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Charles Chaplin

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Date of Birth:
16 April 1889Walworth, London, England, UK

Date of Death:
25 December 1977Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland

Birth Name:
Charles Spencer Chaplin

Nicknames:
Charlie
Charlot
The Little Tramp

Height:
5' 5" (1.65 m)

Short Biography:
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk.

Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England on April 16, 1889, to Hannah Harriet Pedlingham (Hill) and Charles Chaplin, both music hall performers, who were married on June 22, 1885. After Charles Sr. separated from Hannah to perform in New York City, Hannah then tried to resurrect her stage career. Unfortunately, her singing voice had a tendency to break at unexpected moments. When this happened, the stage manager spotted young Charlie standing in the wings and led him on stage, where five-year-old Charlie began to sing a popular tune. Charlie and his half-brother, Syd Chaplin spent their lives in and out of charity homes and workhouses between their mother's bouts of insanity. Hannah was committed to Cane Hill Asylum in May 1903 and lived there until 1921, when Chaplin moved her to California.

Chaplin began his official acting career at the age of eight, touring with the Eight Lancashire Lads. At age 18, he began touring with Fred Karno's vaudeville troupe, joining them on the troupe's 1910 United States tour. He traveled west to California in December 1913 and signed on with Keystone Studios' popular comedy director Mack Sennett, who had seen Chaplin perform on stage in New York. Charlie soon wrote his brother Syd, asking him to become his manager. While at Keystone, Chaplin appeared in and directed 35 films, starring as the Little Tramp in nearly all.

In November 1914, he left Keystone and signed on at Essanay, where he made 15 films. In 1916, he signed on at Mutual and made 12 films. In June 1917, Chaplin signed up with First National Studios, after which he built Chaplin Studios. In 1919, he and Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith formed United Artists (UA).

Chaplin's life and career was full of scandal and controversy. His first big scandal was during World War I, during which time his loyalty to England, his home country, was questioned. He had never applied for American citizenship, but claimed that he was a "paying visitor" to the United States. Many British citizens called Chaplin a coward and a slacker. This and his other career eccentricities sparked suspicion with FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), who believed that he was injecting Communist propaganda into his films. Chaplin's later film The Great Dictator (1940), which was his first "talkie", also created a stir. In the film, Chaplin plays a humorous caricature of Adolf Hitler. Some thought the film was poorly done and in bad taste. However, the film grossed over $5 million and earned five Academy Award Nominations.

Another scandal occurred when Chaplin briefly dated 22-year-old Joan Barry. However, Chaplin's relationship with Barry came to an end in 1942, after a series of harassing actions from her. In May 1943, Barry returned to inform Chaplin that she was pregnant and filed a paternity suit, claiming that the unborn child was his. During the 1944 trial, blood tests proved that Chaplin was not the father, but at the time, blood tests were inadmissible evidence and he was ordered to pay $75 a week until the child turned 21.

Chaplin was also scrutinized for his support in aiding the Russian struggle against the invading Nazis during World War II, and the United States government questioned his moral and political views, suspecting him of having Communist ties. For this reason, HUAC subpoenaed him in 1947. However, HUAC finally decided that it was no longer necessary for him to appear for testimony. Conversely, when Chaplin and his family traveled to London for the premier of Limelight (1952), he was denied re-entry to the United States. In reality, the government had almost no evidence to prove that he was a threat to national security. Instead, he and his wife decided to settle in Switzerland.

Chaplin was married four times and had a total of 11 children. In 1918, he married Mildred Harris and they had a son together, Norman Spencer Chaplin, who only lived three days. Chaplin and Mildred were divorced in 1920. He married Lita Grey in 1924, who had two sons, Charles Chaplin Jr. and Sydney Chaplin. They were divorced in 1927. In 1936, Chaplin married Paulette Goddard and his final marriage was to Oona O'Neill (Oona Chaplin), daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill in 1943. Oona gave birth to eight children: Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Chaplin, Josephine Chaplin, Victoria Chaplin, Eugene Chaplin, Jane Chaplin, Annette-Emilie Chaplin and Christopher Chaplin.

In contrast to many of his boisterous characters, Chaplin was a quiet man who kept to himself a great deal. He also had an "un-millionaire" way of living. Even after he had accumulated millions, he continued to live in shabby accommodations. In 1921, Chaplin was decorated by the French government for his outstanding work as a filmmaker, and was elevated to the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1952. In 1972, he was honored with an Academy Award for his "incalculable effect in making motion pictures the art form of the century." He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1975 New Years Honours List. No formal reason for the honour was listed. The citation simply reads "Charles Spencer Chaplin, Film Actor and Producer".

