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Buster Keaton

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Buster Keaton (1895-1966) was an American comic actor, filmmaker, producer and writer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname "The Great Stone Face".

He earned the nickname Buster at the age of six months. As legend has it, after the young Keaton fell down a flight of steps at a theater, a magician on the bill, Harry Houdini, said to the lad's father, "What a buster your kid took!" It is more likely, however, that the nickname was given by a fellow vaudevillian, whose name has been lost to history. Although Houdini did tour with the Keatons, he did not join up with them until Keaton was well beyond infancy.[1]

Legend has it that Buster also owed his life to a Houdini as well. According to Ruth Brandon, "When there was a fire at the hotel where they were all staying, Bess Houdini rushed up to the room where he was sleeping and rescued him".[2]

Keaton played in movies that featured a magic theme.


  2. *Obit Genii 1966 February
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