Charlie Chaplin Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Abhijeet Modi
Jan 31, 2024 By Abhijeet Modi
Originally Published on May 13, 2022
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About Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin, the famous English composer, comic actor, director, producer, editor, screenwriter, and filmmaker, rose to popularity in the era dominated by silent films. 
Charlie Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889, in East Street, Walworth, London, and he passed away on December 25, 1977, in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. Through 'The Tramp,' a popular screen character, the English comic actor became a worldwide icon and an important figure in the film industry. 
The career span of the silent film era actor stretched over 75 years, from the Victorian era to a year just before he passed away. It encompassed both controversy and adulation. 
Charles Chaplin Sr. and Hannah Chaplin were his parents; they were music hall entertainers. He had a brother, Sydney. In his early life, he and his brother faced poverty and extreme hardships with his mother in Kennington, a district in London. 
Charlie's father passed away due to liver cirrhosis, and his mother had to be sent to an asylum for mental issues. Charlie started working when he was just nine years old to take care of his family.
Charlie Chaplin passed away due to a stroke while sleeping. The last words of Charlie Chaplin were, 'Why not? After all, it belongs to Him' when a priest said ‘May the Lord have mercy on your soul’ on his deathbed.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Charlie Chaplin’s net worth?

Charlie Chaplin's net worth stood at $50 million till the time he was alive. His earnings accumulated from his iconic silent movies, which he did throughout his career.  

How much did Charlie Chaplin earn per year?

When Charlie was working, he used to earn around $13 million per year. In 1918, he was paid $1 million to do eight films. 

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Charlie Chaplin?

Charlie Chaplin is 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) tall. 

How old was Charlie Chaplin?

When Charlie Chaplin died, he was 88 years old. In 1916, one of the reports claimed that he earned $10,000 a week, making him the highest-paid actor worldwide. 

Childhood And Education

In 1891, Charlie Chaplin's parents were estranged, and he had no emotional, financial, or physical support in his early life. It was his hard work that helped him to be a part of the Eight Lancashire Lads clogs-dancing troupe.
Charlie was admitted to the Central London District School for paupers, and they housed him and remembered him as a lonely existence. After 18 months, he reunited with his mother. After that, he went to Norwood School with his brother to complete their studies.  
Initially, he started his career as a dancer, but Charlie wasn't happy with it and wanted to become a comedy actor. When he was 13 years old, Charlie left his studies and went ahead to do random jobs to increase his earnings. 
At an early age, he started performing and visited music halls and later became a comedian and a stage actor. His mother passed away when he was 14 years old. After that, Charlie registered in London's West End, a theatrical agency. 
When he was 19 years old, Charlie was signed by Fred Karno Company, which gave him a chance to visit the United States. 
In 1914, he was scouted for the entertainment industry and started appearing for Keystone Studios. He moved to the First National Corporations and the Essanay Mutual. By the end of 1918, he was the best-known comedy figure globally. 

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Charlie Chaplin’s partner?

Charlie Chaplin married Mildred Harris in 1918 and left her in 1920. After separation from Mildred Harris, he married Lita Grey in 1924 and got separated in 1927. In 1936, after separating from Oona O'Neill, he married Paulette Goddard and divorced her in 1942. He got married to Oona O'Neill in 1943 and divorced her in 1977. 
Many people think that he has eight children, but the actual number is 11. They are Gеrаldіnе Сhарlіn, Місhаеl Сhарlіn, Vісtоrіа Сhарlіn, Сhrіѕtорhеr Сhарlіn, Ѕуdnеу Сhарlіn, Јоѕерhіnе Сhарlіn, Сhаrlеѕ Сhарlіn Јr., Јаnе Сhарlіn, Еugеnе Сhарlіn, Аnnеttе Еmіlу Сhарlіn, and Nоrmаn Ѕреnсеr Сhарlіn. 

