Charles Chaplin

Charles Chaplin

Highest Rated: 100% Modern Times (1936)

Lowest Rated: 50% A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

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 Charlie Chaplin Cavalcade Actor Producer Director Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet The Count Actor 2012
No Score Yet Les Burlesques Americains Director 2011
No Score Yet Adrenaline of Love Director 2010
88% 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: A King In New York Actor 2002
No Score Yet Chaplin Today: The Kid Actor 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 In the Park (Charlie in the Park) (Charlie on the Spree) Actor Director 1998
No Score Yet Slapstick, Too! Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Serpent's Kiss Director Actor 1997
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood Actor 1997
No Score Yet Killer Barbys Actor Director 1996
No Score Yet Police (Charlie in the Police) (Charlie the Burglar) (Housebreaker) Actor Director Screenwriter 1995
No Score Yet Emerging Chaplin Actor 1989
No Score Yet Unknown Chaplin Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Gentleman Tramp Actor 1975
50% A Countess from Hong Kong Director 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) Actor Director 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 Producer Director Screenwriter King Shahdov 1957
97% Limelight Calvero Director Producer Screenwriter 1952
97% Monsieur Verdoux Henri Verdoux Screenwriter Director Producer 1947
93% The Great Dictator Screenwriter Director Producer Hynkel/Barber 1940
No Score Yet Der Ewige Jude Himself 1940
100% Modern Times Screenwriter Producer Director A Worker 1936
98% City Lights Screenwriter Director Producer Little Tramp 1931
100% Show People Himself 1928
96% The Circus Producer W?ócz?ga Tramp Screenwriter Director 1928
100% The Gold Rush Director Producer The Lone Prospector Screenwriter 1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale Actor 1923
No Score Yet The Pilgrim Pielgrzym Lefty Lombard/Slippery Elm/Rev. Philip Pim Director Screenwriter Producer 1923
92% A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate Producer Director 1923
No Score Yet Pay Day Producer Director Laborer Screenwriter 1922
No Score Yet Seeing Stars Actor 1922
No Score Yet The Idle Class Director Screenwriter Tramp, Husband 1921
100% The Kid Producer Screenwriter A Tramp Director 1921
No Score Yet A Day's Pleasure Producer Director Father Screenwriter 1919
No Score Yet Sunnyside Screenwriter Director Farm handyman Producer 1919
No Score Yet Shoulder Arms Doughboy Screenwriter Director Producer 1918
No Score Yet The Bond Producer Himself Director 1918
No Score Yet Triple Trouble Director Screenwriter Charlie, the Janitor 1918
No Score Yet A Dog's Life Producer Director Screenwriter Tramp 1918
No Score Yet Chaplin Review Director Actor 1918
No Score Yet The Adventurer Director Producer The Convict 1917
No Score Yet The Immigrant Immigrant Producer Screenwriter Director 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 A Waiter. Posing as Sir Cecil Seltzer Director Producer 1916
No Score Yet Behind the Screen Director Scene Shifter Producer 1916
No Score Yet The Pawnshop Producer Director Pawnshop Assistant 1916
No Score Yet The Count Producer Tailor's Director Screenwriter 1916
No Score Yet One A.M. (Solo) Screenwriter Producer Director Drunk 1916
No Score Yet The Vagabond Screenwriter Director Producer Saloon Violinist 1916
No Score Yet The Fireman Fireman Director Producer 1916
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Director Tramp Producer 1916
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Producer Vagabond Police Recruit Director 1916
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen Darn Hosiery Director Screenwriter 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 Screenwriter Tramp Director 1915
No Score Yet The Bank Director Charlie, the Janitor Screenwriter 1915
No Score Yet A Woman Director Screenwriter Charlie 1915
No Score Yet Work (Charlie at Work) (Charlie the Decorator) Director Actor 1915
No Score Yet By the Sea (Charlie by the Sea) (Charlie's Day Out) Director Stroller 1915
No Score Yet The Tramp The Tramp Screenwriter Director 1915
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Screenwriter Suitor, the Fake Count Director 1915
No Score Yet In the Park Screenwriter Charlie Director 1915
No Score Yet The Champion Director Screenwriter Challenger 1915
No Score Yet A Night Out (Champagne Charlie) (Charlie's Drunken Daze) (His Night Out) Screenwriter Reveler Director 1915
No Score Yet His New Job (Charlie's New Job) Film Extra Screenwriter Director 1915
No Score Yet Chaplin at Essanay Studios 1 Actor 1915
No Score Yet His Prehistoric Past, (A Dream), (King Charlie ) Actor Screenwriter Director 1914
No Score Yet A Fair Exchange Spouse Screenwriter Director 1914
No Score Yet His Trysting Place Husband Director Screenwriter 1914
No Score Yet Musical Tramps Director Piano Mover 1914
No Score Yet Gentlemen of Nerve Director Screenwriter Mr. Wow-Woe 1914
No Score Yet Dough and Dynamite Pierre Director 1914
No Score Yet The Rival Mashers Masher Director 1914
No Score Yet The New Janitor Janitor Director 1914
No Score Yet The Rounders The Reveller Director Screenwriter 1914
No Score Yet The Good for Nothing Charlie Director 1914
No Score Yet The Masquerader Director Film Actor Screenwriter 1914
No Score Yet Recreation Tramp Director 1914
No Score Yet The Face on the Bar Room Floor Director Artist 1914
No Score Yet The Property Man (Charlie on the Boards ) (Getting His Goat ) (Hits of the Past) The Property Man Screenwriter Director 1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Married Life Director Screenwriter Husband 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 Screenwriter Pickpocket 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 Chaplin at Keystone Studios Actor 1914
No Score Yet Knockout Actor Director 1914
No Score Yet Kulturnatten: Stumfilm med levande musik Actor

QUOTES FROM Charles Chaplin CHARACTERS

The Lone Prospector says: Don't forget the bacon.

Adenoid Hynkel Dictator of Tomania says: Let us all unite!

The Tramp says: tomorrow the birds will sing.

The Tramp says: You can see now?

The Blind Girl says: Yes, I can see now.

Adenoid Hynkel Dictator of Tomania says: I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don't hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Henri Verdoux says: I have made my peace with God, my conflict is with man

Henri Verdoux says: I have made my peace with God, my conflict is with man.

Adenoid Hynkel Dictator of Tomania says: Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting - the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.The soul of man has been given wings - and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow - into the light of hope - into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up

Jewish Barber says: Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

Jewish Barber says: Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

Adenoid Hynkel Dictator of Tomania says: Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality. Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow -- into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up.

Adenoid Hynkel Dictator of Tomania says: Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up Hannah! The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light! We are coming into a new world; a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed, and brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope, into the future! The glorious future, that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up!

Jewish Barber says: Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up Hannah! The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light! We are coming into a new world; a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed, and brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope, into the future! The glorious future, that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up!

Sergeant says: How did you capture thirteen?

Recruit says: I surrounded them.