Born in the United States of America on
October 4 1895, Buster made his stage debut at just 3 years of age. His
parents were vaudeville stars and whilst performing on stage his mother
would make regular trips backstage to check that young Buster wasnít getting
up to any mischief.
But one fateful night she was too late, as Buster had stumbled onto the
stage and was miming and imitating
everything they were doing. He was a great hit and was immediately made a
permanent part of the family troupe.
He made his film debut in 1917, when he was asked to play a minor role in a
Keaton became so fascinated with the possibility of films that he left his
high-paying vaudeville head-liner job to take on the lower-paid role of film
He was to become one of the most visionary producers and directors of all
time, a stunt man who knows no equal and an actor whose soulful,
melancholic, indestructibility was only to be rivalled by Chaplinís
heartfelt and inventive tramp.