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Sir
Charles Chaplin
KBE

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Publicity portrait, c.  1920

Born

Charles Spencer Chaplin
16 April 1889
England

Died

25 December 1977
Manoir de Ban, Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut District, Vaud, Switzerland

Resting place

Cimetière de Corsier-sur-Vevey, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut District, Vaud, Switzerland

Occupation

  • Actor
  • director
  • composer
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • editor

Years active

1899–1976

Spouse

  • Mildred Harris ( m.  1918; div.  1920)
  • Lita Grey ( m.  1924; div.  1927)
  • Paulette Goddard ( m.  1936; div.  1942)
  • Oona O'Neill ( m.  1943)

Relatives

Chaplin family

Website

charliechaplin .com

Signature

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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin KBE was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, "The Tramp", and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.

Chaplin's childhood in London was one of poverty and hardship, as his father was absent and his mother struggled financially, and he was sent to a workhouse twice before the age of nine. When he was 14, his mother was committed to a mental asylum. Chaplin began performing at an early age, touring music halls and later working as a stage actor and comedian. At 19, he was signed to the prestigious Fred Karno company, which took him to America. He was scouted for the film industry and began appearing in 1914 for Keystone Studios. He soon developed the Tramp persona and formed a large fan base. He directed his own films and continued to hone his craft as he moved to the Essanay, Mutual, and First National corporations. By 1918, he was one of the best-known figures in the world.

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Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone. - Charlie Chaplin

Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.

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I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth. - Charlie Chaplin

I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth.

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I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose. - Charlie Chaplin

I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.

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Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. - Charlie Chaplin

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

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I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man. - Charlie Chaplin

I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man.

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Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded. - Charlie Chaplin

Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.

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We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. - Charlie Chaplin

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery.

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The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. - Charlie Chaplin

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.

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

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

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The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. - Charlie Chaplin

The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

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Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage. - Charlie Chaplin

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.

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Why should poetry have to make sense? - Charlie Chaplin

Why should poetry have to make sense?

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A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure. - Charlie Chaplin

A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.

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To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune. - Charlie Chaplin

To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune.

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I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onto the stage he was fully born. - Charlie Chaplin

I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onto the stage he was fully born.

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