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Buster Keaton
Date Issued: 1994-04-27
Postage Value: 29 cents

Commemorative issue
Silent screen stars
Buster Keaton

Raised in a vaudeville family, Buster Keaton entered the film industry in 1917 as a protege of Fatty Arbuckle. He quickly mastered film technique on both sides of the camera. A superb acrobat from youth, Keaton developed both a keen appreciation for movie sight gags and the perfectionist's desire to execute them without a flaw. With his own company, in 1921 he began his solo movie career and refined his unique deadpan character. Among his best-known shorts were One Week (1922), The High Sign (1921), Cops (1922), and The Balloonatic (1923). Bad business advice coupled with personal problems hurt Keaton's career in the early 1930s. He continued to work in film and television, but after his move to MGM in 1928, he never again exercised the creative control he had enjoyed during the silent era.

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