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George Sidney (actor)

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George Sidney
Sidney in 1911
Sammy Greenfield

(1876-03-18)18 March 1876
Died29 April 1945(1945-04-29) (aged 69)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Actor
  • Comedian
Years active1915–1937
Spouse(s)Carey Weber
(m. 19??; died 1940)
RelativesGeorge Sidney (nephew)

George Sidney (born Sammy Greenfield; 18 March 1876 – 29 April 1945) was a Hungarian-born American comedian and film actor. He starred in The Cohens and Kellys film series.[1]

Early years

Born in Nagynichal, Hungary,[2] Sidney was the son of Lewis K. Sidney, an executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[3] He was the uncle of the film director George Sidney.[2]


In his youth, Sidney performed on amateur night programs at Miner's Bowery Theatre in New York City. His professional debut came at the Harlem Museum, and he went on to perform in burlesque.[4] In his film debut he portrayed Potash in In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter.[5]


On April 29, 1945, Sidney died at his home in Los Angeles, California, aged 68.[6] He was buried in Beth Olam Cemetery of Hollywood.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Kear & King p.203
  2. ^ a b c Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-7864-0983-9. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  3. ^ Pryor, Thomas M. (28 April 1956). "Movie unit set up by George Sidney". The New York Times. p. 10. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  4. ^ "'Cohen and Kelly' Pair Has Worked Togetehr 6 Years". The Times Dispatch. 1 May 1922. p. 52. Retrieved 26 December 2021 – via
  5. ^ "Who's Who in Pictures: About the Careers of Lucille Lesueur, Joan Marsh and George". The New York Times. 16 April 1933. p. X 4. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  6. ^ "George Sidney, 68, Stage, Screen Actor". The New York Times. Associated Press. 30 April 1945. p. 19. Retrieved 25 December 2021.


  • Kear, Lynn & King, James. Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. McFarland & Co, 2009.
  • Munden, Kenneth White. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press, 1997.

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