Charlie Chaplin

By Nicole Collens

Compressed Biography of Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin was born in London, England on April 16, 1889. He grew up with his mom and father being actors. Charlie and his brother Sydney were left alone at an early age when his dad died and his mom, Hannah Hall, was sent to an asylum for her mental instability. This left them to use their natural talent to provide for themselves. Charles first performance was at the age of five. Charlie’s professional debut was when he was apart of a juvenile group called, ‘’The Eight Lancashire Lads". He became most famous for his tap dancing. It was Chaplin’s dream to make it in the show business. He had to work odd jobs such as a toy maker before he made his acting debut in a production of Sherlock Holmes as a pageboy.

Charlie’s rise to fame continued to grow when he made his first film debut in Make a Living. This was when he created his now well known character “ The Little Tramp.” Charlie went on to act in more than 80 movies. Towards the end of his career Charlie stared in multiple movies that addressed the world's economic and political infrastructures and ridiculed the the governments of Hitler and Mussolini. He really wanted to see our country be a real democracy. Chaplin was not liked by everyone. Towards the end of his life he was deported from the U.S. because of his romantic liaisons with many of the women he dated. He then moved to Vevey, Switzerland and later died on December 25, 1977.
Charlie Chaplin final speech in The Great Dictator

Video Questions

What did he say happened because of the invention of the radio?

How do you think he used this role to get his message out about the government?

Chaplin's Impact

Charlie Chaplin was a hero to some, but a enemy to others. He helped show people what was really going on in their government, through movies and other short films.