Sydney Chaplin

Sydney Chaplin

Highest Rated: 97% Limelight (1952)

Lowest Rated: 50% A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

Birthday: Mar 30, 1926

Birthplace: Not Available

Born Sydney Hawkes, Sydney Chaplin was the son of two itinerant British actors, who happened to be touring South Africa when he was born in 1885. One year later, his mother Lily Harley, having divorced her first husband, married music hall entertainer Charles Chaplin. In 1889, Syd's half-brother Charlie was born. After the death of the elder Chaplin, the boys' mother suffered a complete nervous breakdown, leaving Syd and Charlie to fend for themselves in the streets of London. Syd, the stronger of the two, acted as surrogate father for the frail, sensitive Charlie when the boys were trundled off to an orphanage. Having had some experience as a street entertainer, Syd was hired by the Fred Karno comedy troupe in 1905; on his recommendation, brother Charlie was also engaged by Karno, eventually rising to star comedian. When Charlie was signed by Mack Sennett's California-based Keystone studios in 1913, he repaid his brother's many kindnesses by urging Sennett to hire Syd as well. Adopting the character of Gussle, a bumptious would-be aristocrat, Sydney proved to be a popular Keystone comic, though he never achieved Charlie's fame. Abandoning acting in 1916, Sydney became Charlie's business manager, securing lucrative, precedent-setting contracts for his younger brother at Mutual and First National. During this period, he occasionally played supporting roles in Charlie's comedies, notably Shoulder Arms (1918) and A Dog's Life (1919). Encouraged by his friends and family, Sydney returned to performing in 1923, frequently playing roles that called for female impersonation: His best assignment along these lines was the 1925 film version of Charley's Aunt. He also starred as Bruce Bairnsfather's woebegone British Army private Old Bill in the well-received wartime farce The Better 'Ole (1926). After finishing work on the British A Little Bit of Fluff (1928), Sydney retired from the screen permanently, fulfilling his lifelong dream of maintaining residences in both France and Switzerland. Long retired, Sydney Chaplin died in Nice at the age of 80.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Sept hommes et une garce (Seven Guys and a Gal) Actor 2013
No Score Yet A doppia faccia (Double Face) (Liz & Helen) Actor 2011
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Tramp and the Dictator Actor 2002
No Score Yet Unknown Chaplin Actor 1983
No Score Yet Satan's Cheerleaders Mond 1977
No Score Yet The Woman Hunter Actor 1972
No Score Yet Psycho Sisters Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Adding Machine Lt. Charles 1969
No Score Yet The Sicilian Clan Jack 1969
No Score Yet Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte (If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death) Actor 1968
50% A Countess from Hong Kong Harvey 1967
No Score Yet 30 Years of Fun Actor 1963
No Score Yet Pillars of the Sky Timothy, Indian Scout 1956
No Score Yet Abdulla the Great Ahmed 1956
78% Land of the Pharaohs Treneh 1955
97% Limelight Neville 1952
No Score Yet The Better Ole Old Bill 1926
No Score Yet Charley's Aunt Sir Fancourt Babberley (Babbs) 1925
No Score Yet The Man on the Box Bob Warburton 1925
No Score Yet The Pilgrim Eloping Man/Train Conductor/Slapping Boy's Father Eloper / Konduktor / Ojciec ch?opczyka 1923
No Score Yet Pay Day Actor 1922
No Score Yet Shoulder Arms Sergeant/The Kaiser 1918
No Score Yet The Bond The Kaiser 1918
No Score Yet A Dog's Life Lunch Wagon Owner 1918
No Score Yet The Knockout Actor 1914
89% Tillie's Punctured Romance Actor 1914


No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
Moreau 1977


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