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Subject: ARCHIVE: April 12, 2003 ~Character actor Sydney Lassick, known for his neurotic, off-center character roles, best remembered as 'Charlie Cheswick' in Oscar-winning film, "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), dies at 80. ...

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Date Posted: Thursday, April 12, 11:12:25am

Sydney Lassick
(July 23, 1922 April 12, 2003)

Chubby, antsy, and distinctive character actor Sydney Lassick was born on July 23, 1922 to Jewish Russian immigrant parents in Chicago, Illinois. Lassick first began acting in both films and TV shows in the late 50s. Portly and bespectacled, with a high-pitched voice and a nervous disposition, Sydney was usually cast as peevish neurotics, obsequious toadies, and fretful everyman types. Lassick's first name was sometimes erroneously billed as 'Sidney'. Lassick is best known for his outstanding portrayal of the whiny, infantile, and paranoid manic depressive mental patient 'Charlie Cheswick' in the acclaimed "One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". ...

...Lassick's other memorable roles include the mean sarcastic English teacher Mr. Fromm in "Carrie;" genuinely creepy as perverse and abusive innkeeper Ernest Keller in the potently unnerving slasher horror sleeper "The Unseen;" at his oily best as the slimy Charlie P. in the supremely twisted cult oddity "Sonny Boy," effeminate lackey Gopher in "Deep Cover," jolly trailer park manager Woody Wilson in "Freeway", a fey Fairy Godfather in the lowbrow nudie cutie musical "Sinderella and the Golden Bra", a 'Crystal Healer' in Milos Forman's Andy Kaufman biopic, "Man on the Moon", with his last screen appearance in another low-brow comedy, "Vice" starring Bo Hopkins.

Among his TV credits were Lassick made guest appearances, are "Family," "Eight is Enough," "Baretta," "Hawaii Five-O,"
"Barney Miller," "Matt Houston," "Moonlighting," "Knots Landing," "Dream On," and "The X-Files", among others. ...

Oddly, though a successful actor, he maintained a steady job as a trucking company's dispatcher
throughout his career, claiming that actors never knew when the acting jobs would stop coming. ...

Death ...
Sadly, Sydney Lassick died from complications of diabetes, at age 80 in Los Angeles, California.
His only survivor was an elder sister, Ruth Lssick. Sydney Lassick was buried in a simple Jewish service,
in the southwest Maimonides section, at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. ...

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I've shared the story here before, but 15 years later now, I'm proud to say I served as pallbearer, carrying Mr. Lassick to his final resting place, at his meager, modest funeral service. (NT) theChroniclerThursday, April 12, 02:13:49pm
....and thanks to me.chuckThursday, April 12, 08:07:20pm

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