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”. Critic Roger Ebert wrote of 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”.
Buster Keaton in The Bell Boy, which was released 100 years ago today, on March 18, 1918.
Still a brilliant gag a century later.