The great Charlie Chaplin, actor, comedian, director, producer, screenwriter, composer, and businessman, died on December 25, 1977 at the age of 88. Born in England, he died in Switzerland. He lived in America for several decades (from the 1910s to the 1940s), during which time he became one of the most successful and richest film stars in history.
One of Chaplin’s closest friends was Douglas Fairbanks, who figures prominently in my Roaring Twenties, so of course, Chaplin makes some brief appearances as well. When sound came to the motion picture world, Chaplin, like most, was reluctant to embrace the new technology, and he held out longer than anyone, producing silent films into the 1930s. “I was determined to continue making silent films … I was a pantomimist and in that medium I was unique and, without false modesty, a master.” And a very handsome lad, don’t you think?