He was born in His childhood in London was burdened with desperate poverty; the son of a struggling actress, he got his first acting job at fourteen, enjoyed success in the music halls, and, in , sailed with the Fred Karno troupe for a three-year gig in the United States. Every man, woman, and child shall have my name on their lips—Charles Spencer Chaplin! The rodomontade was, Laurel saw, a gag, but the essence of its truth was soon realized. I shall save like a son of a gun.
Beginning of his career
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Early life and career
He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, " The Tramp ", and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in , and encompassed both adulation and controversy. Chaplin's childhood in London was one of poverty and hardship, as his father was absent and his mother struggled financially, and he was sent to a workhouse twice before the age of nine. When he was 14, his mother was committed to a mental asylum.
Charlie Chaplin , byname of Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin , born April 16, , London , England—died December 25, , Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland , British comedian, producer, writer, director, and composer who is widely regarded as the greatest comic artist of the screen and one of the most important figures in motion-picture history. Comedian, actor, producer, writer, and director Charlie Chaplin is widely regarded as the greatest comic artist of the screen and one of the most important figures in motion-picture history. Audiences loved his cheekiness, his deflation of pomposity, his unexpected gallantry, and his resilience. When the mentally unstable Hall was later confined to an asylum, Chaplin and his half brother, Sydney, were sent to a series of workhouses and residential schools. Charlie Chaplin learned to perform onstage, debuting at age five filling in for his mother and becoming a professional entertainer at age eight as a clog dancer. In he joined the Fred Karno pantomime troupe and quickly rose to star status. Chaplin was named after his father, a British music-hall entertainer. He spent his early childhood with his mother, the singer Hannah Hall, after she and his father separated, and he made his own stage debut at age five, filling in for his mother.