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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 "Lord Henry Delves") in "Roberta" on Broadway. Musical revue. Music by Jerome Kern. Book / lyrics by Otto A. Harbach. Based on the novel "Gowns by Roberta" by Alice Duer Miller. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical Director: Victor Baravalle. Scenic Design by Clark Robinson. Gowns Designed by ... 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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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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