Chaplin's other works included musical scores he composed for many of his films. He also authored two autobiographical books, "My Autobiography" (1964) and its companion volume, "My Life in Pictures" (1974).

Chaplin died at age 88 of natural causes on December 25, 1977 at his home in Vevey, Switzerland. His funeral was a small and private Anglican ceremony according to his wishes. In 1978, Chaplin's corpse was stolen from its grave and was not recovered for three months; he was re-buried in a vault surrounded by cement.

Six of Chaplin's films have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress: The Immigrant (1917), The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940).

Charlie Chaplin was considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of American cinema, whose movies were and still are popular throughout the world, and have even gained notoriety as time progresses. His films show, through the Little Tramp's positive outlook on life in a world full of chaos, that the human spirit has and always will remain the same.

Iron Sky (2012)

# 10182 IMDb

Iron Sky (2012)

TaglineIn 1945 the nazis went to the Moon. In 2018 they are coming back.

By Timo Vuorensola

Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi (1h 33min)

Finland Finland, Germany Germany, Australia Australia

Rated 5.9 after 80,207 votes on 02-Oct-16.

4 wins & 1 nomination

In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

W.E. (2011)

# 14368 IMDb R 

W.E. (2011)

By Madonna

Drama, History, Romance (1h 59min)

UK UK

Rated 6.3 after 11,030 votes on 18-Oct-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations

In 1998, an auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor causes great excitement. For one woman, Wally Winthrop, it has much more meaning. Wally becomes obsessed by their historic love story. As she learns more about the sacrifices involved, Wally gains her own courage to find happiness.

Hugo (2011)

# 09397 IMDb

Hugo (2011)

By Martin Scorsese

Adventure, Drama, Family, Mystery (2h 06min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 277,316 votes on 31-Oct-18.

Won 5 Oscars. Another 34 wins & 114 nominations

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in the 1930s in Paris. He fixes clocks and other gadgets as he learned to from his father and uncle. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his father is an automaton that doesn't work; Hugo has to find its heart-shaped key. On his adventures, he meets with a cranky old man who works in the train station and his (...)

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

# 08804 IMDb

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

By Mark Waters

Comedy, Family (1h 34min)

USA USA

Rated 6.0 after 78,106 votes on 05-Dec-18.

1 win & 3 nominations

Tom Popper grew up having very little interaction with his father who was off exploring the world. When he grows up he spends most of time on his work and ignores his children. One day his father sends him an unusual gift: six penguins. Popper can't help but wonder why his father would send him penguins. He tries to get rid of them. But when his children and ex-wife show up to celebrate his son's (...)

The Celluloid Closet (1995)

# 04185 IMDb

The Celluloid Closet (1995)

By Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Documentary, History (1h 42min)

France France, UK UK, Germany Germany, USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 5,662 votes on 16-Oct-18.

4 wins & 8 nominations

A comprehensive documentary of the history of gays and lesbians in cinema, from negative to positive reflections of gay characters and the troubles of actors and actresses.

Chaplin (1992)

# 04694 IMDb

Chaplin (1992)

TaglineEveryone has a wild side. Even a legend.

By Richard Attenborough

Biography, Drama (2h 23min)

UK UK, USA USA, France France, Italy Italy

Fine! Rated 7.6 after 48,323 votes on 25-Oct-18.

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations

The biography of Charlie Chaplin, filmmaker extraordinaire. From his formitive years in England to his highest successes in America, Charlie's life, work, and loves are followed. While his screen characters were extremely hilarious, the man behind "The Little Tramp" was constantly haunted by a sense of loss.

Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)

# 00296 IMDb TOP250 #54

Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)

(Cinema Paradiso)

TaglineA celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.

By Giuseppe Tornatore

Drama (2h 35min)

Italy Italy, France France

Fine! Rated 8.5 after 192,057 votes on 24-Nov-18.

Won Oscar. Another 19 wins & 12 nominations

A man receives news from his aging mother in a little town that someone he once knew has passed away. A beautiful story unfolds about the man's childhood friendship with an old man who was the projectionist at the local theater. Their bond was one that contained many highlights and tragedies, and shaped the way for a young boy to grow and move out of his rundown village to pursue a dream.

