Joe Keaton

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Joe Keaton
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Born Joseph Hallie Keaton
(1867-07-06)July 6, 1867
Terre Haute, Indiana, US
Died January 13, 1946(1946-01-13) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, US
Spouse(s) Myra Keaton

Joe Keaton (July 6, 1867 – January 13, 1946) was an American vaudeville performer and silent film actor. He was the father of actor Buster Keaton.

Life and career[edit]

Keaton, a Scots-Irish American,[citation needed] was born Joseph Hallie Keaton a few miles south of Terre Haute, Indiana. Keaton was born to Libbie Jane and Joseph Francis Keaton IV.[citation needed] On May 31, 1894, Joe Keaton eloped with Myra Edith Cutler, who became known as Myra Keaton. Myra, who had English and German ancestry, performed with Joe in a vaudeville act. Joe and Myra's first child was Joseph Frank Keaton, who became known as the silent film actor Buster Keaton; their other children were Harry Keaton and Louise 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 died on January 10, 1946, in Ventura County, California. According to the Internet Movie Database, the cause of death was 'struck by car'. Keaton was 78 years old at the time of his death. His burial location is unknown.


Year Film Role
1917 A Country Hero Cy Klone, Garage Owner
1918 The Bell Boy Guest
Out West Man on train
1920 Neighbors His father
The Scarecrow Farmer (uncredited)
Convict 13 Prisoner
1922 Day Dreams The Girls Father (uncredited)
The Electric House Extra (uncredited)
1923 Our Hospitality The Engineer
1924 Sherlock, Jr. Her father
1925 Go West Man in Barber Shop (uncredited)
1927 The General Union general
1934 Evelyn Prentice Undertermined Role (uncredited)
1935 Palooka from Paducah Pa Diltz

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