Charlie Chaplin Biography

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

Legendary comedian Charlie Chaplin was born on 16 April 1889 in London. Chaplin’s passion for acting came from his parents, who used to work in local music hall.

In 1910, Charlie Chaplin went to United States, the journey that changed his life forever. The American film industry was then growing rapidly. Lots of talents from home and abroad were crowding there to become noticed. Chaplin was one of them. He started to study the industry closely. With patience and dedication, Chaplin atlast got the light upon him.

It was here, where Charlie Chaplin created his legendary comedy character ‘Tramp’ that has a peculiar short mustache, bowler hat in head and lose fitting dress. Soon the character grabbed the attention of the whole industry and made Chaplin a star of the silent cinema era. His wave of popularity started to spread even outside America.

In Hitler’s parody, ‘The Great Dictator’ (1940)

Chaplin was a multi-talented artist. Beside acting in the main role, he financed, wrote and directed almost every of his films by himself. He was a genuine perfectionist. Not only he alone worked hard during the shootings, but also used to force others to do so. Chaplin was always eager to improve his acting ability. He was always alert about the scripts that it might not become repeated or boring to the audience.

‘City Lights’ (1931), ‘Lime Light’ (1952) and ‘The Great Dictator’ (1940) were among best hits in Chaplin’s career. The last one was a satire on German and Italian dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. However despite being a strong criticizer of Hitler and Nazi Germany, Chaplin had to face harassment in the US for not publicly endorsing American position in World War II. Another reason for this ill-treatment was his weakness towards communist ideology. At a point, US government declined to extend his visa, which made Chaplin to flee in Switzerland.

With wife Oona O’Neill in 1965

In 1956, Charlie Chaplin was short-listed for Knighthood, the highest civilian honor of his own country Britain. But facing opposition from some of the conservative cabinet members, government couldn’t honor him that time. But two decades later in 1975, he was finally proclaimed Knight by the British government.

In the mean time, Chaplin received an Oscar in 1972 for the music score of ‘Lime Light’ (1952). Along with that, he also was given an honorary award for ‘the incalculable effect he has had in making motion picture the art form of this century.’ To receive these awards, he once again went to United States ending his long exile. In the award giving ceremony, Charlie Chaplin received the longest standing ovation in the history of Oscar ever.

Charlie Chaplin was married four times in his life. However apart from those wives, Chaplin had relations with many more women too.

On the Christmas morning of 25 December 1977, Charlie Chaplin, the greatest comedian ever took his last breath in Vevey, Switzerland at the age of 88. Millions shed tears for someone who once brought smile in their faces selflessly.