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(Sir) Charles Spencer (Charlie) Chaplin was born on 16 April 1889 in Walworth, London England. He became one of the true stars of the silent film era, first as a comic actor, and then successively in all the other roles involved in film making, including when the ‘talkies’ came along. He died on Christmas Day 1977.

So just how rich was Charlie Chaplin? Sources estimate that Charlie’s net worth was over $50 million at his passing, accrued during his 75 years in the entertainment industry, and encompassing a remarkable rags-to-riches story.

Charlie Sr. was a music hall singer, but estranged from his mother, Hannah when Charlie Jr. was very young, and she so poor that he was eventually sent to a workhouse at the age of seven. She was subsequently committed to a mental asylum for a short period, during which time Charlie and his half-brother Sydney lived with their now alcoholic father – he died two years later from cirrhosis – and after two brief periods of remission, Hannah was to spend the rest of her life under supervision until she died in 1928. Charlie spent some time on the streets of London, but with his mother’s support he had already begun performing on stage, including dancing, so by the time he was 14 he was acting comic roles, and becoming popular as well as being recognised as a star of the future, plus earning what was the start of his net worth.

Charlie Chaplin Net Worth $50 Million

Charlie Chaplin began touring the UK music halls, dancing and comic acting, called vaudeville. He developed the persona of a tramp, parodying his own experience against adversity in comic presentation which was applauded by audiences, and which he continued with for the next 25 years. Through brother Sydney, in 1908 he was introduced to a noted comedy company, Fred Karno, and quickly became a star of the show, being included in a tour of the USA. A further tour saw Charlie signed to Keystone Studios in 1913, making his film debut in early 1914 in “Making a Living” which Chaplin really didn’t like, but positive critiques persuaded him to further develop the Tramp character, debuting the costume with the persona in “Kid Auto Races at Venice”. Studio boss Mack Sennett subsequently raised Charlie’s salary from $150 per week to $1500 to next direct his own film, the success of which saw Chaplin set for a meteoric rise. His net worth rose accordingly, especially soon afterwards, when he joined the Essanay Film Company in Chicago at a salary of $1,250 a week, plus an initial bonus $10,000, over $25,000 and $200,000 today, and quite enormous in the industry at that time.

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Chaplin wasn’t called up for service in World War 1 by either the UK or USA, but entertained the troops on film anyway. By 1919 Charlie was world famous, and wealthy enough to found United Artists, through which he continued to direct, star in and distribute his films, including “The Kid” – his first full-length feature film in 1922 – followed by a series of others, all silent as he refused to use sound at this point, including in 1923 “A Woman of Paris”, “The Gold Rush” in 1925, and “The Circus” (1928), followed in the 30s by “City Lights” and “Modern Times”. All were well received, maintaining his popularity and rising net worth, but uncertainty regarding sound in his films saw him travel for a couple of years, and write a book about his experiences.

Chaplin first film of the 1940s, “The Great Dictator”, satirised Hitler, and proved popular and very profitable despite its overt political theme (anti-fascist), but during the decade Charlie was suspected of being a communist sympathiser, whilst his personal life also drew criticism regarding his relationships with much younger women, and a paternity suit. An FBI report saw Chaplin leave the US and move to Switzerland.

About this time, Chaplin finally gave-up his Tramp persona, which didn’t work too well with dialogue, as his films were usually slapstick which didn’t need sound. He eventually moved on, and released “Monsieur Verdoux” in 1947 – Chaplin paid Orson Welles $5,000 for the idea – which was appreciated far more outside of the US, but which he subsequently termed his ‘… cleverest and most brilliant film I have yet made.’, and which again incorporated Chaplin’s political ideals   “Limelight” in 1952, “A King in New York” in 1957, and “A Countess From Hong Kong”(1967).

Chaplin wrote, starred in, directed, produced, edited,, and composed the music for almost all of his films from 1919, and appreciated in all these facets of movie production. A perfectionist, his growing net worth allowed him to spend as much time as he deemed necessary on the development and production of a film. His social and political themes and his own autobiography were often elements incorporated into his films, starting with the Tramp persona. Chaplin received an Honorary Academy Award in 1972, for “…the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century”. Charlie’s productions of “The Gold Rush”, “The Great Dictator”. “City Lights” and “Modern Times”, are still often ranked on industry lists of the greatest films of all time. Overall, he was involved in some way in more than 100 films, and there is no doubt that he is one of the giants of the film industry.

In Charlie Chaplin’s often public personal life, he was married four times, but somewhat notorious according to social norms of the times for affairs, often with much younger women. His first wife was American actress Mildred Harris, whom he married in 1918 when she was 16 and apparently – but not – pregnant, and he 29. A subsequent child died after birth, and they divorced in 1920. Charlie’s second wife was Lila Grey, also an American actress whom he first met when she was eight, and married in 1924 when she was just 16 and he 35, because he had supposedly impregnated her while under age. She wasn’t pregnant, but they then had two sons before divorcing in 1927, with Charlie paying a considerable settlement for the time of over $600,000. Charlie’s third wife was Paulette Goddard(1936-42) – she was 21 years younger than him. Finally, Chaplin married the love of his life, and certainly the love of her life, Oona O’Neill in 1943, when she was 18 and he 54: they had eight children, and were together until his death in Switzerland in 1977, when he was 88.

Finally, despite Charlie Chaplin’s sometimes controversial behaviour, in his obituary are listed many awards, perhaps the most prestigious being the knighthood – KBE – awarded to him by the Queen in 1975, followed by the French government’s 1971 award of Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. In 1962, Honorary Doctor of Letters degrees were bestowed on Chaplin by both the University of Oxford and the University of Durham.

Among many film industry awards, Chaplin received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lincoln Center Film Society in 1972, which has since become an annual presentation to filmmakers and called “The Chaplin Award”. Charlie was eventually given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame also in 1972. He also received three Academy Awards – two honorary – and six of his films are preserved in the National Film Registry of the US Library of Congress; “The Great Dictator” features prominently in these belated honours, so apparently all is forgiven this film-making genius.

