Charlie Chaplin - About the Actor | American MastersCharlie Chaplin was one of the greatest and widely loved silent movie stars. From “Easy Street” (1917) to “Modern Times” (1936), he made many of the funniest and most popular films of his time. He was best known for his character, the naive and lovable Little Tramp. Born in London in 1889, Chaplin first visited America with a theater company in 1907. Chaplin’s slapstick acrobatics made him famous, but the subtleties of his acting made him great. Chaplin was known as one of the most demanding men in Hollywood. Chaplin typically improvised his story in front of the camera with only a basic framework of a script. Though Chaplin is of the silent movie era, we see his achievements carried through in the films of today.