Playwright Tennessee Williams wrote his one act play, The Last of My Solid Gold Watches, with Greenstreet in mind and dedicated it to him.
Greenstreet is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA.
Believe it or not, Sydney Greenstreet does not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Director John Huston cast Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon after seeing him on stage in Los Angeles.
The only picture in which Peter Lorre was billed above Sydney Greenstreet was the first one in which they appeared together--The Maltese Falcon.
Peter Lorre called Greenstreet "the Old Man" and said he was one of the greatest actors of his time.
Sydney and frequent co-star Peter Lorre both suffered from diabetes.
Sydney was an avid traveler during his days away from the studio.
Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre appeared in eight movies together.
Sydney co-starred with Barbara Stanwyck in the 1945 Christmas staple Christmas in Connecticut. The movie was re-made in 1992 for television with Tony Curtis playing Syndey's role.
In an interview, Sydney once stated that he took up acting in order to relieve the boredom of his everyday life.
Sydney took his first acting lessons while working as a brewery manager.
Greenstreet co-starred with Errol Flynn in They Died with Their Boots On which was based on the life of General George Armstrong Custer.
Greenstreet made his Broadway debut in the play Everyman.
Greenstreet is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetary in Glendale, CA.
He retired from film acting in 1949 due to declining health.
During the 1930's, Greenstreet worked mainly at the Theatre Guild with famed stage actors Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne.
Greenstreet had seven brothers and sisters.
His father was a leather merchant.
Greenstreet appeared as himself in Hollywood Canteen and It's a Great Feeling.
Greenstreet's final film was Malaya, made in 1949. He co-starred with Spencer Tracy and James Stewart.
He co-starred with Joan Crawford in the 1949 film Flamingo Road playing corrupt Florida sheriff Titus Semple. When the movie became a TV series some 30 years later Howard Duff played Greenstreet's role.
Greenstreet played a police detective in the 1948 film The Velvet Touch in which he co-starred with Rosiland Russell and Claire Trevor.
In the 1945 film Conflict, Greenstreet and Humphrey Bogart reversed their usual roles. Greenstreet played the sympathetic part whilst Bogart played the heavy.
Greenstreet appeared with Humphrey Bogart in five movies: The Maltese Falcon, Across the Pacific, Casablanca, Passage to Marseilles, and Conflict.
Greenstreet made his stage debut in 1902 playing a murderer in a production of Sherlock Holmes. It was a portent to come of his Hollywood career.
He was married to Dorothy Marie Ogden. They had one son--Jon Ogden Greenstreet.
Greenstreet was 62 years old when he made his movie debut in 1941's The Maltese Falcon.
Played Nero Wolfe on NBC's The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe from 1950-1 on the radio.
Was nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Maltese Falcon.