Toraichi Kono

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Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Born in 1888 and raised in Hiroshima, Japan, Toraichi Kono immigrated to the U.S. around 1906 to study law and become a lawyer. In 1916, when Charles Chaplin was recruiting a trusty for his secretary, Kono applied for the position and immediately obtained it. Chaplin hired the Japanese allegedly because the cane, one of the trademarks of the Little Tramp character Chaplin played, was made in Japan. During the next 18 years, Kono was Chaplin's right-hand butler both in his public and private life. Read more...


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ETV tokushû 2003