The Voice of Hollywood1930ShortHimself
The Voice of Hollywood No. 101930ShortHimself
The Hollywood Revue of 19291929Himself / Princess Raja
Character Studies1927ShortHimself (uncredited)
Life in Hollywood No. 11927ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 5, No. 11924Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 151922Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 51922Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 31922Documentary shortHimself
Seeing Stars1922Documentary shortThe Waiter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Duels2016TV Series documentary
Harold Lloyd: Hollywoods zeitloses Comedy-Genie2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Looking for Charlie: Or, the Day the Clown Died2016DocumentaryHimself
Welcome to the Basement2016TV SeriesBuster
Notfilm2015DocumentaryHimself
Hypertelia2015Documentary shortMachinist
Eisenstein in Guanajuato2015Himself (uncredited)
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton2014VideoHimself
2nd Indie Fest of YouTube Videos 20142014TV MovieWinner of Golden Prize Alien for contribution to Comedy
Hollywoods Spaßfabrik - Als die Bilder Lachen lernten2014TV Movie documentary
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Comic Kino-Eye2013Video documentary shortHimself
Cinéphiles de notre temps2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Televisión registrada2012TV SeriesHimself
Laurel and Hardy: Die komische Liebesgeschichte von 'Dick & Doof'2011TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The One Show2011TV SeriesThe Boy
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Pritzker Military Library Presents2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Morir de humor2008TV Movie
Spisok korabley2008Documentary
Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass2008Short
Edge of Outside2006DocumentaryBuster
Silent Clowns2006TV Mini-Series documentary
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006Documentary
Buster Keaton: From Silents to Shorts2006Video documentary short
Hollywood Rivals: Chaplin vs Keaton2006Video documentary
Timeshift2005TV Series documentarySherlock Jr
Candid Camera: 5 Decades of Smiles2005VideoHimself
Cineastas contra magnates2005Documentary
The Forgotten Films of Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle2005Video documentary
So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano - La vera storia di Franco e Ciccio2004Documentary
In the Good Old Summertime Intro2004Video documentary shortHickey
Bob Monkhouse's Comedy Heroes2004TV MovieHimself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Buster Keaton and Fatty Roscoe Arbuckle2002TV Short documentaryHimself
The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Slaphappy2001TV SeriesHimself (2001)
L'Art de Buster Keaton2001Video documentary shortVarious characters
American Masters1989-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Hidden Hollywood II: More Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Film Breaks1999TV Series documentary
50 años de cámaras ocultas1998TV MovieHimself
Loriot1997TV SeriesThe Young Man (Cops, 1922)
Candid Camera's 50th Anniversary1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Art of Buster Keaton1995Video documentary
Biography1995TV Series documentaryHimself / Blacksmith's Assistant
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryBuster, 'The Cameraman' (uncredited)
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clip from 'Hollywood Revue of 1929' (uncredited)
Funny Business1992TV Series documentary
Legends of Comedy1992TV Movie documentary
Buster's Bedroom1991uncredited
Sprockets1991TV SeriesThe Young Man
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow1987-1989TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen1988TV Movie documentary
Lorca, muerte de un poeta1987TV Series
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987DocumentaryHimself
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
Historia del cine: Epoca muda1983Video documentaryVarious roles
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - 'Cops' (uncredited)
Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark1981TV Movie documentary
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Hollywood Clowns1979Video documentary
Clapper Board1976TV Series
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieHimself
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryWilliam Canfield Jr.
