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Sydney Earle Chaplin

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Death: March 03, 2009 (82)
Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, United States
Place of Burial: cremated
Immediate Family:

Son of Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey
Husband of Private
Ex-husband of Private
Father of Stephan Chaplin
Brother of Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr.
Half brother of Norman Spencer Chaplin; Geraldine Chaplin; Michael John Chaplin; Private; Victoria Thiérrée and 5 others

Occupation: Film and theatre actor
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About Sydney Chaplin

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 know 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.

He was the longtime owner and manager of Chaplin's, a popular restaurant in Palm Springs, California.

Sydney Earl Chaplin died of stroke on March 3, 2009 at 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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Sydney Chaplin's Timeline

March 31, 1926
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
March 3, 2009
Age 82
Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, United States