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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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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)
Across the Pacific
Across the Pacific Dr. H.F.G. Lorenz
(1942)

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Stage: Appeared (asl "Ernest John") in "Junk" on Broadway. Written by Edwin B. Self. Directed by Charles Coburn. Garrick Theatre: 5 Jan 1927-Jan 1927 (closing date unknown/9 performances). Cast: Doan Borup (as "Jim, The Gunman"), George V. Denny Jr. (as "First Prison Guard"; final Broadway role), Emma Dunn (as "Old Sal"; final ... 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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While appearing at Bryn Mawr College in '"As You Like it," his girth caused him to crash through the floor. after he emerged in sight of the audience, he delivered his next line without breaking stride. See more »

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