Sydney Tafler

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Sydney Tafler
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Born (1916-07-31)31 July 1916
Hackney, London, England[1]
Died 8 November 1979(1979-11-08) (aged 63)
Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, England[2]
Spouse(s) Joy Shelton (1941–1979)

Sydney Tafler (31 July 1916 – 8 November 1979) was an English actor best remembered for numerous appearances in films and on British television from the 1940s to the 1970s.[3]


His father was an antiques dealer. After two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he first appeared on stage in London's West End in 1936, with Sir Seymour Hicks in The Man in Dress Clothes. On British television he appeared alongside Sid James and Tony Hancock in the early 1960s. His other television work included Angel Pavement, The Gentle Killers, The Infernal Machine, Focus, Citizen James, Dixon of Dock Green and Hadleigh. He appeared in many films from 1947 to 1977. He most commonly played spiv characters, one notable exception being the 1956 film Reach for the Sky in which he played the prosthetics expert to Douglas Bader.[4] There again, he appeared briefly in a drily comic role as a uniformed policeman in the 1956 film The Cockleshell Heroes. His film career ended with a role as the captain of the supertanker Liparus in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

Personal life[edit]

Tafler was born into a Jewish family to Eva (née Kosky) and Mark Tafler.[5][6] He was married to the English film actress Joy Shelton from 1941 until his death[7] from cancer;[8] they had three children – two sons, Jeremy and Jonathan, and a daughter, Jennifer.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "England & Wales Births 1837-2006". Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007". Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Sydney Tafler". British Film Institute. Retrieved 23 April 2014. Born: 31 July 1916, London. Died: 7 November 1979, London. 
  4. ^ "Tafler, Sydney (1916-79)". Screenonline. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "England & Wales Marriages 1837-2005". Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  6. ^ "England & Wales Marriages 1837-2005". Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  7. ^ McGillivray, David (15 May 2000). "Joy Shelton". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sydney Tafler". Find a Grave. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 

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