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WHEREAS, Buster Keaton, actor, director and creator of comedic cinematic masterpieces, will be honored on June 16, 2018, with the placement of a new sidewalk plaque marking the former location of his production studio in Hollywood, where Buster and his team worked from 1920 to 1928; and

WHEREAS, Buster Keaton produced 19 short films and 10 feature-length films in and around Hollywood, capturing forever on celluloid the people and places of the bygone era during which the motion picture industry first came to life; and 

WHEREAS, the Buster Keaton Studios, located on the southwest corner at the intersection of Lillian Way and Eleanor Avenue, serves as a model of truly independent filmmaking, where artists were given the support and freedom to let their imaginations become motion picture reality; and

WHEREAS, Buster Keaton remains, a century after his first appearance onscreen, the greatest physical comedian ever to stand (or fall) before a camera. He could leap, climb, dance, slide, spin, swim, run and crash to the ground like no one before or since, and today’s actors and audiences still marvel at what he accomplished without the aid of stunt people or special effects; and

WHEREAS, after nearly two decades of success as a child star in Vaudeville at the turn of the century, and decades more mastering the art of film, Buster Keaton also understood the power and potential of television, appearing in countless early commercials, live televised comedy shows, and on his own syndicated program, The Buster Keaton Show; and

WHEREAS, during his lifetime Buster Keaton received both an Honorary Oscar® given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a George Eastman Award, and received the longest standing ovation in the history of the Venice Film Festival; since his death he has been honored by Time magazine, and Keaton films have been listed in the National Film Registry, the American Film Institute’s “100 Films…” lists, Sight & Sound’s film and director rankings, Entertainment Weekly, and other lists of the greatest filmmakers and films of all time. In addition, Keaton has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for his movies (6619 Hollywood Blvd.) and the other for his television work (6321 Hollywood Blvd.); and
 
WHEREAS, Buster Keaton’s onscreen character came to be known as The Great Stone face; his immovable visage stood in stark comedic contrast to the mayhem that fate and the forces of antagonism visited upon his unsuspecting hero. The great film critic James Agee wrote of him: “Keaton’s face ranked almost with Lincoln’s as an early American archetype; it was haunting, handsome, almost beautiful, yet it was irreducibly funny.” In life, though, Buster’s smile was ever-present; he, like his flim persona, stood resolute against the struggles that befell him, doggedly pursuing the perfect gag until his final days; and
 
WHEREAS, Buster Keaton’s career was essential to the creation of the new American art form of motion pictures. Buster Keaton was a giant of American comedy, a filmmaker of grace and beauty, a performer of the impossible, and a genius in slap shoes and a flat hat:
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that by the adoption of this resolution, the Los Angeles City Council does hereby commemorate Saturday, June 16, 2018, as Buster Keaton Day in the City of Los Angeles.