Zelig (1983)

# 00975 IMDb

Zelig (1983)

By Woody Allen

Documentary, Comedy (1h 19min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 32,839 votes on 24-Jan-17.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations

Anni 20: Leonard Zelig รจ un fantastico "uomo camaleonte" in grado di modificare il proprio aspetto fisico in base alle persone che incontra.. In un incredibile e realistico bianco e nero documentaristico, Woody Allen ci racconta la storia dell'amore tra Zelig e la sua dottoressa (Mia Farrow).

Hitler - Eine Karriere (1977)

# 10232 IMDb

Hitler - Eine Karriere (1977)

(Hitler, a Career)

By Joachim Fest (as Joachim C. Fest), Christian Herrendoerfer

Documentary (2h 30min)

West Germany West Germany

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 1,072 votes on 18-Oct-18.

How did a provincial rabble-rouser from Austria rise to become Germany's messianic Fuhrer? Why did Germans from all walks of life embrace the fascist Nazi philosophy and willingly follow Hitler into a titanic conflict and utter destruction?

Joachim C. Fest and Christian Herrendoerfer's meticulously assembled film dissects the Third Reich with a keen analytical blade, charting Hitler's (...)

A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

# 04467 IMDb

A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

TaglineFun at Sea! His Cabin, His PJs, Her Move!

By Charles Chaplin

Comedy, Romance (2h)

UK UK, USA USA

Rated 6.1 after 4,569 votes on 18-Oct-18.

Natascha, a White Russian countess, stows away on a luxury liner at Hong Kong, determined to seek a new life in America. Natascha hides in the cabin of Ogden Mears, a millionaire diplomat, thereby causing an endless stream of misunderstandings and complications; particularly when his wife, Martha, joins the trip at Honolulu, necessitating a 'marriage' to Ogden's valet, Hudson, a saronged-dive (...)

The Chaplin Revue (1959)

# 07810 IMDb

The Chaplin Revue (1959)

By Charles Chaplin

Comedy (2h 08min)

UK UK, USA USA

Rated 7.8 after 957 votes on 29-Oct-18.

Three Chaplin silent comedies "A Dog's Life", "Shoulder Arms", and "The Pilgrim" are strung together to form a single feature length film. Chaplin provides new music, narration, and a small amount of new connecting material. "Shoulder Arms" is now described as taking place in a time before "the atom bomb".

A King in New York (1957)

# 02985 IMDb

A King in New York (1957)

By Charles Chaplin

Comedy, Drama (1h 50min)

UK UK

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 5,511 votes on 30-Nov-16.

Due to a revolution in his country King Shahdov comes to New York - almost broke. To get some money he goes to TV, making comercials and meets the chield from communist parents. Due to this he is suddenly a suspected as a communist himself and had to face one of McCarthy's hearings.

Limelight (1952)

# 02908 IMDb

Limelight (1952)

By Charles Chaplin

Comedy, Drama (2h 17min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.1 after 15,626 votes on 06-Nov-18.

Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations

Chaplin's final American film tells the story of a fading music hall comedian's effort to help a despondent ballet dancer learn both to walk and feel confident about life again. The highlight of the film is the classic duet with Chaplin's only real artistic film comedy rival, Buster Keaton.

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

# 01339 IMDb

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

TaglineA Comedy of Murders

By Charles Chaplin

Comedy, Crime, Drama (2h 04min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.0 after 13,557 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins

Monsieur Verdoux is a bluebeard, he marries women and kills them after the marriage to get the money he needs for his family. But with two ladies he has bad luck.

The Great Dictator (1940)

# 00632 IMDb TOP250 #53

The Great Dictator (1940)

TaglineThe Comedy Masterpiece!

By Charles Chaplin

Comedy, Drama, War (2h 04min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.5 after 169,855 votes on 25-Aug-18.

Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations

During the last days of the First World War, a clumsy soldier saves the life of devoted military pilot Schultz. Unfortunately, their flight from the advancing enemy ends in a severe crash with the clumsy soldier losing his memories. After quite some years in the hospital, the amnesia patient gets released and reopens his old barber shop in the Jewish ghetto. But times have changed in the country (...)

Modern Times (1936)

# 00985 IMDb TOP250 #37

Modern Times (1936)

TaglineHe stands alone as the greatest entertainer of modern times! No one on earth can make you laugh as heartily or touch your heart as deeply...the whole world laughs, cries and thrills to his priceless genius!

By Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)

Comedy, Drama, Romance (1h 27min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.5 after 179,478 votes on 05-Oct-18.

