Charlie Chaplin young

Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London, England, on April 16th 1889. When he was about twelve, he got his first chance to act in a legitimate stage show, and appeared as “Billy” the page boy, in support of William Gillette in “Sherlock Holmes”.

At the close of this engagement, Charlie started a career as a comedian in vaudeville, which eventually took him to the United States in 1910 as a featured player with the Fred Karno Repertoire Company.

When his contract with Mutual expired in 1917, Chaplin decided to become an independent producer in a desire for more freedom and greater leisure in making his movies.

Remarkable movies of his career were: The kid, Woman of Paris, The gold rush, The circus, City lights, Monsieur Verdoux and many more. He died on Christmas day 1977, survived by eight children from his last marriage with Oona O’Neill, and one son from his short marriage to Lita Grey.

by Strauss-Peyton Studio, bromide print, circa 1920

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Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977), English film actor and director operating a movie camera.  Original Publication: People Disc - HW0474   (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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