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Sydney Lassick
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    (July 23, 1922-April 12, 2003)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Character actor best known for his portrayal of mental patient Charlie Cheswick in the 1975 film 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
    Also acted in 'Capone (1959),' 'Carrie (1976),' '1941 (1979),' 'Alligator (1980),' 'History of the World: Part I (1981),' 'Ratboy (1986),' 'Sonny Boy (1989),' 'Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991),' 'Deep Cover (1992),' 'Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993),' 'Freeway (1996),' 'Man on the Moon (1999)' and 'Vice (2000)'
    TV series guest appearances include:
    'Eight is Enough'
    'Hawaii Five 0'
    'Barney Miller'
    'Simon & Simon'
    'Night Court'
    Died of diabetes complications in Los Angeles at age 80
    In some of his film roles he was credited as 'Sidney' and others as 'Sid.'
    Between his uncredited role in 1959's 'Capone' and his breakthrough in 'Cuckoo' he appeared in just one film over a 16 year span.
    He couldn't capitalize on his 'Cuckoo' fame.
    He was the son of Russian Jewish parents who came to America to seek a better life.
    He graduated from DePaul University with a theater degree.
    While doing clerical work, he dreamed of becoming an actor like his heroes Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson, then went out and fulfilled that dream.
    After his memorable scene in 'Cuckoo' where he's dragged to electro-shock therapy, the co-producer of the film gave him his own director's chair with his name on it, moving him to tears.

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