Charles Chaplin’s parents are themselves English vaudeville entertainers and helped by their connections, he appears on comedy stages from a young age. Remarked by an American producer in 1913 during a tour in the United States, he remains in the country and begins a film acting career. In 1914, with the silent film, Kid Auto Races at Venice, Charlie Chaplin creates his trademark and one of cinema’s most iconic characters, The Tramp, wearing baggy trousers, large worn-out shoes, a cane and a bowler hat. The good-natured persona to whom catastrophes always seem to happen is clearly inspired by the actor's impoverished childhood, a humorous Dickens-like figure. Rapidly, Charlie Chaplin began directing and once again, left a significant imprint on cinema's history with his revolutionary framing filming techniques. With The Tramp, in 1915, he installed the stamped ending of his future features: his character, back to the camera, walking enthusiastically towards his future with a twirling cane. In 1919, alongside Mary Pickford, Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks, he founded the United Artists before directing one of his biggest successes, The Kid, in 1921, The Gold Rush, in 1925 and City Lights, in 1931. Modern Times, in 1936 was the last film featuring The Tramp and in 1940, he directed his first full sound film, the controversial Hitler parody, The Great Dictator. Following World War II, Charlie Chaplin became the target of J.Edgar Hoover who despised his liberal views and relationships with very young women. The actor, who had never obtained the American citizenship, therefore settled in Switzerland until his death. In 1952, he directed what could be described as his cinematic swan song while he did his last film, A Countess From Hong Kong, starring Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando, in 1967. With his numerous romantic affairs that gave birth to a great number of children, the actor established a legendary dynasty made of poetic acrobats such as James Thiérrée and elegant actresses embodied by Geraldine Chaplin. Yet, despite the various misfortunes he had known during his career and personal life, Charlie Chaplin remains one of cinema's most recognized and admired figures with his clownesque 'pathos - meets - laughter' style, illustrated by the words of his song Smile.