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Sydney Greenstreet is a Actor American born on 27 december 1879 at Sandwich (United-kingdom)

Sydney Greenstreet

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Birth name Sydney Hughes Greenstreet
Nationality USA
Birth 27 december 1879 at Sandwich (United-kingdom)
Death 18 january 1954 (at 74 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Sydney Hughes Greenstreet (27 December 1879 – 18 January 1954) was a British-born American actor who did not work in films until the age of 62, but enjoyed a run of notable hits in a Hollywood career lasting just eight years. He is best remembered for his Warner Bros. films with Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre, which include The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), and Passage to Marseille (1944). He became a naturalised United States citizen in 1925. He portrayed Nero Wolfe on radio from 1950-51.


Il débute dans son pays natal en 1902, au théâtre, où il sera très actif. À l'occasion d'une tournée, il vient à New York en 1905 et jouera dès lors tant en Angleterre qu'aux États-Unis. Entre 1907 et 1940, il se produit à Broadway, notamment dans des pièces de William Shakespeare (Le Marchand de Venise - 1907 - ; Comme il vous plaira - 1914 - ; Les Joyeuses Commères de Windsor - 1916 -), et également dans quelques comédies musicales. Sa dernière pièce à Broadway est There shall be no Night (1940), aux côtés du jeune Montgomery Clift.

En 1941, il démarre sa carrière au cinéma, pour la Warner Brothers. Son premier film, l'un de ses plus connus, est Le Faucon maltais avec Humphrey Bogart, qu'il retrouvera dans Griffes jaunes (1942), Casablanca (1942), Passage pour Marseille (1944) et La mort n'était pas au rendez-vous (1945). Mais le partenaire qu'il aura le plus souvent est Peter Lorre, avec lequel il tournera neuf films.

Des ennuis de santé récurrents (notamment un diabète, des suites duquel il décédera) mettront un terme à sa carrière au cinéma (qu'il a d'ailleurs commencée sur le tard, à 62 ans). Son dernier film est Malaya (1949), avec Spencer Tracy et James Stewart.

En 1950 et 1951, il participera encore à une série de pièces radiophoniques, The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe .

Usually with

Jack Warner
Jack Warner
(13 films)
Peter Lorre
Peter Lorre
(9 films)
Perc Westmore
Perc Westmore
(8 films)
Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(7 films)
Arthur Edeson
Arthur Edeson
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Sydney Greenstreet (25 films)

