Sir Charles Chaplin

Life story

Charles was born into abject poverty in London and grew up with his older half-brother Sidney in the streets and homes of London. Even as a child, he earned his living performing in music halls. His artistic talents soon became apparent. He became the first world-famous film star during the silent film era in the tragic-comic role of the Tramp. He was a co-founder of the film company United Artists. As a multi-talented actor, he made the leap from black and white silent films to color talkies and became famous for his many films. In terms of relationships, things did not go so well. He was married four times, three times to very young women. He had a total of 11 children. He was knighted in 1975. He died in 1977 in Vevey, Switzerland.

His approach to his history

Charles said about life: „Simplicity is hard to achieve. Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination … and a little money. Imagination means nothing without action.“ Of his philosophical worldview, he said: „I am convinced that faith is the precursor of all our ideas … to deny faith is to disprove oneself and the spirit that generates all our creative powers.“ As an author and actor, he has dealt with his childhood in an impressive way, e.g. in the movie „The Kid“. He overcame the tragic events (his father was an alcoholic and died far too early, his mother was mentally ill) with humor. That’s why his first comedies always have a melancholy quality.