Sydney Chaplin (actor)

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Not to be confused with Sydney Chaplin or Sid Chaplin. ‹See Tfd›
Sydney Chaplin
Sydney Earl Chaplin.jpg
Born Sydney Earl Chaplin
(1926-03-30)March 30, 1926
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died March 3, 2009(2009-03-03) (aged 82)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Cause of death
stroke
Occupation Actor
Years active 1952–1977
Spouse(s) Noëlle Adam
(m. 1960–1985; divorced)
Margaret Beebe
(m. 1998–2009; his death)
Children Stephan Chaplin
Parents Charlie Chaplin
Lita Grey

Sydney Earl Chaplin (March 30, 1926 – March 3, 2009) was an American actor.

Biography[edit]

Chaplin was born five weeks prematurely. He was named after his half-uncle Sydney John Chaplin. He was the second son of actors Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey. The two had married in November 1924 when she became pregnant with Sydney's elder brother Charles, who was born 10 months before him in May 1925. The two also later had eight half-siblings from their father's fourth marriage to Oona O'Neill. His parents divorced a year after his birth.

After serving in the United States Army 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).

Through his first marriage to Noëlle Adam, he had one son named Stephan (born 1960). 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, his son Stephan, and a granddaughter Tamara.

Selected filmography[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Grey, Lita. "My Life With Chaplin" Grove Press. 1966.
  • Grey, Lita; Vance, Jeffrey. "Wife of the Life of the Party: A Memoir" Scarecrow Press. 1998.
  • Guardian Obituary

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