Charlie Chaplin 130th Birth Anniversary: Here are 10 unknown facts about the English comic actor

Born in London in 1889, Charlie Chaplin first visited the USA at the age of 21 and later he decided to enter the cinema industry. On the occasion of his birth anniversary, today we have compiled some lesser known and interesting about the legendary filmmaker.
Charlie Chaplin 130th Birth Anniversary: Here are 10 unknown facts about the English comic actorCharlie Chaplin 130th Birth Anniversary: Here are 10 unknown facts about the English comic actor
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Charlie Chaplin who is best known for his character The Little Tramp undoubtedly revolutionized cinema and has been known as one of the best actors and directors of the silent-movie era.  Born in London in 1889, Charlie Chaplin first visited the USA at the age of 21 and later he decided to enter the cinema industry. His movies such as The Gold Rush, Modern Times and The Kid are still considered a must watch classic movies.

His childhood in London was one of poverty and struggles as his father was absent and his mother faced a lot of struggles financially. But his endless talent made him super rich and popular. In fact, at one time, he was richer than the USA's president. On the occasion of his birth anniversary, today we have compiled some lesser known and interesting about the legendary filmmaker.

1.In 1992, his daughter Geraldine Chaplin played the role of his mother Hannah Chaplin in the movie Chaplin which was his biopic. He had four wives and 11 kids.

2. In the year 1919, he and fellow filmmakers form UA studios (United Artists) in order to finance their movies so that they can retain their creative control. The studios became quite big and branched out to make movie theatres as well. Today, popular MGM studios is UA’s parent company.

3. He was an all-rounder. Yes, apart from writing, directing, producing and starring in his films, je also composed music for his movies. His song Smile became a classic.

4. He accepted his honorary Oscar in person. For the unversed, in 1952, the U.S. denied Chaplin re-entry to the nation. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored the 82-year-old Chaplin with an honorary Oscar and during the same, he received a 12-minute standing ovation and the same is the longest in the Academy’s history. 

5. Many do not know that he was almost assassinated by the assassins of Japanese Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi. The same was done in the hope to instigate a war with the USA.

6. A Russian astronomer named Lyudmila Georgievna Karachkina named a minor planet after him. Isn't that interesting?

 

7. On April 16, 2016, his home in Switzerland was converted into a museum and it welcomed around 300,000 visitors in its first year. The estate also has a studio, wax figures and a restaurant named The Tramp.

8. In the year 1978, his dead body was stolen and held for ransom. Apparently, his widow refused to pay a ransom (£400,000) as “Charlie would have thought it ridiculous.” They later found his body 11 weeks later. 

9. When Einstein met Charlie Chaplin, the latter had said, “The people applaud me because everybody understands me, and they applaud you because no one understands you.” 

10. One of the interesting facts is that Charlie Chaplin, himself, didn't win the look-a-like contest.

The judges and audience didn’t realize that he was the real one and gave away the third prize. Also, he was the very first actor to appear on the cover of Time Magazine.

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