Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London on April 16, 1889. Chaplin started his entertainment career as a young boy performing in a clog-dancing group. In his teen years, he dabbled in theater and eventually found his way into comedy, becoming a sidesplitting comic who used pantomiming, slapstick, and quirky movements to achieve hearty laughs. During the silent-film era Chaplin became one of the world's leading actors, directors, and composers. His most notable character, “The Tramp,” surfaced in 1914 – the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and funny walk. During the age of the “talkies,” Chaplin produced what many consider his greatest accomplishment, “City Lights,” a film in which the only sound was the musical score. During his lifetime, Chaplin appeared in 82 films and directed 11 features. At the Academy Awards, he received the longest standing ovation in the ceremony’s history while accepting the Honorary Award.
“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
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