Joe Keaton

Biography

Joe Keaton (July 6, 1867 – January 13, 1946) was an American silent film actor and the father of actor Buster Keaton. Keaton, a Scots-Irish American, was born Joseph Hallie Keaton a few miles south of Terre Haute, Indiana. Keaton was born to Libbie (née Jane), and Joseph Francis Keaton IV. Joe and his wife Myra were both vaudeville performers. Joe and Myra's first son/child was Joseph Frank Keaton, who became known as the silent film actor Buster Keaton. Buster joined the act when he was only a few years old. The act was a rough-and-tumble one, with Buster being thrown around on stage most of the time. As the years went by, Joe Keaton became an alcoholic, which forced Buster to quit the act by the time he was a teenager. However, after he hit it big in silent film, Buster provided Joe with small parts in several movies. Myra and Joe split up long after Buster had become an adult. He lived alone in a Hollywood hotel for many years and was said to have stopped drinking after becoming a Christian Scientist.[citation needed] Buster said Joe died as a result of being struck by a car. Joe Keaton eloped with Myra Edith Cutler, who became known as Myra Keaton on May 31, 1894, together they had three children including Buster Keaton, Harry Keaton and Louise Keaton. Myra had British and German ancestry. He is also the father-in-law of Buster's third wife Eleanor Keaton, and grandfather of Jimmy and Bobby Keaton. Joe Keaton died on January 10, 1946, in Ventura County, California, according to the Internet Movie Database Joe's cause of death was 'struck by car'. Keaton was 78 years old at the time of his death. His burial location is unknown.

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The Scarecrow

Farmer (uncredited)

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The Goat

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Sherlock Jr

The Girl's Father / Man on Film Screen

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The Electric House

Buster's Father in Prologue (uncredited)

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Our Hospitality

The Engineer

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Convict 13

Prisoner

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Neighbors

His Father (uncredited)

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Go West

Man in Barber Shop (uncredited)

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Daydreams

The Girl's Father (uncredited)

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Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Barber (uncredited)

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Evelyn Prentice

Undetermined Role (uncredited)

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Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Barber (uncredited)

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The General

Union General

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Go West

Man in Barber Shop (uncredited)

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Sherlock Jr

The Girl's Father / Man on Film Screen

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Our Hospitality

The Engineer

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Daydreams

The Girl's Father (uncredited)

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The Electric House

Buster's Father in Prologue (uncredited)

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The Goat

Minor Role (uncredited)

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Convict 13

Prisoner

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The Scarecrow

Farmer (uncredited)

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Neighbors

His Father (uncredited)

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