Born Charles Spencer Chaplin, he grew up poor in a London slum.
But Charlie Chaplin went on to rule the silent screen, adopting the screen persona as The Little Tramp in his movies from 1914 to 1936.
The character became “the most famous clown of the silent cinema era,” said BBC.
He died on Christmas Day in 1977 at the age of 88.
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