Quick Facts

Birth date: April 16, 1889, Walworth, United Kingdom
Birth place: Walworth
Death date: December 25, 1977, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland
Height:5 ft 4 in (1.65 m)
Profession:Film Director, Actor, Screenwriter, Composer, Comedian, Film Editor, Film Score Composer, Film Producer
Nationality:British
Spouse:Oona O'Neill (m. 1943–1977)
Children:Geraldine Chaplin, Sydney Chaplin, Victoria Chaplin
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Four years after Chaplin's death, Ukrainian astronomer Lyudmila Karachkina named an asteroid after him. Ms. Karachkina, discoverer of 131 asteroids, named one of them 3623 Chaplin. It resides in the asteroid "belt" between Mars and Jupiter and appears as a magnitude 12.1 object, making it visible in a moderately strong telescope.
2When he was 13 years old in London, he went into the Crown Public House in Borough, and asked the landlord for a glass of water. The landlord, it turned out, was the serial killer George Chapman, who poisoned his three wives. Obviously Chaplin didn't know it nor did he know that Chapman's victim Maud was upstairs in the throes of death while Chaplin was downstairs. He didn't drink the water. Chapman--also known as Seweryn Antonowicz Klosowski, his original Polish name--was also a suspect in the murders committed by the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. He was known as the "Borough poisoner".
3In the Serbian capital of Belgrade there is a street called Charles Chaplin (ser. "Carlija Caplina").
4He died the day before director Howard Hawks.
5He was nominated for writing, acting, directing, and producing The Circus (1928), in the first Academy Awards. However, they removed him from the competition and gave him a special award for "acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus." And they wrote a letter to Chaplin stating that he merited a placement "in a class" by himself.
6Although Chaplin was naturally unable to compose synchronized musical scores to his films until the advent of sound films (beginning with City Lights (1931), he is said to have provided several prominent film theaters with sheets of self-composed music to be played by orchestras to his films at least as far back as 1921, beginning with The Kid (1921).
7His favorite composer is reported to have been Richard Wagner (1813-83).
8In 2011 his family found a letter from a man in England named Jack Hill, in a locked drawer of a bureau left behind after Chaplin's death. It claimed Chaplin had been born in a caravan that belonged to the Gypsy Queen, who was Hill's aunt, in a Roma community near Birmingham in central England.
9He died only 29 days before his The Great Dictator (1940) co-star Jack Oakie.
10Pictured as his Little Tramp character on a Vatican City commemorative postage stamp celebrating the 125th anniversary of his birth (1889), issued 8 May 2014. Price on the day of issue was EUR0.70.
11Although they both came to the US with Fred Karno's troupe and shared a room together while with the show, Chaplin does not mention Stan Laurel even once in his autobiography.
12Was aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht when producer/director Thomas H. Ince died under mysterious circumstances. The incident was the subject of The Cat's Meow (2001). The story given the most credence--although never proven--is that Hearst discovered Chaplin and Marion Davies, who was Hearst's mistress, having sex in a cabin. Hearst pulled out a gun and chased Chaplin onto the deck. He fired at Chaplin but hit and killed Ince instead.
13He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6751 Hollywood Blvd. on April 10, 1972.
14As of 2011 he is the only person to receive a 12-minute standing ovation at the Academy Awards when he appeared to accept an honorary award "for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century". It is the longest in the history of the Academy Awards.
15Spent some of his spare time in the tiny village of Waterville on the southern tip of Ireland. There is a life-sized statue of Chaplin on the edge of a waterfront park in the village.
16His salary quickly rose during the Teens from $150 per week in 1913 for Keystone to $1250 per week at Essanay to $10,000 per week with a $150,000 bonus at Mutual to $150,000 per film in 1918 at First National.
17He was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1975 Queen's New Year's Honours List.
18While visiting Winston Churchill in England in 1937, Chaplin found him studying newspapers and looking worried. When Chaplin asked what was disturbing him, Churchill replied, "Germany". Chaplin made some airy remark to try to dismiss the subject, but Churchill replied, "No, no, it's quite serious".
19Once played Sherlock Holmes in a one-act play.
20He directed and starred in four of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Movies: The Gold Rush (1925) at #25, Modern Times (1936) at #33, The Great Dictator (1940) at #37 and City Lights (1931) at #38.
21Cinematic genius that he was, he never won an Academy Award in an acting category, his only Oscar victory being in the capacity of composer.
22He remained in remarkably good physical and mental shape for most of his life, still playing tennis regularly well into his 70s and working constantly. However, after the completion of what turned out to be his last film, A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), his health began to visibly deteriorate.
23One of the last movies he saw (and very much enjoyed) was Rocky (1976).
24He was born four days before Adolf Hitler.
25In 1934 he was scheduled to serve as best man at broadcaster Alistair Cooke's marriage to Ruth Emerson (Ruth Emerson Cooke), but never showed. Reputedly, he and wife-to-be Paulette Goddard were having such a good time at Southern California's Lake Arrowhead, they decided to stay.
26According to his daughter Geraldine Chaplin, in the last years of his life Chaplin began to worry that he might not be remembered after his death. This was a major reason why he allowed his trademark character The Little Tramp to appear on several commercial products in the 1970s.
27The fact that neither City Lights (1931) nor Modern Times (1936), two of Chaplin's most beloved and acclaimed movies, were nominated for a single Academy Award has puzzled many. One explanation could be that Chaplin expressed disdain for the Academy Awards early on; according to his son Charles Chaplin Jr., for a time Chaplin even used the Honorary Award he won in 1929 as a doorstop. However, apparently, his view on the Awards changed with time, as he accepted and seemed touched by his second Honorary Award in 1972.
28His father, with whom he lived for only a brief period of time in his childhood while his mother was committed to a mental asylum, died as the result of alcohol abuse at 37, when Charlie was 12.
29Was an agnostic who believed in some sort of "Supreme Force", according to his son Charles Chaplin Jr.'s autobiography, "My Father, Charlie Chaplin".
30First actor to be nominated for a single Academy Award (Best Actor) for a film in which he was credited as portraying two different characters. In The Great Dictator (1940), he played a Jewish barber--a variation of his Little Tramp character--and Adenoid Hynkel, his version of Adolf Hitler.
31When Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was unable to find work after his infamous trial, Chaplin supported him out of his own pocket.
32His mother was so poor, she was once forced to pawn her son's spare clothes. She was also in and out of mental hospitals throughout her life.
33Once worked as a butler in England, a job he enjoyed. He was fired after he was caught playing a trumpet he had found in his employer's attic.
34His film The Great Dictator (1940) was banned in Germany.
35Marlon Brando played the starring role in Chaplin's last movie A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) in 1966. While Brando had always greatly admired Chaplin's work and looked upon him as "probably the most talented man the [movie] medium has ever produced", the two superstars did not get along during the shooting. In his autobiography, Brando described Chaplin as "probably the most sadistic man I'd ever met." Chaplin, on his side, said that working with Brando simply was "impossible".
36He loved to play tennis, but described golf as "a game I can't stand".
37His trademark character The Tramp appeared in about 70 movies, shorts and features, during a period of 26 years, from the one-reeler Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) to his triumphant feature The Great Dictator (1940).
38After finishing his last film A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) in 1966, he composed the music to many of his silent movies, among them The Circus (1928) in 1968, The Kid (1921) in 1971 and A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) in 1976.
39Up until his last few movies, he never shot with a working script. He would start with a story in his mind and constantly retool it, often shooting hours of scenes that wouldn't make the final cut until he was satisfied. He spent his nights during filming, critiquing the rushes with his assistant directors. Consequently compared to the major studio's films, he spent months/years and excessive amounts of money on his productions. He often said though he would not release any of his films until he was 100% satisfied with the result.
40Composed about 500 melodies, including "Smile" and "This Is My Song".
41His performance as The Little Tramp in City Lights (1931) and a slew of other pictures is ranked #24 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
42Is portrayed in Sesame Street (1969) skits by Linda Bove (Linda) and Sonia Manzano (Maria).
43His performance as The Tramp in City Lights (1931) is ranked #44 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
44Profiled in in J.A. Aberdeen's "Hollywood Renegades: The Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers". Palos Verdes Estates, CA: Cobblestone Entertainment.
45Founder of United Artists along with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith.
46Uncle of Spencer Dryden, drummer for the 1960s rock band Jefferson Airplane.
47In all his years of living and working in the US, he never became a citizen.
48Named the #10 Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.
