Basil Sydney

Basil Sydney

  • Born on
    • April 23rd, 1894
  • Died on
    • January 10th, 1968
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.


Acting (15 Credits)

1960The 3 Worlds of Gulliver as Emperor of Lilliput
1959The Devil's Disciple as Lawyer Hawkins
1959John Paul Jones as Sir William Young
1957Sea Wife as Bulldog
1957Island in the Sun as Julian Fleury
1956Around the World in 80 Days as Reform Club Member
1955The Dam Busters as Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris G.C.B., O.B.E., A.F.C.
1953Salome as Pontius Pilate
1952Ivanhoe as Waldemar Fitzurse
1951The Magic Box as William Fox-Talbot
1950Treasure Island as Captain Smollett
1948Hamlet as Claudius - The King
1945Caesar and Cleopatra as Rufio
1942Went the Day Well? as Major Hammond / Kommandant Orlter
1935Transatlantic Tunnel as Mostyn

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