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Sydney Greenstreet (1879–1954)

Sydney Greenstreet's father was a leather merchant with eight children. Sydney left home at age 18 to make his fortune as a Ceylon tea planter, but drought forced him out of business and back to England. He managed a brewery and, to escape boredom, took acting lessons. His stage debut was as a murderer in a 1902 production of "Sherlock Holmes". ... See full bio »

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 1949 Malaya
The Dutchman
 1949 It's a Great Feeling
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 1948 The Velvet Touch
Captain Danbury
 1948 Ruthless
Buck Mansfield
 1947 The Hucksters
Evan Llewellyn Evans
 1947 That Way with Women
James P. Alden
 1945 Conflict
Dr. Mark Hamilton
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
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 1944 The Conspirators
Ricardo Quintanilla
 1943 Background to Danger
Colonel Robinson
 1942 In This Our Life
Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared in "A King of Nowhere" on Broadway. Written by Jeanie Macpherson (credited as "J. duRocher MacPherson") and L. duRocher MacPherson. Directed by Jessie Bonstelle and Lou Tellegen (also in cast). Maxine Elliott's Theatre (moved to The 39th Street Theatre from 27 Mar 1916-close): 20 Mar 1916-unknown (58 performances). ... See more »

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5' 9" (1.75 m)

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The lens is the actor's best critic... showing his mind more clearly than on the stage. You can get wonderful cooperation out of the lens if you are true, but God help you if you are not. Pictures are much harder to do than the theater... You're at the mercy of the camera angles and the piecemeal technique.


His little-known Cyrus Redblock role was recycled into another same-name character for the series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), episode "The Big Good-Bye". Played fittingly by the late Lawrence Tierney. See more »

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