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Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England on April 16, 1889. His parents were both music hall performers. He and his half-brother Syd spent their lives in and out of charity homes and workhouses, between their mother’s bouts of insanity. Charlie began acting at the age of 8. At 18, he began touring with a vaudeville troupe, joining them on their 1910 U.S. tour. He traveled to California in 1913 and signed on with Keystone Studios’ popular comedy director Mack Sennett. While at Keystone, Chaplin appeared in and directed 35 films, starring as the Little Tramp in nearly all. The Little Tramp became his most popular and iconic character. With a toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk, the tramp struggled to survive while keeping his dignity in an unjust world. Charlie went on to direct and star in several comedy classics, including The Immigrant (1917), The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), and The Great Dictator (his first “talkie”, 1940). Chaplin was married four times and had a total of 11 children. His life and career was full of scandal and controversy. During World War I, his loyalty to England, his home country, was questioned. The U.S. government questioned his moral and political views, suspecting him of having Communist ties. In contrast to many of his boisterous characters, he was a quiet man who often kept to himself. Even after he had accumulated millions, he continued to live in shabby accommodations. Charlie Chaplin died at age 88, on December 25, 1977 at his home in Switzerland. He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of American cinema. He was the first, and perhaps the only, artist to have complete control over every aspect of the filmmaking process. He acted, wrote, directed, produced, edited, cast, and composed the music for his own movies.
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