Did You Know: Charlie Chaplin

Did you know that Charlie Chaplin once lost a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest?

As “Chaplinitis” swept across America around 1915, Charlie Chaplin look-alike contests became a popular form of entertainment.

Chaplin himself once entered and lost. But rather than in Monte Carlo or Switzerland, as legend has it, the competition took place in a San Francisco theater.

Also contrary to erroneous reports circulating, the winner was not his brother, Syd, and Charlie Chaplin did not come in second or third – he did not even make the finals!