49At the Golden Camera Awards 2005 in Berlin, Geraldine Chaplin told in a moving speech honoring Jerry Lewis about the last time she saw her father alive. He watched a movie of Lewis on television screaming "He's funny, that bastard!".
50He and Buster Keaton had an interesting relationship. Long considered rivals but always having avoided commenting about each other in the press, Chaplin hired Keaton for a part in Limelight (1952). Keaton, who was flat broke at the time, went into a career decline after having been signed by MGM in 1928, as the studio would not let him improvise in any of his films nor allow him any writing or directorial input, and he was eventually reduced to writing gags--often uncredited--for other comedians' films. Chaplin, at this point, felt sorry for Keaton due to his hard luck, but Keaton recognized that, despite Charlie's better fortune and far greater wealth, he was (strangely) the more depressed of the two. In one scene in "Limelight", Chaplin's character was dying. While the camera was fading away, Keaton was muttering to Chaplin without moving his lips, "That's it, good, wait, don't move, wait, good, we're through." In his autobiography Keaton called Chaplin "the greatest silent comedian of all time".
51Received an Honorary Oscar at The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972). He appeared on stage blowing kisses to the Hollywood audience with tears running down his face while he received a long standing ovation. Ironically, he won another Oscar the following year.
52Was 73 years old when his youngest son, Christopher Chaplin, was born.
53Is mentioned in the song called "Facts of Life" from 2004.
54He was voted the 9th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
55Called Battleship Potemkin (1925) his favorite movie.
56Did not receive screen credit on the many comedies he made for Keystone in 1914-15, as it was studio policy not to credit its actors (any Keystone film that credits Chaplin is a reissue print). His first screen credit appeared on His New Job (1915), his first film for Essanay.
57Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 115-124. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
58When Chaplin arrived in the US with the Fred Karno troupe on October 2, 1912, in his second trip to America, according to Ellis Island immigration records, he had $45 in his pocket. He listed his half brother Syd Chaplin, as his next of kin. Though his mother was still alive, she was in a mental hospital. Sailing with him was fellow Karno troupe member Arthur Stanley Jefferson--later to be known as Stan Laurel.
59As a child, he was confined to a bed for weeks due to a serious illness. At night, his mother would sit at the window and act out what was going on outside. This was a major reason Chaplin became a comedian.
60Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 99-102. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
61Although Adolf Hitler was not at all a huge fan--in fact, he had been misinformed that Charlie was Jewish, and therefore despised him--he was also well aware of how beloved Charlie was throughout the world at that time, and that was the reason he grew the Chaplin mustache: he thought it would endear him to the people.
62His paternal grandparents were Spencer Chaplin, a butcher from St. Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, and Ellen Elizabeth Smith, from Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk. His maternal grandparents were Charles Frederick Hill and Mary Ann Terry, of Newington, Surrey. His heritage was English and Irish.
63His handprints, footprints and signature were immortalized in cement at Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, but after his fall from grace with the Americans because of his political views, the section of cement was removed from public view. It cannot be located and is now feared lost.
64Was an accomplished musician who, in his later years, often reissued his silent films with scores he had composed himself.
65Most people (now and during his lifetime) believe that Chaplin had brown eyes because they had only seen him in black and white with black eye makeup on. It fact they were very blue. Chaplin remarked in his autobiography that people meeting him for the first time were always struck by his blue eyes. And his future wife Oona Chaplin wrote "Just met Charlie Chaplin. What blue eyes he has!" to a girlhood friend in 1942.
66Son-in-law of Eugene O'Neill.
67Father-in-law of Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée.
68In Spain he had a different dubbing actor in each of his sound films. They were: Ricard Solans for The Great Dictator (1940), Félix Acaso for Limelight (1952) and Joaquín Díaz for A King in New York (1957). The dubbing actor of Monsieur Verdoux (1947) is, at this time, unknown.
69Pictured on one of 15 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the "Celebrate the Century" series, issued 3 February 1998, celebrating the 1910s.
70Pictured (as Charlie Chaplin) on one of ten 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating stars of the silent screen, issued 27 April 1994. Designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, this set of stamps also honored Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Zasu Pitts, Harold Lloyd, Theda Bara, Buster Keaton and the Keystone Kops.
71After his body was recovered from grave robbers, it was reburied in a vault surrounded by cement.
72He was also the first actor to have a comic strip about him; Ed Carey's 1916 strip, "Pa's Imported Son-in-Law", detailed the adventures of Chaplin.
73On July 6, 1925, he became the first actor to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
74His bowler and cane was sold for $150,000 in 1987.
75Invented his tramp costume with the help of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's pants. Arbuckle's father-in-law's derby, Chester Conklin's cutaway, Ford Sterling's size-14 shoes, the diminutive Charles Avery's jacket, and some crepe paper belonging to Mack Swain (which became the tramp's mustache). The only item that actually belonged to Chaplin was the whangee cane.
76Cooking was not allowed in the boarding house where Stan Laurel and Chaplin stayed, so he would play the violin to cover up the sound of Laurel frying up food on a hot plate.
77When both Stan Laurel and Chaplin moved to America they shared a room in a boarding house.
78Stan Laurel was his understudy on the English stage.
79A much-repeated story claims that he once entered a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest and finished third! In some versions of the story, he came in second.
80Following his death, he was interred at Corsier-Sur-Vevey Cemetery in Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Switzerland.
81In her book, "Tramp: The Life of Charlie Chaplin", Joyce Milton asserts that Vladimir Nabokov's controversial classic, "Lolita", was inspired by Chaplin's relationship with Lita Grey. On the 100th anniversary of Chaplin's birth, celebrations were held in Corsier and Vevey, Switzerland, where he last lived. For the occasion, 100 children from the region performed a choreography dressed up as little tramps.
82He was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Council (HUAC) in September 1947, but his appearance was postponed three times, and he never appeared. He sent HUAC a telegram stating "I am not a Communist, neither have I ever joined any political party or organization in my life." HUAC determined that it was no longer needed for him to appear.
83Father, with Oona Chaplin, of Geraldine Chaplin (born August 1, 1944), Michael Chaplin (born March 7, 1946) Josephine Chaplin (born March 28, 1949), Victoria Chaplin (born May 19, 1951), Eugene Chaplin (born August 23, 1953), Jane Chaplin (born May 23, 1957), Annette Emily Chaplin (born December 3, 1959) and Christopher Chaplin (born July 8, 1962).
84First wife, Mildred Harris was the mother of his first child, a son named Norman Spencer (born July 7, 1919). The baby, who was nicknamed "The Little Mouse", was born with severe disabilities and lived only three days.
85Father of Charles Chaplin Jr. and Sydney Chaplin with Lita Grey.
86Half-brother of Syd Chaplin and Wheeler Dryden.
87His Beverly Hills residence was known as "Breakaway House". Designed by Chaplin himself and built by studio carpenters, it began falling to bits over the years, much to the amusement of visitors. Built on Summit Drive in the Pickfair neighborhood, the house boasted a pipe organ Chaplin continually used to entertain his guests in the great hall; he also screened his films there. His tennis court was a hive of activity; even the elusive Greta Garbo was a frequent player. He seems to have been an inspiring host; many of his guests joined in with his antics, and reflected that they had never been so funny before or since--it was the influence of Chaplin.
88On March 3, 1978, his dead body was stolen from the Corsier-Sur-Vevey cemetery. It took until May 18 when the police found it.
89He was 54 years old when he wed Oona O'Neill (Oona Chaplin); Oona was 17.
90He was 47 years old when he wed Paulette Goddard; Paulette was 26.
91He was 35 years old when he wed Lita Grey; Lita was 16.
92He was 29 years old when he wed Mildred Harris; she was 17.
93In October 1997 he was ranked #79 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
94He thought his period with Mutual was the most consistently pleasant period in his career, although he felt that the plots of the films were too formualic for his taste.
95Long after becoming a millionaire, he continued to live in a shabby hotel room, and kept his studio checks in a trunk for months.
96Grandfather of Dolores Chaplin, Carmen Chaplin, Kiera Chaplin, Oona Chaplin, Aurélia Thiérrée and James Thierrée. Great-uncle of Drunkfux.
97Destroyed the original negative of "The Sea Gull (1933)" before a number of witnesses. The film never saw release, possibly because he was dismayed by the poor performance of his lead actress Edna Purviance.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
The Tramp (1915)$1,250 /week
A Night Out (1915)$1,250 /week
Caught in the Rain (1914)$150 /week
Twenty Minutes of Love (1914)$150 /week
Mabel's Strange Predicament (1914)$150 /week
Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914)$150 /week
Making a Living (1914)$150 /week