1 win & 2 nominations

Chaplins last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, (The use of sound in films ?) and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to (...)

City Lights (1931)

# 00763 IMDb TOP250 #34

City Lights (1931)

By Charles Chaplin

Comedy, Drama, Romance (1h 27min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.5 after 138,132 votes on 09-Oct-18.

1 nomination

A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Her family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor.

The Circus (1928)

# 01579 IMDb

The Circus (1928)

TaglineCharlie Chaplin in the Greatest Picture of His Entire Career...

By Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)

Comedy, Family, Drama, Romance (1h 11min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.1 after 22,230 votes on 10-Dec-18.

1 nomination

Charlie's Tramp character finds himself at a circus where he is promptly gets chased around by the police who think he is a pickpocket. Running into the bigtop, he is an accidental sensation with his hilarious efforts to elude the police. The ringmaster/owner immediately hires him, but discovers the Tramp cannot be funny on purpose, so he takes advantage of the situation by making the Tramp a (...)

The Gold Rush (1925)

# 01201 IMDb TOP250 #138

The Gold Rush (1925)

By Charles Chaplin

Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance (1h 36min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.2 after 85,027 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations

A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm.

A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)

# 02917 IMDb

A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)

By Charles Chaplin

Drama (1h 24min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 4,169 votes on 05-Oct-18.

1 win

Marie St. Clair believes she has been jilted by her artist fiance Jean when he fails to meet her at the railway station. She goes off to Paris alone. A year later, mistress of wealthy Pierre Revel, she meets Jean again. Misinterpreting events she bounces back and forth between apparent security and true love. Also misinterpreting, Jean commits suicide.

Pay Day (1922)

# 04168 IMDb

Pay Day (1922)

By Charles Chaplin

Comedy, Short (28min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.6 after 3,001 votes on 18-Oct-18.

Charlie is an expert bricklayer. He has lots of fun and work and enjoys himself greatly while at the saloon. As he leaves work his wife takes the pay he has hidden in his hat. But he steals her purse so he can go out for the evening. He has a terrible time getting home on a very rainy night. When he does so he finds his wife waiting for him with a rolling pin.

The Idle Class (1921)

# 03094 IMDb

The Idle Class (1921)

By Charles Chaplin

Short, Comedy (32min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 2,734 votes on 17-Oct-18.

The conflict here is between Charlie the wealthy and alcoholic husband and Charlie the Tramp: the idle rich and the idle poor. In the opening scene wealthy Edna descends from a Pullman car while the Tramp crawls out from under another one. At a fancy masquerade ball Edna's husband (Charlie) appears as a knight whose visor is stuck closed. The Tramp shows up, running from the law, and is mistaken (...)

The Kid (1921)

# 01562 IMDb TOP250 #98

The Kid (1921)

TaglineThis is the great film he has been working on for a whole year

By Charles Chaplin

Comedy, Drama, Family (1h 08min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.3 after 90,766 votes on 30-Oct-18.

The opening title reads: "A comedy with a smile--and perhaps a tear". As she leaves the charity hospital and passes a church wedding, Edna deposits her new baby with a pleading note in a limousine and goes off to commit suicide. The limo is stolen by thieves who dump the baby by a garbage can. Charlie the Tramp finds the baby and makes a home for him. Five years later Edna has become an opera (...)

A Day's Pleasure (1919)

# 03096 IMDb

A Day's Pleasure (1919)

TaglineHis Very Latest-Made by his Own Company

By Charles Chaplin

Short, Comedy (25min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 2,043 votes on 01-Apr-17.

Father takes his family for a drive in their falling-apart Model T Ford, gets in trouble in traffic, and spends the day on an excursion boat. As the boat is about to leave Charlie rushes ashore for cigarettes. As he returns the boat is leaving, but a fat lady has fallen forward with feet on the dock and hands on the deck so Charlie is able rush aboard across her back.

Sunnyside (1919)

# 03095 IMDb

Sunnyside (1919)

TaglineCharlie Chaplin In His Third Million Dollar Comedy

By Charles Chaplin

Comedy, Short (34min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 2,190 votes on 08-Oct-18.

Charlie works on a farm from 4am to late at night. He gets his food on the run (milking a cow into his coffee, holding an chicken over the frying pan to get fried eggs). He loves the neighbor's daughter Edna but is disliked by her father. He rides a cow into a stream and is kicked off. Unconscious, he dreams of a nymph dance. Back in reality a city slicker is hurt in a car crash and is being (...)

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