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Charlie Chaplin

Director

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”

 

Biography

Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular “Little Tramp” character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk. Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England on April 26th, 1889 to Charles and Hannah (Hill) Chaplin, both music hall performers, who were married on June 22nd, 1885. After Charles Sr. separated from Hannah to perform in New York City, Hannah then tried to resurrect her stage career. Unfortunately, her singing voice had a tendency to break at unexpected moments. When this happened, the stage manager spotted young Charlie standing in the wings and led him on stage, where five-year-old Charlie began to sing a popular tune. Charlie and his half-brother, Syd Chaplin (born Sydney Hawkes), spent their lives in and out… read more

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Catherine Krummey

26Sep13

I am slowly and surely becoming a huge fan of him.

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4Mar13

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Hani

3Jan13

I love watching his films without sound. Brilliant and completely different.

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Vera Sophia

29Feb12

I love how he put such moving speeches in the end of his films, it gives more depth, they don't make it like them these days

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Did you know there are people who don't like Charlie Chaplin?

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I Think Charlie Chaplin Might Be My Hero

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