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Despite film portrayals of him having brown eyes, Charlie actually had striking blue eyes
2Walking with a waddle
3On-screen and off-screen, favored the company of much younger women, who were often innocent if troubled
4Comedy with a deep undercurrent of pathos
5Stories often reflect his liberal political beliefs
6Highly descriptive facial expressions
7A tramp with toothbrush mustache, undersized bowler hat and bamboo cane who struggled to survive while keeping his dignity in a world with great social injustice.


Quotes

#Quote
1[advice to an over-emoting film actor] Don't sell it. Remember: they are peeking at you.
2A good talking picture is inferior to a good stage play, while a good silent picture is superior to a good stage play.
3All my pictures were built around the idea of getting me into trouble, and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.
4[on receiving a lifetime Oscar, 1972] Words are so futile, feeble.
5Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.
6[Upon receiving an Honorary Oscar at the 44th annual Academy Awards] Thank you so much. This is an emotional moment for me. Words seem so futile and so feeble. I can only say thank you for the honor of inviting me here and you are all wonderful, sweet people. Thank you.
7I don't believe I deserve dinner unless I've done a day's work.
8My only enemy is time.
9[Upon watching the young Jerry Lewis on television] That bastard is funny! He knows how to take the audience.
10[on D.W. Griffith] The whole industry owes its existence to him.
11[on Douglas Fairbanks] He had extraordinary magnetism and charm and a genuine boyish enthusiasm which he conveyed to the public.
12I usually go to see myself the first night of a new performance, but I don't laugh. No, I just go to see whether or not the film is taking, and what I've done that I shouldn't do. And if it's a success, I'm happy. There's something that makes you feel pretty good in knowing that all over the world people are laughing at what you're doing. But if it isn't a success, then it's terrible, to feel that you're a failure all over the world at the same time.
13I think a very great deal of myself. Everything is perfect or imperfect, according to myself. I am the perfect standard.
14I don't want perfection of detail in the acting. I'd hate a picture that was perfect, it would seem machine made. I want the human touch, so that you love the picture for its imperfections.
15[in 1915] Motion pictures is still in its infancy. In the next few years, I expect to see so many improvements that you could then scarcely recognize the comedy of the present day.
16Naturalness is the greatest requisite of comedy. It must be real and true to life. I believe in realism absolutely. Real things appeal to the people far quicker than the grotesque. My comedy is actual life, with the slightest twist or exaggeration, you might say, to bring out what it might be under certain circumstances.
17The first time I looked at myself on the screen, I was ready to resign [the movie contract]. That can't be I, I thought. Then when I realized it was, I said, "Good night." Strange enough, I was told that the picture was a scream. I had always been ambitious to work in drama, and it certainly was the surprise of my life when I got away with the comedy stuff.
18Figuring out what the audience expects, and then doing something different, is great fun to me.
19One of the things most quickly learned in theatrical work is that people as a whole get satisfaction from seeing the rich get the worst of things. The reason for this, of course, lies in the fact that nine tenths of the people in the world are poor, and secretly resent the wealth of the other tenth.
20Through humor, we see in what seems rational, the irrational; in what seems important, the unimportant. It also heightens our sense of survival and preserves our sanity.
21Comedy really is a serious study, although it must not be taken seriously. That sounds like a paradox, but it is not. It is a serious study to learn characters; it is a hard study. But to make comedy a success there must be an ease, a spontaneity in the acting that cannot be associated with seriousness.
22Even funnier than a man who has been made ridiculous is the man who, having had something funny happen to him, refuses to admit that anything out of the way has happened, and attempts to maintain his dignity. Perhaps the best example is the intoxicated man who, though his tongue and walk will give him away, attempts in a dignified manner to convince you that he is quite sober. He is much funnier than the man who, wildly hilarious, is frankly drunk and doesn't care a whoop who knows it. Intoxicated characters on the stage are almost always "slightly tipsy" with an attempt at dignity because theatrical managers have learned that this attempt at dignity is funny.
23I hope we shall abolish war and settle all differences at the conference table... I hope we shall abolish all hydrogen and atom bombs before they abolish us first.
24It isn't the ups and downs that make life difficult; it's the jerks.
25My childhood was sad, but now I remember it with nostalgia, like a dream.
26I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth.
27Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.
28Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.
29I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.
30Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
31All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.
32[on his screen character, The Little Tramp] A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
33I don't believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career.
34I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onto the stage he was fully born.
35Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is "elephant".
36The summation of my character [The Tramp] is that I care about my work. I care about everything I do. If I could do something else better, I would do it, but I can't.
37[answering the bad reviews he got on his last movie, A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)] If they don't like it, they are bloody idiots. A diplomat falls in love with a prostitute - what better story can they get than that?
38I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
39[on being informed that Adolf Hitler sat through two screenings of The Great Dictator (1940)] I'd give anything to know what he thought of it.
40The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
41I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
42The minute you bought your ticket you were in another world.
43I like friends as I like music, when I am in the mood. To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune.
44[Returning to Los Angeles after a 20-year self-imposed exile to accept his honorary Oscar in 1971] Thank you so much. This is an emotional moment for me and words seem so futile, so feeble... I can only say that... thank you for the honor of inviting me here and... oh... you're wonderful, sweet people. Thank you.
45All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationCreative
1999OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActing
1976Academy FellowshipBAFTA Awards
1974DGA Honorary Life Member AwardDirectors Guild of America, USA
1974JussiJussi AwardsBest Foreign FilmmakerModern Times (1936)
1973OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original Dramatic ScoreLimelight (1952)· Ray Rasch
· Larry Russell
1972Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USAFor the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century.
1972Gala TributeFilm Society of Lincoln Center
1972Career Golden LionVenice Film Festival
1972Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 10 April 1972. At 6751 Hollywood Blvd.
1961Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmThe Great Dictator (1940)
1959Honorary AwardBodil Awards
1953Blue Ribbon AwardBlue Ribbon AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmMonsieur Verdoux (1947)
1953Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsLimelight (1952)
1953Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmMonsieur Verdoux (1947)
1949BodilBodil AwardsBest American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
1940NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Great Dictator (1940)
1929Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USAThe Circus (1928)
1927Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmThe Gold Rush (1925)
1925Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsThe Best Artistic FilmA Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1958Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)A King in New York (1957)
1948OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayMonsieur Verdoux (1947)
1941OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Great Dictator (1940)
1941OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayThe Great Dictator (1940)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1952NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorLimelight (1952)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1952NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorLimelight (1952)


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sunnyside1919Short written by - as Charlie Chaplin
Shoulder Arms1918writer
The Bond1918Short writer
Triple Trouble1918Short screenplay - uncredited / story - uncredited
Chase Me Charlie1918scenario
A Dog's Life1918Short written by
How to Make Movies1918Short written by
The Adventurer1917/IShort uncredited
The Immigrant1917Short written by
The Cure1917Short screenplay - uncredited / story - uncredited
Easy Street1917Short screenplay - uncredited / story - uncredited
The Rink1916Short writer - uncredited
Behind the Screen1916Short writer - uncredited
The Pawnshop1916Short written by
The Count1916Short uncredited
One A.M.1916Short written by
The Vagabond1916Short written by
The Fireman1916Short written by
The Floorwalker1916Short written by
Police1916Short
Burlesque on Carmen1915Short uncredited
A Night in the Show1915Short uncredited
Shanghaied1915/IShort uncredited
The Bank1915Short uncredited
A Woman1915Short uncredited
Work1915Short uncredited
By the Sea1915Short uncredited
The Tramp1915Short uncredited
A Jitney Elopement1915Short uncredited
In the Park1915Short uncredited
The Champion1915Short uncredited
A Night Out1915/IShort uncredited
His New Job1915Short uncredited
His Prehistoric Past1914Short
Getting Acquainted1914Short
His Trysting Place1914Short
His Musical Career1914Short uncredited
Gentlemen of Nerve1914Short uncredited
Dough and Dynamite1914Short uncredited
Those Love Pangs1914Short uncredited
The New Janitor1914Short uncredited
The Rounders1914Short
His New Profession1914Short uncredited
The Masquerader1914/IShort
Recreation1914Short uncredited
The Face on the Barroom Floor1914Short uncredited
The Property Man1914Short uncredited
Mabel's Married Life1914Short
Mabel's Busy Day1914Short uncredited
The Knockout1914Short uncredited
Her Friend the Bandit1914Short uncredited
The Fatal Mallet1914Short uncredited
A Busy Day1914Short uncredited
Caught in the Rain1914Short uncredited
Caught in a Cabaret1914Short uncredited
Twenty Minutes of Love1914Short uncredited
Mabel at the Wheel1914Short uncredited
The Star Boarder1914/IIShort uncredited
Cruel, Cruel Love1914Short uncredited
His Favorite Pastime1914Short uncredited
Tango Tangle1914Short uncredited
A Film Johnnie1914Short uncredited
Between Showers1914Short uncredited
Mabel's Strange Predicament1914Short uncredited
Kid Auto Races at Venice1914Short uncredited
Chaplin1992book "My Autobiography"
The Adding Machine1969uncredited
A Countess from Hong Kong1967original screenplay
The Chaplin Revue1959writer
A King in New York1957written by
Limelight1952original story and screenplay
Monsieur Verdoux1947an original story written by
The Chaplin Cavalcade1941writer
The Charlie Chaplin Festival1941writer
The Great Dictator1940written by
Charlie Chaplin Carnival1938writer
Modern Times1936written by - as Charlie Chaplin
City Lights1931written by
The Circus1928written by - as Charlie Chaplin
The Gold Rush1925written by
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate1923written by
The Pilgrim1923written by
Pay Day1922/IShort as Charlie Chaplin
Nice and Friendly1922Short
The Idle Class1921Short written by - as Charlie Chaplin
The Kid1921written by - as Charlie Chaplin
The Professor1919Short uncredited
A Day's Pleasure1919Short written by - as Charlie Chaplin

