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Sydney Lassick
Sydney Lassick
Role Switchboard Operator
Biographical Information
Birthdate July 23, 1922
Birthplace Chicago, Illinois, United States
Death Date April 12, 2003 (age 80)
Death Place Los Angeles, California, United States

Sydney Lassick played the warlock Switchboard Operator in the Tabitha episode, "What's Wrong With Mister Right?" (1977).


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 television shows in the late 1950s. 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. Best known for his outstanding portrayal of the whiny and infantile manic depressive mental patient Charlie Cheswick in the acclaimed "One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Lassick's other most memorable roles include a fey Fairy Godfather in the lowbrow nudie cutie musical "Sinderella and the Golden Bra", 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", and jolly trailer park manager Woody Wilson in "Freeway". Among the television series on which Sydney 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.

He graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse School for Performing Arts in Pasadena, California. 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.

Lassick died at age 80 from complications from diabetes on April 12, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. He was survived by an older sister.


Sydney Lassick on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on January 16, 2020.