Charles Chaplin

Highest Rated: 100% Modern Times (1936)
Birthday: Apr 16, 1889
Birthplace: Walworth, England, UK
The first great screen comedian, Charles Chaplin was also one of the most gifted directors in history, in addition to being a formidable talent as a writer and composer. The son of music hall performers from England, he began working on the stage at age five. He was a popular child dancer and got work on the London stage, eventually moving up to acting roles. It was while touring America in 1912 that Chaplin was spotted by Mack Sennett, the head of Keystone Studios, and he was signed to them a year later. After a disappointing, relatively non-descript debut, Chaplin began evolving the persona that would emerge as his most famous screen portrayal, The Little Tramp, and after his first 11 movies, Chaplin began to manifest a desire to direct. By his 13th film, he had shifted into the director's chair, and also emerged as a writer. Chaplin's 35 movies at Keystone established him as a major film comedian and afforded him the chance to adapt his stage routines to the screen. He next moved on to Essanay Studios, where he had virtually complete creative freedom, and The Little Tramp became an established big-screen star. In 1916, Chaplin went to Mutual, earning an astronomical 10,000 dollars per week under a contract that gave him absolute control of his films -- the Mutual titles, most notably The Immigrant and Easy Street, are still counted among the greatest comedies ever made. These modestly proportioned two-reelers were followed by Chaplin's move to First National Studios, where he made lengthier, more ambitious, but fewer films, including the comedy The Kid, which was the second highest grossing silent film after D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, and made an overnight sensation of his co-star, Jackie Coogan. By this time, Chaplin had become an international celebrity of a status that modern audiences can only imagine because he achieved his success through comedy. With three other screen giants, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and D.W. Griffith, he founded United Artists, the first modern production and distribution company, and achieved further renown as a director with A Woman of Paris two years later. In 1925, he made what is generally considered his magnum opus, The Gold Rush. Chaplin's success continued into the sound era, although he resisted using sound until Modern Times in 1936. He had his first failure in 1940 with the anti-Hitler political satire The Great Dictator at about the same time that his personal life -- he had been involved in several awkward problems with various women, including a paternity suit filed against him by aspiring actress Joan Barry -- began to catch up with him. Chaplin's career during the immediate post-World War II period was marred by continuing problems, as his pacifism and alleged anti-American views led to investigations. He also made the black comedy Monsieur Verdoux, which failed at the box office. It was followed, however, by the best of his sound comedies, Limelight, which, because of his legal difficulties, didn't open in Los Angeles until two decades later -- when its score, written by Chaplin, received an Oscar. A King in New York, in 1957, and The Countess From Hong Kong, made nine years later, closed out his career on a lackluster note. After D.W. Griffith, Chaplin was the most important filmmaker of the silent film era. Through his clear understanding of film and its capabilities, and his constant experimentation -- he frequently ran through hundreds of takes to get just the right shot and effect he wanted -- he set most of the rules for screen comedy that are still being followed, and his onscreen image remains one of the most familiar.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin: 14th Silent Film Festival Actor 2018
No Score Yet Il Monello vs. Sherlock Jr. Director 2016
No Score Yet The Mack Sennett Collection: Volume One Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Count Actor 2012
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Cavalcade Actor Screenwriter Producer Director 2012
No Score Yet Les Burlesques Americains Director 2011
No Score Yet Adrenaline of Love Director 2010
86% Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle Actor 2005
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Actor 2004
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin: The Forgotten Years Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Tramp and the Dictator Actor 2002
No Score Yet Triggermen Producer 2002
No Score Yet Chaplin Today: Monsieur Verdoux Actor 2002
No Score Yet Chaplin Today: Modern Times Actor 2002
No Score Yet Chaplin Today: Limelight Actor 2002
No Score Yet Chaplin Today: City Lights Actor 2002
No Score Yet Chaplin Today: A King In New York Actor 2002
No Score Yet Chaplin Today: The Kid Actor 2002
No Score Yet In the Park (Charlie in the Park) (Charlie on the Spree) Director Actor 1998
No Score Yet Slapstick, Too! Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Serpent's Kiss Actor Director 1997
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood Actor 1997
No Score Yet Killer Barbys Director Actor 1996
No Score Yet Police (Charlie in the Police) (Charlie the Burglar) (Housebreaker) Director Screenwriter Actor 1995
No Score Yet Emerging Chaplin Actor 1989
No Score Yet Unknown Chaplin Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Gentleman Tramp Actor 1975
60% A Countess from Hong Kong Executive Producer 1967
No Score Yet Chaplin's Art of Comedy Actor 1966
No Score Yet A Night in the Show (A Night at the Show ) (Charlie at the Show) Director Actor 1964
No Score Yet 30 Years of Fun Actor 1963
No Score Yet When Comedy Was King Actor 1960
