History Creator / BusterKeaton

24th Sep '16 3:41:51 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheDanza: Keaton, in many of the shorts.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Keaton's masterpiece ''TheGeneral'' is based on an actual incident from the AmericanCivilWar. Keaton's renaissance in the early 60's may have inspired Disney to make a dramatic feature more closely based on the same incident.



* NoStuntDouble: And he paid the penalty more than once.


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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Keaton's masterpiece ''TheGeneral'' is based on an actual incident from the AmericanCivilWar. Keaton's renaissance in the early 60's may have inspired Disney to make a dramatic feature more closely based on the same incident.
4th Aug '16 11:38:35 AM ParanoiaAgent
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* BadassAdorable: No matter how much of a ButtMonkey he appears, he still can kick ass and is not afraid of ridiculously dangerous situation. In ''Film/TheCameraman'' he stands in the middle of a gang fight to shoot news material on it ''and provokes the gangsters to get better pictures''.
22nd Jun '16 8:45:23 AM Rday
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* ''Film/TheRailrodder'' (1965)
19th Jun '16 9:24:42 AM jamespolk
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Eventually, when the act's fortunes declined and Joe got too drunk and disorderly to work with safely[[note]] Speaking of safety, Keaton repeatedly stated in interviews that he never suffered an injury as a result of being thrown; their act was designed to look improvised and violent, but in reality was quite planned and controlled.[[/note]], Buster Keaton struck out on his own. He got into film with his good friend, [[Creator/FattyArbuckle Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle]], then one of the top comedy movie stars. Following Fatty's tragic fall from grace, Keaton formed his own production company, starring in and directing some of the most innovative comedy films of his day. From this period, his full-length film ''Film/TheGeneral'' is still considered one of the best silent films ever made. He was also never afraid of new technology: for instance, for a major silent movie star at the dawn of sound films, he ''wanted'' to get into them right away. After his company was dissolved, Keaton signed a contract with [[MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]. The best of his MGM films are the silents ''TheCameraman'' and ''SpiteMarriage''. He then began making sound pictures in which he was often teamed with JimmyDurante.[[note]] Unlike many silent film stars who were ruined because their voices were odd or otherwise did not match their images, Keaton's strong barritone voice and vaudeville-honed acting and singing skills allowed him to make the transition without much difficulty. He was even a great dancer, as one would expect from his acrobatic skills, though he rarely got a chance to display that on screen.[[/note]]

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Eventually, when the act's fortunes declined and Joe got too drunk and disorderly to work with safely[[note]] Speaking of safety, Keaton repeatedly stated in interviews that he never suffered an injury as a result of being thrown; their act was designed to look improvised and violent, but in reality was quite planned and controlled.[[/note]], Buster Keaton struck out on his own. He got into film with his good friend, [[Creator/FattyArbuckle Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle]], then one of the top comedy movie stars. Following Fatty's tragic fall from grace, Keaton formed his own production company, starring in and directing some of the most innovative comedy films of his day. From this period, his full-length film ''Film/TheGeneral'' is still considered one of the best silent films ever made. He was also never afraid of new technology: for instance, for a major silent movie star at the dawn of sound films, he ''wanted'' to get into them right away. After his company was dissolved, Keaton signed a contract with [[MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]. The best of his MGM films are the silents ''TheCameraman'' ''Film/TheCameraman'' and ''SpiteMarriage''.''Film/SpiteMarriage''. He then began making sound pictures in which he was often teamed with JimmyDurante.[[note]] Unlike many silent film stars who were ruined because their voices were odd or otherwise did not match their images, Keaton's strong barritone voice and vaudeville-honed acting and singing skills allowed him to make the transition without much difficulty. He was even a great dancer, as one would expect from his acrobatic skills, though he rarely got a chance to display that on screen.[[/note]]
23rd May '16 8:59:50 PM Anddrix
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In the episode "Emperor Joker!", one of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's {{mook}}s is a [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2443740.html huge, muscular version of Keaton]] (the overall effect, given Keaton's square-jawed, unsmiling face, is a bit like a caricature of Creator/BorisKarloff as the ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstein's]] monster.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In the episode "Emperor Joker!", one of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's ComicBook/TheJoker's {{mook}}s is a [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2443740.html huge, muscular version of Keaton]] (the overall effect, given Keaton's square-jawed, unsmiling face, is a bit like a caricature of Creator/BorisKarloff as the ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstein's]] monster.)
12th May '16 8:16:10 PM eroock
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'''Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton, Jr.''' (October 4, 1895 -- February 1, 1966), was the original [[TheStoic Stoic]], also known as [[FrozenFace The Great Stone Face]]. Possibly the toughest man in show business history; during one film shoot, he ''broke his neck'' and continued with the day's shooting.

