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|Nickname:||Charles Chaplin / Charlie Chaplin / Ch. Chaplin / Charlie / Charlot|
|Known for:||The Great Dictator, Modern Times, The Gold Rush|
|Birth name:||Charles Spencer Chaplin|
|Birthday:||16 April 1889, Walworth, London, England, UK|
|Height:||5' 5" (1.65 m)|
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TriviaDestroyed the original negative of Sea Gull, The (1933) before a number of witnesses. The film never saw release, possibly because he was dismayed by the poor performance of his lead actress, Edna Purviance. Long after becoming a millionaire, he continued to live in a shabby hotel room, and kept his studio checks in a trunk for months. Ranked #79 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997] He was 35 years old when he wed Lita Grey; Lita was 16. He was 54 years old when he wed Oona O'Neill (Oona Chaplin); Oona was 17. His Beverly Hills residence was known as "Breakaway House". Designed by Chaplin himself and built by studio carpenters, it began falling to bits over the years, much to the amusement of visitors. Built on Summit Drive in the Pickfair neighborhood, the house boasted a pipe organ Chaplin continually used to entertain his guests in the great hall; he also screened his films there. His tennis court was a hive of activity; even the elusive Greta Garbo was a frequent player. He seems to have been an inspiring host; many of his guests joined in with his antics, and reflected that they had never been so funny before or since -- it was the influence of Chaplin. Father of Charles Chaplin Jr. and Sydney Chaplin with Lita Grey. Father, with Oona Chaplin, of Geraldine Chaplin (born August 1, 1944), Michael Chaplin (born March 7, 1946) Josephine Chaplin (born March 28, 1949), Victoria Chaplin (born May 19, 1951), Eugene Chaplin (born August 23, 1953), Jane Chaplin (born May 23, 1957), Annette Emily Chaplin (born December 3 1959) and Christopher Chaplin (born July 8, 1962). Knighted in 1975. Interred at Corsier-Sur-Vevey Cemetery, Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Switzerland. Stan Laurel was his understudy on the English stage. Cooking was not allowed in the boarding house where Stan Laurel and Chaplin stayed, so he would play the violin to cover up the sound of Laurel frying up food on a hot plate. His bowler and cane was sold for $150,000 in 1987. He was also the first actor to have a comic strip about him; Ed Carey's 1916 strip, "Pa's Imported Son-in-Law", detailed the adventures of Chaplin. Pictured (as Charlie Chaplin) on one of ten 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating stars of the silent screen, issued 27 April 1994. Designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, this set of stamps also honored Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Zasu Pitts, Harold Lloyd, Theda Bara, Buster Keaton, and the Keystone Kops. In Spain he had a different dubbing actor in each of his sound films. They were: Ricardo Solans for The Great Dictator (1940), FÃ©lix Acaso for Limelight (1952) and Joaquín Díaz for A King in New York (1957). The dubbing actor of Monsieur Verdoux (1947) is, at this time, unknown. Son-in-law of Eugene O'Neill. Most people (now and during his lifetime) believe that Chaplin had brown eyes because they had only seen him in black and white with black eye makeup on. It fact they were very blue. Chaplin remarked in his autobiography that people meeting him for the first time were always struck by his blue eyes. And his future wife Oona Chaplin wrote "Just met Charlie Chaplin. What blue eyes he has!" to a girlhood friend in 1942. His handprints, footprints and signature were immortalized in cement at Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, but after his fall from grace with the Americans because of his political views, the section of cement was removed from public view. It cannot be located and is now feared lost. His mother, Hannah Smith Chaplin, was Romanichal (English Gypsy). Grandfather of AurÃ©lia ThiÃ©rrÃ©e. Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 99-102. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 When Chaplin arrived in the U.S. with the Fred Karno troupe on Oct. 2, 1912, in his second trip to America, according to Ellis Island immigration records he had $45 in his pocket. He listed his half-brother, Sydney, as his next of kin even though his mother was still alive. Sailing with him was fellow Karno troupe member Arthur Stanley Jefferson - later to be known as Stan Laurel. Did not receive screen credit on the many comedies he made for Keystone in 1914-15, as it was studio policy not to credit its actors (any Keystone film that credits Chaplin is a reissue print). His first screen credit appeared on His New Job (1915), his first film for Essanay. He was voted the 9th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly. Was 73 years old when his youngest son, Christopher, was born. He and Buster Keaton had an interesting relationship. Long considered rivals but always having avoided commenting about each other in the press, Chaplin hired Keaton for a part in Limelight (1952). Keaton, who was flat broke at the time, went into a career decline after having been signed by MGM in 1928, as the studio would not let him improvise in any of his films nor allow him any writing or directorial input, and he was eventually reduced to writing gags - often uncredited - for other comedians' films. Chaplin, at this point, felt sorry for Keaton due to his hard luck, but Keaton recognized that, despite Charlie's better fortune and far greater wealth, Chaplin was (strangely) the more depressed of the two. In one scene in Limelight, Chaplin's character was dying. While the camera was fading away, Keaton was muttering to Chaplin without moving his lips, "That's it, good, wait, don't move, wait, good, we're through." In his autobiography Keaton called Chaplin "the greatest silent comedian of all time." Named the #10 Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute. He was the uncle of Spencer Dryden, drummer for the 1960s rock band Jefferson Airplane. Profiled in in J.A. Aberdeen's "Hollywood Renegades: The Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers". Palos Verdes Estates, CA: Cobblestone Entertainment. Is portrayed in "Sesame Street" (1969) skits by Linda Bove (Linda) and Sonia Manzano (Maria). Composed about 500 melodies, including "Smile" and "This Is My Song". After finishing his last film, A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) in 1966, he composed the music to many of his silent movies, among them The Circus (1928) in 1968, The Kid (1921) in 1971 and A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) in 1976. Charlie loved to play tennis, but described golf as "a game I can't stand". His film, The Great Dictator (1940), was banned in Germany. His mother was so poor she was once forced to pawn her son's spare clothes. After Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle was unable to find work after his infamous trial, Chaplin personally supported him out of his own pocket. Was an agnostic who believed in some sort of "Supreme Force", according to his son Charles Chaplin, Jr.'s autobiography, "My Father, Charlie Chaplin". The fact that neither City Lights (1931) nor Modern Times (1936), two of Chaplin's most beloved and acclaimed movies, were nominated for a single Academy Award has puzzled many. One explanation could be that Chaplin expressed disdain for the Academy Awards early on; according to his son Charles Jr., for a time Chaplin even used the Honorary Award he won in 1929 as a doorstop. Apparently his view on the Awards changed with time, however, as he accepted and seemed touched by his second Honorary Award in 1972. In 1934 Chaplin was scheduled to serve as best man at broadcaster Alistair Cooke's marriage to Ruth Emerson (Ruth Emerson Cooke), but Charlie never showed. Reputedly, he and wife-to-be Paulette Goddard were having such a good time at Southern California's Lake Arrowhead, they decided to stay. The last movie he saw (and very much enjoyed) was Rocky (1976). Cinematic genius that he was, Chaplin never won an Academy Award in an acting category, his only Oscar victory being in the capacity of composer. Once played Sherlock Holmes in a one-act play. Was a good friend of Winston Spencer Churchill.