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    Posted at Nitrateville:



    Sydney Chaplin--the eldest living child of Charlie--died peacefully at home yesterday [March 3] at the age of 82.



    He appeared in his father's films LIMELIGHT (1952) and A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG (1967). He won a Tony for his work in the original Broadway production of BELLS ARE RINGING. His other well known Broadway credit is the original production of FUNNY GIRL.



    Film enthusiasts may recall his appearances at Cinecon in 1998 and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in 2004 when he talked after screenings of THE CIRCUS to help promote Jeffrey Vance's books. He also appeared in Bologna, Italy in 2002 for a fiftieth anniversary screening of LIMELIGHT with Claire Bloom.



    He wrote the Foreword to WIFE OF THE LIFE OF THE PARTY, his mother's second memoir of her life with Chaplin. He appears in the documentaries UNKNOWN CHAPLIN (1983), CHARLIE CHAPLIN: A TRAMP'S LIFE (1997), THE TRAMP AND THE DICTATOR (2002), and CHARLE: THE LIFE AND ART OF CHARLES CHAPLIN (2003).



    He is survived by his wife, Margaret, son Stephan (from Sydney's first marriage), and granddaughter Tamara.

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    Sydney was excellent in "Confession" made at Merton Park and directed by Ken Hughes. It was whilst American film executives were visiting the set that they saw John Bentley and he was as a result offerred an American contract. John told me that he really enjoyed working on that film and critically it did very well at the time 1955/56.

    It is sad that another star has passed away RIP.

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    I remember him best as Joan Collins' partner in crime in "Land of The Pharoahs"



    R.I.P. Mr Chaplin.

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    Yet more sad news. I enjoyed his contributions to the Life And Art Of documentary DVD on his great father. He looked the part as a handsome leading man in Limelight but it was only a supporting role and, not having seen his other acting credits, I'm not sure if he had a better one. At least he got the chance to kiss Claire Bloom ...







    I liked the scenes where, as a sad-looking and struggling young composer, he buys sheet music from kind shop-assistant Claire. Unusually, she narrates the story of their meetings - shown in flashbacks - and we don't get to hear Sydney speaking until much later in the picture.



    He had a brother, Charles Jr, who died not long after A Countess From Hong Kong was made, sadly, aged just 40. Interesting to find out that episodes of Police Woman, Baretta and The Bionic Woman were among his 1970s work. I hope I get to see them.

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    RIP Mr. Chaplin

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    RIP sir.

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    Obituary: Sydney Chaplin



    Daily Telegraph



    Sydney Chaplin, who has died aged 82, was the second son of Charlie Chaplin and an award-winning actor in his own right, starring on Broadway opposite Judy Holliday in Bells Are Ringing and Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl.








    Although Chaplin appeared in two of his father's later films � Limelight (1952) and The Countess from Hong Kong (1967) � he never achieved the success in Hollywood that he enjoyed in the musical theatre in New York.



    He won a Tony award for Bells Are Ringing, the 1956 musical by Betty Comden and Adolph Green about a telephone answering service operator (Holliday) who falls in love with a customer (Chaplin).



    But Chaplin's best-remembered show was the 1964 smash Funny Girl as Nicky Arnstein, the gambler who woos Streisand in her star-making role as Fanny Brice. The show brought Chaplin another Tony nomination, but he departed in June 1965, citing unspecified differences with his producer Ray Stark. When it was time to make the film, Omar Sharif, a major heart-throb following his roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, was cast opposite Streisand.

    Chaplin � also passed over in the film version of Bells Are Ringing � denied that he was disappointed. "I never had the burning desire for recognition and respect that had driven my father," he explained.



    Although his career never measured up to that of his father, Chaplin had little time for those who thought a famous name was a handicap. "I think anyone who feels his life has been scarred because of the fame of his father is a bore," he declared in 1967.



    Sydney Earle Chaplin was born on March 31 1926 in Los Angeles, the second son of Charlie Chaplin's second wife, the actress Lita Grey. The boy was named after his father's older half-brother, who had helped young Charlie launch his theatre career in England. Lita Grey was 16 when she married the 35-year-old Chaplin in 1924. Sydney was born two years later and his parents divorced a year after that in a court battle that generated sensational headlines.



