Wheeler Dryden

Wheeler Dryden

Actor + Entertainer + Stepbrother
Born Aug 31, 1892
Hometown Brixton
Died Sep 30, 1957
Death Place Los Angeles
Other Names Born as George Dr...

George Wheeler Dryden was an English actor and film director, the son of Hannah Chaplin and music hall entertainer Leo Dryden and thus the half brother of Charles and Sydney Chaplin. He was also the father of rock musician Spencer Dryden.

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1892 Birth Born on August 31, 1892.


1915 22 Years Old Dryden was born in London. He was the youngest of Hannah Chaplin (née Hill)'s children, and his father Leo removed him from his mentally troubled mother as an infant. He was touring India and the Far East as a vaudeville comedian in 1915 when he first learned from his father that the newly famous Charlie Chaplin was his half brother.
1917 24 Years Old At this point, he wrote several letters to Chaplin and his half-brother Sydney but was ignored by both of them. In 1917, he got in touch with Chaplin's lead actress Edna Purviance who is thought to have convinced Chaplin to recognise him as his relative.
1918 25 Years Old He then joined the Chaplin brothers and their mother in America in 1918, and became a U.S. citizen in 1936.


1928 35 Years Old He later appeared in Stan Laurel's Mud and Sand and was the "other man" in the melodrama False Women. In 1928, he directed Syd Chaplin in A Little Bit of Fluff, and later, worked at the Chaplin Studios as Charlie's assistant director on The Great Dictator and Monsieur Verdoux. … Read More


1952 59 Years Old After Chaplin left America for Switzerland in 1952, Dryden managed the winding down of Chaplin's Hollywood business affairs until 1954, when the studio was sold. He suffered from mental illness and reclusiveness in his final years, exacerbated by aggressive FBI inquiries into his brother's politics. Dryden died in Los Angeles. Dryden was married from 1938–1943 to Radio City Music Hall prima ballerina Alice Chapple (1911–2005), and they had a one child Spencer Dryden. … Read More


1957 65 Years Old Died on September 30, 1957.
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