Sydney Greenstreet

Actor, Tea planter, Brewery manager
Portly English actor with a uniqely insinuating style of line delivery who made a sensational screen debut as the cunning Kaspar Guttman in John Huston's "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) at age 61. Greenstreet subsequently ... Read more »
Born: 12/27/1879 in Sandwich, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

Ruthless 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Velvet Touch 1948 (Movie)

Captain Danbury (Actor)

Christmas in Connecticut 1945 (Movie)

Alexander Yardley (Actor)

Conflict 1945 (Movie)

Dr Mark Hamilton (Actor)

Passage to Marseille 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mask of Dimitrios 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Casablanca 1942 (Movie)

Senor Ferrari (Actor)

Across the Pacific 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Maltese Falcon 1941 (Movie)

Kasper Gutman (Actor)

Background to Danger (Movie)

Col. Robinson (Actor)

Devotion (Movie)

Thackeray (Actor)

Hollywood Canteen (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Malaya (Movie)

Dutchman (Actor)

Pillow to Post (Movie)

Col. Michael Otley (Actor)

That Way with Women (Movie)

James P. Alden (Actor)

The Conspirators (Movie)

Ricardo Quintanilla (Actor)

The Hucksters (Movie)

Evan Llewellyn Evans (Actor)

The Woman in White (Movie)

Count Fosco (Actor)

Three Strangers (Movie)

Jerome K. Arbutny (Actor)

Biography

Portly English actor with a uniqely insinuating style of line delivery who made a sensational screen debut as the cunning Kaspar Guttman in John Huston's "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) at age 61. Greenstreet subsequently appeared in numerous films as a brilliant schemer and shrewd architect of villainy, memorably opposite Peter Lorre, with change-of-pace sympathetic roles (e.g. "Christmas in Connecticut" 1945) cropping up occasionally.

Milestones

1950

Suffering from diabetes and Bright's disease, retired from the screen; last film, "Malaya"

1940

Made screen debut at age 61 in "The Maltese Falcon"

1902

Returned home to pursue acting career after drought brought him to ruin

1902

London stage debut "Sherlock Holmes"

1897

Left family to seek fortune as a tea planter in Ceylon

Appeared on stage mostly with the Lunts

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