Eric Campbell: biography, creativity, career, personal life

About the family in which American and British comedian Alfred Eric Campbell came to light, there is very little information. Not set exactly even the year of his birth.

The path to recognition

The biography of the future famous entertainer began from 1879. 1878 or 1880 are also listed. The baby came to light in the Scottish town of Dunoon on April 26.

The boy from his early years showed acting giving. On stage, he has performed since childhood. He did not leave acting. The performer was chosen in 1901 his colleague, musical hall actress Fanny Gertrude Robotham. The family had a daughter, Una.

Campbell became part of Fred Carnot’s Theatre Mezzanine. The troupe played Chaplin and Austin. In 1914 the collective toured in the United States. The colorful performer drew attention to Broadway producer Froman. He offered Eric a contract. Under contract, the artist played in performances for more than two years.

1916 saw Campbell’s film debut. From March 1916, the performer, at Chaplin’s invitation, entered the permanent group of the great comedian. By that point, Charlie had already become Hollywood’s leading comedy performer. To Campbell he offered the amplua of his permanent antagonist Giant. The tall and large cast matched the set type perfectly. And in the shot the artist knew how to look intimidating.

Successful film career

“Branded” mark of the actor became the underpinned false eyebrows. It was not uncommon for Eric to appear in front of the camera with an overhead long beard. The first collaborative film was the short film “The Controller of the Department Store”. The silent painting was premiered in mid-May 1916. Eric’s hero was store manager George Brash.

According to the scenario after receiving important news, the manager and the assistant are going to run. With them both decided to grab all the proceeds of the department store. They can’t trust a friend to a friend, constantly suspecting a rootstock, there is no agreement between them either. The assistant decides to appropriate all the money to himself.

At this point, a visitor comes into the shop. In sight, he is no different from a regular vagrant. Besides, it behaves very defiant. In striking ways, the character is remarkably similar to the assistant manager. This situation is completely confusing.

Bright characters

In Chaplin’s short silent painting “The Scitalets”, Eric Campbell’s character became the head of the gypsies.

According to the story, the main character plays the violin in a bar. Its execution evokes resentment from competitors. The brawl begins.

After a fight, a violinist saves a girl from the gypsy When the shaken and hacked lady puts herself in order, Chaplin’s hero, shocked by her beauty, falls in love.

At the musician’s trouble, the mother comes to the rescued accompanied by a rival, an artist also infatuated with the girl. Now the heroine will have to make a difficult choice between the two.

The entertainer played in virtually all of Chaplin’s films made under contract with the Mutual Company. In no time, the talented artist managed to win the universal love of the audience. Really appreciated him and Charlie. The two complimented each other superbly on screen, befriending in real life.


chief of the fire brigade appeared the performer in Chaplin’s new project “Firefighter”. About the story he and his subordinate, the main character, are in love with one girl. The beauty’s father promised to extradite his daughter for a more well-off superior. However, there is one condition. The team does not have to arrive on the fire signal in time. His schemer decided to arrange himself to get considerable insurance for the house.

Here only a carefully crafted plan immediately went wrong. It is with horror that the father realizes that there is a daughter left on the top floor of the flame house. To the aid of the desperate girl comes Chaplin’s character.

New Plans

In the classic comedy “The Count,” Eric played a tailor. Chaplin’s character toils at him as a journeyman, constantly getting into trouble. He finds himself out of work after a client’s burned iron trousers. In their pocket, the tailor discovered an invitation to the evening called in the name of Count Brokaw. Charlie’s former employer decides to go through for an appointment. Donning the fracas and tapping the invitation, he goes to visit.

At this point, a kind cook feeds in the kitchen of an unlucky ex-journeyman, and then helps him to hide from the butler in a laundry basket. After the latter leaves the kitchen, the hero barely manages to get out as a new danger emerges. Charlie goes upstairs in the kitchen elevator.

Nose to nose ex-tailor confronts former boss. That explains that he decided to have fun for free, and offers the unwitting witness of the deception the role of the secretary for the evening. At the invitation of the butler, both enter the hall. Guests are amazed at the very strange manners at the table of the Count and his assistant.

During dances, imaginary invitees vie for the right to dance with the hostess of the reception. At the same time, Chaplin’s hero tries to flirt with another lady, with all her powers hiding from the cookery watching the holiday.


belatedly arrived real Count is amazed to learn that he is already in the house and goes to get the police. At this point, tailors arrange torto-throwing. Cream-smeared guests rush into pursuit of Charlie. Arriving police officers join them.

Summing up

Artistic career developed successfully. Campbell played a thunder and a thug in “The Moneylender’s Shop” and “Quiet Street”, visited the image of a gout sufferer in “The Treatment”. In the comedy “Behind the Screen”, his hero was the props Goliath. His last films were “Adventurer” and “The Immigrant”.

After the departure of their life, the entertainer made a new attempt to arrange personal life. His wife became Pearl Gilman, a vartite actress. However, the marriage lasted only two months and the couple separated. The actor died in a car accident in 1917, July 9.

After his demise, the comedic grotesque expertly brought by Campbell disappeared from Chaplin’s paintings. All the paintings featuring Eric are recognized as the pinnacle of Charlie’s directing period of the 1910s.

Dedicated to Campbell’s work, the documentary “Chaplin’s Goliath” was made in 1996. At the same time in Danun, in the birthplace of the artist, a commemorative plaque was erected in memory of him.

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