We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Charlie Chaplin, and now we’re back with part two. Check out eight more interesting tidbits about this famous actor’s life that you definitely (probably) did not know. You might be surprised by what you learn!
Number Eight: He Was Exiled by the United States. Chaplin spent nearly 40 years in the United States, but he never actually became a citizen. After making Modern Times, he became known as somewhat of a communist sympathizer, so it became difficult to him to live in the United States.
Number Seven: His Remains Were Taken by Grave Robbers. Just a few months after his death, two people stole Chaplin’s coffin from the Swiss cemetery where he was buried and sent his wife a ransom demand of $600,000. The people were caught, and the coffin was recovered and reburied in a concrete vault.
Number Six: He Was Surprisingly Vulgar. Before Chaplin rose to superstardom, he pulled some stunts that would make most people blush. In his film called A Dog’s Life, his dog digs a hole while Chaplin has his head near her back legs. He looks over at her, becomes disgusted by the smell and lowers her tail.
Number Five: He Had a Scandalous Affair. While Chaplin’s marriage was ending in 1942, he had an affair with a woman named Joan Barry. There ended up being a paternity suit when Barry accused Chaplin of fathering her child. However, a paternity test revealed that the child was not his. Despite this, a later claim that the blood test as inadmissible as evidence led to him having to pay thousands of dollars in child support.
Number Four: He Considered A Countess from Hong Kong to Be His Best Movie. Despite the fact that his silent films are widely regarded as his best, Chaplin’s favorite film of his own was A Countess from Hong Kong. It was also the only color film he ever made.
Number Three: There Are No Records of Chaplin’s Birth. After rumors began swirling that Chaplin’s real name was Israel Thornstein and he was born in France, his birth records entered the picture. However, there are no records that indicate Chaplin was actually born in Britain, and there are also no records of his immigration before 1920.
Number Two: He Had a Lot of Impersonators. Many actors tried to impersonate what Chaplin did, and the most famous one was Billy West. However, he was never able to emulate the way Chaplin emoted, and so he could not gain the sympathy of the viewers.
Number One: He Nearly Saved Disney. Chaplin is the person who encouraged Walt Disney to go ahead with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was Disney’s first hit feature-length animation. Chaplin was there to help Disney’s accountant.