A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Chaplin, Charlie

Chaplin, Charlie (b. London, England, 16 April 1889; d. Vevey, Switzerland, 25 December 1977) Born Charles Spencer Chaplin, he came to the US in 1913 and stayed in Hollywood to become a world-renowned master of comedy by virtue of his tragicomic character, the “little tramp.” As an actor, writer, and director, Chaplin played a major role in transforming film comedy from slapstick to an art capable of eliciting pathos and satirizing society. He never renounced his British citizenship. He became a victim of McCarthyism in 1953, when he was accused of Communist sympathies and denied reentry to the country from abroad. He then made Switzerland his home. The US motion picture industry honored him with several tributes in the 1970s, and he was knighted in 1975.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Chaplin, Charlie," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed October 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LITXS4PWMZ9CIW9.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Chaplin, Charlie." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 3 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LITXS4PWMZ9CIW9.

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