Charlie Chaplin: Fun Facts

A portrait of Charlie Chaplin

There’s some

fascinating trivia about Charlie Chaplin over on IMDB:

  • He was born four days before Adolf Hitler, in 1889.
  • He had bright blue eyes.
  • His understudy in England was Stan Laurel; they sailed to America together and shared a boarding house when they arrived.
  • In 1925, he was the first actor to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
  • At the height of his popularity, he failed to win a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest.
  • His imprints were removed (and subsequently lost) from the Hollywood walk of fame because of his suspected communist views.
  • Although Adolf Hitler despised Chaplin, he was aware of his popularity, and grew the Chaplin moustache to endear himself to the people.
  • He never became a U.S. citizen.
  • He composed about 500 melodies, including Smile.
  • The last film he saw, in 1976, was Rocky.
  • In 1978, his dead body was stolen for over two months. When it was recovered, it was re-buried in a vault encased in cement.

Credit: Portrait photograph

of Charlie Chaplin via Wikimedia.

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  1. it’s awesome, coz i wanted A BIOGRAPHY of Charles Chaplin for my work at school, but i can’t find anything that is noot too long, sooo, i just looked at these facts, and made it into a paragraph! XD thnx its useful 🙂

  2. It’s useful, because i couldn’t finde anything that wasn’t soooo long when i wanted a biography of charles chaplin, so i looked at these and made them into a biography myself 😀

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