MNA Feature Desk: Born on April 16, 1889, Charlie Chaplin was born as Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England.
The son of London music hall entertainer, Charlie was fascinated by her mother’s cracking voice during one of her shows and was given the task to complete the job that she couldn’t.
He was just five when he was first introduced to the stage. After he turned seventeen, he, with some help from his friend’s Fred Karno’s company developed comedic skills.
His silence gained him popularity and would capture the audience through his actions without saying a single word. He founded United Artists Corporation in 1919 with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and director D.W. Griffith.
He married four times, the last one with the daughter of famous playwright Eugene O’Neill. Due to accusations of communist ties, both husband and wife were barred from the US.
The silent star returned to the US to accept a special Academy Award for “the incalculable effect he has had on making motion pictures the art for and of this century.” He was knighted as Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin in 1975.