Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton (1895-1966) was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. 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.”
During Keaton’s extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929, when he worked without interruption on a series of films that make him, arguably, the greatest actor–director in the history of the movies.
Many of Keaton’s films from the 1920s, such as Sherlock Jr. (1924), The General (1926), and The Cameraman (1928), remain highly regarded, and The General was cinema’s highest achievement in comedy, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.
Keaton was recognized as the seventh-greatest film director by Entertainment Weekly, and one of the greatest male stars of classic Hollywood cinema.
Take a look at these interesting photos to see how young Keaton looked like in the 1920s and 1930s.