History Creator / BusterKeaton

19th Apr '18 9:42:11 PM nombretomado
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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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays1956'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He even collaborated with avant-garde playwright Creator/SamuelBeckett on an unusual project called ''Film''.

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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/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'', ''Series/{{Route 66}}'', and ''Series/CandidCamera''; appeared in many commercials; and performed memorable cameos and supporting roles in such films as ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays1956'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He even collaborated with avant-garde playwright Creator/SamuelBeckett on an unusual project called ''Film''.
28th Jan '18 11:05:05 AM nombretomado
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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 ''Film/TheCameraman'' and ''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]]

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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]].{{Creator/MGM}}. The best of his MGM films are the silents ''Film/TheCameraman'' and ''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]]
9th Dec '17 10:56:49 PM CJCroen1393
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* TheWoobie: Invoked. A good portion of the characters he plays are guys who just can't seem to catch a break, and he's so good at looking like a kicked puppy he's essentially made it an art form. It makes you wanna laugh at misfortune, then give the poor guy a big hug.

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* TheWoobie: Invoked. A good portion of the characters he plays are guys who just can't seem to catch a break, and he's so good at looking like a kicked puppy he's essentially made it an art form. It makes you wanna laugh at his misfortune, then give the poor guy a big hug.
9th Dec '17 10:53:34 PM CJCroen1393
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* TheWoobie: Invoked. A good portion of the characters he plays are guys who just can't seem to catch a break, and he's so good at looking like a kicked puppy he's essentially made it an art form. It makes you wanna laugh at misfortune, then give the poor guy a big hug.
12th Nov '17 6:51:47 PM danlansdowne
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** Worthy of an honourable mention is the small motorized railcar or "speeder" Buster uses to cross Canada in ''The Railrodder''.
9th May '17 8:17:16 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheGarage'' (1920)
24th Mar '17 10:33:06 PM CosmicFerret
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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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He even collaborated with avant-garde playwright Creator/SamuelBeckett on an unusual project called ''Film''.

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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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays1956'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He even collaborated with avant-garde playwright Creator/SamuelBeckett on an unusual project called ''Film''.
24th Mar '17 3:07:17 AM WillBGood
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In the episode "Emperor Joker!", one of 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}} monster.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In the episode "Emperor Joker!", one of 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}} Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}} monster.)
24th Mar '17 3:07:08 AM WillBGood
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In the episode "Emperor Joker!", one of 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.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In the episode "Emperor Joker!", one of 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]] ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}} monster.)
17th Feb '17 9:42:14 AM JulianLapostat
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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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He lived to see his silent films preserved (including some supposedly lost films that actor Creator/JamesMason 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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He even collaborated with avant-garde playwright Creator/SamuelBeckett on an unusual project called ''Film''.

He lived to see his silent films preserved (including some supposedly lost films that actor Creator/JamesMason found in a house that Keaton had previously owned) and reintroduced for a new generation, and received a Career Oscar.
an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.
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