Portly English actor with a uniqely insinuating style of line delivery who made a sensational screen debut as the cunning Kaspar Guttman in John Huston's "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) at age 61. Greenstreet subsequently appeared in numerous films as a brilliant schemer and shrewd architect of villainy, memorably opposite Peter Lorre, with change-of-pace sympathetic roles (e.g. "Christmas in Connecticut" 1945) cropping up occasionally.
Cast (Feature Film)
Left family to seek fortune as a tea planter in Ceylon
Returned home to pursue acting career after drought brought him to ruin
London stage debut "Sherlock Holmes"
Made screen debut at age 61 in "The Maltese Falcon"
Suffering from diabetes and Bright's disease, retired from the screen; last film, "Malaya"