Sydney Lassick
Sydney Lassick
Sydney Lassick guest starred as Leo Baldassare in the Season 2 episode of Night Couet titled "Pick a Number" (ep.#4).
General Actor Information
Gender: Male
Birthplace Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Death Location Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
"Pick a Number" (Season 2)
Appears as: Leo Baldassare

Sydney Lassick (July 23, 1922–April 12, 2003) made aguest appearance on Night Court as Leo Baldassare, a humble man who asks and enlists Judge Stone to try to find someone who needs the $3,000,000 he's just won in the New York Lottery, as he has the winning ticket in his possesion in the Season 2 episode "Pick a Number" (episode #4). Sydney is perhaps best known for his role as Charlie Cheswick in the 1975 Oscar-winning feature film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Lassick's first name was sometimes spelled Sidney. [1]


Born to Jewish Russian immigrant parents in Chicago. assick, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and afterwards studied drama at DePaul University,[2] Portly and bespectacled, with a high-pitched voice and a nervous disposition, Lassick was usually cast as peevish neurotics, obsequious toadies, and fretful everyman types.


A chubby, antsy character actor, Lassick is perhaps best known for his outstanding portrayal of Charlie Cheswick, the whiny and infantile manic depressive mental patient in the acclaimed One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. His 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;[2] 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. He also was the voice of Straycatcher #2 in the 1992 animated feature film Tom and Jerry: The Movie

Though a successful actor, Lassick maintained a steady job as a trucking company's dispatcher throughout his career. He asserted that actors never knew when the acting jobs would stop coming.

In television, Sydney made made many guest TV series appearances, which incled such shows as on Family, Eight Is Enough, Baretta, Hawaii Five-O, Barney Miller, Matt Houston, Moonlighting, Knots Landing, Dream On and The X-Files]],[2].


Lassick died from complications of diabetes, at age 80 in Los Angeles, California. His only survivor was an elder sister. Sydney Lassick was buried in a simple Jewish service, in the southwest Maimonides section, at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.]],[2]


  1. The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2012-03-09.
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