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Statue (lost): Charlie Chaplin - statue

Erection date: 1981


{Inscribed on the plinth:}
The comic genius who gave pleasure to so many.

{On the chrome plaque on the front of the plinth:}
Charles Spencer Chaplin, 16 April 1889 - 25 December 1977, comic actor, director and producer.

Charlie Chaplin was born in Walworth, London into a music hall family. He joined a troupe of child dancers, 'Eight Lancashire Lads' at the age of 8. At 17, whilst on tour in America, he joined the Mack Sennett Keystone Company motion picture company.

His acting technique was characterised by a high degree of pathos, accentuated in the then silent movies, but he was unwilling later to adapt his style to the 'talkies'. His success enabled him to co-found United Artists in 1919.

His major films included The Tramp (1915), Shoulder Arms (1918), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940).

He was knighted in 1975.

The statue is by John Doubleday and was unveiled by Sir Ralph Richardson in April 1981.

Unveiled by Sir Ralph.

Site: Charlie Chaplin - statue (1 memorial)

WC2, Leicester Square

December 2013: we came across this statue in a passageway. No plinth so looking forlorn and rather vulnerable amongst the bags of rubbish. It was beside the Prince Charles Cinema, very close to the Flora Robson foundation stone. We don't know if this relocation is temporary or permanent.

By March 2016 the statue had been damaged and taken away, for repair we hope. It really needs to be located somewhere more respectful and where it can be better looked after. We think a full size statue would be more appropriate, but presumably cost is the issue. April 2016: We're told Charlie is now back in Leicester Square.

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Charlie Chaplin

Born Charles Spencer Chaplin in East Street, Walworth (possibly, see Londonis...

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John Doubleday

Sculptor and painter. Born Essex.

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Sir Ralph Richardson

Actor. Born Ralph David Richardson in Cheltenham. Along with Laurence Olivier...

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