Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton (Joseph Francis Keaton), 1895–1966, American movie actor, b. Piqua, Kans. Considered one of the greatest comic actors in film history, Keaton used his considerable acrobatic skills, which he had developed as a child in vaudeville, in many silent comedies in which he portrayed a deadpan hero who survived against incredible odds. Among these movies are The Navigator (1924), The General (1926), and Steamboat Bill Junior (1927). He made a comeback as a supporting actor in such films as Sunset Boulevard (1950), Limelight (1952), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966).

See biographies by R. Blesh (1960), M. Meade (1995), and E. McPherson (2005); J. E. Rapf, Buster Keaton: A Bio-Bibliography (1995); J. Kline, The Complete Films of Buster Keaton (2003); studies by G. Wead and G. Lellis (1977), G. Oldham (1996), and R. Knopf (1999).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Buster Keaton: Selected full-text books and articles

Keaton's Silent Shorts: Beyond the Laughter By Gabriella Oldham Southern Illinois University Press, 1996
Buster Keaton and the Near-Miss Gag By Huie, William O Journal of Film and Video, Vol. 69, No. 4, Winter 2017
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The Oxford History of World Cinema By Geoffrey Nowell-Smith Oxford University Press, 1997
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