Charles Chaplin, who lived from April 16, 1889 to December 25, 1977, was a British actor who acted in some of the most memorable movies of all time. He acted in City Lights, The Gold Rush, The Great Dictator, Modern Time, among others.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the legendary actor:
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The first interesting fact is that he was the uncle of Spencer Dryden, who was the drummer for the 1960s rock band Jefferson Airplane.
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Although he lived and worked in the United States for a significant part of his life, he never became a citizen of the country.
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He once talked about how comedians should take comedy seriously. In his words, “Comedy really is a serious study, although it must not be taken seriously. That sounds like a paradox, but it is not. It is a serious study to learn characters; it is a hard study. But to make comedy a success there must be an ease, a spontaneity in the acting that cannot be associated with seriousness.”
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The American Film Institute ranked him as the 10th Greatest Actor on their list of the “50 Greatest Screen Legends.”
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He was a founder of United Artists. Some of the other founders were Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith.
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Chaplin also commented that movies are not supposed to be perfect. He stated, “I don’t want perfection of detail in the acting. I’d hate a picture that was perfect, it would seem machine made. I want the human touch, so that you love the picture for its imperfections.”
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A random fact is that he was born four days before a dictator that he played in the movie The Great Dictator. The dictator that he played was Adolf Hitler.
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He composed approximately 500 songs, including “Smile” and “This Is My Song.”
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He gave a pleasant speech when he accepted an Honorary Oscar at the 44th annual Academy Awards. His words were, “Thank you so much. This is an emotional moment for me. Words seem so futile and so feeble. I can only say thank you for the honor of inviting me here and you are all wonderful, sweet people. Thank you.”
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The last interesting fact is that he spent some of his spare time playing tennis. He once referred to golf as “a game I can’t stand.”
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