Born on April 16, 1889, Chaplin was born as Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England.
The son of London music hall entertainer, Charlie was fascinated by her mother’s cracking voice during one of her shows and was given the task to complete the job that she couldn’t. He was just five when he was first introduced to the stage.
As a child, Chaplin had to go through bad times. He lost his father when he was a toddler; his mother had the nervous breakdown and two brothers; Sydney(half- Brother) and Charlie had to roam around in London and collect pennies through their little dancing. Soon they both joined Eight Lancashire Lads, a children’s dance troupe.
After he turned seventeen, he, with some help from his friend’s Fred Karno’s company developed comedic skills. His brother had already become a famous comedian by then.
Charlie in no time came to be known for his bowler hat, out-turned feet, moustache and walking cane.After some time, he joined Keystone company and filmed a movie Making a Living, which he had the role of mustachioed villain who wore a monocle.
His character Charlie the Tramp became a legacy and was signed for USD 1,250 a week, plus a USD 10,000 bonus. It was in 1918 that he signed a contract with First National for USD One million for eight films.
His silence gained him popularity and would capture the audience through his actions without saying a single word. He founded United Artists Corporation in 1919 with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and director D.W. Griffith.
He married four times, the last one with the daughter of famous playwright Eugene O’Neill. Due to accusations of communist ties, both husband and wife were barred from the US.
The silent star returned to the US to accept a special Academy Award for “the incalculable effect he has had on making motion pictures the art for and of this century.” He was knighted as Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin in 1975.