Charles Chaplin was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures of the film industry. Chaplin received many awards and honours: pominently 3 Academy Awards in film industry. Especially later in life, in the 1975 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, awarded honorary Doctor of Letters degrees by the University of Oxford and the University of Durham in 1962, in 1965 he and Ingmar Bergman were joint winners of the Erasmus Prize, and in 1971 he was appointed a Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French government. Six of Chaplin's films have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress.
Chaplin's childhood in London was defined by poverty and hardship. He began performing at an early age, touring music halls and later working as a stage actor and comedian. At 19 he was signed to the prestigious Fred Karno company, which took him to America. Chaplin was scouted for the film industry, and began appearing in 1914 for Keystone Studios. He soon developed the Tramp persona and formed a large fan base.
Chaplin married a whole series of teens. When he was 29, he married his first wife, Mildred Harris, who was 16. He became involved with his second wife, Lita Gray, when she was 16 and he was 35. When he was 54, he married his final wife, Oona O’Neill (Eugene’s daughter), who was 18. He also had a series of relationships with teens throughout the years.