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Malaya (1949)
, 1h38
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Valentina Cortese, Sydney Greenstreet, John Hodiak, Lionel Barrymore
Roles The Dutchman
Rating66% 3.3470153.3470153.3470153.3470153.347015
In January 1942 (a month after the United States has entered World War II), reporter John Royer (James Stewart) returns to the United States. He goes to see his friend, newspaper publisher John Manchester (Lionel Barrymore), about a scheme to smuggle out desperately needed rubber out of Japanese-occupied Malaya. Manchester, though he has been selected by the government to deal with the rubber shortage, does not seem interested, but later, government agent Kellar (John Hodiak) takes him to a meeting with Manchester and others. They give their approval.
Flamingo Road, 1h34
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Politique, Films based on plays
Actors Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, David Brian, Gladys George, Fred Clark
Roles Sheriff Titus Semple
Rating69% 3.4984853.4984853.4984853.4984853.498485
Lane Bellamy is a carnival dancer stranded in the small town of Boldon City in the Southern United States. She becomes romantically involved with Fielding Carlisle, a deputy sheriff whose career is controlled by Sheriff Titus Semple, a corrupt political boss who runs the town. Semple dislikes Bellamy and mounts a campaign against her. She has difficulty finding work and is arrested on a trumped-up morality charge. Meanwhile, Carlisle is the political machine's choice for state senator, and to portray the perfect political family, he marries his long-time girlfriend, Annabelle Weldon.
It's a Great Feeling, 1h25
Directed by David Butler
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Doris Day, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Irving Bacon, Bill Goodwin, Claire Carleton
Roles Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
Rating63% 3.198323.198323.198323.198323.19832
The film begins with a succession of real-life film directors - including Michael Curtiz, King Vidor, and Raoul Walsh - refusing to helm a new Warner's flick, Mademoiselle Fifi, because Jack Carson has been signed to star in it. Frustrated, fictional studio head Arthur Trent (Bill Goodwin) finally decides to let Carson direct it. Seeking the perfect co-star for himself and fellow lead, frenemy Dennis Morgan, Carson finds her in the person of studio commissary waitress Judy Adams (Doris Day). Judy has been in Hollywood for three months without even one audition, and sneaks her way into Carson's office, where she forces him to give her a chance. A self-proclaimed liar, Carson advises her to pose as his secret bride to Morgan. He, however, does not fall for Judy's act and reveals Carson as the liar Judy did not know he was. Following an angry outburst, she leaves the studio, having felt used by the two actors for their entertainment.
The Velvet Touch, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Rosalind Russell, Leon Ames, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor, Sydney Greenstreet, Frank McHugh
Roles Capt. Danbury
Rating67% 3.3923353.3923353.3923353.3923353.392335
Broadway leading lady Valerie Stanton (Russell), accidentally kills her producer and former lover, Gordon Dunning (Ames), during an argument about the direction her career should take. He expects her to sign for his next production, a typical frothy comedy for which he is known, while she wants to star in a revival of Hedda Gabler in order to prove her versatility as an actress.
The Woman in White, 1h49
Directed by Peter Godfrey, Peter Godfrey
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Alexis Smith, Eleanor Parker, Sydney Greenstreet, Gig Young, Agnes Moorehead, John Abbott
Roles Count Fosco
Rating65% 3.2943353.2943353.2943353.2943353.294335
Arriving at an estate in England to teach drawing to wealthy Laura Fairlie (Eleanor Parker), artist Walter Hartright (Gig Young) sees a mysterious woman in white who promptly vanishes.
Ruthless (1948)
, 1h44
Directed by Edgar George Ulmer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir
Actors Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn, Sydney Greenstreet, Lucille Bremer, Martha Vickers
Roles Buck Mansfield
Rating68% 3.441833.441833.441833.441833.44183
Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by richer neighbors he started to exhibit an obsessive and selfish urge to make more and more money, loving and leaving women at will to further this end.
The Hucksters, 1h55
Directed by Jack Conway, John Waters
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Ava Gardner, Keenan Wynn
Roles Evan Llewellyn Evans
Rating66% 3.347773.347773.347773.347773.34777
Victor Norman (Clark Gable) is a radio advertising executive just back from World War II and looking for a job in his old field. He literally throws his money out the hotel window, telling the hotel valet that being down to his last fifty dollars "will help me seem sincere about not needing a job." On his way to his interview, he stops and spends thirty-five of those dollars on a "sincere" hand-painted necktie.
Devotion (1946)
, 1h47
Directed by Edward Chodorov, Robert Buckner, Curtis Bernhardt
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about writers, Films about families
Actors Olivia de Havilland, Ida Lupino, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Nancy Coleman, John Arthur Kennedy
Roles William Makepeace Thackeray
Rating66% 3.344563.344563.344563.344563.34456
