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Basil Sydney

Basil Sydney (23 April 1894 – 10 January 1968) was an English stage and screen actor. Sydney made his name in 1915 in the London stage hit Romance by Edward Sheldon, with Broadway star Doris Keane, and he costarred with Keane in the 1920 silent film of the play. The couple married in 1918, and when Keane revived Romance in New York City in 1921, Sydney made his Broadway debut in the parts. He stayed in New York for over a decade playing classical roles such as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (1922), Richard Dudgeon in The Devil's Disciple (1923), the title role in Hamlet (1923), Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part I (1926), and Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (1927).[citation needed] In 1937 he starred in the murder mystery Blondie White in the West End. He made over 50 screen appearances, most memorably as Claudius in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film of Hamlet. He also appeared in classic films like Treasure Island (1950), Ivanhoe (1952), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), but the focus of his career was the stage on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Apr 23, 1894 In Essex, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Romance 1920-05-16
Latest Project:
Series Silent Evidence 1962-08-07
Known For
Poster of Silent Evidence
Poster of No Hiding Place
Poster of Ivanhoe
Poster of Treasure Island
Series Silent Evidence Unknown 1962-08-07
Movie The Hands of Orlac Maurice Seidelman 1960-12-01
Movie The 3 Worlds of Gulliver Emperor of Lilliput 1960-11-30
Movie A Story of David King Saul 1960-12-01
Movie John Paul Jones Sir William Young 1959-06-16
Movie The Devil's Disciple Lawyer Hawkins 1959-08-20
Series No Hiding Place Unknown 1959-09-16
Movie Island in the Sun Julian Fleury 1957-06-12
Movie Mayerling The Emperor Franz Joseph 1957-02-04
Movie Sea Wife Bulldog 1957-10-16
Movie Around the World in Eighty Days Reform Club Member 1956-10-17
Movie Simba Mr Crawford 1955-01-07
Movie The Dam Busters Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris G.C.B., O.B.E., A.F.C. 1955-05-16
Movie Star of India King Louis XIV 1954-01-02
Movie Hell Below Zero Bland 1954-01-13
Movie Salome Pontius Pilate 1953-03-24
Movie Ivanhoe Waldemar Fitzurse 1952-01-01
Movie The Magic Box William Fox-Talbot 1951-01-01
Movie The Angel with the Trumpet Francis Alt 1950-03-19
Movie Treasure Island Captain Smollett 1950-07-19
Movie Hamlet Claudius - The King 1948-12-10
Movie Jassy Nick Helmar 1947-08-13
Movie Caesar and Cleopatra Rufio 1945-12-11
Movie The Black Sheep of Whitehall Costello 1942-02-23
Movie Went the Day Well? Major Hammond / Kommandant Orlter 1942-12-07
Movie The Next of Kin Naval captain 1942-06-15
Movie Spring Meeting James 1941-01-23
Movie Ships with Wings Capt. Fairfax 1941-11-10
Movie The Farmer's Wife Samuel Sweetland 1941-04-20
Movie The Four Just Men Frank Snell 1939-06-01
Movie The Amateur Gentleman Louis Chichester 1936-04-26
Movie Blind Man's Bluff Dr. Peter Fairfax 1936-03-01
Movie Rhodes of Africa Dr. Jim Jameson 1936-06-30
Movie Talk of the Devil Unknown 1936-12-09
Movie Accused Eugene Roget 1936-12-17
Movie Crime Over London 'Joker' Finnigan 1936-10-21
Movie The Riverside Murder Inspector Philip Winton 1935-03-02
Movie The Tunnel Mostyn 1935-10-27
Movie The Third Clue Reinhardt Conway 1934-11-20
Movie Dirty Work Hugh Stafford 1934-12-07
Movie The Midshipmaid Cmdr. Fosberry 1932-12-08
Movie Romance Unknown 1920-05-16