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When you think of old silent movies a few actors come to mind however none clearer than Charlie Chaplin His Tramp character was one of the most recognizable characters on the planet Burr 1 He lived to be 88 and he lived about half of those years in the United States Charlie Chaplin was born April 16 1889 as Charles Spencer Chaplin He was named after his father a British music hall entertainer Encyclopaedia Britannica 1 Chaplin made his music hall debut at age five when his mother went hoarse one night Yates 2 His mother was later sent to an asylum after which Charlie and Sydney his half-brother were sent to workhouses and residential schools Encyclopaedia Britannica 1 When Chaplin was 17 he began working for the Karno vaudeville company which put on shows consisting of various short acts Britannica Student 1 He remained with Karno performing in numerous music hall skits until 1913 when he was signed for the movies by the Keystone Company Britannica 94 His subsequent popularity can be tracked by his paycheck Burr 1 He had appeared in some thirty-five films for Keystone by the end of 1914 Almost as soon as he began appearing in Keystone pictures he became a public favorite Lynn 3 In Chaplins second film with Keystone is where his famous Tramp character debuted The Tramp costume included a too-small coat too-large pants floppy shoes battered derby and a pasted on mustache Encyclopaedia Britannica 1 Chaplin became a huge marketable item Department and five-and-dime stores sold Chaplin lapel pins socks hats ties squirt rings dolls playing cards and Christmas decorations Lynn 1 In January 1919 Chaplin Mary Pickford Douglas Fairbanks and DW Griffith formed their own company United Artists that they intended to use to distribute their own independently produced films Lynn 4 His films during this time after forming United Artists included The Kid 1920 and The Gold Rush 1925 Chaplin played the Tramp in
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