    He spent much of his boyhood in boarding schools � "I had been thrown out of three schools by the time I was 16," he recalled � with occasional weekends at his father's house. He recalled playing tennis with Greta Garbo and turning the music pages for the violin-playing Albert Einstein.



    In the Second World War he was stationed with the US Army in Europe for a time, and later toured with a group entertaining GIs. Back in Hollywood, with a new-found work ethic because of his war service, he joined a theatrical troupe specialising in classical and avant-garde plays. His father became interested and directed several of them.



    His first film role was in his father's Limelight, arguably Charlie Chaplin's last great film. He had written the part especially for his son, who played a composer smitten with a ballet dancer (Claire Bloom) who is befriended by a fading music hall star portrayed by the elder Chaplin.



    He also appeared in his father's last film, A Countess From Hong Kong, which was poorly received. The younger Chaplin also had a role in Land of the Pharaohs (1955) opposite Joan Collins, with whom he also had a much-publicised romance. (He was also romantically linked with Judy Holliday during their onstage collaboration.)



    During his son's success on Broadway, Charlie Chaplin was unable to see him perform. He was living overseas with his fourth wife, Oona, because the American authorities had refused the English-born Chaplin's re-entry into the United States in 1952 over charges that he associated with Communists. The great comedian was finally allowed to return to America in 1972 to accept a special Oscar.



    Chaplin also appeared occasionally on television, although his guest roles and other film parts were undistinguished.



    Sydney Chaplin, who died on March 3, is survived by his third wife, Margaret, and son, Stephan Chaplin. His brother, Charles Chaplin Jr, died in 1968.

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    Never knew of Sydney's theatrical success, that's great. Nor was I aware of his "romance" with Joan Collins (lucky him) but I must say that I'm angered even more about Chaplin Senior's American exile as he was robbed of the chance to see his son's award-winning performance. Outrageous.



    Many thanks, Julian, for posting that very informative obituary. Nice photo too.

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    name='cornershop15'] I'm angered even more about Chaplin Senior's American exile as he was robbed of the chance to see his son's award-winning performance.


    I wouldn't get too angered by it .... according to people who were involved in the making of A Countess From Hong Kong, Charlie treated Sydney with very little warmth or respect during the making of the film. They had a fractious relationship by all accounts and although Sydney was a well respected stage actor, his lack of success in films was something Charlie would often throw at him.

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    Thanks for the information, Batman. What a shame. In that case, I'm angry that I didn't see Sydney's award-winning success! But I'm not a fan of Theatre (too ephemeral) so I would rather have seen a TV version of The Bells Are Ringing, and his nominated performance in Funny Girl too.



    On the subject of filmed plays, I know that Maureen Lipman reprised her stage role in Oklahoma!, but does anyone know if Judi Dench's portrayal of Sally Bowles in Cabaret was filmed or televised? Same goes for Angela Lansbury in Mame. Both were highly-acclaimed. That's the problem when such productions are long gone - they're not even a distant memory for younger generations and TV fanatics like me. Was Laurence Olivier a great theatre actor? Try telling Keira Knightley and Daniel Radcliffe (have they heard of him even?)!

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    I saw Sidney in Limelight and a low key western Pillars In The Sky where he played an Indian, who was an army sargeant. The film was about a Missionary doctor played by Ward Bond taking the Gospel to the Indians. The star of the film was Jeff Chandler

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    As well as Joan Collins and Judy Holliday he dated Kay Kendall for a while as well! (Tries not to be jealous)

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    Obituary: Sydney Chaplin



    Hollywood actor and restaurateur who was unfazed by being the son of a famous father



    By David Robinson

    The Guardian

    Tuesday 10 March 2009



    Sydney Chaplin, who has died aged 82, achieved brief Broadway fame, an on-and-off film career, and a vivid private life, without being too much awed or overshadowed by being the son of the great Charlie Chaplin. He was the second son of Chaplin's tempestuous second marriage to the teenage actor Lita Grey. By the time of Sydney's birth, relations between his parents had totally broken down. In November 1926 Lita removed Sydney and his older brother, Charles, from the Chaplin home.



