Charlie Chaplin toby jug produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in 1925. Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) was one of the silver screen's most celebrated stars. Born Charles Spencer Chaplin in London to theatrical and vaudeville parents. He first appeared on stage at the age of five. In 1910 Chaplin came to America with Fred Karno's comedy and acting troupe and in 1914 he was invited to act in comedies for the Keystone Company, launching his long film career. The most familiar and beloved of all his roles was his endearing portrayal of The Little Tramp. He created his character around the walk of an old Londoner he knew and added the baggy pants and oversized shoes. Chaplin formed his own production company in Hollywood, was one of the founders of United Artists, and went on to become the biggest box office draw of his time. During his long career he wrote, directed, composed music, and appeared in over eighty films spanning fifty-three years. Among his most famous films were "The Kid", "City Lights", "The Great Dictator" and "Limelight".