Charlie Chaplin: The life story you may not know – WFMZ Allentown


Charlie Chaplin is arguably the most recognized actor for generations of audiences, entertaining the world with the antics and calamities of his “Little Tramp” character.

The iconic funny man in the mustache and ill-fitting clothes appeared in dozens of silent movies, getting into scrapes, romantic mixups, and silly arguments. Chaplin, who grew up in London workhouses and performed on vaudeville stages as a child, became not just a talented actor but an extraordinary director, producer, and musical composer. With Hollywood heavy hitters Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith, he launched United Artists studio.

He had an incomparable influence on the world of comedy, the entertainment industry, and the business of Hollywood. His life was filled with scandal as well. Two of his four wives were just 16 years old when he married them, his divorce settlement was the most expensive at the time, and he was forced to leave his adopted home of America to live in exile in Switzerland.

Looking at Chaplin’s 88 years as an entertainer, creative genius, and at times controversial celebrity, Stacker compiled a list of 25 facts from his life story that you may not know. To put together the list, Stacker consulted media accounts, biographies, and film histories.

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