Comic actor Charlie Chaplin was known for his works during the silent film era. He is probably one of the most important personalities who contributed to that genre in the film industry. Apart from his slapstick comedy, what else do you know about him? Find out more on this edition of Fast Facts.
Charlie Chaplin was born in London in 1889. He travelled to the United States when he was a teenager and there he met a director who sparked his career in slapstick comedy. Apart from acting in several silent films, he was also a director and a composer. Let’s learn more about him with some fast facts.
- Charlie Chaplin was the first actor who graced the cover of Time magazine. He appeared on the July issue of Time in 1925.
- He was 73 years old when his youngest son was born.
- He was trained in playing the cello and violin.
- Charlie Chaplin joined a “Charlie Chaplin Look-Alike Contest” and he only came in third.
- Queen Elizabeth II knighted him when he was 85 years old.
- There is an asteroid named after Charlie Chaplin – the 3626 Chaplin. It sits in the asteroid belt found in between Venus and Mars.
- The bowler hat and cane that he’s always known for wearing were sold for $150,000.
- Charlie Chaplin stood 5 feet 5 inches tall.
- Even if he was already a millionaire, he chose to stay in a small hotel room. He kept his checks inside a trunk.
- Charlie Chaplin had blue eyes. Most people guessed he had brown eyes since they only see him in black and white films.
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