“A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.” - Buster Keaton, Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker —
Today theTUNDRA honors the birthday of revolutionary filmmaker Buster Keaton, the writer and director of some of the most highly regarded films of the silent era like “Sherlock Jr.” (1924) and “The General” (1926). Born into a vaudeville family, Keaton was destined for the big screen, quickly making his way into the motion picture industry after serving in the United States Army's 40th Infantry Division during World War I. Known as the “The Great Stone Face” due to his trademark deadpan expression, Keaton’s physical comedy and endearing storytelling made him a major box office draw before “talkies” took over Hollywood. In 1959, Keaton was presented with an Honorary Academy Award, recognizing "his unique talents which brought immortal comedies to the screen”.