Basil Sydney

Highest Rated: 100% The Dam Busters (1954)
Birthday: Apr 23, 1894
Birthplace: Not Available
On the British stage from the age of 15, Basil Sydney first toured the U.S. in 1914, just before his army service in World War I. During the postwar years, Sydney established himself as a dependable leading man, rising to matinee idol status with the London stage hit Romance. It was this property which also launched his screen career in 1920. Though he spent most of the 1930s in America, Sydney avoided film work in Hollywood because the producers would not honor his request that he only appear in movie versions of Shakespeare and Shaw. He resettled in England in the early '40s, where he appeared in such roles as Rufio in the 1945 filmization of Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra, Claudius in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film version of Hamlet, and Captain Smollett in Walt Disney's British-filmed Treasure Island (1950). In 1956, Basil Sydney, together with several of his fellow British thespians, played an amusing cameo in Mike Todd's all-star Around the World in 80 Days.

Highest Rated Movies



83% The 3 Worlds of Gulliver Emperor of Lilliput 1960
No Score Yet The Hands of Orlac (Hands of a Strangler) Seidleman 1960
No Score Yet John Paul Jones Sir William Young 1959
No Score Yet The Devil's Disciple Lawyer Hawkins 1959
No Score Yet Sea Wife Bulldog 1957
No Score Yet Island in the Sun Julian Fleury 1957
71% Around the World in 80 Days Club Member 1956
No Score Yet Simba Mr. Crawford 1955
100% The Dam Busters Sir Arthur Harris 1954
No Score Yet Hell Below Zero Bland 1954
No Score Yet Salome Pontius Pilate 1953
No Score Yet The Magic Box William Fox-Talbot 1952
79% Ivanhoe Waldemar Fitzurse 1952
100% Treasure Island Captain Smollett 1950
No Score Yet The Angel with the Trumpet Francis Alt 1950
91% Hamlet King Claudius 1948
No Score Yet Jassy Nick Helmar 1948
No Score Yet Caesar and Cleopatra Rufio 1945
No Score Yet Olivier's Shakespeare Actor 1944
92% Went the Day Well? Maj. Ortler 1942
No Score Yet Next of Kin Naval Captain 1942
No Score Yet Ships with Wings Capt. Fairfax 1941
No Score Yet Rhodes of Africa Dr. Jamison 1936
No Score Yet Accused Eugene Roget 1936
No Score Yet Crime Over London Joker Finnegan 1936
No Score Yet Transatlantic Tunnel Mostyn 1935
No Score Yet Dirty Work Hugh Stafford 1933


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