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryMovie Clip (uncredited)
It's Showtime1976DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hooray for Hollywood1975DocumentaryHimself
The Golden Age of Buster Keaton1975Documentary
The Three Stooges Follies1974Clarence Plunkett
That's Entertainment!1974DocumentaryHimself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Double Headed Eagle: Hitler's Rise to Power 1918-19331973DocumentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
4 Clowns1970James Shannon, from Seven Chances
The Hollywood Palace1970TV SeriesHimself
The Great Stone Face1968DocumentaryVarious Characters
Off to See the Wizard1967TV SeriesLion Tamer
The Big Parade of Comedy1964DocumentaryBuster in 'The Cameraman'
Breath Death1964ShortHimself
The Sound of Laughter1963DocumentaryElmer Butts
Fractured Flickers1963TV Series
30 Years of Fun1963
Nickelodeon Days1962Documentary
The Great Chase1962Documentary
Calendar1962TV Series
Crazy Days1962ShortVarious (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Golden Years1961TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself
When Comedy Was King1960Documentaryedited from 'Cops'
Lifetime of Comedy1960
Columbia Laff Hour1956
Ça c'est du cinéma1951
¡Qué tiempos aquéllos!1951Documentary
Wonderful Times1950DocumentaryHimself
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership1949Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Take It or Leave It1944Buster Keaton: Clip from 'Hollywood Cavalcade' (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 121939Documentary shortHimself
The Movies March On1939Short documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966Sutherland Trophy - Special MentionBritish Film Institute AwardsSeven Chances (1925)
1960Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USAFor his unique talents which brought immortal comedies to the screen.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6619 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6321 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
Sunset Blvd. (1950)$1,000
Love Nest on Wheels (1937)$2,500
Ditto (1937)$2,500
Jail Bait (1937)$2,500
Mixed Magic (1936)$2,500
The Chemist (1936)$2,500
Blue Blazes (1936)$2,500
Grand Slam Opera (1936)$2,500
Three on a Limb (1936)$2,500
The Timid Young Man (1935)$2,500
The E-Flat Man (1935)$2,500
Tars and Stripes (1935)$2,500
Hayseed Romance (1935)$2,500
One Run Elmer (1935)$2,500
Palooka from Paducah (1935)$2,500
Le roi des Champs-Élysées (1934)$15,000
Sunset Blvd. (1950)$1,000
Love Nest on Wheels (1937)$2,500
Ditto (1937)$2,500
Jail Bait (1937)$2,500
Mixed Magic (1936)$2,500
The Chemist (1936)$2,500
Blue Blazes (1936)$2,500
Grand Slam Opera (1936)$2,500
Three on a Limb (1936)$2,500
The Timid Young Man (1935)$2,500
The E-Flat Man (1935)$2,500
Tars and Stripes (1935)$2,500
Hayseed Romance (1935)$2,500
One Run Elmer (1935)$2,500
Palooka from Paducah (1935)$2,500
Le roi des Champs-Élysées (1934)$15,000

#Quote
1Railroads are a great prop. You can do some awful wild things with railroads.
2Pop made me the featured performer of our act when I was five. There were dozens of other family acts in vaudeville at the turn of the century, but none of the children in them was featured as early as that. Many of those kids were very talented, and their parents were as eager as mine to give them the same head start in show business that I was getting. The reason managers approved of my being featured was because I was unique, being at that time the only little hell-raising Huck Finn type boy in vaudeville. The parents of the others presented their boys as cute and charming Little Lord Fauntleroys. The girls were Dolly Dimples types with long, golden curls. I doubt that any kid actor had more attempts made to save him [by civic do-gooders] than did our Little Buster. The reason of course was our slam-bang act. Even people who most enjoyed our work marvelled when I was able to get up after my bashing, crashing, smashing sessions with pop.
3[on why he did all his own stunts] Stuntmen don't get laughs.
4A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.
5I always want the audience to out-guess me, and then I double-cross them.
6[on the advent of sound in the movies] In every picture it got tougher. They'd laugh their heads off at dialogue written by all your new writers. They were joke-happy. They didn't look for action; they were looking for funny things to say.
7Half of our scenes, for God's sakes, we only just talked over. We didn't actually get out there and rehearse 'em. We would just walk through it and talk about it. We crank that first rehearsal. Because any thing can happen - and generally did... We used the rehearsal scenes instead of the second take.
