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Sydney Earl Chaplin (March 31, 1926 – March 3, 2009) was an award winning 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).

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 Broadwaymarker 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 the longtime owner and manager of Chaplin's, a popular restaurant in Palm Springs, Californiamarker.


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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