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Sydney Chaplin (actor)

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Birth nameSydney Earle Chaplin
Birth dateMarch 31, 1926
Place of birthLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Date of deathMarch 3, 2009(age 82)
Death placeRancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Spouse1) Noëlle Adam (divorced)
2) Margaret Beebe (1998-2009; his death)

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Sydney Earle Chaplin (March 31, 1926 - March 3, 2009) was a film and theatre actor. The third son of Sir Charles Chaplin and the second by his second wife, Mexican-American actress Lita Grey, Sydney Chaplin was named after his uncle Sydney Chaplin (1885 - 1965).

Lita Grey was 16 when she married the 35-year-old Charles Chaplin in 1924. Sydney was born two years later in Beverly Hills. His parents divorced a year later. Their elder son, Charles Chaplin, Jr. died in 1968.

After serving in World War II, including a stint in Europe, Sydney turned to acting.

Sydney was a founding member of the Circle Players at The Circle Theatre, now known as El Centro Theatre.

He won the 1957 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 Nicky Arnstein, the gambling first husband of Fanny Brice, opposite Barbra Streisand, in the Broadway musical Funny Girl in 1964.

Sydney appeared in two of his father's films, Limelight (1952) and A Countess from Hong Kong (1967).

He was also half-brother to Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Chaplin, Josephine Chaplin, Victoria Chaplin, Eugene Chaplin, Jane Chaplin, Annette Chaplin, Christopher Chaplin and Norman Chaplin.

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