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Countess from Hong Kong1967An Old Steward
A King in New York1957King Shahdov
Limelight1952Calvero
Monsieur Verdoux1947Henri Verdoux - Alias Varnay - Alias Bonheur - Alias Floray
The Great Dictator1940Hynkel - Dictator of Tomania A Jewish Barber
Modern Times1936A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)
City Lights1931A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
Show People1928Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
The Circus1928A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
Camille1926/IIShortMike
The Gold Rush1925The Lone Prospector
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate1923Station Porter (uncredited)
The Pilgrim1923The Pilgrim / Lefty Lombard
Pay Day1922/IShortLaborer (as Charlie Chaplin)
Nice and Friendly1922ShortTramp
The Idle Class1921ShortTramp / Husband (as Charlie Chaplin)
The Kid1921A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
The Professor1919ShortProfessor Bosco
A Day's Pleasure1919ShortFather (as Charlie Chaplin)
Sunnyside1919ShortFarm Handyman (as Charlie Chaplin)
Shoulder Arms1918Doughboy
The Bond1918ShortCharlie (uncredited)
Triple Trouble1918ShortCharlie - The Janitor
A Dog's Life1918ShortTramp
The Adventurer1917/IShortThe Convict (as Charlie Chaplin)
The Immigrant1917ShortImmigrant
The Cure1917ShortThe Inebriate (as Charlie Chaplin)
Easy Street1917ShortThe Derelict (as Charlie Chaplin)
The Rink1916ShortA Waiter - Posing as Sir Cecil Seltzer
Behind the Screen1916ShortDavid - His Assistant
The Pawnshop1916ShortPawnbroker's assistant
The Count1916ShortHis Assistant (as Charlie Chaplin)
One A.M.1916ShortDrunk
The Vagabond1916ShortStreet musician
The Fireman1916ShortFireman
The Floorwalker1916ShortImpecuneous Customer
Police1916ShortConvict 999 Alias Charlie
A Burlesque on Carmen1915ShortOfficer Darn Hosiery
Burlesque on Carmen1915ShortOfficer Darn Hosiery
A Night in the Show1915ShortMr. Pest / Mr. Rowdy - in the Balcony
Shanghaied1915/IShortTramp
The Bank1915ShortJanitor
Work1915ShortIzzy A. Wake's Assistant
His Regeneration1915ShortA Customer
By the Sea1915ShortStroller
The Tramp1915ShortTramp
A Jitney Elopement1915ShortSuitor - the Fake Count
In the Park1915ShortCharlie
The Champion1915ShortChallenger
A Night Out1915/IShortReveller
His New Job1915ShortFilm Extra
His Prehistoric Past1914ShortWeakchin
Getting Acquainted1914ShortMr. Sniffels
Tillie's Punctured Romance1914The City Slicker
His Trysting Place1914ShortClarence, the Husband
His Musical Career1914ShortCharlie aka Tom - Piano Mover
Gentlemen of Nerve1914ShortMr. Wow-Woe, Track Fanatic
Dough and Dynamite1914ShortPierre, a Waiter
Those Love Pangs1914ShortMasher
The New Janitor1914ShortJanitor
The Rounders1914Short1st Reveller
His New Profession1914ShortCharlie
The Masquerader1914/IShortFilm Actor / Beautiful Stranger
Recreation1914ShortTramp
The Face on the Barroom Floor1914ShortArtist
The Property Man1914ShortThe Property Man
Laughing Gas1914ShortDentist's Assistant
Mabel's Married Life1914ShortMabel's Husband
Mabel's Busy Day1914ShortTipsy Nuisance
The Knockout1914ShortReferee (uncredited)
Her Friend the Bandit1914ShortBandit
The Fatal Mallet1914ShortMabel's Rival Suitor
A Busy Day1914ShortThe Wife
Caught in the Rain1914ShortTipsy Hotel Guest
Caught in a Cabaret1914ShortWaiter
Twenty Minutes of Love1914ShortPickpocket
Mabel at the Wheel1914ShortVillain
The Star Boarder1914/IIShortThe Star Boarder
Cruel, Cruel Love1914ShortLord Helpus / Mr. Dovey
His Favorite Pastime1914ShortDrunken Masher
Tango Tangle1914ShortTipsy Dancer
A Film Johnnie1914ShortThe Film Johnnie
Between Showers1914ShortMasher
A Thief Catcher1914ShortCop (uncredited)
Mabel's Strange Predicament1914ShortDrunk
Kid Auto Races at Venice1914ShortTramp
Making a Living1914ShortSwindler

