Many people consider Buster Keaton one of the American theater’s greatest silent film actors. Born in 1895 to a pair of medicine show performers who named their son Joseph Frank Keaton, the baby received his nickname ‘Buster’ from family friend and escape artist Harry Houdini. Following a tumble down a flight of stairs at approximately six months of age, Keaton was discovered virtually unharmed. Houdini is said to have cried, “What a buster your kid took!” Buster Keaton became a permanent part of his family’s act. He later appeared in silent movies in the 1920s, including ‘Steamboat Bill, Jr.’, a film many consider a masterpiece of its era. You can watch the film at the Embassy Theatre on March 4 at 2:00 p.m., accompanied by organist Clark Wilson on the theater’s Grande Page organ. In the movie Keaton’s character, Steamboat Bill Jr., is the son of a down-and-out steamboat captain who is desperately trying to compete with a new luxury riverboat owner. Unfortunately for the captain, Junior is in love with the riverboat owner’s daughter. Besides the film’s hilarious moments, it features a masterful physical comedy feat of Keaton’s that would put today’s stunt men to shame. I don't want to spoil the effect, but suffice it to say, be prepared to be astounded during the hurricane scene. Another interesting tidbit of history: Steamboat Bill, Jr. was released in 1928, the same year the Emboyd Theatre (re-named the Embassy in 1952) opened its doors. Tickets: $12 for adults, $6 for students. Tickets are available at the Embassy box office, Ticketmaster outlets and And you can win tickets! Simply send your name, email address and phone number to and we will draw a winner to win two pairs of tickets! Just put "Steamboat Bill" in the subject line!