Charles Chaplin

Charles Chaplin

Actor, Director, Writer

BIO

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, film director and composer best-known for his work during the silent film era. He became one of the most famous film stars in the world before the end of World War I. Chaplin used mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines, and continued well into the era of the talkies, though his films decreased in frequency from the end of the 1920s. His most famous role was that of The Tramp, which he first played in the Keystone comedy Kid Auto Races at Venice in 1914. From the April 1914 one-reeler Twenty Minutes of Love onwards he was writing and directing most of his films, by 1916 he was also producing them, and from 1918 he was even composing the music for them. With Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith, he co-founded United Artists in 1919. Chaplin was one of the most creative and influential personalities of the silent-film era. He was influenced by his predecessor, the French silent film comedian Max Linder, to whom he dedicated one of his films. His working life in entertainment spanned over 75 years, from the Victorian stage and the Music Hall in the United Kingdom as a child performer, until close to his death at the age of 88. His high-profile public and private life encompassed both adulation and controversy. Chaplin's identification with the left ultimately forced him to resettle in Europe during the McCarthy era in the early 1950s. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Chaplin the 10th greatest male screen legend of all time. In 2008, Martin Sieff, in a review of the book Chaplin: A Life, wrote: "Chaplin was not just 'big', he was gigantic. In 1915, he burst onto a war-torn world bringing it the gift of comedy, laughter and relief while it was tearing itself apart through World War I. Over the next 25 years, through the Great Depression and the rise of Adolf Hitler, he stayed on the job. ... It is doubtful any individual has ever given more entertainment, pleasure and relief to so many human beings when they needed it the most". George Bernard Shaw called Chaplin "the only genius to come out of the movie industry". Description above from the Wikipedia article Charlie Chaplin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Birthday

April 16, 1889

Place of birth

Walworth, London, England, UK

Known for

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4.5

Chaplin Today: The Gold Rush

African filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo (YAABA) discusses the influence that Charlie Chaplin has been... Read more

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Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage

Out-takes (mostly from Warner Bros.), promotional shorts, movie premieres, public service pleas, ... Read more

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Charlie Chaplin: The Forgotten Years

While silent-film star Charlie Chaplin may have charmed American audiences with the onscreen anti... Read more

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When Comedy Was King

A compilation featuring comedic stars of the silent era including Fatty Arbuckle, Charles Chaplin... Read more

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The Birth of the Tramp

A look back at Charlie Chaplin's early life and career, from his rough childhood and music hall s... Read more

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Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin

Brilliant, long in-the-works story of the life and art of the world's greatest comedian and the c... Read more

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How to Make Movies

This film was never released for the general public. It was hidden in Chaplin's private vaults fo... Read more

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Unknown Chaplin

A documentary series examining the film making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin. Featur... Read more

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A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy

Modern comedians share their thoughts about Laurel and Hardy. Also includes archival footage of c... Read more

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Chaplin in Bali

In 1932, Chaplin, in full midlife crisis, escapes to Bali in search of himself to find the artist... Read more

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The Circus: Premiere

Footage from the premiere of Charlie Chaplin's 1928 film 'The Circus'. The footage is arguably mo... Read more

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Days of Thrills and Laughter

An appreciative, uncritical look at silent film comedies and thrillers from early in the century ... Read more

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Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp

Joel Grey dresses up as Charlie Chaplin to tell the story of his movie career, and show many of h... Read more

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Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies

This documentary traces the life and work of the legendary "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford, ... Read more

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Chaplin Today: City Lights

In 1928, as the talkies threw the film industry and film language into turmoil, Chaplin decided t... Read more

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The Eternal Jew

The Jews of Poland (invaded by Germany in 1939) are depicted as filthy, evil, corrupt, and intent... Read more