16 April 1889- 25 December 1977
His mother was later diagnosed with a mental illness and was committed to an asylum. The boys were left to fend for themselves. Using their mother's old contacts they found jobs on the entertainment industry.
He got a break when he signed a contract with Matt Sennett and came to America. His first job in America was in a film titled Make a Living, the film was said to be rather forgettable. To set himself apart from other actors he made up an iconic character. Thus "The Little Tramp" was born. Chaplin made a number of films and became very famous after joining the Essanay Company. He hired his brother to be his business manager.
Chaplin while filming the first appearance of "The Little Tramp"
Charlie dressed as "The Little Tramp"
Chaplin and Paulette Goddard taking a break while filming "The Great Dictator"