Sydney Tafler

Sydney Tafler
Born (1916-07-31)31 July 1916
London, England, UK
Died 8 November 1979(1979-11-08) (aged 63)
London, England, UK
Spouse(s) Joy Shelton (1941–1979)

Sydney Tafler (31 July 1916 – 8 November 1979) was an English actor best remembered for numerous appearances in films and on British television from the 1940s to the 1970s.[1]


His father was an antiques dealer. After two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he first appeared on stage in London's West End in 1936, with Sir Seymour Hicks in The Man in Dress Clothes. On British television he appeared alongside Sid James and Tony Hancock in the early 1960s. His other television work included Angel Pavement, The Gentle Killers, The Infernal Machine, Focus, Citizen James, Dixon of Dock Green and Hadleigh. He appeared in many films from 1947 to 1977. He most commonly played spiv characters, one notable exception being the 1956 film Reach for the Sky in which he played the prosthetics expert to Douglas Bader.[2] There again, he appeared briefly in a drily comic role as a uniformed policeman in the 1956 film The Cockleshell Heroes. His film career ended with a role as the captain of the supertanker Liparus in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

Personal life

He was married to the English film actress Joy Shelton from 1944 until his death[3] from cancer;[4] they had three children – two sons Jeremy and Jonathan and a daughter Jennifer.

Selected filmography


  1. Born: 31 July 1916, LondonDied: 7 November 1979, London. "Sydney Tafler | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  2. Sydney Tafler at screenonline. retrieved 6 November 2013
  3. McGillivray, David (15 May 2000). "Joy Shelton". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  4. Sydney Tafler at Findagrave. Retrieved 6 November 2013
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