Living in extreme poverty, so often with his brother Charles,Sydney, had to beg for food.After losing their parents, they wandered in orphanages (which the great filmmaker never forgot "all in my memory that I left Lambeth, his misery and filth").
His career beganin 1907, when he joined the Fred Karno's troupe. He was there until, on an American tour, was hired to work at the company Keystone. In it she spread her talents Chaplin comic actor.
In 1914 hedebuted in film and thereafter participated in many times. His great creation was the mythical character, Charlie, a tramp in rags to scrub with a cane and top hat.One of his most important innovations inthe world of film comedy was that humanized the characters, emphasizing the emotions. With Charlie and his great humor, he added the melancholy with psychological insight, managing to do a sharpsocial criticism.
In 1915, Charles Chaplin, and become a world star, signed with Essanay, where he directed, wrote and starred in one of his best films of this era, "The Tramp / Tramp Tramp." In 1916,she joined the Mutual-, which made twelve movies in two years and starred in "Charlie stagehand film," The Rink "(1917)," Easy Street "(1917), among others. By 1918 he signed a multimillion dollarcontract with First National, and achieved great success with his first feature, "The Kid" (1921).
In 1919 he created with other stars of the era, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and DavidW. Griffith, an independent company called United Artists. But it worked until he ended his contract with First National. In 1923, he was able, with own production company, with total freedom to develop their...