For his pioneering work in the film industry, Charlie Chaplin is most remembered today. He had a 75-year career as a silent film star. Is it even possible to comprehend the incredible transformations that have taken place in both the film industry and society over the past 75 years?
Born on April 16, 1889, in London, Chaplin died on December 25, 1977, in Switzerland. He was born into a poor household and began working at the age of eight to help support them.
A London music hall was his family’s place of employment. His father died when he was a toddler, and his mother had a hard time making ends meet. At the age of fourteen, his mother was placed in a mental institution. Chaplin began his career as a child actor.
Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on April 16th, 1889, in East Street, Walworth, to Hannah Chaplin and Charles Chaplin Sr. Both of his parents were performers in the music halls of their respective cities.
He grew up in Kennington, a neighborhood in London. Like his brother, he went to the Norwood Schools for his education. Children from low-income families attend the Norwood Schools.
Charlie was forced to work for his family’s food when he was nine years old. He died peacefully in his sleep on December 25, 1977, after suffering a stroke.
From an early age, Chaplin was able to land acting roles in the theatre. Sherlock Holmes was one of the first roles to land on his resume, and his performance was well-received by the audience. On tour for over three years, he finally called it a day in 1906.
His older brother Sydney, who was also seeking a career in acting, persuaded Fred Karno to give his younger sibling an opportunity in the comedy business. During the group’s North American vaudeville tour, Chaplin’s vaudeville skills were much lauded.
The New York Motion Picture Company noticed Chaplin’s antics while he was on a North American tour and requested him to participate in their productions at Keystone Studios. In December of 1913, Chaplin arrived in Los Angeles and began working immediately. Charlie Chaplin’s “The Tramp” made his screen debut in the early 1914 release of “Kid Auto Races at Venice.”
“Caught in the Rain” was Chaplin’s debut directorial effort, and he also appeared in the picture. After that, he helmed nearly every Keystone short film he featured in. In order to renew his contract, he requested an increase in his salary, which he was granted.
Charlie Chaplin Quotes:
- Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination… and a little dough.
- Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.
- You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down
- Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.
- Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.
- We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations, or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know ‘That is life’!
- A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.
- Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
- I suppose that’s one of the ironies of life doing the wrong thing at the right moment.
- What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning.
- Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is ‘elephant’.
- That’s the trouble with the world. We all despise ourselves.
- The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.
- Think about yourself at least once in your life otherwise, you may miss the best comedy in this world.
- Imagination means nothing without doing.