Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Movie Actor

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin Jr. KBE was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, the Tramp, and is considered one of the film industry's most important figures.

Full Name
Charles Spencer Chaplin
Apr 16, 1889
Dec 25, 1977
5′ 5″
Net Worth


Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889 in London, England. His zodiac sign is Aries, and his ethnicity is British. He was the son of Hannah Hill and Charles Chaplin Sr., both music hall entertainers. He was an only child, but he had eight half-siblings from his mother's second marriage. Charles' parents were both alcoholics and due to their frequent absences and neglect, he lived in poverty during his childhood. 

He started performing in a local theatrical company at the age of nine. When he turned seventeen, he joined Fred Karno's company which sent him to America in 1910. After a successful tour with the company, Charlie decided to stay in America where he signed with Keystone Films studio in 1914. During this time, Charlie created many memorable characters such as The Tramp who became widely popular all over the world. In 1915, he also wrote and directed his first film titled “Making a Living” followed by “The Kid” in 1921 which made him one of the most popular filmmakers of that time. 

In 1923, he formed United Artists studio with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W Griffiths and released several films including “The Gold Rush” (1925), “Modern Times” (1936) and “The Great Dictator” (1940). He received several awards for his work including an honorary Academy Award and two Oscars for writing the score of “Limelight” (1952) and for writing the film “The Great Dictator” (1941). Charlie Chaplin died on December 25th 1977 at his home in Vevey Switzerland at age 88 after suffering from a stroke earlier that year.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1889</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Charlie Chaplin is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On April 16, 1889, Charles Spencer Chaplin is born in London, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1908</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins Fred Karno's Troupe</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Joins Fred Karno's troupe of vaudeville performers and begins to hone his comedic acting skills.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1913</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Signs with Keystone Studios</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Signs a five-dollar-a-day contract with Keystone Studios and creates his first movie character "The Tramp".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1917</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Creates His Own Production Company</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Creates his own production company called "First National" and produces his first feature length film, "A Dog's Life".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1925</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Co-Writes & Directs The Gold Rush</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Co-writes and directs one of his most famous films, The Gold Rush.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1940</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives an Honorary Academy Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives an honorary Academy Award for "the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1977</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Charlie Chaplin Passes Away</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Charlie Chaplin passes away after a long career in Hollywood on Christmas Day 1977.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Entertainer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Charlie Chaplin was a great entertainer. His films were full of comedy and heartfelt moments that made him beloved by audiences all over the world. He was an innovator in the field of film, creating unique visuals and physical comedy that still stands as a testament to his genius.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Great Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Charlie Chaplin was a great actor. His performance as The Little Tramp was iconic and has been copied by countless actors since its inception. He also wrote, directed, produced and edited many of his own films, giving him complete control over every aspect of his art.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's Influential</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Charlie Chaplin was incredibly influential in the world of film and entertainment. His films have inspired countless other filmmakers, while also influencing modern culture in ways that are still felt today. His influence on the world of entertainment is undeniable and will continue to be felt for generations to come.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Was Knighted by the Queen</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Charlie Chaplin was knighted in 1975 by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the British film industry.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Wrote, Directed and Starred in Most of His Films</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, and starred in most of his films throughout his career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> First Actor to Appear on a Stamp</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Charlie Chaplin was the first actor to appear on a postage stamp, which was issued in the United Kingdom in 1966.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Had a Cameo in The Great Dictator</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Charlie Chaplin made a brief cameo appearance in his 1940 film The Great Dictator as a barber.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> First Actor to Receive an Honorary Oscar</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Charlie Chaplin was the first actor to receive an honorary Academy Award in 1929 for his "versatility and genius".</p></div>


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