    The 1927 divorce settlement granted her custody, but the boys were mostly brought up by their still-youthful maternal grandmother, while Lita attempted to make a career as a singer. With their grandmother and her boyfriend, they spent most of one year in and around Nice, where they learned French. Lita insisted on calling her son "Tommy" on account of her distaste for Charlie Chaplin's half-brother Sydney, after whom he had been officially named.



    In 1932 Charlie Chaplin brought a successful action to prevent Lita putting the children into films. A positive result of this conflict was that Chaplin was stirred to re-establish contact with his sons, who from this time spent most weekends with him, incidentally falling deeply in love with his new live-in companion, Paulette Goddard. As they grew older they became still closer to their father, and, in the 1940s, after his separation from Paulette, were favourite chaperones when Chaplin Sr dined out with female stars who were nearer their age than his.



    Sydney was variously educated at the Black-Foxe military institute, Lawrenceville preparatory school, New Jersey, and North Hollywood high; and did war service in the 65th Infantry Division. In 1946, he joined his friend Jerry Epstein, the actor Kathleen Freeman and students from UCLA in forming the Circle Theatre. The first performances were given in a friend's drawing-room, but later a corner grocery store was converted into a theatre.



    Props were borrowed from the Chaplin studios, and, nostalgic for his own theatre days, Charlie Chaplin himself took a hand with direction, or would happily sit beside Epstein in the box office. The theatre became Hollywood's first centre of avant-garde drama; William Saroyan gave them the play Sam Ego's House; and the Circle became a meeting place for Hollywood's brighter people, including Katharine Hepburn, George Cukor and Edward G Robinson.

    Sydney made his screen debut in 1952 as the young romantic lead, opposite Claire Bloom, in his father's film Limelight, but effective though he was, he found few subsequent rewarding roles. The best of them were Treneh in Howard Hawks's Land of the Pharaohs and the leading role in a good British thriller, Ken Hughes's Confession, both in 1955.



    Tall and handsome, he was constantly in and out of love. On Land of the Pharaohs he was romantically involved with the female star, Joan Collins; and later the same year, working on Gregory Ratoff's Abdulla the Great, he embarked on a much-publicised affair with the film's star, Kay Kendall.



    He had supporting roles in George Marshall's western Pillars of the Sky (1956) and Jack Sher's Four Girls in Town (1957), but had greater success on Broadway.

    His first starring role was opposite Judy Holliday in Bells are Ringing (1956), which ran for 924 performances and earned him a Tony award as best supporting or featured actor in a musical. In George Axelrod's comedy Goodbye Charlie (1959) his co-star was Lauren Bacall. This was followed by another musical, Subways are for Sleeping (1961), with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Jule Styne. Then came a less fortunate play, In the Counting House (1962), which closed after four performances. His best and last Broadway role was in Funny Girl (1964), for which he was again Tony-nominated. His eventual departure from the cast and disillusion with the stage appear to have been the result of deteriorating relations with his Tony-winning co-star Barbra Streisand.



    Twice he came to Britain to star in independent low-budget comedies directed by his Circle Theatre collaborator Epstein: Follow That Man (1961) and The Adding Machine (1969), from the Elmer Rice play that had been the Circle's first notable success. Also in England, he played alongside Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren in his father's last film, the romantic comedy A Countess from Hong Kong (1967).



    Otherwise, between 1966 and 1971 he worked in France and Italy, accepting secondary roles in films now best forgotten. Back in Hollywood he appeared in a horror film, So Evil, My Sister (1974), and thereafter made occasional appearances in TV dramas. His last big-screen appearance was in a horror comedy, Satan's Cheerleaders (1977), though he continued to make appearances in documentaries about his father until 2003, when he was seen in Richard Schickel's Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin.



    After 40, however, it seemed as if he had determined not to allow work to intrude upon his insatiable zest for social life. He loved good living, rich friends and golf. He could imbibe startling quantities of whisky without any apparent ill effect. If anything it only brightened his gifts as raconteur, with an endless stock of anecdotes, quite liberated from pedantic concern with fact. This endeared him to his stepmother, the former Oona O'Neill (only six months his senior), and the eight children she had given Chaplin; and he remained a favourite guest at their home in Vevey, Switzerland, until Oona's death in 1991, 14 years after her husband. For some years he ran a stylish restaurant - Chaplin's - in Palm Springs, which suited his gregarious inclinations, but was probably more popular than profitable: Sydney's talent for spending money never pleased his financially prudent father, who had too many memories of early penury.