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
tap tap tap2015Short "You, Love"
La rançon de la gloire2014"Limelight theme"
Iron Sky2014Video short writer: "Iron Sky"
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark2014Documentary writer: "Smile"
The Blacklist2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV Series music - 1 episode
Gent de paraula2012TV Series music - 1 episode
Avenida Brasil2012TV Series performer: "Smile" / writer: "Smile"
14 d'abril. Macià contra Companys2011TV Movie writer: "City Lights"
Il silenzio di Pelesjan2011Documentary writer: "Theme from 'Limelight'" - uncredited
Mr. Popper's Penguins2011music: "CUES FROM THE CHAPLIN FILM tt0018773", "CUES FROM THE CHAPLIN FILM tt0015864", "CUES FROM THE CHAPLIN FILM tt0009611", "CUES FROM THE CHAPLIN FILM tt0027977" / writer: "CUES FROM THE CHAPLIN FILM tt0018773", "CUES FROM THE CHAPLIN FILM tt0015864", "CUES FROM THE CHAPLIN FILM tt0009611", "CUES FROM THE CHAPLIN FILM tt0027977"
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards2011TV Special writer: "Smile"
The X FactorTV Series music - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Som Brasil2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
iTunes Festival London 20102010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Prozhektorperiskhilton2010TV Series music - 1 episode
DivaTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2010 music - 1 episode, 2010
Glee2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dzi Croquettes2009Documentary writer: "Limelight"
The Cove2009Documentary music: "Smile"
Dancing on Ice2009TV Series music - 2 episodes
Chris Botti in Boston2009TV Movie writer: "Smile"
La Marató 20082008TV Special music: "Somriu"
MusicalMENT2008TV Movie writer: "Somriu"
Operación triunfo2008TV Series music - 2 episodes
Tony Bennett: An American Classic2006TV Special writer: "Smile"
EastEnders2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
De nieuwe avonturen van Clown Bassie: De reis van Zwarte Piet2005TV Series music - 1 episode
Great Performances2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Huips2004TV Movie writer: "Smile"
Mona Lisa Smile2003writer: "Smile"
Australian Idol2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol stjörnuleit2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Living with Michael Jackson: A Tonight Special2003TV Special documentary writer: "Smile"
Ah! Si j'étais riche2002lyrics: "Smile" / music: "Smile"
Sora kara furu ichioku no hoshi2002TV Series writer: "Smile"
Mystery Science Theater 3000TV Series music - 1 episode, 1998 writer - 1 episode, 1997
Hope Floats1998writer: "Smile"
Elämän suola1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss1998writer: "This Is My Song"
Faithful1996writer: "Eternally'
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentary writer: "City Lights" - uncredited
Due South1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Girl 21994music: "Smile"
This Boy's Life1993music: "Smile"
Chaplin1992"Music from CITY LIGHTS", "Music from LIMELIGHT", "Music from MODERN TIMES"
Mauvais Sang1986music: "Limelight"
New Magic1983Short music: "In the City"
Unknown Chaplin1983TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Roller Revolution1980TV Movie music: "Smile"
Smile1975music: "Smile" 1936
D'hier et d'aujourd'hui1967TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Jerry Lewis Show1967TV Series writer: "Smile" Theme from "The Jerry Lewis Show"
A Countess from Hong Kong1967writer: "Love, This Is My Song"
Make Room for Daddy1961TV Series music - 1 episode
The Jack Benny Program1955-1960TV Series music - 2 episodes
The Chaplin Revue1959writer: "I'm Bound for Texas"
A King in New York1957writer: "The Sadness Goes On" 1957, "Mandolin Serenade" 1957, "Weeping Willow" 1957
Limelight1952lyrics: "The Animal Trainer" 1952, "Spring Is Here" 1952, "The Life of a Sardine" 1952 - uncredited / music: "Eternally Terry's Theme" 1952, "The Death of Columbine" 1952, "The Animal Trainer" 1952, "Spring Is Here" 1952, "The Life of a Sardine" 1952 - uncredited / performer: "The Animal Trainer" 1952, "Spring Is Here" 1952, "The Life of a Sardine" 1952 - uncredited
The Great Dictator1940performer: "String Quintet in E, Op. 13 No. 5: Minuet" - uncredited
Modern Times1936music: "Theme from Modern Times" 1935 - uncredited / performer: "Je cherche après Titine" 1917 - uncredited
City Lights1931music: "Beautiful Wonderful Eyes" 1931, "Tomorrow the Sun Will Shine" 1931, "Happy Romance" 1931, "Promenade" 1931, "Orientale" 1931 - uncredited
The Circus1928performer: "Swing Little Girl" 1969 - uncredited / writer: "Swing Little Girl" 1969 - uncredited
The Pilgrim1923lyrics: "I'm Bound for Texas" 1971 / music: "I'm Bound for Texas" 1971

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Vagabond1916Short
The Fireman1916Short
The Floorwalker1916Short
Police1916Short uncredited
A Burlesque on Carmen1915Short
Burlesque on Carmen1915Short uncredited
A Night in the Show1915Short uncredited
Shanghaied1915/IShort uncredited
The Bank1915Short uncredited
A Woman1915Short uncredited
Work1915Short uncredited
By the Sea1915Short uncredited
The Tramp1915Short uncredited
A Jitney Elopement1915Short uncredited
In the Park1915Short uncredited
The Champion1915Short uncredited
A Night Out1915/IShort uncredited
His New Job1915Short uncredited
His Prehistoric Past1914Short uncredited
Getting Acquainted1914Short uncredited
His Trysting Place1914Short
His Musical Career1914Short uncredited
Gentlemen of Nerve1914Short uncredited
Dough and Dynamite1914Short uncredited
Those Love Pangs1914Short uncredited
The New Janitor1914Short uncredited
The Rounders1914Short uncredited
His New Profession1914Short uncredited
The Masquerader1914/IShort uncredited
Recreation1914Short uncredited
The Face on the Barroom Floor1914Short uncredited
The Property Man1914Short
Laughing Gas1914Short uncredited
Caught in the Rain1914Short
Twenty Minutes of Love1914Short unconfirmed
A Countess from Hong Kong1967
The Chaplin Revue1959
A King in New York1957
Limelight1952
Monsieur Verdoux1947
The Chaplin Cavalcade1941
The Charlie Chaplin Festival1941
The Great Dictator1940
Charlie Chaplin Carnival1938
Modern Times1936as Charlie Chaplin
City Lights1931
The Circus1928as Charlie Chaplin
The Gold Rush1925
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate1923
The Pilgrim1923uncredited
Pay Day1922/IShort as Charlie Chaplin
Nice and Friendly1922Short
The Idle Class1921Short as Charlie Chaplin
The Kid1921as Charlie Chaplin
The Professor1919Short unconfirmed
A Day's Pleasure1919Short as Charlie Chaplin
Sunnyside1919Short as Charlie Chaplin
Shoulder Arms1918
The Bond1918Short
Triple Trouble1918Short uncredited
Chase Me Charlie1918
A Dog's Life1918Short uncredited
How to Make Movies1918Short uncredited
The Adventurer1917/IShort uncredited
The Immigrant1917Short
The Cure1917Short uncredited
Easy Street1917Short uncredited
The Rink1916Short uncredited
Behind the Screen1916Short uncredited
The Pawnshop1916Short
The Count1916Short uncredited
One A.M.1916Short

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Modern Times1936uncredited
City Lights1931uncredited
The Circus1928uncredited
The Gold Rush1925uncredited
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate1923uncredited
The Pilgrim1923uncredited
Pay Day1922/IShort uncredited
The Idle Class1921Short uncredited
The Kid1921uncredited
The Professor1919Short uncredited
A Day's Pleasure1919Short uncredited
Sunnyside1919Short uncredited
Shoulder Arms1918uncredited
A Dog's Life1918Short uncredited
The Adventurer1917/IShort uncredited
The Immigrant1917Short
The Cure1917Short uncredited
Easy Street1917Short uncredited
The Rink1916Short uncredited
Behind the Screen1916Short uncredited
The Pawnshop1916Short
The Count1916Short uncredited
One A.M.1916Short
The Vagabond1916Short
The Fireman1916Short
The Floorwalker1916Short
A Night in the Show1915Short uncredited
Shanghaied1915/IShort uncredited
The Bank1915Short uncredited
A Woman1915Short uncredited
Work1915Short uncredited
By the Sea1915Short uncredited
The Tramp1915Short uncredited
A Jitney Elopement1915Short uncredited
In the Park1915Short uncredited
The Champion1915Short uncredited
A Night Out1915/IShort uncredited
His New Job1915Short uncredited
His Prehistoric Past1914Short uncredited
Getting Acquainted1914Short uncredited
His Trysting Place1914Short uncredited
His Musical Career1914Short uncredited
Gentlemen of Nerve1914Short uncredited
Dough and Dynamite1914Short uncredited
Those Love Pangs1914Short uncredited
The New Janitor1914Short uncredited
The Rounders1914Short uncredited
His New Profession1914Short uncredited
The Masquerader1914/IShort uncredited
Recreation1914Short uncredited
The Face on the Barroom Floor1914Short uncredited
The Property Man1914Short uncredited
Laughing Gas1914Short uncredited
Mabel's Married Life1914Short uncredited
A Busy Day1914Short uncredited
Caught in the Rain1914Short uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Countess from Hong Kong1967producer - uncredited
The Chaplin Revue1959producer
A King in New York1957producer - uncredited
Limelight1952producer - uncredited
Monsieur Verdoux1947producer - uncredited
The Chaplin Cavalcade1941producer
The Great Dictator1940producer - uncredited
Charlie Chaplin Carnival1938producer
Modern Times1936producer - uncredited
City Lights1931producer - uncredited
The Circus1928producer - as Charlie Chaplin
A Woman of the Sea1926producer
The Gold Rush1925producer - uncredited
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate1923producer - uncredited
The Pilgrim1923producer
Pay Day1922/IShort producer - as Charlie Chaplin
The Idle Class1921Short producer - as Charlie Chaplin
The Kid1921producer - as Charlie Chaplin
The Professor1919Short producer - uncredited
A Day's Pleasure1919Short producer - as Charlie Chaplin
Sunnyside1919Short producer
Shoulder Arms1918producer
The Bond1918Short producer
A Dog's Life1918Short producer
How to Make Movies1918Short producer
The Adventurer1917/IShort producer - uncredited
The Immigrant1917Short producer - uncredited
The Cure1917Short producer - uncredited
Easy Street1917Short producer - uncredited
The Rink1916Short producer - uncredited
Behind the Screen1916Short producer - uncredited
The Pawnshop1916Short producer - uncredited
The Count1916Short producer - uncredited
One A.M.1916Short producer - uncredited
The Vagabond1916Short producer - uncredited
The Fireman1916Short producer - uncredited
The Floorwalker1916Short producer - uncredited

