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, actress Lita Grey, Sydney Chaplin was named after his uncle Sydney Chaplin (1885–1965). His mother was of Mexican and Irish descent.
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, he turned to acting. Chaplin was a founding member of the Circle Players at The Circle Theatre, now known as El Centro Theatre.
In 1957 he won
Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for , opposite Bells Are Ringing 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 in 1964.
Chaplin appeared in two of his father's films,
(1952) and Limelight (1967).
A Countess from Hong Kong
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.
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 wife, Margaret Beebe Chaplin, a son Stephan (by his first marriage) and a granddaughter Tamara.
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