8When I've got a gag that spreads out, I hate to jump a camera into close-ups. So I do everything in the world I can to hold it in that long-shot and keep the action rolling. Close-ups are too jarring on the screen, and this type of cut can stop an audience from laughing.
9Only things that one could imagine happening to real people, I guess, remain in a person's memory.
10I've had few dull moments [in my life] and not too many sad and defeated ones. In saying this, I am by no means overlooking the rough and rocky years I've lived through. But I was not brought up thinking life would be easy. I always expected to work hard for my money and to get nothing I did not earn. And the bad years, it seems to me, were so few that only a dyed-in-the-wool grouch who enjoys feeling sorry for himself would complain.
11Dumb show is best for screen people, if they must appear in public.
12Not long ago, a friend asked me what was the greatest pleasure I got from spending my whole life as an actor. There have been so many that I had to think about that for a moment. Then I said, "Like everyone else, I like to be with a happy crowd.".
13All my life, I have been happiest when the folks watching me said to each other, "Look at the poor dope, will ya?".
14[on the differences between his and Charles Chaplin's characters] Charlie's tramp was a bum with a bum's philosophy. Lovable as he was, he would steal if he got the chance. My little fellow was a working man and honest.
15Silence is of the gods; only monkeys chatter.
16Think slow, act fast.
17[on his time working as an uncredited gag writer for The Marx Brothers at MGM] It was an event when you could get all three of them on the set at the same time. The minute you started a picture with the Marx Brothers you hired three assistant directors, one for each Marx brother. You had two of 'em while you went to look for the third one and the first two would disappear.
18They say pantomime's a lost art. It's never been a lost art and never will be, because it's too natural to do.
19The first thing I did in the studio was to want to tear that camera to pieces. I had to know how that film got into the cutting room, what you did to it in there, how you projected it, how you finally got the picture together, how you made things match. The technical part of pictures is what interested me. Material was the last thing in the world I thought about. You only had to turn me loose on the set and I'd have material in two minutes, because I'd been doing it all my life.
20Is Hollywood the cruelest city in the world? Well, it can be. New York can be like that, too. You can be a Broadway star here one night, and something happens, and then you're out--nobody knows you on the street. They forget you ever lived. It happens in Hollywood, too.
21What used to get my goat at MGM were comedians like The Marx Brothers or [Bud Abbott] and [Lou Costello], who never worried about the script or the next scene. My God, we ate, slept and dreamed our pictures.
22[Asked by a reporter at an MGM premiere, "Are you happy to be here?"] Of course, I got off location for this!
23I gotta do some sad scenes. Why, I never tried to make anybody cry in my life! And I go 'round all the time dolled up in kippie clothes-wear everything but a corset... can't stub my toe in this picture nor anything! Just imagine having to play-act all the time without ever getting hit with anything!
24Tragedy is a close-up; comedy, a long shot.
25No man can be a genius in slapshoes and a flat hat.
26Railroads are a great prop. You can do some awful wild things with railroads.
27Pop made me the featured performer of our act when I was five. There were dozens of other family acts in vaudeville at the turn of the century, but none of the children in them was featured as early as that. Many of those kids were very talented, and their parents were as eager as mine to give them the same head start in show business that I was getting. The reason managers approved of my being featured was because I was unique, being at that time the only little hell-raising Huck Finn type boy in vaudeville. The parents of the others presented their boys as cute and charming Little Lord Fauntleroys. The girls were Dolly Dimples types with long, golden curls. I doubt that any kid actor had more attempts made to save him [by civic do-gooders] than did our Little Buster. The reason of course was our slam-bang act. Even people who most enjoyed our work marvelled when I was able to get up after my bashing, crashing, smashing sessions with pop.
28[on why he did all his own stunts] Stuntmen don't get laughs.
29A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.
