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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Known For

Casablanca
Casablanca Signor Ferrari
(1942)
The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon Kasper Gutman
(1941)
Christmas in Connecticut
Christmas in Connecticut Alexander Yardley
(1945)
The Mask of Dimitrios
(1944)

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Stage: Appeared (as "Uncle Waldemar"; final Broadway role) in "There Shall Be No Night" on Broadway. Drama [return engagement]. Written by Robert E. Sherwood. Scenic Design by Richard Whorf. Costume Design by Valentina. Stage Manager: Charva Chester. Assistant Stage Mgrs: Ralph Nelson and Robert Downing. Directed by Alfred Lunt. Alvin... See more »

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Height:

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.

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Starred as the title character on NBC Radio's "The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe" (1950-1951). See more »

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Capricorn

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