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Syd Heylen

Syd Heylen

Harold Charles Sydney Heylen (25 May 1922 – 4 December 1996),credited variously as Syd Heylen, Sid Heylen and Sydney Heylen, was an Australian character actor of radio, stage, television and film, comedian, and variety performer and soldier, he often performed in a traditional vaudeville style in the vein of Roy Rene, He was best known for his role in A Country Practice, as the RSL club manager, barman and chef Vernon "Cookie" Locke, alongside Gordon Piper as his mate Bob Hatfield. Cookie and Bob were styled as a version of The Odd Couple, with Cookie as the slob and Bob as the neat one. In the series he was briefly engaged to town gossip Esme Watson (Joyce Jacobs)He went into vaudeville after World War II and in 1956 starred in the variety show "The Show of Stars" with straight man Hal Lashwood and John Ewart. Heylen became popular during the 1960s on television as a regular performer on the HSV-7 variety show Sunnyside Up for 10 years, appearing as "Sydney from Sydney". He teamed up with other comics, such as Honest John Gilbert, Maurie Fields, and Val Jellay presenting comedy sketches in between the musical items. Recycling his vaudeville shtick, Heylen specialised in stooges prone to cheekiness, drunkenness, pratfalls and spit takes.
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