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Por un amor2005Short
Chapliniana1987TV Movie
Unknown Chaplin1983TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
The Gentleman Tramp1976Documentary
A Countess from Hong Kong1967
The Chaplin Revue1959
A King in New York1957music composed by
Limelight1952
Monsieur Verdoux1947music composed by
The Great Dictator1940uncredited
Modern Times1936as Charlie Chaplin, music composed by
City Lights1931music composed by
The Circus1928as Charlie Chaplin, music composed by, 1969
The Gold Rush19251942
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate19231976
Pay Day1922/IShort as Charlie Chaplin, 1971
The Kid1921as Charlie Chaplin, 1971
A Day's Pleasure1919Short as Charlie Chaplin, 1973
Shoulder Arms19181957
A Dog's Life1918Short 1957

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pardon My Footage2016Short stock music
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin2003Documentary music by
Pokhorony Stalina1990music
Unknown ChaplinTV Mini-Series documentary composer - 1 episode, 1983 title theme music - 1 episode, 1983
Limelight1952music arranged by
The Circus1928title music: sung by - as Charlie Chaplin, 1969 print
The Idle Class1921Short music composed by: 1971 - as Charlie Chaplin
Sunnyside1919Short music composer - as Charlie Chaplin, 1974

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Limelight1952choreographer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Silent Times2017in memory of post-production
Marciapiedi2015Short in memory of
The Spencer Tramp Kid2014Short inspiration
Das Pferd auf dem Balkon2012special thanks - as Charlie Chaplin
Complejos de Amor2012Short very special thanks
Occupy Los Angeles2012Documentary acknowledgment: director of "The Great Dictator"
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Chaplin2011dedicatee - as Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin
The Key2010/VIShort very special thanks
Courtyard2010Short acknowledgment
Stuntmen2009special thanks
A Thousand Times Goodnight2009Short grateful thanks
Voor een dubbeltje...2009Short very special thanks
The New Bike2009Short acknowledgment
Hungry2008/IShort special thanks
The Dreamers2003acknowledgment: director of "City Lights" 1931
Le fabuleux voyage de l'Oncle Ernest1999Video Game thanks
Cousin Angelica1974dedicatee - as Charlie
Breath Death1964Short dedicated to

