Charlie Chaplin is probably the most well-known actor of the early 20th century. He is among those few people from the silent era whom we still recognize without much hassle.
Charles Spencer Chaplin popularly known as "charlie chaplin" had a tragic childhood. His father died when he was just 12, due to alcohol abuse. His mother suffered from periodic bouts of insanity and was committed to a mental asylum. As a result, Charlie started working at a very early age to feed himself.
He took to the stage as the best opportunity for a career and made his professional debut at the age of eight as a member of a juvenile group called "The Eight Lancashire Lads". At the age of eighteen, he toured the US and that was the start of his brilliant career in acting and direction. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death at age 88.
Here is some lesser known facts about this incredible performer -
- Charlie Chaplin was born on 16 April 1889 in Walworth, London, United Kingdom just four days before Adolf Hitler.
- He was the first actor to appear on Time magazine.
- He got married 4 times.
- Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest
- He portrayed Adolf Hitler in " The great diactator "
- He won one Oscar award for the movie " Limelight " in the best music category.
- His own daughter, the actress Geraldine Chaplin, portrayed his on screen mother in the movie, " Chaplin ".
- Due to suspicions of him being a communist, his imprints were removed from the Hollywood walk of fame and have been lost subsequently.
- His body was stolen After he died in an effort to extort money from his family. Chaplin's body was recovered 11 weeks later after the grave-robbers were captured. He is now buried under 6 feet of concrete to prevent further theft attempts.
- Charlie Chaplin never became a U.S. citizen and was exiled from the U.S. in 1953 because he refused to have the American citizenship. He lived in Switzerland during his exiled years and died during sleep there in Vevey, Vaud on December 25, 1977 at the age of 88.