Christopher Chaplin

For the English cricketer, see Christopher Chaplin (cricketer).
Christopher Chaplin
Born Christopher James Chaplin
(1962-07-06) 6 July 1962
Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland
Occupation Composer and actor
Parent(s) Charlie Chaplin
Oona O'Neill
Relatives Geraldine Chaplin
Michael Chaplin
Josephine Chaplin
Victoria Chaplin
Eugene Chaplin
Jane Chaplin
Annette Chaplin

Christopher James Chaplin[1] (born 6 July 1962 in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland)[2] is a Swiss-born English composer and actor.[3][4] He is the youngest son of film comedian Charlie Chaplin and his fourth wife, Oona O'Neill.[5]

Born in Switzerland, Chaplin studied piano under Irene Denereaz in Vevey before going to London to become an actor.

He made his feature film debut as Ivan in the 1984 comedy film Where Is Parsifal?, that was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival,[6][7] and played Jacques Sette in Charles Jarrott's TV miniseries Till We Meet Again based on the eponymous Judith Krantz novel.[8] In Peter Patzak's Gavre Princip - Himmel unter Steinen (Death of a Schoolboy), a historical documentary about the life of 17-year-old Gavrilo Princip,[9][10] Chaplin took on the role of Trifco,[11][12] and he played Franz Kafka in Jaromil Jireš' 1991 Czech New Wave film Labyrinth.[13] The film received the Critic's Choice at the 1992 American Film Institute International Film Festival.[14][15]

Chaplin played Rodrigo de Escobedo,[16][17] the Spanish royal notary, secretary of Columbus fleet, and commander of La Navidad,[18][19] in John Glen's historical film Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, released for the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage.[20] In Liliane de Kermadec's return to feature film, the French period road movie La Piste du télégraphe (lit.The Telegraph Road) (1994), Chaplin played John alongside Elena Safonova's Lisa Alling.[21][22][23][24] He played French poet Charles Cros in Agnieszka Holland's historically account of the relationship between Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, Total Eclipse (1995).[25][26][27]

Chaplin has since 2005 focused on a career as a composer, and has collaborated with German experimental, ambient and electronic musician Hans-Joachim Roedelius among others.[28][29][30]




Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Where Is Parsifal? Ivan
1989 Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again Jacques Sette
1990 Gavre Princip - Himmel unter Steinen Trifco
1991 Labyrinth Franz Kafka
1992 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Rodrigo de Escobedo
1994 La Piste du télégraphe John
1995 Total Eclipse Charles Cros


  1. Catherine Saint-Martin (1987). Charlot/Chaplin, ou, La conscience du mythe (in French). Té.Arte. pp. 121–. ISBN 978-2-9500717-1-2.
  2. Maximillien De Lafayette (1 May 2010). Hollywood and Europe Greatest Black and White Films Stills and Cinema Legends Portraits: Photos, History, Biographies, Commentaries and Reviews. Book. 2nd Edition. pp. 263–. ISBN 978-0-557-45409-9.
  3. "FABRIQUE RECORDS". Fabrique. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  4. "After Film Events 2013". MMiFF. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  5. Jerry Epstein (1 January 1989). Remembering Charlie: the story of a friendship. Clio Press. pp. 339–. ISBN 978-1-85089-351-6.
  6. Brian Mills (21 October 2010). 101 Forgotten Films. Oldcastle Books. pp. 3–. ISBN 978-1-84243-390-4.
  7. "Festival de Cannes: Where Is Parsifal?". Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  8. George Batista Da Silva (3 September 2008). Charles Chaplin (in Spanish). Clube de Autores. pp. 25–. PKEY:90134199.
  9. Roman Schliesser; Leo Moser (2006). Die Supernase: Karl Spiehs und seine Filme (in German). Ueberreuter. pp. 177–. ISBN 978-3-8000-7228-6.
  10. Variety International Film Guide. Andre Deutsch. 1990. pp. 176–. ISBN 978-0-233-98613-5.
  11. Filmkunst. 145-148 (in German). Österreichische Gesellschaft für Filmwissenschaft, Kommunikations- und Medienforshung. 1995. pp. 54–.
  12. Wochenpresse (in German). 45. Kurier-zeitungsverlag und Druckerei. November 1990. pp. 63–.
  13. Jessica Winter; Lloyd Hughes; Richard Armstrong (27 September 2007). The Rough Guide to Film. Rough Guides Limited. pp. 257–. ISBN 978-1-84836-125-6.
  14. "AFI FESTIVAL : A 'Great Day' With Some Great Films". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  15. "CRITICS' PICKS". The Washington Post. 14 June 1992. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  16. John Willis (1 May 1993). Screen World 1992. Hal Leonard. pp. 90–. ISBN 978-1-55783-135-4.
  17. Luis Trelles Plazaola (1996). Imágenes cambiantes: descubrimiento, conquista y colonización de la América hispana vista por el cine de ficción y largometraje (in Spanish). La Editorial, UPR. pp. 145–. ISBN 978-0-8477-0244-2.
  18. Christopher Columbus (5 February 2004). The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 89–. ISBN 978-0-14-192042-9.
  19. Peter Barratt (21 May 2004). Bahama Saga: The epic story of the Bahama Islands. Author House. pp. 90–. ISBN 978-1-4107-9830-5.
  20. Willman, David (6 May 1992). "Christopher Columbus Sails Right Past Bankruptcy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  21. Claude-Marie Trémois (1997). Les enfants de la liberté: le jeune cinéma français des années 90 (in French). Seuil. pp. 35–. ISBN 978-2-02-032309-3.
  22. Carrie Tarr; Brigitte Rollet (1 November 2001). Cinema and the Second Sex: Women's Filmmaking in France in the 1980s and 1990s. A&C Black. pp. 270–. ISBN 978-0-8264-4742-5.
  23. Positif. 407-412 (in French). Nouvelles éditions Opta. 1995. pp. 58–.
  24. Janis L. Pallister; Ruth A. Hottell (2005). Francophone Women Film Directors: A Guide. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. pp. 151–. ISBN 978-0-8386-4046-3.
  25. Jacob Levich (1996). The Motion Picture Guide 1996 Annual: The Films of 1995. CineBooks. pp. 307–. ISBN 978-0-933997-37-0.
  26. Cinéma Gay - Un siècle d'homosexualité sur grand écran (in French). Editions Publibook. pp. 318–. ISBN 978-2-7483-8799-5.
  27. Paolo Mereghetti (2001). Il Mereghetti: dizionario dei film 2002. Baldini & Castoldi. pp. 1601–. ISBN 978-88-8490-087-6.
  28. "BBC Radio 3 – Late Junction Session – May 2011 – Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Christopher Chaplin". BBC. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  29. "Christopher James Chaplin – Composer". Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  30. Leo Truchlar (4 July 2013). Lichtmusik: zur Formensprache zeitgenössischer Kunst. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 555–. ISBN 978-3-643-50472-2.
  31. "Kava & Christopher Chaplin - Seven Echoes". Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  32. "Record Store Day 2014: All 608 exclusive releases revealed!". Retrieved 19 May 2016.

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