80% A King in New York King Shahdov Director Screenwriter Producer 1957
97% Limelight Calvero Screenwriter Producer Director 1952
97% Monsieur Verdoux Director Henri Verdoux Screenwriter Producer 1947
92% The Great Dictator Screenwriter Producer Director Hynkel/Barber 1940
No Score Yet Der Ewige Jude Himself 1940
100% Modern Times Screenwriter Producer Director A Worker 1936
98% City Lights Little Tramp Screenwriter Producer Director 1931
100% Show People Himself 1928
100% The Circus Producer Director Screenwriter Tramp 1928
100% The Gold Rush Producer Director The Lone Prospector Screenwriter 1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale Actor 1923
No Score Yet The Pilgrim Director Lefty Lombard/Slippery Elm/Rev. Philip Pim Producer Screenwriter 1923
92% A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate Producer Director 1923
No Score Yet Pay Day Screenwriter Producer Director Laborer 1922
No Score Yet Seeing Stars Actor 1922
No Score Yet The Idle Class Tramp, Husband Director Screenwriter 1921
100% The Kid Screenwriter Director A Tramp Producer 1921
No Score Yet A Day's Pleasure Director Father Producer Screenwriter 1919
No Score Yet Sunnyside Farm handyman Director Screenwriter Producer 1919
No Score Yet Shoulder Arms Director Doughboy Producer Screenwriter 1918
No Score Yet The Bond Producer Director Himself 1918
No Score Yet Triple Trouble Director 1918
No Score Yet A Dog's Life Screenwriter Producer Tramp Director 1918
No Score Yet Chaplin Review Actor Director 1918
No Score Yet The Adventurer The Convict Producer Director 1917
No Score Yet The Immigrant Producer Director Immigrant 1917
No Score Yet The Cure (The Water Cure) Screenwriter Director Actor 1917
No Score Yet Chaplin at Mutual Studios 1 Actor 1917
No Score Yet The Rink Director Producer A Waiter. Posing as Sir Cecil Seltzer 1916
No Score Yet Behind the Screen Scene Shifter Director Producer 1916
No Score Yet The Pawnshop Producer Pawnshop Assistant Director 1916
No Score Yet The Count Tailor's Screenwriter Director 1916
No Score Yet One A.M. (Solo) Producer Drunk Director Screenwriter 1916
No Score Yet The Vagabond Director Screenwriter Saloon Violinist 1916
No Score Yet The Fireman Director Producer Fireman 1916
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Tramp Producer Director 1916
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Director Vagabond Police Recruit Producer 1916
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen Screenwriter Darn Hosiery Director 1916
No Score Yet Chaplin at Mutual Studios 3 Actor 1916
No Score Yet Chaplin at Mutual Studios 2 Actor 1916
No Score Yet American Slapstick Actor 1915
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Tramp Screenwriter Director 1915
No Score Yet The Bank Charlie, the Janitor Director Screenwriter 1915
No Score Yet A Woman Charlie Screenwriter Director 1915
No Score Yet Work (Charlie at Work) (Charlie the Decorator) Actor Director 1915
No Score Yet By the Sea (Charlie by the Sea) (Charlie's Day Out) Stroller Director 1915
No Score Yet The Tramp The Tramp Director 1915
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Director Screenwriter Suitor, the Fake Count 1915
No Score Yet The Champion Challenger Director Screenwriter 1915
No Score Yet A Night Out (Champagne Charlie) (Charlie's Drunken Daze) (His Night Out) Reveler Director Screenwriter 1915
No Score Yet His New Job (Charlie's New Job) Screenwriter Director Film Extra 1915
No Score Yet Chaplin at Essanay Studios 1 Actor 1915
No Score Yet His Prehistoric Past, (A Dream), (King Charlie ) Director Screenwriter Actor 1914
No Score Yet A Fair Exchange Director Screenwriter Spouse 1914
No Score Yet His Trysting Place Director Husband Screenwriter 1914
No Score Yet Musical Tramps Piano Mover Director 1914
No Score Yet Gentlemen of Nerve Screenwriter Mr. Wow-Woe Director 1914
No Score Yet Dough and Dynamite Pierre Director 1914
No Score Yet The Rival Mashers Director Masher 1914
No Score Yet The New Janitor Director Janitor 1914
No Score Yet The Rounders The Reveller Screenwriter Director 1914
No Score Yet The Good for Nothing Director Charlie 1914
No Score Yet The Masquerader Director Film Actor Screenwriter 1914
No Score Yet Recreation Director Tramp 1914
No Score Yet The Face on the Bar Room Floor Artist Director 1914
No Score Yet The Property Man (Charlie on the Boards ) (Getting His Goat ) (Hits of the Past) The Property Man Director Screenwriter 1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Married Life Screenwriter Husband Director 1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Busy Day Tipsy Nuisance 1914
No Score Yet The Knockout Referee Director 1914
No Score Yet Laughing Gas Dentist's Assistant Director 1914
No Score Yet Her Friend the Bandit Director Bandit 1914
No Score Yet The Fatal Mallet Suitor 1914
No Score Yet A Busy Day Director Wife 1914
No Score Yet Caught in the Rain Director Tipsy Hotel Guest 1914
No Score Yet Caught in a Cabaret Waiter 1914
No Score Yet Twenty Minutes of Love Pickpocket Screenwriter Director 1914
No Score Yet Mabel at the Wheel The Villain 1914
No Score Yet Cruel, Cruel Love Lord Helpus 1914
No Score Yet His Favorite Pastime Drinker 1914
No Score Yet Tango Tangles Tipsy Dancer 1914
No Score Yet A Film Johnnie The Film Johnnie 1914
No Score Yet Between Showers Masher 1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Strange Predicament Tramp 1914
No Score Yet Kid Auto Races at Venice Tramp 1914
No Score Yet Making a Living Swindler 1914
83% Tillie's Punctured Romance Charlie 1914
No Score Yet Knockout Actor Director 1914
No Score Yet Chaplin at Keystone Studios Actor 1914
No Score Yet Kulturnatten: Stumfilm med levande musik Actor

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