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Charlie Chaplin Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : April 16, 2019

Short Biography

Charlie Chaplin was born on 16-04-1889 in Walworth, London, United Kingdom. He was an English Film Actor, Film Director, Film Producer, Composer, Screenwriter, Editor & Comedian.

Charlie Chaplin Complete Bio & Career

Charlie Chaplin is famous for his character ‘The Tramp’. His bowler hat and moustache were the talking points during his era. He was arguably the first ever superstar of the film industry. His childhood was spent in adversity as his father abandoned his mother and his half-brother. His mother was a music hall singer. Her mother lost her voice in the middle of an act and that introduced Chaplin to the stage after producer pulled in 5-year-old young boy to join the stage. This is how his journey started.
Following her mother’s legacy, he too decided to become a stage actor and used all her mother contacts to become a showman. He finally made his acting debut as a page boy in Sherlock Home Production. He teamed up with the sketch comedy group of Fred Karno and soon became this troupe’s star. He travelled to the United States with the troupe and was noticed by filmmaker Mack Sennett who signed him for $150 a week. After failing to make his mark in his first film titled Make A Living, he decided to play a single character who can be identified. Thus “The Little Tramp” was born. He first played this character in the film called Kid Auto Races at Venice in 1914. 
In 1915, he appeared in 35 films and joined Essanay Company which agreed to pay him $1250 per week. In 1917, he was contracted by Mutual Company which signed him for a whopping $670,000 yearly. After signing with his new company, he gave some of his best performances in films like The Rink, One A.M., and Easy Street among others. In the decade of the 1920s, he gave some of the landmark films such as The Gold Rush, A Woman in Paris, and The Circus among others. He also became the producer by now and started his own production company called United Artists along with Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith, and Douglas Fairbanks. 
His off-screen personality too made news as news of his affairs with his co-actors started doing the rounds. He later started composing music as well and gave his music score in one of his biggest hit film City Lights. His romantic links banned him in some US States. His last film A Countess From Hong Kong was his last and only colour film that he did in his illustrious career.    

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

He died on 25-12-1977 in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Riviera-Pays-d Enhaut, Vaud, Switzerland at the age of 88.

DEATHDAY 25 December,1977 (Sunday)
DEATH PLACE Corsier sur Vevey, Riviera Pays d Enhaut , Vaud

Charlie Chaplin Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Charles Chaplin Sr. and Hannah Chaplin. He first married Mildred Harris in 1918 and divorced her in 1920. He then married Lita Grey in 1924 and divorced her in 1927. He then married Paulette Goddard in 1936 and divorced her in 1942. He married for the fourth time in 1943 to Oona O'Neil and was married to her till his death in 1977. He was father of 5 sons and 5 daughters. 

Life's Important Dates Of Charlie Chaplin

Body Measurements

Skin Colour White
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Walworth, London
Nationality English
Religion Christian
Address Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Writing and Reading
Marital Status Married
Debut The one-reeler Making a Living (1914)
Best Movies Kid Auto Races at Venice, A Woman in Paris, The Circus, and City Lights among others
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website


Favorite Place Switzerland

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Charlie Chaplin

  • His first wife Mildred Harris was just 17 years old when he married her. Together the couple had a son who died 3 days after his birth.
  • His house in Beverly Hills was known as "Breakaway House".
  • On the 100th anniversary of Chaplin's birth, celebrations were held in Corsier and Vevey, Switzerland, where he breathed his last.
  • He became the first actor to appear on the cover of Time magazine after he appeared on its cover page in the year 1925.
  • His body was stolen from the grave and the robbers demanded $400,000 to give his body back. His body was finally recovered after 11 weeks.
  • Was an accomplished musician who, in his later years, often reissued his silent films with scores he had composed himself.

Charlie Chaplin Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Charlie Chaplin was 88 years 8 months & 9 days old age.