    An early marriage to Susan Magnes ended in divorce, and in 1960 he married the French dancer and actress No�lle Adam, by whom he had one son. In 1985 this marriage also ended in divorce. In 1998, after a 14-year engagement, he married Margaret Beebe, who was with him when he died at his home in Palm Springs.



    Sydney Earl Chaplin, actor, born 30 March 1926; died 3 March 2009

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    Sydney Chaplin: Actor who stepped from his father's shadow to appear on Broadway



    THE INDEPENDENT

    Wednesday, 11 March 2009






    Tramp duty: Chaplin in Los Angeles in 1998 at the launch of a stamp depicting his father, Charlie





    A son of Charlie Chaplin, Sydney Chaplin seemed destined to remain in the shadow of his father professionally � his filmography is notable for consistent mediocrity � but in the 1950s he had a spell as one of the most popular leading men on the Broadway stage, starring opposite Judy Holliday, Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand, and winning a Tony Award. In addition to having an affair with Holliday, he was the lover of some of the most beautiful women of his era, including Joan Collins, Claire Bloom and Kay Kendall.



    It was Holliday who secured for him the role of her leading man in the hit Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing, and though their romance ended with some acrimony, Chaplin was admired for his geniality and what Joan Collins called "his outrageous and scurrilous wit." His tempestuous affair with Kay Kendall ended when she married Rex Harrison, but he remained friends with both of them, and when Kendall was dying he would take Harrison out to the golf course to relax his mind.



    "It's such a good feeling to share the stage with someone supportive, for whom you have great affection," Lauren Bacall stated in her memoirs. "He and I really liked each other, respected each other, but no romance. He'd had that experience once and never again."



    A bon vivant, Chaplin had an easy-going manner and lack of ambition that endeared him to his friends. When the roles he originated in Bells Are Ringing and Funny Girl went to others for the screen versions (Dean Martin and Omar Sharif respectively), he said he was not disappointed. "I never had the burning desire for recognition and respect that had driven my father," he said. According to Joan Collins, "To Syd, life was one great big ball. He loved to drink, to dance, to gamble, to joke and to play. He didn't take acting seriously; it was just a way to make some bread. He had a small allowance from his father, but not enough to lead the crazy playboy existence he desired."



    Charlie Chaplin married his second wife, the 16-year-old actress Lita Grey, in 1924, and Sydney Earle Chaplin (named after his father's half-brother) was born two years later in Beverly Hills. His parents were divorced in 1927 in a bitter court case. Sydney was raised by his maternal grandmother and saw little of his father during his childhood. An undisciplined youth, he had a sporadic education ("I had been thrown out of three boarding schools by the time I was 16") before he was drafted into the infantry in 1944, serving in Europe under General Patton.



    Chaplin claimed the war gave him a new perspective, and after discharge he joined a group establishing the Circle Theater, Hollywood's equivalent to an off-Broadway house, that staged classical and avant garde plays in the round. He presented more than 50 plays in four years, winning plaudits for a schedule that included the world premiere of William Saroyan's Sam Ego's House. Charlie Chaplin staged some of the productions, and Sydney acted in several. He made his screen debut in a role his father created for him, as a young composer in love with a ballerina (Claire Bloom) in what was to be Charlie's last unqualified film triumph, Limelight (1952).



    Bloom later remarked on how "wickedly funny" Sydney could be talking of his father's eccentricities, compared to his "inhibited and wooden performance on the set". They had a romance, but she was later to confess, "I had been drawn more to the idea of being Chaplin's daughter-in-law than being Sydney's wife." Sydney remained in Europe for several years, finding Paris and Rome suited to his lifestyle, and his next major film role was in Howard Hawks' epic about the building of the Great Pyramid, Land of the Pharaohs (1955), shot in Rome and starring Joan Collins as Princess Nellifer. Collins had just ended a violent marriage to the actor Maxwell Reed, and responded to the humorous nonconformist. "Every day we started laughing, and didn't stop until the early hours of the morning, when we would stagger out of whatever disco or club we hit upon that night. We finally laughed our way into bed, where we proceeded to become, if possible, even more hysterical."



