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Buster Keaton
Joseph Frank Keaton VI

(1895-10-04)October 4, 1895
Died February 1, 1966(1966-02-01) (aged 70)
Cause of death Lung cancer
Occupation Actor, movie director
Years active 1898–1966

Joseph Frank Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966), known professionally as Buster Keaton, was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer.

He is best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression that earned him the nickname "The Great Stone Face".

Famous movie critic Roger Ebert wrote that Keaton's "extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929, he worked without interruption on a series of movies that make him, arguably, the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies."

His career declined afterward with a loss of artistic independence when he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, his wife divorced him, and he descended into depression. He recovered in the 1940s, remarried, and revived his career as an honored comic performer for the rest of his life, earning an Academy Honorary Award in 1959.

Many of Keaton's films from the 1920s remain highly regarded, such as Sherlock Jr. (1924), The General (1926), and The Cameraman (1928). The General (1927) is widely viewed as his masterpiece.

In a 2002 worldwide poll by "Sight & Sound", "The General" was number 15 on their "Best movies of All Time" list.

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