The son of musical entertainers, Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on 16 th April 1889 in London, England. Young Chaplin first graced the stage at the tender age of five, standing in for his mother when she fell ill. He then went on to start in a number of stage productions around England, including ‘The Eight Lancaster lads’ and Giddy Ostende’.
At the age of seventeen Chaplin joined Fred Karno’s Vaudeville Troupe, and at the age of 21 Charles found himself in New York as part of the troupe. It was here that he was signed up by Mack Sennett of Keystone and headed for Hollywood. Several months later, his first movie premiered. ‘Making a Living, released in 1914, was a success, and was followed by 35 films that year for Chaplin.
Over the years, Chaplin starred in dozens of box office hits during the golden age of Hollywood. He also formed United Artists with other big name stars, including Douglas Fairbanks. Chaplin’s life was not completely untarnished, and in the 1940s he was accused of father a child, putting him at the center of a scandal. He married the daughter of a writer in 1943; that was his fourth marriage. After having eight children, they moved to Switzerland in 1952.Chaplin has earned a place in Hollywood history as an inspirational and dedicated artist at the forefront of Golden era. In 1975 he was named Knight Commander of the British Empire. Charles Chaplin died of old age in his sleep on Christmas day 1977.
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