Charlie Chaplin

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Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and Chaplin at a Liberty Loan Rally

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, KBE (London, England, 1889 - Vevey, Switzerland, December 25, 1977), was an English actor, considered to be one of the pivotal stars of the silent film era. He is associated with the popular "Little Tramp" character; a man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk. His parents were music hall performers.

His first full-length film was The Kid (1921), possibly autobiographical. He was named Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1975. Chaplin composed about 500 melodies, including "Smile" and "This is My Song".[1] Admirers included George Bernard Shaw, Marcel Proust and Sigmund Freud.

"All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl"

"I think a very great deal of myself. Everything is perfect or imperfect, according to myself. I am the perfect standard."

Nickname: Charlie and Charlot.

Chaplin was married four times and had a total of 11 children. He was 54 when he wed Oona O'Neill, his 4th wife; Oona was 18.

Partial Actor Filmography

As director

"The endearing figure of his Little Tramp was instantly recognizable around the globe and brought laughter to millions. Still is. Still does"


See also

Goodbye Charlie

External links


  1. Biography
  2. The Time 100