    When Collins was offered a contract in Hollywood, Sydney followed her. He became part of the famed group that gathered at the home of Gene Kelly and Betsy Blair every Sunday to play charades. Work was scarce, though, until he met Judy Holliday at one of the Kelly's gatherings. Holliday was about to start work on her first Broadway musical, Bells Are Ringing, in which she would play a switchboard operator who becomes involved in the lives of her customers, notably a fun-loving playwright neglecting his talent. A leading man had not yet been cast, and when Holliday suggested Chaplin, she met opposition from co-librettist Betty Comden, composer Jule Styne and director Jerome Robbins, all of whom pointed out that Chaplin could not sing. Holliday said she would not do the show without him, and a compromise was reached: Chaplin was cast, but if he was not giving a professional performance by the first week of try-outs, he would be dismissed.



    After rigorous coaching by Holliday and vocal coach Herbie Greene, Chaplin received better reviews than the star. "Of course, I wanted Sydney to make a hit," Holliday said to Styne, "but not at my expense." Broadway critics lauded Chaplin as the discovery of the season and he was awarded the Tony award as best featured male actor of the year, beating Stanley Holloway in My Fair Lady.



    After nearly a year, Holliday and Chaplin took a holiday which included a visit to Chaplin's father and stepmother Oona in Switzerland. Though neither Chaplin nor Holliday would speak about what happened, by the end of the holiday they were no longer sweethearts, and the atmosphere backstage became tense. At the end of his contract, Chaplin was replaced by his understudy, Hal Linden, and plans for Holliday and Chaplin to do the show in London were cancelled.



    His next Broadway show was Goodbye Charlie (1959) in which he co-starred with Bacall. The scores for Chaplin's next two Broadway shows were written by Jule Styne. Subways Are for Sleeping (1961) was a whimsical tale of "well-dressed drifters". It ran for six months, with Chaplin's laid-back vocal style perfect for the hit ballad "I'm Just Taking My Time".



    In Funny Girl (1964), which starred Barbra Streisand as the comedienne Fanny Brice, the role of Fanny's first husband, the larcenous gambler Nicky Arnstein, was perfect for Chaplin, for it needed someone with the charisma to win the audience's sympathy despite the character's flaws. The show was an enormous hit. Though Streisand had most of the show-stoppers, Chaplin was persuasive singing "I Want to be Seen With You", while a duet with Streisand, "You Are Woman, I Am Man", became a highlight.



    Recently asked what form of acting he liked best, Chaplin replied, "Musical theatre was wonderful, because I had a marvellous guy, Jule Styne, who wrote tons of great hits." He regretted that his father was not able to see him on stage during those years, due to the McCarthy witch hunts. "I'd send him the albums of the musicals and he got a big kick out of that." He appeared in his father's final film, A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), a critical and commercial disaster of which Sydney said, "It's time will come."



    In the 1960s Chaplin moved back to Europe, where he made several films, including Le Clan des Siciliens (1969) with Jean Gabin. When Charlie Chaplin died in 1977 he left his fortune (over $100m) to his widow, Oona, who gave Chaplin the $500,000 he needed to open a bistro called Chaplin's in Palm Springs in the late 1980s, a gathering place for celebrities where Chaplin would hold court. It closed in the 1990s, and in retirement Chaplin enjoyed golf, playing well enough to win celebrity tournaments. Asked to name his favourite film, Chaplin remained loyal to his father. "City Lights," he would say. "The greatest single motion picture ever made."



    Tom Vallance



    Sydney Earle Chaplin, actor: born Los Angeles, California 31 March 1926; married Susan Magnes (marriage dissolved, one son); Noelle Adam (marriage dissolved); Margaret Beebe; died Rancho Mirage, California 3 March 2009.

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    From The Times

    March 14, 2009



    Sydney Chaplin: actor who had a successful career on Broadway



    While Charlie Chaplin was carving out a niche for himself in the movie

    pantheon, his third son, Sydney, chose another way into showbusiness,

    becoming a theatrical leading man in what now more than ever seems the

    golden age of the Broadway musical.