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'''Joseph Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton, Jr.''' Jr. (October 4, 1895 -- February 1, 1966), was the original [[TheStoic Stoic]], also known as [[FrozenFace The Great Stone Face]]. Possibly the toughest man in show business history; during one film shoot, he ''broke his neck'' and continued with the day's shooting.
15th Mar '16 12:39:45 AM LegitimateIdiot
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* Hatabō ("Flag Boy"), a recurring character in Fujio Akatsuka's manga series ''Anime/OsomatsuKun'' is based on Creator/BusterKeaton.

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* Hatabō ("Flag Boy"), a recurring character in Fujio Akatsuka's manga series ''Anime/OsomatsuKun'' ''Manga/OsomatsuKun'' is based on Creator/BusterKeaton.
15th Mar '16 12:38:37 AM LegitimateIdiot
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* Hatabō ("Flag Boy"), a recurring character in Creator/FujioAkatsuka's manga series ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osomatsu-kun Osomatsu-kun,]]'' is based on Creator/BusterKeaton.

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* Hatabō ("Flag Boy"), a recurring character in Creator/FujioAkatsuka's Fujio Akatsuka's manga series ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osomatsu-kun Osomatsu-kun,]]'' ''Anime/OsomatsuKun'' is based on Creator/BusterKeaton.
4th Mar '16 2:21:44 PM Doug86
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Things turned around for Keaton in the 1940s. He met and married his third wife, Eleanor Norris, who helped him get his drinking under control and sometimes worked as his partner in comedy routines. This led to Buster's engagement at France's Cirque Medrano, where he drew enthusiastic audiences. A 1949 article by James Agee in ''LIFE'' magazine (see quote above) renewed interest in Keaton, and his career picked up: he starred in a short-lived TV series; guest-starred on other shows, including ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/{{Route 66}}'', and ''Series/CandidCamera''; appeared in many commercials; and performed memorable cameos and supporting roles in such films as ''Film/InTheGoodOldSummertime'', ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', ''Film/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', and ''Film/BeachBlanketBingo''. He lived to see his silent films preserved (including some supposedly lost films that actor James Mason found in a house that Keaton had previously owned) and reintroduced for a new generation, and received a Career Oscar.

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Things turned around for Keaton in the 1940s. He met and married his third wife, Eleanor Norris, who helped him get his drinking under control and sometimes worked as his partner in comedy routines. This led to Buster's engagement at France's Cirque Medrano, where he drew enthusiastic audiences. A 1949 article by James Agee in ''LIFE'' magazine (see quote above) renewed interest in Keaton, and his career picked up: he starred in a short-lived TV series; guest-starred on other shows, including ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/{{Route 66}}'', and ''Series/CandidCamera''; appeared in many commercials; and performed memorable cameos and supporting roles in such films as ''Film/InTheGoodOldSummertime'', ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', ''Film/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', and ''Film/BeachBlanketBingo''. He lived to see his silent films preserved (including some supposedly lost films that actor James Mason found in a house that Keaton had previously owned) and reintroduced for a new generation, and received a Career Oscar.



* ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'': Buster Keaton played the role of the blind old man Erronius in the screen version. It was one of his last movie roles. He was dying of cancer. He did his own stunts. He was Awesome. Unfortunately, there was one stunt he couldn't do: The jogging through the chariot race scene was too strenuous for him and had to be done by a stunt double. So the only time he was ever doubled was his last stunt on his last film. Reportedly the entire cast and crew were in tears

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* ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'': ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'': Buster Keaton played the role of the blind old man Erronius in the screen version. It was one of his last movie roles. He was dying of cancer. He did his own stunts. He was Awesome. Unfortunately, there was one stunt he couldn't do: The jogging through the chariot race scene was too strenuous for him and had to be done by a stunt double. So the only time he was ever doubled was his last stunt on his last film. Reportedly the entire cast and crew were in tears
23rd Jan '16 5:06:29 PM JamesAustin
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** The BusbyBerkeleyNumber at the end of ''Film/{{Jackass}} Number Two'' ends with Creator/JohnnyKnoxville doing this stunt. Which is immediately subverted as he is taken out by a surprise wrecking ball out of nowhere.

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** The BusbyBerkeleyNumber at the end of ''Film/{{Jackass}} ''Series/{{Jackass}} Number Two'' ends with Creator/JohnnyKnoxville doing this stunt. Which is immediately subverted as he is taken out by a surprise wrecking ball out of nowhere.
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