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Charles Chaplin

Charles Chaplin


4/16/1889, Walworth, London England



Birth Name

Charles Spencer Chaplin



Also Known As

Charlie Chaplin
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Charlie Chaplin's career began at the age of 5 when his mother was too sick to perform in a show. Charlie went out and sang, he was a hit. Charlie was then on tour with Fred Karno's vaudville troupe. In 1914 his first movie Making a Living debuted.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Charles was accompanied on his second trip to America in October 1912, with the Fred Karno performing troupe, by Arthur Stanley Jefferson -- better known by his more famous stage name later, Stan Laurel.

    • Charles' original set of his bowler and cane was sold for $150,000 in 1987.

    • Charles was featured on a US Post Office stamp on April 27, 1994, with art done by famed caricaturist Al Hisrschfeld.

    • Charles was featured twice on the cover of Time Magazine, on July 6, 1925, and February 9, 1931. His 1925 appearance was also the first time that an actor had been featured on the cover of Time.

    • Charles had written a screenplay, The Freak, in which he wanted his daughter Victoria to star, but he died before he could produce it.

    • Charles was placed on the Greatest Male Lead Actors list by the American Film Institute on June 16, 1999, coming in at #10.

    • Charles' "Little Tramp" character was portrayed by Steve Fairnie in ads for IBM Computers in the 1980s

    • Charles composed a new soundtrack in 1976 for his unsuccessful 1923 film A Woman Of Paris.

    • Charles built his own studio after signing with First National Studios in 1917.

    • A set of Charles' hat and cane from his "Little Tramp" character sold for $140,000, from Bonhams & Butterfields in Los Angeles on June 24, 2006.

    • Charles has been featured on postage stamps around the world, from countries including Britain, Ghana, India, and the United States.

    • Charles was a trained musician, playing both the violin and cello.

    • Charles' Academy Awards and nominations:

      1929 - Honorary Award for The Circus (1928), for "versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing."
      1941 - Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Picture, and Best Writing, Original Screenplay
      for The Great Dictator (1940).
      1948 - Nominated for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for Monsieur Verdoux (1947).
      1972 - Honorary Award, "for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century."
      1973 - Won Oscar for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score for: Limelight (1952), shared with: Ray Rasch and
      Larry Russell. The film was not released in Los Angeles until 1972, after it was blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

    • Charlie was given the Honorary Life Member award by the Directors' Guild Of America in 1974.

    • Charles has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6751 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Charles was 5 feet 5 inches tall.

    • Charles has a wax statue of his likeness at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London.

    • Charles released an autobiography, My Life In Pictures, in 1974.

    • Charlie co-founded the United Artists film distribution company with Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and D. W. Griffith in 1919.

    • Charles was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth on March 4, 1975.

    • He once entered a Charlie Chaplin-look-a-like-contest and finished third!

    • His dead body was stolen from the Corsier-Sur-Vevey cemetery in Switzerland and held for ransom, for 11 weeks, until the thieves were caught.

  • Quotes

  • The little tramp, poor and sometimes dishonest, but always loveable.

    Quite possibly the greatest comic who has ever graced the earth. Chaplin took screen comedy to a whole new plane, often tying in social, political, or religious significance into funny films. This is a trait all but lost on the comedy pictures of today. Although his personal life was ridden with broken marraiges, and affairs and scandals of every sort, this never stopped him from producing high class, quality films. Many of the films dealt with issues that were far ahead of their time, such as drugs and sex. This proves just how great a master of comedy Charlie Chaplin was. No one can ever surpass him.moreless
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    One of the best simply. I really like him in comedies like The Great Dictator or Modern Times, he was a really good actor, and he certainly give the comedy style and a lot other movies a different way of looking at them, really he was a very good actor and he was simply one of the best of his era.