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Charlie Chaplin was born in England on April sixteenth 1889 He was the youngest and always had a rivalry with his older brother Sydney Sidney was two years older than he was His father Charles Spencer Chaplin Sr was an actor His mother Hanna Chaplin was a singer His parents gave him a strong background to become an entertainer Chaplin went to school until the age of eight when he quit school to clog dance Sadly in 1901 his father died of alcohol abuse His mother was hit hardest Suddenly Chaplins mother was going in and out of mental institutions He was sent to a charity home with Sydney Hale 1 When Charles Chaplin got out he went to Herns Boy College He studied there for two years This was the only proper education he had After a clog dancing performance the leader of an acting troupe offered Chaplin a job He went to America for the first time performing in a comedy called the Wow-Wows Jepstein 14 In 1912 with the acting troupe a theater director offered him a job that paid fifty dollars a week Jepstein 14 Since it was almost quadruple the amount he got from the Wow-Wows he accepted In three years he managed to make thirty short films Encyclopedia of World Biography 439 In 1915 he joined Essanay Studios for two hundred fifty dollars a week Jepstein 14 There he made The Champion and His New Job While in Essanay he got the idea for a tramp character Chaplin got this idea from a comic book he used to read in England 1 When his tramp picture came out he called it The Tramp A year later he joined Mutual earning an astounding ten thousand dollar-a-week salary Jepstein 14 Here he made One AM The Pilgrim The Curse Easy Street and The Immigrant In 1918 he started his own studio Halfway through the year on October 23rd
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