Buster KeatonJoseph Frank “Buster” Keaton VI (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American comic actor and filmmaker. Best known for his silent films, his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname “The Great Stone Face.”

Keaton’s parents were vaudeville performers that were in Piqua, touring with Harry Houdini as part of a traveling medicine show, and Frank Joseph Keaton was born in Piqua on October 4, 1895.

Keaton was recognized as the seventh greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Keaton the 21st greatest male actor of all time. A 2002 worldwide poll by Sight & Sound ranked Keaton’s The General as the 15th best film of all time.

Over the years I have enjoyed numerous Buster Keaton movies. His physical comedy was amazing. I had difficulty finding an appropriate clip which demonstrated Keaton’s patience, precision and timing. Most clips cut out the set up and just show the stunts. Finally I found this video is a good introduction to Buster. I highly recommend renting one of Buster’s collection of shorts or full length films to truly appreciate the genius and skill of his art.