Wheeler Dryden
British actor and director
Wheeler Dryden
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 Charlie and Sydney Chaplin. He was also the father of rock musician Spencer Dryden.
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  • 1957
    Age 64
    Died on September 30, 1957.
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  • 1952
    Age 59
    After Charlie 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. In his final years, he suffered from mental illness and reclusiveness, which was exacerbated by aggressive FBI inquiries into his brother's politics. Dryden died in Los Angeles in 1957. Dryden was married from 1938–1943 to Radio City Music Hall prima ballerina Alice Chapple (1911–2005).
    More Details Hide Details Their son was Spencer Dryden. Dryden took his son to Los Angeles jazz clubs during the 1950s, which inspired musical ambitions as a jazz and rock drummer in his son, who would play with Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and other bands.
  • 1928
    Age 35
    He played Plimsoll in the 1928 – 1929 Broadway theatre play, Wings Over Europe.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also appears in the supporting roles of a doctor and a clown in Chaplin's last American film, Limelight.
  • 1918
    Age 25
    He then joined the Chaplin brothers and their mother in America in 1918, and became a U.S. citizen in 1936.
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  • 1917
    Age 24
    At this point, he wrote several letters to Chaplin and his half-brother Sydney, but received no response from either 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.
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  • 1915
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1892
    Born on August 31, 1892.
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