The Prince of Clowns toby jug in a black suit colorway modeled by Andy Moss and produced by Peggy Davies Ceramics for Kevin Francis Ceramics of Stoke-on-Trent, England, as the 1993 Guild issue. Charles Spencer Chaplin (1889 - 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, the Tramp, and is considered one of the film industry's most important figures. Known as the Prince of Clowns, his career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977 and encompassed both adulation and controversy. His films are characterized by slapstick combined with pathos, typified in the Tramp's struggles against adversity. A bending light post forms the handle of the jug.