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Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), Film actor and director

Sir Charles ('Charlie') Chaplin

Sitter in 14 portraits
Comic genius of the early cinema; Charlie Chaplin dubbed the world's greatest clown, began his career in London's music halls. Celebrity came with his portrayal in film of the little tramp, with bowler hat and cane, in a series of films from1910 to the 1920s. Films featuring his tramp character such as The Kid (1920), The Gold Rush (1925) and Modern Times (1936) became worldwide classics; later films included The Great Dictator (1940) and Limelight (1952) for which he also wrote the scripts and music.