The story takes place in the early 1800s, when the Brontë sisters Charlotte and Anne have made the decision to leave their family - their sister Emily, their brother Branwell, their aunt and their vicar father - to take positions as governesses in other families. The two sisters long to break free from their tedious life and get experiences from the outside world, to prepare for their careers as writers.
Three Strangers, 1h32
Directed by Jean Negulesco
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Actors Sydney Greenstreet, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Peter Lorre, Alan Napier, Joan Lorring, Robert Shayne
Roles Jerome K. Arbutny
Rating69% 3.4951753.4951753.4951753.4951753.495175
Crystal Shackleford (Geraldine Fitzgerald) lures two strangers, solicitor Jerome K. Arbutny (Sydney Greenstreet) and charming and erudite drunkard Johnny West (Peter Lorre) to her London flat on Chinese New Year in 1938 because of her belief that if three strangers make the same wish to an idol of Kwan Yin, Chinese goddess of fortune and destiny, the wish will be granted. Since money will make their dreams come true, the three go in on a sweepstakes ticket for the Grand National horse race together and agree that they will not sell the ticket if it is chosen, but will hold on to it until the race is run. Shackleford would use the money to try to win her estranged husband back, Arbutny to smooth the way for his selection to the prestigious Barrister's Club, and Johnny to buy a bar and live in it.
The Verdict, 1h26
Directed by Don Siegel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Films about capital punishment
Actors Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring, George Coulouris, Rosalind Ivan, Paul Cavanagh
Roles Supt. George Edward Grodman
Rating71% 3.593513.593513.593513.593513.59351
George Edward Grodman, a respected superintendent at Scotland Yard in 1890, makes a mistake in an investigation that causes the execution of an innocent man. He takes the blame for his error, is dismissed from his position as superintendent and replaced by the obnoxious and gloating John Buckley.
Christmas in Connecticut, 1h42
Directed by Peter Godfrey, Peter Godfrey
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Christmas films
Actors Barbara Stanwyck, Glenn Ford, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, George Macready, Reginald Gardiner
Roles Alexander Yardley
Rating73% 3.6973253.6973253.6973253.6973253.697325
Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) is a single food writer living in New York whose articles about her fictitious Connecticut farm and her husband and baby are admired by housewives across the country. Her publisher, Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet), is unaware of the charade and insists that Elizabeth host a Christmas dinner for returning war hero Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan). Facing a career-ending scandal for her and her editor, Dudley Beecham (Robert Shayne), she is forced to comply. In desperation, Elizabeth agrees to marry her friend John Sloan (Reginald Gardiner), who has a farm in Connecticut, even though she does not love him. She enlists the help of her friend, chef Felix Bassenak (S.Z. Sakall), who has been providing her with recipes for her articles.
Conflict (1945)
, 1h26
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Actors Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, Rose Hobart, Charles Drake, Grant Mitchell
Roles Dr. Mark Hamilton
Rating71% 3.595193.595193.595193.595193.59519
On the surface, Richard (Humphrey Bogart) and Kathryn Mason (Rose Hobart) appear to be a happily married couple. But on their fifth wedding anniversary, Kathryn accuses Richard of having fallen in love with her younger sister, Evelyn Turner (Alexis Smith), who is visiting them. He does not deny it, but has resigned himself to leaving things as they are, since he is certain Kathryn would not give him a divorce. At a party celebrating the couple's anniversary hosted by family friend and psychologist Dr. Mark Hamilton (Sydney Greenstreet), Evelyn meets with Mark's handsome young colleague, Professor Norman Holdsworth (Charles Drake). On the way home, Kathryn suggests to Evelyn that their mother is lonely, so Evelyn decides to move home. Distracted by this unwelcome news, Richard crashes their car and suffers a broken leg. He then decides to take desperate action.
Pillow to Post
Directed by Vincent Sherman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Military humor in film, Political films, Films based on plays
Actors Ida Lupino, Sydney Greenstreet, William Prince, Stuart Erwin, Ruth Donnelly, Barbara Brown
Roles Colonel Michael Otley
Rating66% 3.340293.340293.340293.340293.34029
Socialite Jean Howard (Ida Lupino) is stirred to patriotism and eager to help the war effort. When she overhears her father, J. R. Howard (an uncredited Paul Harvey), complain that the military has taken all of the salesmen of his oil rig supply company, she volunteers to take their place. J. R. gives in, though he reminds her that she has never worked a day in her life.
The Conspirators, 1h41
Directed by Don Siegel, Jean Negulesco
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Spy, Historical, Romance
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Hedy Lamarr, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, Joseph Calleia
Roles Ricardo Quintanilla
Rating65% 3.297073.297073.297073.297073.29707
During World War II, former schoolteacher turned Dutch resistance fighter Vincent Van Der Lyn (Henreid) causes so much trouble for the Nazis, they place a bounty on his head. As a result, he is ordered to travel to England by way of neutral Lisbon.