|Buster Keaton Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||October 4, 1895|
|Date of Death||February 1, 1966|
Buster Keaton was an American actor, comedian, stage artist, writer, and director who has been credited as “the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies” by critic and historian Roger Ebert. Best known for his silent film work, Keaton was ranked as the 21st-greatest male star of classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute in 1999.
Joseph Frank Keaton
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He was born on October 4, 1895.
On February 1, 1966, Buster Keaton died of lung cancer at the age of 70 in Woodland Hills, California, United States.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California, United States
Piqua, Woodson County, Kansas, United States
Actor, Comedian, Stage Artist, Writer, Director
- Father – Joseph Hallie Keaton (Vaudeville Performer, Silent Film Actor)
- Mother – Myra Keaton (née Cutler) (Vaudeville Performer, Film Actor)
- Siblings – Harry Keaton (Younger Brother), Louise Keaton (Younger Sister)
- Others – Joseph Zachariah Keaton (Paternal Grandfather), Libbie/Lydia Jane Shireey/Shirley (Paternal Grandmother), Frank Luke Cutler (Maternal Grandfather), Sarah Elizabeth Shaffer (Maternal Grandmother)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $10 Million at the time of his death.
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
66 kg or 145.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Buster Keaton had dated –
- Natalie Talmadge (1919-1932) – He started going out with silent film actor Natalie Talmadge in May 1919 and the duo got married on May 31, 1921, in Bayside, Queens. The duo co-starred in the 1923 silent comedy film Our Hospitality. They had 2 sons – Joseph (called James) (June 2, 1922 – February 14, 2007) and Robert (February 3, 1924 – July 19, 2009). The marriage started falling apart after Robert’s birth and she even banished Keaton to a separate bedroom. Their ideas of lifestyle were different – Natalie preferred an extravagant lifestyle and reportedly spent up to a 1/3 of her husband’s earnings. They divorced in 1932.
- Kathleen Key (1928-1931) – He dated actor Kathleen Key from 1928 to February 1931.
- Dorothy Sebastian – He also dated stage and film actor Dorothy Sebastian. They co-starred in the 1929 silent comedy film Spite Marriage.
- Mae Scriven (1933-1935) – He got married to his nurse Mae Scriven in 1933. The marriage occurred during an alcoholic binge about which he afterward claimed to remember nothing. She filed for divorce in 1935 after finding him with Leah Clampitt Sewell in a hotel in Santa Barbara and the divorce was finalized the following year.
- Leah Clampitt Sewell (1935) – He hooked up with Leah Clampitt Sewell (the wife of millionaire Barton Sewell) in 1935.
- Eleanor Keaton (1940-1966) – He married dancer and variety show performer Eleanor Keaton on May 29, 1940, and they remained together until his death. The couple had an age gap of 23 years, Eleanor being the younger one.
Race / Ethnicity
Buster Keaton was of English, German, Welsh, and Scottish descent.
- His pork pie hat
- Deadpan expressions
- Slight frame
- Frequently played sympathetic characters who can never quite catch a break
Buster Keaton was cast in TV commercials for –
- Alka-Seltzer (1958)
- Northwest Orient Airlines (1958)
- Pure Oil Company Gasoline (the 1960s)
- Simon Pure Beer (the 1960s)
Buster Keaton Favorite Things
- Sport – Baseball
- Film – Hard Luck (1921)
Source – IMDb
Buster Keaton Facts
- During World War I, he served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France with the United States Army’s 40th Infantry Division. It was during this time that he suffered an ear infection that permanently impaired his hearing.
- He has 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: 6619 Hollywood Boulevard (for motion pictures) and 6225 Hollywood Boulevard (for television).
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