Sydney Chaplin (actor)
|Born||Sydney Earl Chaplin
March 31, 1926
Los Angeles, California
|Died||March 3, 2009
Rancho Mirage, California
|Spouse(s)||1) Noëlle Adam (divorced)
2) Margaret Beebe (m.1998-2009; his death)
The third son of actor Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, Jr, and the second by his second wife, actress Lillita Louise MacMurray (known as Lita Grey), Sydney was named after his uncle Sydney John Chaplin (born Sydney John Hill) (1885—1965). His mother was of Mexican and Irish descent.
Lita Grey was 16 when she married the 35-year-old Charlie Chaplin in November 1924. Sydney was born fourteen months later in Beverly Hills. His parents divorced a year after his birth. Their elder son Charles III was born 10 months before him and died in 1968.
In 1957 he won Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Bells Are Ringing, opposite Judy Holliday, and received a Tony nomination for his performance as Nick Arnstein, the gambling first husband of Fanny Brice, opposite Barbra Streisand, in the Broadway musical Funny Girl in 1964.
Chaplin appeared in two of his father's films, Limelight (1952; in a part specially written for him by his father) and A Countess from Hong Kong (1967). He had a much-publicized romance with Joan Collins after filming Land of the Pharaohs (1955).
He was the longtime owner and manager of Chaplin's, a popular restaurant in Palm Springs, California.
Chaplin 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