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Sydney Greenstreet ACTOR


Sydney Greenstreet was born on December 27th, 1879 in Sandwich, England in the United Kingdom with the birth name Sydney Hughes Greenstreet.  His father worked as a leather merchant and he had a total of seven siblings.
At the age of eighteen, Greenstreet left home in search of a career as a Ceylon tea planter, but due to a major drought he was put out of business and had to return home to England.  He found a job as a brewery manger and also took acting lessons part time.  

In 1902, he made his stage debut playing a murderer in a production of, "Sherlock Holmes".  He then began to continue making a living as a stage actor working in England as well as the United States.  He did anything from musicals to comedy and then decided to take a chance in the film industry.

He began working for Warner brothers in 1941 and his film debut was in, "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) co-starring with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre and Mary Astor, when he was sixty two years of age.  At this stage in his life he weighed nearly 300 pounds which was already taking a huge toll on his life.  In a span of eight years he appeared in a total of twenty four films all while he was lacking good health.  One of those films was a western, "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941) starring alongside Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Arthur Kennedy, Olivia de Havilland and Raymond Massey. He is also best known for his role in, "Casablanca" (1942) also starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt and Paul Henreid.  His final film role was in, "Malaya" (1949).   

Greenstreet retired from acting in 1949 and even though his film career lasted only a total of eight years, he is still one of the most remembered and recognized film actors.  Greenstreet did not completely leave the entertainment industry as he did star in the lead character role on NBC's radio show, "The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe" (1950-1951).   

Sydney Greenstreet was married to Dorothy Marie Ogden from 1918 and together they had one child, John Ogden who passed away on March 4th, 2004 at the age of eighty four.  It is unknown when the couple divorced.  Greenstreet passed away on January 18th, 1954 in Hollywood, California from effects of diabetes and nephritis, which was a kidney disease.  He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Glendale California.  


1949   Malaya 
1949   Flamingo Road
1948   The Velvet Touch 
1948   The Woman in White 
1948   Ruthless 
1947   The Hucksters 
1947   That Way with Women 
1946   The Verdict 
1946   Devotion 
1946   Three Strangers 
1945   Christmas in Connecticut  
1945   Conflict 
1945   Pillow to Post 
1944   The Conspirators 
1944   The Mask of Dimitrios
1944   Between Two Worlds
1944   Passage to Marseille 
1943   Background to Danger 
1942   Casablanca 
1942   Across the Pacific
1941   They Died with Their Boots On 
1941   The Maltese Falcon 

Matinee Classics - Across the Pacific starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Monte Blue and Keye Luke
Matinee Classics - Across the Pacific starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Monte Blue and Keye Luke
Matinee Classics - The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe Radio Show starring Sydney Greenstreet

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