Charlie Chaplin facts

Sir Charles Chaplin, KBE
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Portrait 1933
Born Charles Spencer Chaplin
(1889-04-16)16 April 1889
London, United Kingdom
Died 25 December 1977(1977-12-25) (aged 88)
Vevey, Switzerland
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, comedian, film director, film producer, screenwriter, editor, composer
Years active 1899–1976
Spouse(s) Mildred Harris (m. 1918–1920) «start: (1918)–end+1: (1921)»"Marriage: Mildred Harris to Charlie Chaplin" Location: (linkback:
Lita Grey (m. 1924–1927) «start: (1924)–end+1: (1928)»"Marriage: Lita Grey to Charlie Chaplin" Location: (linkback:
Paulette Goddard (m. 1936–1942) «start: (1936)–end+1: (1943)»"Marriage: Paulette Goddard to Charlie Chaplin" Location: (linkback:
Oona O'Neill (m. 1943–1977) «start: (1943)–end+1: (1978)»"Marriage: Oona O'Neill to Charlie Chaplin" Location: (linkback:
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Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was a famous English actor, comedian, movie maker, screenwriter, editor, musician, and author. He was very famous in silent movies (where there was no talking or sound). He acted, directed, scripted, and produced most of them.

Charlie Chaplin was a performer for almost 70 years. He started working when he was 5, and worked until he was 80. The character that Charlie Chaplin played most was called "the Little Tramp". The "Tramp" was a man of good manners, who wore a coat, a pair of big trousers, shoes, and a black hat.

Chaplin growing up

Charlie first started acting at age five. He acted in a music hall in 1894, standing in for his mother. When Charlie was a child, he was kept in bed for many weeks from a bad illness. At night, his mother would sit at the window and act out what was going on outside. His first important work came when he joined The Eight Lancashire Lads. In 1900, his brother Sydney helped him get the role of a comic cat in the pantomime Cinderella. In 1903 he was in a play called “Jim: A Romance of Cockayne”. Chaplin was in Casey's 'Court Circus' variety show. The next year, he became a clown in Fred Karno's 'Fun Factory' comedy company.


Chaplin won two special Oscars. Chaplin had first been chosen for both "Best Actor" and "Best Comedy Directing". But then, instead, he was given a special award "for versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing". Chaplin's second special award came 44 years later, in 1972. When getting this award, Chaplin had the longest standing ovation (people standing up and clapping) in Academy Award history. In 1976 he was given the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, a lifetime achievement award. Chaplin became the first actor to have appeared in the cover of Time in 1925.

Chaplin once entered in a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest. Chaplin lost the contest.


  • 1914: Making a Living
  • 1916: The Floorwalker
  • 1916: The Fireman
  • 1916: The Vagabond
  • 1916: One A.M.
  • 1916: The Count
  • 1916: The Pawnshop
  • 1916: Behind the Screen
  • 1916: The Rink
  • 1917: Easy Street
  • 1917: The Cure
  • 1917: The Immigrant
  • 1917: The Adventurer
  • 1918: A Dog's Life
  • 1918: The Bond
  • 1918: Shoulder Arms
  • 1919: Sunnyside
  • 1919: A Day's Pleasure
  • 1921: The Kid
  • 1921: The Idle Class
  • 1922: Pay Day
  • 1923: The Pilgrim
  • 1925: The Gold Rush
  • 1928: The Circus
  • 1931: City Lights
  • 1936: Modern Times
  • 1940: The Great Dictator
  • 1947: Monsieur Verdoux
  • 1952: Limelight
  • 1957: A King in New York

Becoming a Knight

Charlie Chaplin, by Witzel Studios, LA
Charlie Chaplin without his disguise
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin wearing his costume as "the Tramp".

On March 9, 1975, Charlie Chaplin was knighted in England by Queen Elizabeth II.


Chaplin died on Christmas 1977, in Switzerland. He died of a stroke in his sleep, at the age of 88. On March 1, 1978, his body was stolen by a small group of Swiss people. They were trying to get money from Chaplin’s family. This plan didn’t work. The perpetrators were caught, and Charlie’s body was found 11 weeks later near Lake Geneva. He was buried under concrete to prevent further incidents.

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