30I always want the audience to out-guess me, and then I double-cross them.
31[on the advent of sound in the movies] In every picture it got tougher. They'd laugh their heads off at dialogue written by all your new writers. They were joke-happy. They didn't look for action; they were looking for funny things to say.
32Half of our scenes, for God's sakes, we only just talked over. We didn't actually get out there and rehearse 'em. We would just walk through it and talk about it. We crank that first rehearsal. Because any thing can happen - and generally did... We used the rehearsal scenes instead of the second take.
33When I've got a gag that spreads out, I hate to jump a camera into close-ups. So I do everything in the world I can to hold it in that long-shot and keep the action rolling. Close-ups are too jarring on the screen, and this type of cut can stop an audience from laughing.
34Only things that one could imagine happening to real people, I guess, remain in a person's memory.
35I've had few dull moments [in my life] and not too many sad and defeated ones. In saying this, I am by no means overlooking the rough and rocky years I've lived through. But I was not brought up thinking life would be easy. I always expected to work hard for my money and to get nothing I did not earn. And the bad years, it seems to me, were so few that only a dyed-in-the-wool grouch who enjoys feeling sorry for himself would complain.
36Dumb show is best for screen people, if they must appear in public.
37Not long ago, a friend asked me what was the greatest pleasure I got from spending my whole life as an actor. There have been so many that I had to think about that for a moment. Then I said, "Like everyone else, I like to be with a happy crowd.".
38All my life, I have been happiest when the folks watching me said to each other, "Look at the poor dope, will ya?".
39[on the differences between his and Charles Chaplin's characters] Charlie's tramp was a bum with a bum's philosophy. Lovable as he was, he would steal if he got the chance. My little fellow was a working man and honest.
40Silence is of the gods; only monkeys chatter.
41Think slow, act fast.
42[on his time working as an uncredited gag writer for The Marx Brothers at MGM] It was an event when you could get all three of them on the set at the same time. The minute you started a picture with the Marx Brothers you hired three assistant directors, one for each Marx brother. You had two of 'em while you went to look for the third one and the first two would disappear.
43They say pantomime's a lost art. It's never been a lost art and never will be, because it's too natural to do.
44The first thing I did in the studio was to want to tear that camera to pieces. I had to know how that film got into the cutting room, what you did to it in there, how you projected it, how you finally got the picture together, how you made things match. The technical part of pictures is what interested me. Material was the last thing in the world I thought about. You only had to turn me loose on the set and I'd have material in two minutes, because I'd been doing it all my life.
45Is Hollywood the cruelest city in the world? Well, it can be. New York can be like that, too. You can be a Broadway star here one night, and something happens, and then you're out--nobody knows you on the street. They forget you ever lived. It happens in Hollywood, too.
46What used to get my goat at MGM were comedians like The Marx Brothers or [Bud Abbott] and [Lou Costello], who never worried about the script or the next scene. My God, we ate, slept and dreamed our pictures.
47[Asked by a reporter at an MGM premiere, "Are you happy to be here?"] Of course, I got off location for this!
48I gotta do some sad scenes. Why, I never tried to make anybody cry in my life! And I go 'round all the time dolled up in kippie clothes-wear everything but a corset... can't stub my toe in this picture nor anything! Just imagine having to play-act all the time without ever getting hit with anything!
49Tragedy is a close-up; comedy, a long shot.
50No man can be a genius in slapshoes and a flat hat.

#Trademark
1Small and slight frame
2Used the camera to help comedy, e.g. to create effect of rocking boat in beginning of The Boat (1921).
3His films contain elaborate gadgets of his own devising
4Pork pie hat, slapshoes, deadpan expression
5Small and slight frame
6Used the camera to help comedy, e.g. to create effect of rocking boat in beginning of The Boat (1921).
7His films contain elaborate gadgets of his own devising
8Pork pie hat, slapshoes, deadpan expression

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