16/02/2012 10:22 GMT | Updated 16/02/2012 11:29 GMT

Charlie Chaplin, Gandhi, Winston Churchill And Albert Einstein: 40 Incredible Pictures From A Hollywood Icon's Life (PICTURES)

Stripped of his funny walk, bowler hat, moustache, umbrella and battered shoes, these stunning images show the real Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin - known to millions as simply Charlie.

Behind the iconic costume, slapstick humour and movie classics is a man almost unrecognisable as one of the most famous film pioneers in history.

He was pictured with huge figures from the 20th century such as Gandhi, Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein.

Enjoy our slideshow of incredible images from a life spent in front of the lens.