Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin was born into poverty in London on 16 April 1889. Following his actress mother into show business, he soon made a name for himself in the music halls of Victorian England, and later in Hollywood in the era of silent film.
His remarkable career spanned over 5 decades, not only as an actor, but also as a writer, composer, producer, and director. To this day, his beloved Tramp character – with his comical waddle, hat, cane, and toothbrush moustache, remains one of the most recognizable and iconic figures in the history of cinema history.
Deeper than the physical comedy, however, always ran a message of humanism, compassion, and social justice that reads as powerful today as any time in the past, and which cements “The King of Comedy’s” place in the hearts of film-lovers worldwide.