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John Bunny, born September 21, 1863 in New York City, United States – died April 26, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, was the first comic star of the American silent film era.John Bunny
John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. He went on to jobs as stage manager for various stock companies and performed in vaudeville before being drawn to the fledgling motion picture business. By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies.
John Bunny had only been acting in films for five years when he passed away from Bright's disease and was interred in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York. Because silent film had no language barrier, Bunny's popularity was such that his death was front-page news in Europe as well as the United States.
Following his passing, advances in technology and in stunts brought great new comedic stars to silent film that relegated John Bunny to the status of an almost completely-forgotten actor. However, John Bunny was eventually honored for his contribution to the motion picture industry with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1715 Vine Street in Hollywood.
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However, John Bunny was eventually honored for his contribution to the motion picture industry with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1715 Vine Street in Hollywood. (as actor and director except as noted). Following his passing, advances in technology and in stunts brought great new comedic stars to silent film that relegated John Bunny to the status of an almost completely-forgotten actor. In 1992 a film was made about his life entitled Chaplin, directed by Oscar-winner Sir Richard Attenborough, and starring Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Geraldine Chaplin (Charlie's daughter, portraying Charlie's mother, her own grandmother), Anthony Hopkins, Milla Jovovich, Moira Kelly, Kevin Kline, Diane Lane, Penelope Ann Miller, Paul Rhys, Marisa Tomei, Nancy Travis, and James Woods. Because silent film had no language barrier, Bunny's popularity was such that his death was front-page news in Europe as well as the United States. Amongst his many honors, Chaplin has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1985 he was honored with his image on a postage stamp of the United Kingdom and in 1994 he appeared on a United States postage stamp designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. John Bunny had only been acting in films for five years when he passed away from Bright's disease and was interred in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York. There is a statue of Chaplin in front of the alimentarium in Vevey to commemorate the last part of his life.
By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies. The robbers were captured, and the body was recovered 11 weeks later near Lake Geneva. He went on to jobs as stage manager for various stock companies and performed in vaudeville before being drawn to the fledgling motion picture business. The plot failed. John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. On March 3, 1978, his body was stolen in an attempt to extort money from his family. John Bunny, born September 21, 1863 in New York City, United States – died April 26, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, was the first comic star of the American silent film era. Chaplin died on Christmas Day, 1977 in Vevey, Switzerland at age 88, and was interred in Corsier-Sur-Vevey Cemetery in Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Vaud.
The honour was first proposed in 1956, but vetoed by the British Foreign Office on the grounds that he sympathized with the left and that it would damage British relations with the United States, at the height of the Cold War and with planning for the ill-fated invasion of Suez underway. On March 4, 1975, after many years of self-imposed exile from his native country, he was knighted a KBE by Queen Elizabeth II. This marriage was a long and happy one, with eight children. He was 54; she was 17.
Shortly thereafter, he met Oona O'Neill, daughter of Eugene O'Neill, and married her on June 16, 1943. Blood tests proved Chaplin was not the father, but as blood tests were inadmissible evidence in court, he was ordered to pay $75 a week until the child turned 21. In May 1943, she filed a paternity suit against him. During this period, Chaplin briefly dated actress Joan Barry, but ended it when she started harassing him.
After some happy years, it ended in divorce in 1942. He was 47 when he secretly married the 25 year old Paulette Goddard in June 1936. The publication of court records, which included many intimate details, led to a campaign against him. The stress of the divorce, compounded by a tax dispute, allegedly turned his hair white.
Their bitter divorce in 1926 had Chaplin paying Grey a then-record-breaking $825,000 settlement. They married on November 26, 1924 after she became pregnant. They had two sons. At 35, he fell in love with 16-year-old Lita Grey during preparations for The Gold Rush. They had one child who died in infancy; they divorced in 1920.
On October 23, 1918, the 28 year old Chaplin married the 16-year-old Mildred Harris. His professional successes were repeatedly overshadowed by his notorious private life. His final films were A King in New York (1957) and A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), starring Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando. This criterion for nomination was not fulfilled until 1972.
Because of Chaplin's difficulties with McCarthyism, the film did not open in Los Angeles when it was first produced. The film also features a cameo with Buster Keaton, which was the first and last time the two great comedians ever appeared together. In 1973, he received an Oscar for the Best Music in an Original Dramatic Score for the 1952 film Limelight, which co-starred Claire Bloom. Chaplin was also nominated without success for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay for The Great Dictator, and again for Best Original Screenplay for Monsieur Verdoux (1947).
He came out of his exile and collected his award less than a month before the death of J. Edgar Hoover. Chaplin's second honorary award came 44 years later in 1972, and was for "the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century". The other film to receive a special award that year was The Jazz Singer. When it became apparent that Chaplin, who had been nominated for Best Actor and Best Comedy Direction, had failed to win either award for his movie The Circus, the Academy decided to give him a special award "for versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus".
When the first Oscars were awarded on May 16, 1929, the voting audit procedures that now exist had not yet been invented, and the categories were still very fluid. Chaplin won the honorary Oscar twice. He briefly returned to the United States in April 1972 to receive an Honorary Oscar. Chaplin then decided to stay in Europe, and made his home in Switzerland.
In 1952, Chaplin left the US for a trip to England; Hoover learned of it and negotiated with the INS to revoke his re-entry permit. Edgar Hoover, who had instructed the FBI to keep extensive files on him, tried to end his United States residency. During the era of McCarthyism, Chaplin was accused of "un-American activities" as a suspected communist; and J. Although Chaplin had his major successes in the United States, he retained his British nationality.
