Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin- The Stalwart Of American Comedy
Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on 16th April 1889 in Walworth, London. The great immigrant to America is known as the pioneering artist in the genre of comedy with his celebrated style incorporating extreme physical comedy and exaggerated comic gestures. It is truly incredible how this treasure house of comedy rose to stardom in Hollywood as well as ensured his place amongst the wealthiest of the era.
Popularly known as Charlie Chaplin, it was not a smooth sailing for him to scale the zenith of success. He had to confront a series of tempest in his career as an actor, film maker of the silent era. Charlie got his first break in the film ‘Making A Living’ with the help of Mr. Mack. Sennett and Mabel Normand.
Chaplin invented his celebrated tramp character which got immensely popular in the entire US, while working with Sennett’s Keystone Studios. This was the phase when he learnt the nuances of the art of film making. With his funny gestures and hilarious sequences in the films, he became one of the highest paid, successful actors of the time within a very short time. His innovated character ‘The Tramp’ earned him immeasurable success. Joining Essanay Studios brought a significant change in his life. It brought a new level of excellence in his acting style as well as proved financially beneficial.
Later on in 1916, he signed a 12 film contract with ‘Mutual Film Corporation’ which earned him $670,000. In 1918, Chaplin gained complete command over all his productions, and many of his earlier films were modified. This innovative marketing strategy proved to be fruitful and gained him enough monetary advantage. This gifted immigrant to America breathed his last in 1977.