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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: The Goddess of Reason. Tragedy. Written by Mary Johnston. Daly's Theatre: 15 Feb 1909- 18 Mar 1909 (48 performances). Cast: Alexander Calvert, Lawrence Eyre, Sydney Greenstreet, Theodore Hamilton, Julia Marlowe, Wilson Melrose, L'Estrange Millman, Hubert Osborne, Alfred Paget, Jean Roberts, Vincent Sternroyd, Frederic A. ... 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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Partially inspired the appearance of Jabba the Hut in the "Star Wars" series. When asked what the intergalactic gangster should look like by the designer, George Lucas replied, "A big blob, a huge mass of matter." The designer immediately thought of Greenstreet in Casablanca (1942). At one point during the production, a fez was placed on the final Jabba's head, to make him look like Greenstreet. See more »

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Capricorn

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