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Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney 

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Ever thought about how many famous people named Sidney are out there? This list of celebrities named Sidney or Sydney will show you the most prominent people with that name, along with pictures and additional information about them when available. The famous Sidneys below include actors named Sydney and athletes named Sidney, but this list also includes doctors, teachers, or politicians named Sydney who are notable in their fields. Some of the notable Sydneys below include hockey legend Sidney Crosby, Sydney Leroux, Sydney Pollack, and Sydney Greenstreet as well.

This list is mostly comprised of famous men named Sidney, but there are also a few women on the list as well.
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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 31

Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Sidney Patrick Crosby (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nicknamed "Sid ...more

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Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 92

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

Sir Sidney Poitier, (; born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian-American actor and film director. In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best ...more

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Sydney Leroux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 28

Birthplace: Surrey, Canada

Sydney Rae Leroux Dwyer (born May 7, 1990) is a professional soccer player and Olympic gold medalist who currently plays as a forward for Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League ...more
Sydney Pollack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Dec. at 74 (1934-2008)

Birthplace: Lafayette, Fairfield Township, Tippecanoe County, United States of America, United States, + more

Sydney Irwin Pollack (July 1, 1934 – May 26, 2008) was an American film director, producer and actor. Pollack directed more than 20 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 movies or ...more

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Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 61

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas

Sidney Alvin Moncrief (born September 21, 1957) is an American retired professional basketball player. As an NCAA college basketball player from 1975 to 1979, Moncrief played for the University ...more

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Sydney Greenstreet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Dec. at 75 (1879-1954)

Birthplace: Sandwich, United Kingdom

Sydney Hughes Greenstreet (27 December 1879 – 18 January 1954) was a British actor. While he did not work in films until the age of 61, he had a run of significant motion pictures in a Hollywood ...more
Sydney Esiason is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Sidney Lumet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Dec. at 87 (1924-2011)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Sidney Arthur Lumet ( loo-MET; June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer, and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated five times for the Academy ...more

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Sydney Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 34

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

Sydney Wheeler is scheduled to appear on Survivor: Tocantins, the eighteenth season of reality show Survivor.
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Dec. at 62 (1897-1959)

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz, beating trumpeter Louis Armstrong to ...more

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Sidney Rice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 32

Birthplace: Gaffney, South Carolina

Sidney R. Rice (born September 1, 1986) is a former American football wide receiver who played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Rice played college football at South ...more
Sydney Penny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 47

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Sydney Margaret Penny (born August 7, 1971) is an American actress. She is known for playing the roles of Julia Santos Keefer on the soap opera All My Children, and Samantha "Sam" ...more
Sydney Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Dec. at 80 (1917-1997)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Sydney Cecil Newman, OC (April 1, 1917 – October 30, 1997) was a Canadian film and television producer, who played a pioneering role in British television drama from the late 1950s to the late ...more
Sidney Wicks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 69

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Sidney Wicks (born September 19, 1949) is an American retired professional basketball player. A native of California, he played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins and played professionally ...more

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Sidney Govou is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 39

Birthplace: Le Puy-en-Velay, France

Sidney Rodrigue Noukpo Govou (French pronunciation: ​[sidnɛ ɡɔvu]; born 27 July 1979) is a retired French international footballer who last played for FC Limonest in the Championnat de France ...more
Sidney Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Dec. at 90 (1917-2007)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Sidney Sheldon (February 11, 1917 – January 30, 2007) was an American writer and producer. Sheldon was prominent in the 1930s, first working on Broadway plays and then in motion pictures, ...more
Sidney McKnight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 63

Birthplace: Prince George, Canada

Sidney McKnight (born August 31, 1955 in Prince George, British Columbia) is a retired boxer from Canada, who represented his native country at the 1976 Summer Olympics. There he was defeated in ...more
Sydney Lassick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Dec. at 81 (1922-2003)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Sydney Lassick (July 23, 1922 – April 12, 2003) was an American actor perhaps best known for his role as Charlie Cheswick in the feature film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Lassick's first ...more
Sydney Tamiia Poitier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 45

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Sydney Tamiia Poitier (born November 15, 1973) is a Bahamian-American television and film actress.
Sydney Brenner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 92

Birthplace: Germiston, South Africa

Sydney Brenner (13 January 1927 – 5 April 2019) was a South African biologist. In 2002, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with H. Robert Horvitz and Sir John E. Sulston. ...more
Sidney Lowe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 59

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Sidney Rochell Lowe (born January 21, 1960) is an American basketball former player and coach. He is currently an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association ...more
Sydney Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Age: 44

Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan

Sydney Johnson (born April 26, 1974) is an American college basketball coach and the former head coach at Fairfield University for the Fairfield Stags men's basketball team. Previously, Johnson ...more
Sidney Howard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Dec. at 48 (1891-1939)

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Sidney Coe Howard (June 26, 1891 – August 23, 1939) was an American playwright, dramatist and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1925 and a posthumous Academy Award in ...more
Sydney Barnes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Dec. at 94 (1873-1967)

Birthplace: Smethwick, United Kingdom

Sydney Francis Barnes (19 April 1873 – 26 December 1967) was an English professional cricketer who is regarded as one of the greatest ever bowlers. He was right-handed and bowled at a pace that ...more
Sidney Farber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Sidney or Sydney
Dec. at 70 (1903-1973)

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

Sidney Farber (September 30, 1903 – March 30, 1973) was an American pediatric pathologist. He is regarded as the father of modern chemotherapy for his work using folic acid antagonists to combat ...more