10th April
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1972 Charlie Chaplin Returns To USA, Receives Honorary Oscar

Chaplin had left the USA twenty years earlier under a storm of controversy, allegedly owing back taxes and being accused of being a Communist in the McCarthy era. His return was honored by the motion picture industry for his "incalculable" contribution to the art of film making. He was an actor, director and owner, being one of the founder stars of United Artists.

His movie career began in 1913 when he was signed to appear in movies made by Mack Sennett's Keystone Company. What was to become his trade mark character, the tramp, was created for Kid Auto Races at Venice, made in 1914.

The tramp wore a derby hat, mustache, baggy trousers, and cane, and walked bowlegged in oversize shoes. It was beloved by millions and was to appear in around 70 movies.

He had already won an honorary Oscar for the 1929 movie The Circus. He died Christmas Day 1977.

Public domain Charlie Chaplin movies for free download from our site: By The Sea, The Rink, Work (Excerpt)

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