erich von stroheim jr

Charlie holding a baby in the poor people’s mission at the beginning of “Easy Street” - 1917.

The baby’ name was Erich von Stroheim Jr, he was the son of silent film director/actor Erich von Stroheim.

No one knew the identity of the baby Charlie is holding until a collection of Erich von Stroheim’s mementos were itemized and May Jones (baby’s mother)  had written on the back of a photo from this set, something like “Baby Erich earned fifteen dollars for appearing with Charlie in this scene.” btw  $15 dollars in 1917 is equivalent to $300.00 today.