Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916. Chaplin was the original mood booster; he brought comedy to the 20th Century and broke new ground while doing this. Acting on a hunch he went for film instead of stage. The rest is history. Chaplin was never one to shy away from making a statement and acted on a truth that jesters throughout the ages have known--that sometimes comics are able to say the soberest of truths--ie: The Dictator.
Growing up, in the space of three months, Chaplin's family lived in six different garrets or basements. The boys pilfered goods from street stalls, and Charlie sometimes earned a few pennies by dancing outside the doors of pubs