    Sydney Chaplin did appear in his father's films, playing a young romantic

    lead in Limelight (1952), with Claire Bloom, and lending the family name to

    A Countess from Hong Kong, that rare movie that Charlie Chaplin directed but

    did not star in - it was a flop.



    Sydney Chaplin did not share his father's aspirations, once telling a New

    York newspaper: "I don't have Dad's capacity for work. I just want to be a

    good actor." And it was on Broadway, on the other side of the country from

    the movie capital, Los Angeles, where he was born, in 1926, that Chaplin

    fils found a home, appearing in five productions in eight years.



    Two of those were sizeable hits. His Broadway debut in the 1956 musical

    Bells are Ringing earned him a Tony Award - not bad for someone who before

    that Jerome Robbins production had never sung. Chaplin was cast as Jeff

    Moss, a blocked playwright who falls under the aural and then actual spell

    of the telephone operator Ella Peterson, played by the comedienne Judy

    Holliday. Before long he and Holliday were lovers, though their partnership

    did not carry over from their stage show to the 1960 movie version in which

    Dean Martin inherited the role. In winning the 1957 Featured Actor (Musical)

    Tony, Chaplin beat two co-stars from My Fair Lady: Robert Coote and Stanley

    Holloway.



    Shows soon followed, none of them as successful, though one, Goodbye

    Charlie, did star a screen legend, Lauren Bacall, with whom Chaplin was not

    romantically linked. Subways are for Sleeping in 1961 is known nowadays not

    for its cast - Chaplin, Phyllis Newman and Orson Bean included - but for the

    producer David Merrick's clever ruse at the time whereby he gave tickets to

    people with the same names as New York's leading critics and then put their

    best reviews in the ads; the tactic was quickly found out, though not before

    it had the desired effect, turning a tepidly received show into a quasi-hit.



    It was not until March 1964 that Chaplin equalled his Bells are Ringing

    triumph, opening in Funny Girl, opposite Barbra Streisand, a young, vocally

    singular New Yorker whose career ascendancy was just beginning. Chaplin

    played Nicky Arnstein, the charismatic if financially reckless first husband

    of the redoubtable Fanny Brice.



    He was pipped to the Best Actor (Musical) Tony by Bert Lahr in Foxy but

    could console himself with getting to sing a duet with Streisand, You are

    Woman, I am Man, that remains one of the real charmers in the Jule Styne

    score.



    "Mr Chaplin is a tall, elegant figure as Nick," wrote Howard Taubman in The

    New York Times, "gallant in courting but doing his best when he must be

    noble."



    Chaplin was replaced in the show by Johnny Desmond, and while Streisand went

    on to win an Oscar for the same part on screen, Chaplin saw the male lead go

    to Omar Sharif.



    Indeed, the medium of film was not especially kind to Chaplin, whose 1950s

    screen output, Limelight notwithstanding, included such titles as Abdulla

    the Great and Pillars of the Sky. Before long he retreated to European

    esoterica (La Grande Maffia, Le Clan des Siciliens) when he relocated

    overseas in the 1960s and early 1970s.



    One earlier film, Land of the Pharaohs (1955), at least carried with it the

    titillation factor of Chaplin's affair with his co-star Joan Collins.

    Towards the end of the 1970s, he enjoyed guest appearances on popular

    American TV series such as The Bionic Woman and Baretta but was entirely

    shut out of his father's fortune when Charlie Chaplin died in 1977. It was

    down to Sydney's stepmother, Oona O'Neill Chaplin, to give Sydney the

    necessary $500,000 capital to open a Palm Springs bistro, Chaplin's, where

    he could hold court as a casually debonair personality.



    Sydney Earle Chaplin was the second son of Chaplin's second wife, Lita Grey.

    Eight children of Charlie Chaplin's later marriage to Oona O'Neill are still

    alive.



    Sydney Chaplain is survived by his third wife, Margaret Beebe, and a son

    from his first marriage, to Susan Magnes.





    Sydney Chaplin, actor, was born on March 31, 1926. He died on March 3, 2009,

    aged 82

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