Chaplin's political sympathies always lay with the left. Several of his movies, notably Modern Times (1936), depict the dismal situation of workers and the poor. After the war and the uncovering of the Holocaust, Chaplin stated that he would not have been able to make such jokes about the Nazi regime had he known about the actual extent of the pogrom. Hitler, who was a great fan of movies, is known to have seen the film twice (records were kept of movies ordered for his personal theater). Chaplin played a fascist dictator clearly modeled on Hitler (also with a certain physical likeness), as well as a Jewish barber cruelly persecuted by the Nazis.
His first sound picture, The Great Dictator (1940) was an act of defiance against Adolf Hitler and fascism, filmed and released in the United States one year before it abandoned its policy of isolationism to enter World War II. The best-known of several songs he composed is "Smile", famously covered by Nat King Cole, among others. It is a tribute to Chaplin's versatility that he also has one film credit for choreography for the 1952 film Limelight, and one credit as a singer for the title music of the 1928 film The Circus. Although "talkies" (movies with sound) became the dominant mode of moviemaking soon after they were introduced in 1927, Chaplin resisted making a talkie all through the 1930s.
Griffith. W. In 1919 he founded the United Artists studio with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D. His salary history suggests how rapidly he became world famous, and the skill of his brother, Sydney Chaplin at being his business manager.
This was made possible in part by Chaplin developing his signature Tramp persona, and by eventually earning directorship and creative control over his films, which enabled him to become Keystone's top star and talent. While Chaplin initially had difficulty adjusting to the Keystone style of film acting, he soon adapted and flourished in the medium. Chaplin's act was eventually seen by film producer Mack Sennett, who hired him for his studio, the Keystone Film Company. Chaplin and Laurel wound up sharing a room in a boarding house.
In the Karno Company was Arthur Stanley Jefferson, who would become known as Stan Laurel. This was followed by Casey's Court Circus variety show, and, the following year, he became a clown in Fred Karno's Fun Factory slapstick comedy company. According to immigration records, he arrived in America with the Karno troupe on October 2, 1912. In 1903 he appeared in Jim, A Romance of Cockayne, followed by his first regular job, as the newspaper boy Billy in Sherlock Holmes, a part he played into 1906. In 1900, aged 11, his brother helped get him the role of a comic cat in the pantomime Cinderella at the London Hippodrome.
As a child, he was confined to a bed for weeks due to a serious illness, and, at night, his mother would sit at the window and act out what was going on outside. Charlie first took to the stage when, aged 5, he performed in Music Hall in 1894, standing in for his mother. She died in 1928. His father died an alcoholic when Charlie was 12, and his mother suffered a mental breakdown, and was eventually admitted to the Cane Hill Asylum near Croydon.
In 1896, she was unable to find work; Charlie and his older half-brother Sydney had to be left in the workhouse at Lambeth, moving after several weeks to Hanwell School for Orphans and Destitute Children. His parents separated soon after his birth, leaving him in the care of his increasingly-unstable mother. and Hannah Harriette Hill, both Music Hall entertainers. He was born in Walworth, London, England to Charles, Sr.
Chaplin was one of the most creative personalities in the silent film era; he acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. His principal character was "The Tramp": a vagrant with the refined manners and dignity of a gentleman who wears a tight coat, oversized pants and shoes, a derby or bowler hat, a bamboo cane, and his signature square mustache. Charles Spencer Chaplin (April 16, 1889 - December 25, 1977) was the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema, and later also a notable director. A Countess From Hong Kong (1967) (directed and makes a cameo appearance).
A King in New York (1957). Limelight (1952). Monsieur Verdoux (1947). The Great Dictator (1940).
Modern Times (1936). City Lights (1931). Show People (1928) (cameo only). The Circus (1928).
A Woman of the Sea (1926) (produced only). The Gold Rush (1925). A Woman of Paris (1923) (cameo, dir). Souls For Sale (1923) (cameo only).
The Nut (1921) (cameo only). The Kid (1921). Shoulder Arms (1918). Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) (actor only) - first feature-length comedy film ever produced.
The Pilgrim. 1923
The Idle Class. 1921
The Bond. 1918
The Cure. The Adventurer. 1917
The Rink. Police!. The Pawnshop. One A.M..
The Floorwalker. The Fireman. The Count. Behind the Screen.
Shanghaied. A Night in the Show. A Night Out. Mixed Up.
A Jitney Elopement. In the Park. His Regeneration. His New Job.
The Champion. By the Sea. Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen. The Bank.
The Star Boarder. The Rounders. Recreation. The Property Man.
The New Janitor. The Masquerader. Making a Living. Mabel's Strange Predicament.
Mabel's Married Life. Mabel's Busy Day. Mabel at the Wheel. Laughing Gas.
The Knockour. Kid Auto Races at Venice. His Trysting Place. His Prehistoric Past.
His New Profession. His Musical Career. His Favorite Pastime. Her Friend the Bandit.
Getting Acquainted. Gentlemen of Nerve. A Film Johnnie. The Fatal Mallet.
The Face on the Barroom Floor. Dough and Dynamite. Cruel, Cruel Love. Caught in the Rain.
Caught in a Cabaret. A Busy Day. Between Showers. 1914
1917: First National, $1 million deal — the first actor ever to earn that sum. 1916-1917: Mutual, $10,000 a week, plus $150,000 signing bonus. 1914-1915: Essanay Studios, of Chicago, Illinois, $1250 a week, plus $10,000 signing bonus. 1914: Keystone, worked for $150 a week.