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
World Film Report2008TV SeriesHimself
Biography of the Millennium: 100 People - 1000 Years1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (# 95)
Birth of a Nation1997DocumentaryHimself
The Gentleman Tramp1976DocumentaryHimself
Chaplinesque, My Life and Hard Times1972DocumentaryHimself
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Honorary Award Recipient
Hinter der Leinwand1967TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself
Picture People No. 3: Hobbies of the Stars1941ShortHimself (as Charlie Chaplin)
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 9: Sports in Hollywood1940Documentary shortHimself, Tennis Fan
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 11938Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 31936Documentary shortHimself - Observer
Hollywood on Parade No. B-11934ShortHimself (uncredited)
All at Sea1933/IIShortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 231930ShortHimself, at Premiere
Die Filmstadt Hollywood1928DocumentaryHimself
The Circus: Premiere1928Documentary shortHimself (as Charlie Chaplin)
Screen Snapshots1926Short documentaryHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 5, No. 11924Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 111924Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood1923Himself
Souls for Sale1923Himself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 171923Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 101922Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 11922Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 2, No. 22-F1922Documentary shortHimself
Seeing Stars1922Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 241921Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 191921Documentary shortHimself
How to Make Movies1918ShortHimself (uncredited)
Charlie's Life1916DocumentaryVarious
Introducing Charlie Chaplin1915ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Burn Hollywood Burn2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk2007Video documentaryHynkel - Dictator of Tomania A Jewish Barber
Who Is Norman Lloyd?2007Documentary
News 24 Sunday2007TV SeriesHimself
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema2007DocumentaryHimself
Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence2007segment "Zhanxiou Village"
Hitler: The Comedy Years2007TV Movie documentaryAdenoid Hynkel (uncredited)
Room 1012007TV Series
City Confidential2007TV Series documentaryThe Little Tramp
Roxette: How Do You Do!2006Video short
Geraldine en España2006TV MovieCalvero
Silent Clowns2006TV Mini-Series documentary
Silent Britain2006TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006Documentary
Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri2006DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood Rivals: Chaplin vs Keaton2006Video documentary
The Originals2005Documentary shortHimself
Laurel & Hardy: Hat's Off2005TV Movie documentaryVarious roles (uncredited)
Douglas Fairbanks: The Great Swashbuckler2005VideoHimself
The Forgotten Films of Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle2005Video documentary
American Experience2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Comedians' Comedian2005TV Movie documentary as Charlie Chaplin
The Visitors: Harry Lauder2005Video documentary shortHimself (as Chaplin)
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate2004DocumentaryHimself
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust2004Documentary
Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Chaplin Today: The Kid2003TV Short documentary
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin2003DocumentaryHimself
Chaplin Today: Limelight2003TV Movie documentary
Chaplin Today: Modern Times2003TV Movie documentary
Chaplin Today: The Gold Rush2003TV Short documentary
Outlaw Comic: The Censoring of Bill Hicks2003TV Movie documentary
Charlie Chaplin - Les années suisses2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Charlie Chaplin His Life & Work2003Video documentary
Chaplin Today: A King in New York2003TV Short documentaryHimself
Chaplin Today: A Woman of Paris2003TV Short documentaryHimself
Chaplin Today: City Lights2003TV Short documentary
Chaplin Today: Monsieur Verdoux2003TV Short documentary
Chaplin Today: The Circus2003TV Short documentary
Louis de Funès ou Le pouvoir de faire rire2003TV Movie documentaryJewish Barber (uncredited)
The Visitors: Churchill2003Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Trip to Bali2003Video documentary shortHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2002TV Series documentaryHynkel - Dictator of Tomania
Bravo Charlot!2002Video documentary shortVarious characters
Legenden2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Das Jahrhundert des Theaters2002TV SeriesHynkel
Heroes of Comedy2002TV Series documentary
The Tramp and the Dictator2002DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Biography1995-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Slaphappy2001TV SeriesHimself (2001)
The Human Face2001TV Mini-Series documentaryTramp / Himself
Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood2000TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Canada: A People's History2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialThe Lone Prospector (uncredited)
Edgar Neville: Emparedado entre comillas2000TV Movie documentary
Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialVarious Characters (uncredited)
Film Breaks1999TV Series documentary
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Star Power: The Creation of United Artists1998Video documentaryHimself / Various roles
Harry Langdon: Lost and Found - A Story in Five Parts1997Video documentary
Mary Pickford: A Life on Film1997DocumentaryHimself (with Pickford, Fairbanks, Griffith) (uncredited)
Judy Garland's Hollywood1997Video documentary
Gloria Swanson: The Greatest Star1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sports on the Silver Screen1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Seriously Funny: An Argument for Comedy1997TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Roaring Twenties1996Video documentary shortHimself ('The Little Tramp' character) (uncredited)
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century1996TV Mini-SeriesHimself (uncredited)
Chaplin's Goliath1996DocumentaryHimself
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Celluloid Closet1995DocumentaryDavid - Goliath's Assistant (uncredited)
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryAdenoid Hynkel, 'The Great Dictator' (uncredited)
Jackie Mason: An Equal Opportunity Offender1995Video
The Casting Couch1995Video documentary
American Masters1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHimself
Chaplin1992The Little Tramp Adenoid Hynkel A Jewish Barber (uncredited)
Funny Business1992TV Series documentary
This Is Your Life1992TV Series documentaryKing Shahdov
The Chaplin Puzzle1992TV Movie documentaryHimself / The Tramp
A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel & Hardy1992TV Special documentary
Legends of Comedy1992TV Movie documentary
Memories of 1970-19911991TV Series documentaryHimself
Only in Hollywood1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Sprockets1991TV Series1st Reveller / The Lone Prospector
Hollywood Sex Symbols1988Video documentary short
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind1988TV Movie documentaryHimself - In Clip with Paulette Goddard
Cinema Paradiso1988Referee / The Lone Prospector (uncredited)
Entertaining the Troops1988DocumentaryHimself
The Secret Life of Sergei Eisenstein1987DocumentaryHimself - Waves at Fans
Muppet Babies1985-1986TV SeriesHimself / The Lone Prospector / Mr. Rowdy
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984DocumentaryHimself
A Good Turn Daily1983ShortHimself (uncredited)
Zelig1983Himself (uncredited)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Unknown Chaplin1983TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself and Various Roles / Himself - in Out-Takes / Himself & In Out-Takes
Historia del cine: Epoca muda1983Video documentary
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - 'The Adventurer' (uncredited)
The Comoedia1981Himself
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp1980TV Movie documentarySubject of This Documentary (as Charlie Chaplin)
Hollywood Greats1979TV Series documentary
Ken Murray Shooting Stars1979DocumentaryHimself
The Hollywood Clowns1979Video documentary
Hitler, a Career1977DocumentaryHimself
Wienfilm 1896-19761976Himself
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryA factory worker
It's Showtime1976DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHimself
Omnibus1975TV Series documentaryHimself
The Moving Picture Boys in the Great War1975DocumentaryHimself
Chaplin's Art of Comedy1968Documentary
The Funniest Man in the World1967DocumentaryHimself
Charlie Chaplin: Mennesket, klovnen og instruktøren1967TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
The Big Parade of Comedy1964DocumentaryActor in Theater Lobby (uncredited)
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesHimself
The Judy Garland Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Es darf gelacht werden1963TV SeriesHimself - film clip
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
30 Years of Fun1963
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHimself
Nickelodeon Days1962Documentary
Calendar1962TV Series
Crazy Days1962ShortVarious (uncredited)
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself
Silents Please1961TV Series
The Legend of Rudolph Valentino1961Video documentaryHimself
Days of Thrills and Laughter1961DocumentaryHimself (as Charlie Chaplin)
The Twentieth Century1960TV Series documentaryHimself
When Comedy Was King1960Documentaryedited from 'His Trysting Place, ' 'The Masqurader, ' and 'Kid Auto at Venice.' (as Charlie Chaplin)
Lifetime of Comedy1960as Charlie Chaplin
The Chaplin Revue1959Narrator / Various
Project XX1956-1957TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
All in Good Fun1955
Yesterday and Today1953as Charlie Chaplin
The Ford 50th Anniversary Show1953TV Movie
Screen Snapshots: Spike Jones in Hollywood1953ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots: Memories of Famous Hollywood Comedians1952Documentary shortHimself (as Charlie Chaplin)
Näin syntyi nykypäivä... 1900-19501951DocumentaryHimself
¡Qué tiempos aquéllos!1951Documentary
Comedy Cocktail1951Short as Charlie Chaplin
Fifty Years Before Your Eyes1950DocumentaryHimself
Wonderful Times1950DocumentaryHimself
The Golden Twenties1950Documentary
Let's Go to the Movies1949Documentary shortHimself - the Derelict - edited from 'Easy Street' (uncredited)
Flicker Flashbacks No. 2, Series 51947Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back1946ShortHimself (as Charlie Chaplin)
The Chaplin Cavalcade1941Various Roles
The Charlie Chaplin Festival1941Various Roles
Der ewige Jude1940DocumentaryHimself (1931)
The Movies March On1939Short documentaryHimself (as Charlie Chaplin)
Charlie Chaplin Carnival1938Various Roles
Personality Parade1938Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood on Parade1934/IIDocumentary shortHimself (uncredited)
March of the Movies1933Himself (film clip from 'The Champion' (1915)) (as Charlie Chaplin)
Hollywood on Parade No. B-51933ShortHimself (uncredited)
Cynara1932Himself (in film clip from "A Dog's Life") (uncredited)
The Movie Album1932Documentary shortHimself
Charly Chaplin in Wien1931Documentary shortHimself
Chase Me Charlie1918Charlie
The Essanay-Chaplin Revue of 19161916The Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
Mixed Up1915Short
The Visitors: VariousVideo shortHimself
les aventures d'archives2016post-productionHimself
Charlie Chaplin Untold StoryDocumentary announcedHimself
Charmed Lives: A Family RomanceDocumentary pre-productionHimself
Stealing Charlie Chaplin2016DocumentaryHimself
How to Win the US Presidency2016DocumentaryHimself
Most Haunted2016TV Series
Eye on L.A.2016TV SeriesHimself
Duels2016TV Series documentary
Looking for Charlie: Or, the Day the Clown Died2016DocumentaryHimself
Welcome to the Basement2014-2016TV SeriesThe Tramp The Little Tramp
Notfilm2015DocumentaryHimself
Looking for Mabel Normand2015DocumentaryHimself
Perspectives2015TV Series documentaryHimself / Tramp
Gracias por venir, gracias por estar2014TV SeriesHimself
The Mack Sennett Collection: Volume One2014Video
Un jour, une histoire2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Apocalypse: World War I2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
La naissance de Charlot2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Vivement dimanche2012TV SeriesHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011-2012TV SeriesHimself A Tramp Adenoid Hynkel - Dictator of Tomania ...
Mansome2012Documentary
10 Things You Don't Know About2012TV Series documentaryHimself
That Fellow in the Coat2012TV Series
Iron Sky2012Adenoid Hynkel (uncredited)
The Extraordinary Voyage2011Documentary
W.E.2011The Tramp (uncredited)
Dai nostri inviati: La Rai racconta la Mostra del cinema 1968-19792011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mr. Popper's Penguins2011A Tramp The Lone Prospector (uncredited)
Shooting the Hollywood Stars2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dancing Chaplin2010DocumentaryHimself
Time to Remember2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Smash His Camera2010DocumentaryHimself
How to Survive a Vampire Attack2009ShortThe Tramp
WWE: History of the World Heavyweight Championship2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood sul Tevere2009DocumentaryHimself
MusicalMENT2008TV Movie
All at Sea2008VideoHimself
Warner at War2008TV Movie documentary
Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies2008DocumentaryHimself
Morir de humor2008TV Movie
Chasing Churchill: In Search of My Grandfather2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Unseen Alistair Cooke2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Spisok korabley2008Documentary
Memòries de la tele2008TV Series
El último guión. Buñuel en la memoria2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
ETV tokushû2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass2008Short

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