Charles Chaplin
Person - Chaplin, Charles (1889-1977)

Chaplin, Charles (1889-1977)




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London (England, United Kingdom)  1889-04-16 - Vevey (Vaud, Suiza)  1977-12-25


Charles Chaplin was a British actor, composer, film producer, scriptwriter, writer, editor and film director. Chaplin came from a family related to cinema, specifically with music-hall, thus participating since he was a kid in theatre business. As actor of the Fred Karno theatre company, he went on a tour of the USA. Mack Sennett was interested on him and hired him to work in Keystone studios. He introduced in Keystone his character Charlot and continued with him after leaving the studio. This character was the one that gave him fame and many imitators followed him, known as "Chaplinists". In 1916, he was hired by the Mutual Film Corporation in exchange of a great amount of money and performed in many comedies as Charlot. Chaplin said that it was the happiest period of his life. Since 1918, he was hired by First National production company and started to direct his own movies. In 1919, he founded the United Artists production company along with Mary Pickford, Mac Adoo, D. W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks. When talking films arrived, Chaplin kept making silent movies until he filmed in 1940 "The Great Dictator". This movie was not allowed in Spain until dictator Francisco Franco was dead.

Regarding his politic thoughts, Chaplin was accused by the House Un-American Activities Committee due to his personal relationships with communists. This situation forced him to move to Switzerland since 1953 until his death in 1977. Chaplin had numerous nominations and awards like, for example, the Academy Honorary Award in 1928 and 1972, the star with his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he was granted Knight Commander of Order of the British Empire, and was a candidate for the Noble Peace Prize in 1948. Nowadays, Chaplin is still considered one of the most important figures of cinema worldwide. Among his most famous works are the short films "Between Showers", "Tango Tangles" and "A Film Johnnie". And his most popular long films are "The Gold Rush" (1925), "City Lights" (1931), "Modern Times" (1936), and "The Great Dictator" (1940).


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London (England, United Kingdom) in 1889-04-16

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Vevey (Vaud, Suiza) in 1977-12-25




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Buñuel, Luis (1900-1983)

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Chase, Charley (1893-1940)  ( Colabora con )

Cline, Edward F. (1892-1961)  ( Colabora con )

Muñoz Roca-Tallada, Carmen  ( Es colega/ amigo de )

Parrish, Robert (1916-1995)  ( Tiene como aprendiz a/ es maestro de/ es jefe de )

Reisner, Charles (1887-1962)  ( Colabora con )

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