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

In Charles Frohman's production of 'Sherlock Holmes', Saintsbury secured a character played by Charlie. There, he played the role of a pageboy, Billy, on three nationwide tours. 
His performance in 'Sherlock Holmes' received huge appreciation. Charlie was called to London to play the character beside William Gillette. Charlie played the role of Hannah Chaplin in the biographical film 'Chaplin' in 1992, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Richard Attenborough. 
He also worked in a new firm and went on a tour with his younger brother. His brother was also interested in the same field and pursuing acting in 'Repairs,' a comedy sketch. 
Charlie Chaplin co-founded a distribution company named United Artists, through which he had complete control over his films. He joined Douglas Fairbanks, D. W. Griffith, and Mary Pickford to form United Artists. 
On May 4, 1914, 'Caught In The Rain' was the directorial debut of Charlie, and this short film was a huge commercial success. 
Apart from having a successful career, he was involved in many controversies. Charlie was forced out of the US after getting accused of communist sympathies. His involvement in a paternity suit scandalized some members of the public and press. It opened an FBI investigation which forced him to leave the United States and settle in Switzerland. 
Charlie Chaplin is best known for his work in different areas. The list of his work includes 'The Kid' in 1921, 'The Circus' in 1928, 'The Great Dictator' in 1940, 'A Woman Of Paris' in 1923, 'A King In New York' in 1957, 'Monsieur Verdoux' in 1947, 'The Gold Rush' in 1925, 'A Countess From Hong Kong' in 1967, 'Modern Times' in 1936, 'Limelight' in 1952, and 'City Lights' in 1931.

What awards did Charlie Chaplin win?

Charlie won several awards for his extraordinary performances in his acting career. The French Government appointed Charlie Chaplin as the Commander of the National Order of the Legion in 1971. 
He also got the lifetime achievement award from The Lincoln Center Film Society in 1972. His own films helped him earn a position among the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time Magazine. 
The London Film Museum organized an exhibition showing his work and life to honor him. In 1975, he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by the New Year Honours. 
In 1962, the University of Durham and the University of Oxford awarded Charlie the honorary Doctor of Letters degrees. In 1965, Ingmar and Charlie became joint winners of the Erasmus Prize. 
In 1972, he got a special Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival from the film industry. In 1972, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Charlie was given a star, earlier excluded due to his political beliefs. 
The famous actor was recognized for receiving three Academy Awards; an Honorary Academy Award in 1972 for his contributions to making motion pictures the art form of this century, an Honorary Award for being a genius in acting, writing, directing, and producing 'The Circus' in 1929, and the Best Score award in 1973 for 'Limelight' (shared with Ray Rasch and Larry Russell).
Further, Charlie was nominated in different categories like the Best Original Screenplay, the Best Actor, and the Best Picture as a Producer for 'The Great Dictator.' 
For 'Monsieur Verdoux,' Charlie got another nomination for the Best Original Screenplay. He was made a fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in 1976. 
For preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress, six of his films were selected, like 'The Immigrant' in 1917, 'The Gold Rush' in 1925, 'The Kid' in 1921, 'Modern Times' in 1936, 'City Lights' in 1931, and 'The Great Dictator' in 1940.

Charlie Chaplin’s Hobbies And Interests

There are no details about his hobbies and interests. 

Other Interesting Charlie Chaplin Facts And Trivia

  • His burial place was Cimetière de Corsier-sur-Vevey, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. 
  • Charlie Chaplin became financially independent when he started doing films, and it gave him the liberty to be involved in the production and development of a picture. 
  • He was a perfectionist, and his movies were characterized by slapstick that has pathos. His pictures also had political and social themes with autobiographical elements. 
  • The famous actor also selected Stan Laurel to join his company that toured Vaudeville Circuit in North America. 
  • He was also invited to be a part of the New York Motion Picture Company. The members of this organization thought that he could be a proper replacement for Fred Mace, who intended to leave. 
  • In September 1913, Charlie joined the company for $150 per week and arrived in Los Angeles to work for them in 1914. 
  • Charlie joined the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company studio in late 1918. He formed a stock company with regular players with whom Charlie worked over again, like Leo White, Ben Turpin, Bud Jamison, Fred Goodwins, Paddy McGuire, and Billy Armstrong.
    Main image credits: edo nugroho/shutterstock 

Charlie Chaplin Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Charles Spencer Chaplin

Date of Birth

1889-04-16

Date of Death

1997-12-25

Nationality

British

Place of Birth

London

Height

165 cm

Eye Color

Blue

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Comic Actor, Composer, Director, Producer, Editor, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Education

The Central London District School for paupers

Net Worth

50000000

Partner

Oona O'Neill

Parents

Chaplin Sr., Hannah Chaplin

Siblings

Sydney

Annual Earnings

13000000
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