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Basil Sydney



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
74% 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
100% 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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