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Charlie Chaplin - Career & Financial Facts

Charlie Chaplin Personal Financial Trivia and Facts1. When he was 3 Charlie Chaplin swallowed a half penny thinking it would come out of the back of his head. Source

2. Chaplin was an errand boy for a chandler (wax, candles, and soap), a "doctor's boy" (receptionist and janitor), and as a "page boy" (live in housekeeper). He worked for a book maker until they discovered he was underage and for a glass maker for one day (he fainted from the heat and didn't return). He also worked as a toymaker, printer, and wood chopper. Source

3. Charlie Chaplin got his first acting job when he was 12 1/2, although he lied and said he was 14. He was hired to play Billie, the page boy, in Sherlock Holmes. He would be paid 2 pounds 10 shillings a week for 40 weeks! He got this job by showing up for casting calls each week even though he was completely ignored. One week after everyone had been dismissed he was the only person left in the room and was asked what he wanted. He timidly asked "Do you have any boys' parts?" Source

4. Charlie Chaplin wrote and sold his first script when he was about 17 years old for 3 pounds. Part of the buyer's offer said that Chaplin had to also direct the comedy. Source

5. When he was 17 Chaplin got a chance to act in a comedy. It paid 3 pounds 10 shillings per week. Source

6. In 1913 Chaplin signed a contract with Keystone Film Company and was paid $150.00 per week. Source

7. In 1914 Chaplin signed with Essanay for $1,250 per week. Source

8. In 1916 Chaplin signed with Mutual Film Corporation for $10,000 per week, plus a $150,000 signing bonus. Source

9. Charlie Chaplin earned $670,000 in 1916. Source

10. In the 1940s, Charlie Chaplin had a brief relationship with actress Joan Barry. Several months after their breakup, she claimed that Chaplin was the father of the child to which she had just given birth. When blood tests proved that Chaplin was not the father of the child, Barry's attorney moved to have the tests ruled inadmissible as evidence. After a mistrial and a retrial, Chaplin was ordered to pay Barry $75 per week for child support. Source

11. Chaplin's dead body was stolen for more than two months in 1978 by a small group of Swiss mechanics to blackmail his family for money. But there attempt failed and it was recovered and reburied in a vault encased in cement to prevent future attempts. Source

12. The bowler hat and cane that he was always known for wearing were sold for $150,000.

**Prior to February 15, 1971, the English pound was divided into twenty shillings or 240 pennies.

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