Sydney Deane      

Full name Sydney Leslie Deane

Born March 1, 1866, Sydney, New South Wales

Died March 20, 1934, New York, United States of America (aged 68 years 19 days)

Major teams New South Wales

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 2 2 1 26 23* 26.00 0 0 7 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 2 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1889/90 - 1889/90

According to feedback posted on Cricinfo in January 2008, Deane was:

"The very first cricketer/film actor. Sydney Deane kept wicket in two first-class matches for New South Wales in 1889-90, and should have made the 1890 Australian team to England (the non-keeping Tasmanian, Ken Burn was famously and accidentally chosen instead). Deane, who also played rugby for New South Wales, then pursued a career as a singer and actor in comic opera. That took him to New York, where he worked in musicals on Broadway. In 1914, he turned up in Hollywood, where he appeared in at least 43 films, many acting with Lon Chaney and many directed by Cecil B. de Mille. His last (known) film was D. W. Griffith's classic, America, made in 1924. Deane kept playing cricket in both New York and California.