Buster Keaton
Biographical Information
Born October 4th, 1895
Piqua, Kansas, United States
Died February 1st, 1966
Woodland Hills, California, United States
Productions Free and Easy as Elmer Butts
Forward March as Elmer Butts
Grand Slam Opera as Elmer Butts
The Villain Still Pursued Her as William Dalton
In the Good Old Summertime as Hickey
The Rosemary Clooney Show
Once Upon a Mattress as The King
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Erronius
Recordings A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (film soundtrack)
Vocal Type Baritone-Bass

Buster Keaton was an American actor, director and comedian.


Born Joseph Keaton in Piqua, Kansas to a vaudevillian family, Keaton worked as a child performer before moving into film, making his debut in Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy. Success would lead to him gaining his own production company, creating such films as Steamboat Bill Jr. and The General. He was well known for performing many dangerous stunts by himself.

Keaton eventually moved into "talkies", often featuring in various cameos such as Around the World in 80 Days and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World as well as starring opposite his silent rival Charlie Chaplin in Limelight.

He passed away in 1966.


Keaton did not sing often, but did perform a few fragments of songs whilst portraying his character Elmer Butts, including "Oh, King, Oh Queen" (in Free and Easy) and "So Long Elmer" in Grand Slam Opera.

In 1960 Keaton would go on to play The King in Once Upon a Mattress, his sole role in a stage musical. His final film role was as Erronius in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.


Free and Easy (1930)Edit

  • The Free and Easy
  • It Must Be You (reprise)(solo)
  • Oh King, Oh Queen (duet)
  • The Corn Grows Green in Kansas (duet)

Forward March (1930)Edit

  • You Were Meant for Me

Grand Slam Opera (1936)Edit

  • So Long Elmer (contains solo lines)

The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940)Edit

  • Our House is Happy Again, Tra-La

In the Good Old Summertime (1949)Edit

  • In the Good Old Summertime

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)Edit

  • Comedy Tonight (reprise)(contains solo lines)


The Rosemary Clooney Show (1956)Edit

  • Mean to Me (duet)


Once Upon a Mattress (1960)Edit

  • The Minstrel, the Jester and I (contains solo lines)
  • Normandy (contains solo lines)
  • Man to Man Talk (duet)

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