Sydney Chaplin (actor)
|Born||Sydney Earle Chaplin
March 31, 1926
Los Angeles, California
|Died||March 3, 2009
Rancho Mirage, California
|Spouse(s)||Noëlle Adam (divorced)
Margaret Beebe (m.1998-2009; his death)
Chaplin was named after his uncle Sydney Chaplin. He was the second son of British actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, and his second wife, actress Lita Grey, whom he had married in November 1924. Chaplin's elder brother, Charles Chaplin, Jr. was born 10 months before him, and he also later had eight half-siblings from his father's fourth marriage. His parents divorced a year after his birth.
After serving in the Second World War in Europe, Chaplin turned to acting both on stage and in films. He was one of the founding members of the Circle Players at The Circle Theater, now known as El Centro Theatre, and appeared in several Broadway productions, including Bells Are Ringing opposite Judy Holliday in 1957, for which he won Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, and Funny Girl opposite Barbra Streisand in 1964, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Chaplin also appeared in supporting roles in two of his father's films, Limelight (1952) and A Countess from Hong Kong (1967).
Chaplin retired from acting in the 1970s, and in the 1980s owned and managed a restaurant, Chaplin's, in Palm Springs, California. He died of stroke on March 3, 2009, at the age of 82. He was survived by his second wife, Margaret Beebe Chaplin, a son Stephan (by his first marriage) and a granddaughter Tamara.
- Limelight (1952)
- Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
- Confession (1955)
- Abdullah the Great (1955)
- Pillars of the Sky (1956)
- Fours Girls in Town (1957)
- Quantez (1957)
- A Countess from Hong Kong (1966)
- Double Face (1969)
- The Adding Machine (1969)
- Sydney Chaplin (actor) at the Internet Broadway Database
- Sydney Chaplin at the Internet Movie Database
- Sydney Chaplin at Find a Grave