Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English actor, comedian, and filmmaker, who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin 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 at age 88, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.
Chaplin was born in London and began acting on stage at the age of nine. In 1913, while on tour in the United States with Fred Karno’s comedy group, he accepted a contract to work for Mack Sennett’s Keystone film company. During his time at Keystone he began writing and directing some of the films in which he starred. Chaplin signed with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in 1915 and the year after with the Mutual Film Corporation. In 1918 Chaplin began producing his own films, initially releasing them through First National and then through United Artists, a corporation he co-founded with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Chaplin was accused of being a Communist sympathiser, which he denied. He remained a British subject and, while travelling to England in 1952 to attend the premiere of his film, Limelight, his American re-entry permit was rescinded. Chaplin eventually settled in Switzerland, where he remained for the rest of his life. He made his last two films in England. x x
Keystone Studios 1914
Making A Living | A Busy Day | A Fair Exchange | A Film Johnnie | Caught in a Cabaret | Charlie’s Recreation | Mabel’s Married Life | Cruel Cruel Love | Face on the Bar room Floor | Gentleman of Nerve | His Favourite Pastime | His Prehistoric Past | His Trysting Place | Kid Auto Races at Venice | Laughing Gas | Mabel’s Busy Day | Mabel’s Strange Predicament | Musical Tramps | The Fatal Mallet | The Good For Nothing | The Knockout | The Landlady’s Pet | The Masquerader | The New Janitor | The Property Man | The Rival Mashers | The Rounders | Tillie’s Punctured Romance | Twenty Minutes of Love | A Thief Catcher | Between Showers | Mabel at the Wheel | The Star Boarder | Dough and Dynamite | Getting Acquainted | Caught in the Rain |
Essanay Film Company 1915- 1918
A Burlesque On Carmen | A Night in the Show | A Night Out | A Woman | By The Sea | Shanghaied | His New Job | In The Park | Police | The Bank | The Champion | The Tramp | Work | A Jitney Elopement | Triple Trouble |
Mutual Film Corporation 1916- 1917
First National 1918- 1923
United Artists 1923- 1952
British Productions 1957 & 1967
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