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Buster Keaton

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Net worth 2018: $600,000
Residence: Piqua, Kansas, USA
Country: United States
BirthDay: 4 October 1895
Sigh: Scorpio
Died On: February 1, 1966
BIOGRAPHY

Buster Keaton was bornon 4 October 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, USA, American. Joseph Frank Keaton, better known as Buster Keaton, was a comedian and actor who rose to prominence with his silent films in which he often played the character of a poker faced man with a deadpan expression. So famous was his expressionless, stoic face that he earned the nickname of “The Great Stone Face”. Born into a vaudeville family, Keaton was destined for the show business. He began performing with his parents in ‘The Three Keatons’ when he was just three years old. His family performed a comedy sketch in which the young boy would be constantly tossed and thrown around the stage, often inviting the wrath of authorities who accused his parents of child abuse. It was during this time that he realized that he could elicit more laughter from the audience by making a poker face rather than by laughing himself during the comedy act. He made his transition from vaudeville to films when he was 21 years old. Initially apprehensive about the medium of film, his reservations went away after the success of ‘The Saphead’ in which he played a lead role for the first time. More roles followed and he was soon a major comedian in Hollywood; he was ranked as the 21st greatest male star by the American Film Institute.

TIMELINE
1949

After that he played cameos in films such as ‘In the Good Old Summertime’ (1949), ‘Sunset Boulevard’ (1950) and ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ (1956)

1946

His played his last lead role in the film ‘Boom in the Moon’, which was released in 1946

1940

His career saw a revival during the 1940s and he got the opportunity to appear in both major and minor films, albeit in small or cameo roles

1934

After years of poor performances, he declared bankruptcy in 1934

1933

His second marriage in 1933 was with his nurse Mae Scriven

1932

Their relationship began to suffer after the birth of their second son and the couple divorced in 1932

1928

In 1928, he signed with MGM—a decision which he would later come to regret

1927

It was about the story of a man who would inherit a large fortune if and only if he is married by his 27th birthday

1926

One of his best known films, ‘The General’ came in 1926

1925

The 1925 comedy silent film, ‘Seven Chances’ which was directed by and starred Keaton was based on a play written by Roi Cooper Megrue

1923

In 1923, he wrote, produced and starred in ‘Our Hospitality’ which was a silent comedy that told the story of Willie McKay who gets caught in an infamous feud

1920

He appeared in his first feature length film, ‘The Saphead’ in 1920

1917

He formed a deep professional relationship as well as a personal friendship with Arbuckle and appeared in a number of his short film productions including ‘His Wedding Night’ (1917), ‘The Bell Boy’ (1918), and ‘Backstage’ (1919)

1899

He began performing with his parents as a three year old in the act ‘The Three Keatons’, first appearing on stage in 1899

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