12 Photographs of Charlie Chaplin in Color

Charlie Chaplin was an English actor, director and music composer best known for his work during the silent era of films. He was born on 16 April 1889 to Charlie Chaplin Sr., an entertainer himself, and Hannah Chaplin, who was also an actress. As a young boy, Charlie Chaplin Jr. was living in poverty; his mother was mentally ill and his father was absent for much of his childhood. He was sent to a workhouse twice during his early days. He began performing at only 14 but did not begin working in films until he was 25, when he moved to the United States after signing with the Fred Karno Company.

Chaplin was the most famous person in his generation and influenced thousands of people. He directed, composed and starred in many of his films and is best known for his character “The Tramp” which starred in almost all of his 35 films with Keystone Studios. Charlie Chaplin continued to make silent films well into the era of talkies, with his first coming in 1940, The Great Dictator; he made only 4 films after that. He had a career that lasted 75 years, coming to an end shortly before his death at the age of 88 on Christmas Day 1977. He starred in over 80 films in his lifetime but his name lives on forever.

Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916

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Colorized photo of Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27 in 1916.

Charlie Chaplin Holding a Puppet of The Tramp, c. 1914

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Colorization of Charlie Chaplin holding a puppet version of his character The Tramp in c. 1914.

Charlie Chaplin and John Philip Sousa, 1916

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Charlie Chaplin in color with John Philip Sousa, who was an American composer and conductor, in 1916.

Charlie Chaplin Looking Through a Movie Camera, 22 April 1935

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Actor Charlie Chaplin looks though a movie camera on the 22 April 1935.

Charlie Chaplin in the film “Shoulder Arms”, 1918

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Colorized photo of Charlie Chaplin starring as “The Tramp” in the 1918 film “Shoulder Arms” which was directed, written and produced by himself.

Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin Meet, 24 September 1929

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Colorization of Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin on the set of Chaplin’s film “City Lights” on the 24 September 1929.

Charlie Chaplin aged 42, 1931

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Charlie Chaplin in 1931.

Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein Together, 2 February 1931

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Color version of Charlie Chaplin attending the premiere of City Lights in Los Angeles, USA alongside famous scientist Albert Einstein on the 2 February 1931.

Charlie Chaplin in the film “A Dog’s Life”, 1918

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Charlie Chaplin starring in the short silent film “A Dog’s Life” in 1918.

Helen Keller Meeting Charlie Chaplin, 1919

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Helen Keller, American author who was deaf-blind, meeting Charlie Chaplin in 1919 on the set of his film Sunnyside.

Indira Gandhi, Charlie Chaplin, and Jawaharlal Nehru in Switzerland, 1953

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Colorized photo of Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Prime Minister of India, his daughter, Indira Gandhi who went on to become the 3rd Prime Minister of India, and Charlie Chaplin, in Bürgenstock, Switzerland in 1953.

Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin Having Lunch Together, March 1947

Orson Welles, famous American actor, and Charlie Chaplin having lunch together at the Brown Derby in Hollywood in March 1947.

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