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Charles Chaplin

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.


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Born:
Apr 16, 1889 1889-04-16 In Walworth, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
112
First Appeared:
In the movie Making a Living 1914-02-02
Latest Project:
Movie A Night at the Cinema in 1914 2014-08-01
Known For
Poster of The Academy Awards
Poster of A Day's Pleasure
Poster of The Rink
Poster of By the Sea
Filmography
Movie A Night at the Cinema in 1914 2014-08-01
Movie The Birth of the Tramp Himself (archive footage) 2013-12-29
Movie Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies Himself (archive footage) 2008-08-29
Movie Trip to Bali Himself 2003-09-22
Movie Chaplin Today: The Gold Rush (archive footage) 2003-07-01
Movie Chaplin Today: City Lights (archive footage) 2003-05-14
Movie Chaplin's Goliath Himself (archive footage) 1996-01-01
Movie The Chaplin Puzzle 1992-02-28
Movie Cinema Paradiso Referee / The Lone Prospector (archive footage) (uncredited) 1988-11-17
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie A Countess from Hong Kong Chefsteward 1967-01-05
Series The DuPont Show of the Week Unknown 1961-09-17
Movie Days of Thrills and Laughter 1961-03-21
Movie When Comedy Was King edited from 'His Trysting Place, ' 'The Masqurader, ' and 'Kid Auto at Venice.' (archive footage) 1960-03-29
Movie A King in New York King Shahdov 1957-09-12
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Limelight Calvero 1952-10-31
Movie The Golden Twenties (archive footage) 1950-04-07
Movie Monsieur Verdoux Henri Verdoux 1947-04-11
Movie The Eternal Jew 1940-11-28
Movie The Great Dictator Hynkel - Dictator of Tomania / A Jewish Barber 1940-10-15
Movie Charlie Chaplin Carnival Various Roles 1938-01-01
Movie Modern Times A factory worker 1936-02-05
Movie All at Sea Himself 1933-01-01
Movie Charly Chaplin in Wien 1931-05-26
Movie City Lights Tramp 1931-02-26
Movie The Circus A Tramp 1928-01-06
Movie The Circus: Premiere Himself 1928-01-13
Movie Camille Mike 1926-01-01
Movie The Gold Rush The Lone Prospector 1925-06-25
Movie A Woman of Paris Station Porter (uncredited) 1923-10-01
Movie Souls for Sale Himself - Celebrity Director 1923-04-22
Movie The Pilgrim The Pilgrim 1923-02-26
Movie Seeing Stars 1922-10-29
Movie Pay Day Laborer 1922-04-02
Movie Nice and Friendly Tramp 1922-01-01
Movie The Idle Class Tramp and Husband 1921-09-25
Movie The Kid A Tramp 1921-01-21
Movie Charlie Butts In 1920-01-01
Movie The Professor Professor Bosco 1919-01-01
Movie Sunnyside Farm handyman 1919-06-15
Movie A Day's Pleasure Father 1919-12-15
Movie The Bond Charlie 1918-09-29
Movie Shoulder Arms Recruit 1918-08-20
Movie Triple Trouble The Janitor 1918-08-11
Movie A Dog's Life Tramp 1918-04-14
Movie How to Make Movies Himself 1918-01-01
Movie The Adventurer The Convict 1917-10-22
Movie The Immigrant Immigrant 1917-06-17
Movie The Cure The Inebriate 1917-04-16
Movie Easy Street The Tramp 1917-01-22
Movie Chaplin's Mutual Comedies Various Roles 1916-05-15
Movie The Floorwalker Tramp 1916-05-15
Movie Police Charlie, Convict 999 1916-05-27
Movie The Fireman Fireman 1916-06-12
Movie The Vagabond Street Musician 1916-07-10
Movie One A.M. Drunk 1916-08-07
Movie The Pawnshop Pawnshop Assistant 1916-10-02
Movie Behind the Screen Goliath's Assistant - David 1916-11-13
Movie The Rink A. Waiter 1916-12-04
Movie The Count Tailors apprentiee 1916-09-04
Movie The Tramp The Tramp 1915-04-12
Movie Chaplin's Essanay Comedies 1915-01-01
Movie A Night Out Reveller 1915-02-15
Movie The Champion Challenger 1915-03-11
Movie In the Park Charlie 1915-03-18
Movie A Jitney Elopement Suitor, the Fake Count 1915-04-01
Movie His New Job Film Extra 1915-02-01
Movie By the Sea Stroller 1915-04-29
Movie Burlesque on Carmen Darn Hosiery 1915-12-18
Movie Work Izzy A. Wake's assistant 1915-06-21
Movie A Woman Gentleman / 'Nora Nettlerash' 1915-07-12
Movie The Bank Charlie, a Janitor 1915-08-09
Movie Shanghaied Tramp 1915-10-04
Movie A Night in the Show Mr. Pest and Mr. Rowdy 1915-11-20
Movie His Regeneration A customer (uncredited) 1915-05-07
Movie The Fatal Mallet Suitor 1914-06-01
Movie A Busy Day Wife 1914-05-07
Movie Caught in the Rain Tipsy Hotel Guest 1914-05-04
Movie Caught in a Cabaret Waiter 1914-04-27
Movie Twenty Minutes of Love Pickpocket 1914-04-20
Movie Mabel at the Wheel Villain 1914-04-18
Movie The Star Boarder The Star Boarder 1914-04-04
Movie A Film Johnnie The Film Johnnie 1914-03-02
Movie Cruel, Cruel Love Mr Dovey 1914-03-26
Movie His Favorite Pastime Drunken masher 1914-03-16
Movie Tango Tangles Tipsy Dancer 1914-03-09
Movie Between Showers Masher 1914-02-28
Movie A Thief Catcher Cop 1914-02-19
Movie Mabel's Strange Predicament Tramp 1914-02-14
Movie Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal. Tramp 1914-02-07
Movie The Knockout Referee 1914-06-11
Movie Her Friend the Bandit Bandit 1914-06-04
Movie The New Janitor The Janitor 1914-09-14
Movie Mabel's Busy Day Tipsy nuisance 1914-06-13
Movie Dough and Dynamite Pierre 1914-10-26
Movie His Prehistoric Past Weakchin 1914-12-07
Movie Getting Acquainted Mr. Sniffels 1914-12-05
Movie Tillie's Punctured Romance Charlie 1914-11-14
Movie His Trysting Place Clarence, the Husband 1914-11-09
Movie His Musical Career Charlie, Piano Mover 1914-11-07
Movie Gentlemen of Nerve Mr. Wow-Woe, Track Fanatic 1914-10-29
Movie Those Love Pangs Masher 1914-10-10
Movie Mabel's Married Life Mabel's Husband 1914-06-20
Movie The Rounders Reveller 1914-09-07
Movie His New Profession Charlie 1914-08-31
Movie The Masquerader Film actor 1914-08-27
Movie Recreation Tramp 1914-08-13
Movie The Face on the Barroom Floor Artist 1914-08-10
Movie The Property Man The Property Man 1914-08-01
Movie Laughing Gas Dentist's assistant 1914-07-09
Movie Making a Living Swindler 1914-02-02