was 24 years old when he signed for the silent movie company, headed by Mack Sennett.
He would make 12 movies in his first year alone.
had been performing in England since he was 17 alongside his half brother, Sydney.
invention of The Tramp became his trademark, and in its time the most famous comic
creation throughout the world. He soon began to direct his own movies.
career went from strength to strength:
Keystone paid him $175 a week.
he signed with the Essanay Company for $1,250 a week, and a $10,000 bonus.
he signed with Mutual, who paid him $10,000 a week, plus $150,000 bonus for 12
films a year over which he had complete creative control.
he signed with First National for $1mn for 8 films, a figure completely unheard
of at the time.