Charlie Chaplin

Actor and Director
Born Apr 16, 1889
Hometown Walworth
Died Dec 25, 1977
Death Place Vevey
Religion Atheist
Height 5' 5" (165 cm)
Nationality English

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor, film director and composer best known for his work in the United States during the silent film era. He became the most famous film star in the world before the end of World War I. Chaplin used mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines, and continued well into the era of the talkies, though his films decreased in frequency from the end of the 1920s.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Charlie Chaplin.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Charlie Chaplin.


1889 Birth Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on 16 April 1889 to Hannah Chaplin (born Hannah Harriet Pedlingham Hill) and Charles Chaplin, Sr. There is no official record of his birth, although Chaplin believed he was born at East Street, Walworth, in South London. … Read More
1891 2 Years Old Although they never divorced, Chaplin's parents were estranged by around 1891. … Read More
1898 9 Years Old He was briefly reunited with his mother 18 months later, before Hannah was forced to readmit her family to the workhouse in July 1898. … Read More
1899 10 Years Old …  Through his father's connections, Chaplin became a member of the Eight Lancashire Lads clog-dancing troupe, with whom he toured English music halls throughout 1899 and 1900. … Read More


1905 16 Years Old …  At 16 years old, Chaplin starred in the play's West End production at the Duke of York's Theatre from October to December 1905.
He completed one final tour of Sherlock Holmes in early 1906, before leaving the play after more than two-and-a-half years.


1909 - 1910 2 More Events
1913 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He met with the company, and signed a $150-per-week contract in September 1913.
The one-reeler Making a Living marked his film acting debut, and was released on 2 February 1914. … Read More
1915 26 Years Old 1 More Event
During 1915, Chaplin became a cultural phenomenon. … Read More
1916 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Mutual gave Chaplin his own Los Angeles studio to work in, which opened in March 1916. … Read More
She went on to appear in 35 films with Chaplin over eight years; the pair also formed a romantic relationship that lasted into 1917. … Read More
It was completed in January 1918, and Chaplin was given freedom over the making of his pictures. … Read More


1919 30 Years Old …  Filming on The Kid began in August 1919, with four-year-old Jackie Coogan his co-star. … Read More
1920 31 Years Old 1 More Event
The marriage eventually ended in April 1920, with Chaplin explaining in his autobiography that they were "irreconcilably mismated".
1921 32 Years Old Chaplin spent five months on his next film, the two-reeler The Idle Class. Following its September 1921 release, he chose to return to England for the first time in almost a decade.
1922 33 Years Old 1 More Event
He then worked to fulfil his First National contract, releasing Pay Day in February 1922. … Read More
1924 35 Years Old 1 More Event
With Georgia Hale as his new leading lady, Chaplin began filming the picture in February 1924. … Read More


1930 41 Years Old Chaplin finished editing City Lights in December 1930, by which time silent films were an anachronism. … Read More
1932 43 Years Old Chaplin's loneliness was relieved when he met 21-year-old actress Paulette Goddard in July 1932, and the pair began a successful relationship. … Read More
1936 47 Years Old After recording the music, Chaplin released Modern Times in February 1936. … Read More
1938 49 Years Old By 1938 the couple had drifted apart, as both focused heavily on their work, although Goddard was again his leading lady in his next feature film, The Great Dictator.


1939 50 Years Old Chaplin spent two years developing the script, and began filming in September 1939 – six days after Britain declared war on Germany. … Read More
1941 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Roosevelt subsequently invited Chaplin to read the film's final speech over the radio during his January 1941 inauguration, with the speech becoming a "hit" of the celebration. … Read More
1942 53 Years Old She eventually divorced Chaplin in Mexico in 1942, citing incompatibility and separation for more than a year. … Read More
1946 57 Years Old Chaplin claimed that the Barry trials had "crippled his creativeness", and it was some time before he began working again. In April 1946, he finally began filming a project that had been in development since 1942. … Read More
1947 58 Years Old Chaplin again vocalised his political views in Monsieur Verdoux, criticising capitalism and arguing that the world encourages mass killing through wars and weapons of mass destruction. Because of this, the film met with controversy when it was released in April 1947; Chaplin was booed at the premiere, and there were calls for a boycott. … Read More


1951 - 1972 9 More Events
1973 84 Years Old …  Chaplin also received his only competitive Oscar for his composition work, as the Limelight theme won an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1973 following the film's re-release. … Read More
1975 86 Years Old In the 1975 New Year's Honours List, Chaplin was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
…  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. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.