Full name: Harold Charles
born in Renmark, South Australia, the only son of a
carpenter. He joined the Army at the age of 16 and served
on the Kokoda Trail in the 39th Infantry. He later joined
the Army entertainment troupe.
After the war, he went into vaudeville. In 1956, he starred in the variety show "The Show of Stars" with Hal Lashwood and John Ewart. After that show, he appeared on "Sunnyside Up" in Melbourne for 10 years. In 1961, he married Patti Brillain (his second wife) and together they had two children, Syd Jr. and Julie (both in the entertainment industry).
Syd was cast as Cookie on ACP after James Davern saw him in the TV series "Arcade". The chemistry between Syd and Gordon Piper was readily apparent and two minor guest characters ended up as beloved regulars. After Syd left " A Country Practice" in 1992, he and Patti retired to their Gold Coast home, where Syd had an impressive rose garden. He would occassionally do public appearances and performances. He died in Allamanda Hospital (on the Gold Coast) after complications from a stroke he had in November 1996.
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