Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin KBE was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, \”The Tramp\”, and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977.
About Charlie Chaplin in brief
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin KBE was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, \”The Tramp\”, and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. 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. Chaplin’s childhood in London was one of poverty and hardship, as his father was absent and his mother struggled financially. He was sent to a workhouse twice before the age of nine. His films are characterised by slapstick combined with pathos, typified in the Tramp’s struggles against adversity. Many contain social and political themes, as well as autobiographical elements. He received an Honorary Academy Award for \”the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century\” in 1972, as part of a renewed appreciation for his work. He continues to be held in high regard, with The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, and The Great Dictator often ranked on lists of the greatest films of all time. His first feature-length film was The Kid, followed by A Woman of Paris, The Goldrush, and The Circus. He initially refused to move to sound films in the 1930s, instead producing City Lights and Modern Times without dialogue.
He later abandoned the Tramps in his later films, which include Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight, A King in New York, and A Countess from Hong Kong. His popularity declined rapidly in the 1940s, and he was accused of communist sympathies, and was forced to leave the United States and settle in Switzerland. He died of a heart attack in 1977. He is survived by his wife, three children, and two step-daughters. He also leaves behind a son, Charles Jr, and a daughter, Julia. He had a son with his second wife, Hannah, who died of cancer in 1998. He has a daughter with his third wife, Julia, who he had with his fourth wife, Susan, who has died of lung cancer in 2010. He leaves behind three sons, Charles J. Jr, Charles A. Jr. and Charles C. Jr., and a grandson, Charles G. J. J., who is now a successful businessman. He will also be buried in a private ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London, on May 25, 2015. He never married, but had an affair with a married woman in the late 1950s. His son Charles Jr. had a relationship with a woman in New Jersey, and the two had a child together in the early 1960s, but the relationship ended when the woman became pregnant with another son, George Wheeler Dryden, who was fathered by the music hall entertainer Leo Dryden. The child was taken by Dryden at six months old, and did not re-enter Chaplin’s life for thirty years.