Monday, December 14, 2009


Chaplin acted in, directed, scripted, produced his own films and was known as one of the most imaginative and influential personalities of the silent-film era.

Chaplin admired the French silent movie comedian Max Linder, to whom he dedicated one of his films.

His life in entertainment spanned over 75 years.

Chaplin co-founded United Artist (1919) with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith.

Chaplin's home in Beverly Hills was known as "Breakaway House". Designed by Chaplin and built by studio carpenters. Chaplin hosted many parties in his home where he enjoyed showing his films. Greta Garbo was known to be a frequent quest playing on his tennis court. Many of his guests joined in skits, and felt that they had never been so funny before or since.

Knighted in 1975.

Rumor has it that he once entered a Charlie Chaplin-look-a-like-contest and finished third. Some people believe that he came in second.

When Stan Laurel and Chaplin moved to America they shared a room in a boarding house. Cooking was not allowed so Chaplin would play the violin to cover up the sound of Laurel cooking on a hot plate.

He was the first actor to appear on the cover of "Time" magazine, (July 6, 1925).

Pictured (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.

Pictured on one of fifteen 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the "Celebrate the Century" series, issued 3 February 1998, celebrating the 1910s.

Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925) his favorite movie.

Received an Honorary Oscar the The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) (TV). He appeared on stage blowing kisses to the Hollywood audience with tears running down his face while he received a long standing ovation. He won another Oscar the following year.

Click here to view Official Charlie Chaplin Website.


  1. Dawn, thank you for posting these fun facts; they are so interesting. I have been a big fan of Chaplin ever since I saw him in The Gold Rush when I was a little girl back in the early 70's. I have seen many of his silent shorts and most of his feature films. Chaplin's first talking film was The Great Dictator, and it is one of my favorites. My favorite of all his films is Modern Times, which is both funny and tearful at the same time.

  2. Silent, I have really enjoyed reading Chaplin's Official websight. The movie trailers on the wesight are awesome. Also in the movie SUNSET BOULEVARD with Gloria Swanson. Gloria does a wonderful impersonation of Charlie Chaplin.

  3. Dawn, I have read that the only female actresses that could impersonate Chaplin was Gloria Swanson and Marion Davies. Davies impersonated Chaplin in Show People (1928).

  4. Lol AND he was born 4 days before Adolf Hitler!!x


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