Charlie Chaplin is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk.
Charlie Chaplin Early Life
Chaplin began his official acting career at the age of eight, touring with the Eight Lancashire Lads. At age 18, he began touring with Fred Karno’s vaudeville troupe, joining them on the troupe’s 1910 United States tour. He traveled west to California in December 1913 and signed on with Keystone Studios.
Charlie Chaplin Family
|Spouse||Oona Chaplin (16 June 1943 – 25 December 1977) (his death) (8 children)
Paulette Goddard (1 June 1936 – 4 June 1942) (divorced)
Lita Grey (26 November 1924 – 25 August 1927) (divorced) (2 children)
Mildred Harris (23 October 1918 – 4 April 1921) (divorced) (1 child)
Norman Spencer Chaplin
Annette Emily Chaplin
Charles Chaplin Jr.
Charles Chaplin, Sr.
|Relatives||Oona Chaplin (grandchild)
Wheeler Dryden (sibling)
James Thierrée (grandparent)
Kiera Chaplin (grandchild)
Carmen Chaplin (grandchild)
Dolores Chaplin (grandchild)
Julien Ronet (grandchild)
Aurélia Thiérrée (grandchild)
Orson Chaplin (grandchild)
Shane Chaplin Saura (grandchild)
George Chaplin (grandchild)
Charlie Sistovaris (grandchild)
Spencer Dryden (niece or nephew)
Stephan Chaplin (grandchild)
Laura Chaplin (grandchild)
Christian Chaplin (grandchild)
Arthur Gardin (grandchild)
Shannon Chaplin (grandchild)
Osceola Salkind (grandchild)
Tracy Chaplin (grandchild)
Skye Chaplin (grandchild)
Kevin Chaplin (grandchild)
Drunkfux (niece or nephew)
Syd Chaplin (half sibling)
Sydney Chaplin (sibling)
Charlie Chaplin Quick Facts
- Highly descriptive facial expressions
- Stories often reflect his liberal political beliefs
- Comedy with a deep undercurrent of pathos
- Walking with a waddle
- Despite film portrayals of him having brown eyes, Charlie actually had striking blue eyes
- Long after becoming a millionaire, he continued to live in a shabby hotel room and kept his studio checks in a trunk for months.
- He was ranked #79 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]
- He was 29 years old when he wed Mildred Harris; Mildred was age 17 at the time.
- He was 35 years old when he wed Lita Grey; Lita was age 16 at the time.
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