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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 »

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 1949 Malaya
The Dutchman
 1949 It's a Great Feeling
Sydney Greenstreet (uncredited)
 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
Sydney Greenstreet
 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 Play: Speed. Written by Lee Wilson Dodd. Collier's Comedy Theatre: 9 Sep 1911- Sep 1911 (closing date unknown/15 performances). Cast: Orrin Johnson (as "Edwin Wise"), Oza Waldrop (as "Victoria Wise"), Eric Blind, Larry Broder (as "The Chauffeur"), Joseph Buckley, Sydney Greenstreet, Eleanor Hicks, Lela Lee, Nat Nazarro Jr., Elsie ... See more »

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Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

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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His characters in ''The Maltese Falcon'' and ''Casablanca'' were the inspiration for the Star Wars character Jabba The Hutt. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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