Actor Sydney Earle Chaplin died on March 3rd at his home in Rancho Mirage, California from complications of a stroke.
Born March 31, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, he was the second son of legendary actor Charlie Chaplin and actress Lita Grey. Chaplin was named after his half-uncle Sydney Chaplin. Sydney won a 1957 Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “Bells are Ringing”, opposite Judy Holliday, and he received a Tony nomination for his performance opposite Barbara Streisand in 1964’s “Funny Girl”.
Married three times he carried on romances with Joan Collins and Barbara Streisand over the years. Chaplin appeared in a number of European films including three Spaghetti Westerns: "One by One", "Sartana" and "Tierra Brava" all in 1968. Besides acting he was also the longtime owner and manager of the Palm Springs restaurant Chaplins.
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Sydney Chaplin was a good friend of Bob Hoy's. When my Dad and I met Bob in Wilcox last October, we (Bob and I) discussed some of the Westerns that Sydney appeared in. Bob told the old "counting for dialogue" story that we have heard from many other folks that worked in the Euro-Westerns---as an anecdote that Chaplin had shared with him.ReplyDelete
I fondly remember Sydney Chaplin for his bit in THE SICILIAN CLAN.ReplyDelete
Still haven't seen SICILIAN CLAN though I love the Morricone score. One of the sad things about these blogs is the inevitable news of folks we love and admire passing.ReplyDelete
there goes more real hollywood royalty!ReplyDelete