Charlie Chaplin Google Doodle: Birthday Tribute Video
Charlie Chaplin Google Video for April 16
Google is celebrating Charlie Chaplin's birthday with a special Google Doodle: a playable silent film. MIke Dutton stars as Charlie Chaplin, with the rest of the Google Doodle team appearing as the supporting cast. The video was shot in Niles, an area of Fremont, California, where Charlie Chaplin's classic The Tramp was filmed.
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, born in 1889, would have been 122. After moving to the US from England as a small child, Charlie Chaplin went on to become one of Hollywood's biggest producers and stars, and was able to maintain near-total creative control of his work. Chaplin was a co-founder of United Artists.
Targeted by Joseph McCarthy, Charlie Chaplin lived in Switzerland from 1952 onwards, returning only briefly to the US to receive an honorary Academy Award. Charlie Chaplin died on December 25, 1977 at age 88.
The Google blog has some behind-the-scenes photos from the Charlie Chaplin shoot. As for Charlie Chaplin's films, if you must choose only one, watch City Lights.