Buster Keaton and his father Joe, 1909.
Joe, Myra and Buster Keaton in a promotional photo for The Three Keatons, ca. 1910.
Buster Keaton, his father, Joe, and mother, Myra, in promotional photos for their vaudeville act, The Three Keatons, 1900.
Buster Keaton, age 5, in promotional photos for his family’s vaudeville act, The Three Keatons, 1900.
Buster, Myra and Joe Keaton pose for a family photo, 1901.
“His comic ability as a child must have been phenomenal. By the time he was five or six he was being billed as ‘B U S T E R, assisted by Joe and Myra Keaton.’ ‘The reason the managers approved of my being featured was because I was unique, being at that time the only little hell-raising Huck Finn type boy in vaudeville. The parents of the others represented their boys as cute and charming Little Lord Fauntleroys.’ One of the most persuasive evidences of his talent at the time are the rumors prevalent about 1902 and 1903 that he was not a child at all, but a clever midget.”
Buster Keaton by David Robinson.
A young Buster Keaton dressed as an old Irishman for an act with The Three Keatons.