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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 in "What Ails You?" on Broadway. 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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Greenstreet had a great theatrical career before making his film debut in "The Maltese Falcon." He is reported to have acted in every major Shakespearean play and committed 12,000 lines of Shakepearean verse to memory. See more »

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Capricorn

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