Sydney Greenstreet (1879–1954)


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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. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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The Maltese Falcon Kasper Gutman
(1941)
Across the Pacific Dr. H.F.G. Lorenz
(1942)
Casablanca Signor Ferrari
(1942)
(1944)

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 1949 Malaya
The Dutchman
 1949 It's a Great Feeling
Sydney Greenstreet (uncredited)
 1949 Flamingo Road
Sheriff Titus Semple
 1948 The Velvet Touch
Captain Danbury
 1948 The Woman in White
Count Alessandro Fosco
 1948 Ruthless
Buck Mansfield
 1947 The Hucksters
Evan Llewellyn Evans
 1947 That Way with Women
James P. Alden
 1946 The Verdict
Supt. George Edward Grodman
 1946 Devotion
William Makepeace Thackeray
 1946 Three Strangers
Jerome K. Arbutny
 1945 Christmas in Connecticut
Alexander Yardley
 1945 Conflict
Dr. Mark Hamilton
 1945 Pillow to Post
Colonel Michael Otley
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Sydney Greenstreet
 1944 The Conspirators
Ricardo Quintanilla
 1944 The Mask of Dimitrios
Mr. Peters
 1944 Between Two Worlds
Reverend Tim Thompson
 1944 Passage to Marseille
Maj. Duval
 1943 Background to Danger
Colonel Robinson
 1942 Casablanca
Signor Ferrari
 1942 Across the Pacific
Dr. H.F.G. Lorenz
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott
 1941 The Maltese Falcon
Kasper Gutman
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Stage: Appeared in "A King of Nowhere" on Broadway. Written by Jeanie Macpherson (credited as "J. duRocher MacPherson") and L. duRocher MacPherson. Directed by Jessie Bonstelle and Lou Tellegen (also in cast). Maxine Elliott's Theatre (moved to The 39th Street Theatre from 27 Mar 1916-close): 20 Mar 1916-unknown (58 performances). ... 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.

Trivia:

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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