As promised in a recent art trade with @the-damfinos, I am dedicating today’s piece to the silent film comic legend, Buster Keaton, who was born on this day in 1895. His impermeable façade inspired millions to laugh even at life’s most arduous trials. I will never forget the way he made me feel the morning I first witnessed one of his pictures. Joy was missing from my life then, and he helped it find its way back home to me. For that I am eternally grateful.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jackie Coogan and Rudolph Valentino in 1925.
(October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) was one of the first child stars in film history. He starred in Charlie Chaplin’s film The Kid (1921). He later sued his mother and stepfather over his squandered film earnings and provoked California to enact the first known legal protection for the earnings of child performers, widely known as the Coogan Act. Coogan was a glider pilot in the Army Air Forces during World War 2. In the
1960s he was introduced to a new generation portraying Uncle Fester in the TV series The Addams Family.