Charlie Chaplin worked with a children's dance troupe before making his mark on the big screen. He began acting on stage at the age of 9 & made his acting debut as a pageboy in a production of Sherlock Holmes. From there he toured with Casey's Court Circus.
In 1908, Charlie teamed up with the Fred Karno pantomime troupe, where Chaplin became one of its stars as the Drunk in the comedic sketch ‘A Night in an English Music Hall’.
With the Karno troupe, Chaplin got his first taste of the United States, where he caught the eye of film producer Mack Sennett, who signed Chaplin to a contract for a $150/week.
In 1914, Chaplin made his film debut in ‘Make a Living’. He became famous for his character ‘The Tramp’, the sweet little man with a bowler hat, mustache and cane. Over the next year, Chaplin appeared in 35 movies. Through his work, he came to be known as a grueling perfectionist.
Charlie Chaplin :
Full Name: Charles Spencer Chaplin
Date of Birth: 16 April 1889 in Walworth, London, England, UK
Nickname: Charlie, Charlot, The Little Tramp
Served as an Actor: 1899–1976
Date of Death: 25 December 1977 in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland
1929 – Special Award for ‘the versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus’.
1972 - Honorary Award for ‘the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century’.
1973 - Best Original Score, win, for Limelight.
His love for experimentation often meant countless takes and it was not uncommon for him to order the rebuilding of an entire set. Nor was it uncommon for him to begin filming with one leading actor, realize he had made a mistake in his casting and start again with someone new.
He was the first actor to appear on Time magazine. He had once won 3rd prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest. He also won 1 Oscar award for the movie " Limelight " in the best music category. He has an asteroid named after him. 3623 Chaplin (1981 TG2) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on October 4, 1981 by Karachkina, L. G. at Nauchnyjw and was named in the honor of Charlie Chaplin.
1) Charlie Chaplin's body was stolen after he was buried from his grave by 2 men who demanded $400,000 for its return. The men were arrested and Chaplin's body was recovered 11 weeks later.
2) He had blue eyes, but people thought he had brown eyes since they had only seen him in black and white films.
3) Charlie Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England just 4 days before Adolf Hitler.
The Kid (1921), A Woman of Paris (1923),The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Limelight (1952)
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