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Subject: OT: The grave of Vaudeville performer Joe Keaton (father of comic icon Buster Keaton) has finally been marked. Joe Keaton's grave had been UNmarked for over 70 years, until fans from around the world, raised fund$ to mark his grave. ...

Joe Keaton died 73 years ago today ...
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Date Posted: Sunday, January 13, 02:12:37pm

American vaudeville performer and silent film actor. He was the father
of actor Buster Keaton and appeared with his son in several of his films. ...
Joe Keaton, patriarch seen here with his family. ...

Joseph Hallie Keaton
(July 6, 1867 January 13, 1946)

Life and career
Keaton was born a few miles south of Terre Haute, Indiana to Libbie Jane and Joseph Francis Keaton IV. Leaving home in 1889, the year of the Land Rush, he homesteaded in the Oklahoma territory for a time, securing a claim three and a half miles northwest of Edmond. A few months into Keaton's residency, the neighboring homesteader (a Canadian whom Keaton had befriended on their shared journey west) was murdered and partially buried by a claim jumper; the body was subsequently discovered, and "justice was meted out" to the murderer by Keaton and a group of three or four men that included Robert Galbreath, Jr.

On May 31, 1894, Joe Keaton eloped with Myra Edith Cutler, who became known as Myra Keaton. Myra performed with Joe in a vaudeville act called the Two Keatons. 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.

When Buster was only a few years old, he joined the act, which became the Three Keatons.

...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; when Buster was 21, Myra left him, taking Buster with her. However, after Buster found success in silent film, he supported Joe and gave him small parts in several movies. Myra and Joe reunited, but eventually split up again. He lived alone in a Hollywood hotel for many years. He stopped drinking with the help of a girlfriend who was a Christian Scientist.

Keaton, seen here with son Buster, in later years

Joe Keaton died on January 13, 1946. According to the New York Times, he died at his home in Hollywood, after a long illness. However, Buster later said he was hit by a car, and state death records show that he died in Ventura. Joe Keaton was laid top rest in Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, CA., sadly forgotten in an UNmarked grave. But in 2018, funds were raised by Keaton fans around the world and finally erected a fitting tribute to honor his memory and finally mark the grave with a headstone.


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