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Sir Basil Rathbone, KBE, MC, Kt (13 June 1892, Johannesburg – 21 July 1967, New York City) was a South African actor. He rose to prominence in England as a Shakespearean stage actor and went on to appear in over 70 films, primarily costume dramas, swashbucklers, and, occasionally, horror films. He frequently portrayed suave villains or morally ambiguous characters, such as Murdstone in David Copperfield (1935) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). His most famous role, however, was heroic—that of Sherlock Holmes in fourteen Hollywood films made between 1939 and 1946 and in a radio series. His later career included Broadway and television work; he received a Tony Award in 1948 as Best Actor in a Play.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Sir Basil Rathbone, KBE, MC, Kt (13 June 1892, Johannesburg – 21 July 1967, New York City) was a South African actor. He rose to prominence in England as a Shakespearean stage actor and went on to appear in over 70 films, primarily costume dramas, swashbucklers, and, occasionally, horror films. He frequently portrayed suave villains or morally ambiguous characters, such as Murdstone in David Copperfield (1935) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). His most famous role, however, was heroic—that of Sherlock Holmes in fourteen Hollywood films made between 1939 and 1946 and in a radio series. His later career included Broadway and television work; he received a Tony Award in 1948 as Best Actor in a Play.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 97

Birthday 1892-06-13

Day of Death 1967-07-21

Place of Birth Johannesburg, South African Republic

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Also Known As

  • Sir Basil Rathbone
  • Philip St. John Basil Rathbone
  • Бэзил Рэтбоун

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 The Adventures of Errol Flynn as Himself / Various Roles (archive sound) (archive footage)
1986 The Great Mouse Detective as Sherlock Holmes (voice)
1985 The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes as Sherlock Holmes (archive footage)
1968 Autopsy of a Ghost as Canuto Pérez
1967 Hillbillys in a Haunted House as Gregor
1967 Soldier in Love as Duke of York
1966 Summer Fun (1 episode)
1966 The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini as Reginald Ripper
1966 Queen of Blood as Dr. Farraday
1965 Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet as Prof. Hartman, Lunar 7
1963 The Comedy of Terrors as Mr. Black
1963 Burke's Law (1 episode)
1962 Tales of Terror as Carmichael
1962 The Magic Sword as Lodac
1962 Pontius Pilate as Caiaphas
1961 Dr. Kildare (2 episodes)
1958 The Last Hurrah as Norman Cass, Sr.
1956 The Black Sleep as Sir Joel Cadman
1955 The Court Jester as Sir Ravenhurst
1955 We're No Angels as Andre Trochard
1954 Casanova's Big Night as Lucio / Narrator
1954 A Christmas Carol as Marley's Ghost
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (4 episodes)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (3 episodes)
1950 The Arthur Murray Party (1 episode)
1950 Your Show of Shows (1 episode)
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad as Narrator (segment "The Wind in the Willows")
1949 The Wind in the Willows as Narrator
1949 Lights Out (1 episode)
1949 Suspense (2 episodes)
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1946 Dressed to Kill as Sherlock Holmes
1946 Heartbeat as Professor Aristide
1946 Terror by Night as Sherlock Holmes
1945 Pursuit to Algiers as Sherlock Holmes
1945 The Woman in Green as Sherlock Holmes
1945 The House of Fear as Sherlock Holmes
1944 Frenchman's Creek as Lord Rockingham
1944 The Pearl of Death as Sherlock Holmes
1944 Bathing Beauty as George Adams
1944 The Scarlet Claw as Sherlock Holmes
1943 The Spider Woman as Sherlock Holmes
1943 Crazy House as Sherlock Holmes
1943 Sherlock Holmes Faces Death as Sherlock Holmes
1943 Above Suspicion as Sig von Aschenhausen
1943 Sherlock Holmes in Washington as Sherlock Holmes
1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon as Sherlock Holmes
1942 Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood No. 6 as Himself
1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror as Sherlock Holmes
1942 Crossroads as Henri Sarrou
1942 Fingers at the Window as Cesar Ferrari, alias Dr. H. Santelle
1941 Paris Calling as Andre Benoit
1941 International Lady as Reggie Oliver
1941 The Black Cat as Montague Hartley
1940 The Mad Doctor as Dr. George Sebastian / Dr. Langamann
1940 The Mark of Zorro as Captain Esteban Pasquale
1940 Rhythm on the River as Oliver Courtney
1939 Rio as Paul Reynard
1939 Tower of London as Richard - Duke of Gloucester
1939 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as Sherlock Holmes
1939 The Sun Never Sets as Clive Randolph
1939 The Hound of the Baskervilles as Sherlock Holmes
1939 Son of Frankenstein as Baron Wolf von Frankenstein
1938 The Dawn Patrol as Major Brand
1938 If I Were King as King Louis XI
1938 The Adventures of Marco Polo as Ahmed
1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood as Sir Guy of Gisbourne
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Himself
1937 Tovarich as Commissar Dimitri Gorotchenko
1937 Make a Wish as Johnny Selden
1937 Confession as Michael Michailow
1937 Love from a Stranger as Gerald Lovell
1936 The Garden of Allah as Count Ferdinand Anteoni
1936 Romeo and Juliet as Tybalt - Nephew to Lady Capulet
1936 Private Number as Wroxton
1935 Captain Blood as Levasseur
1935 A Tale of Two Cities as Marquis St. Evremonde
1935 Kind Lady as Henry Abbott
1935 A Feather in Her Hat as Captain Randolph Courtney
1935 The Last Days of Pompeii as Pontius Pilate
1935 Anna Karenina as Alexei Alexandrovitch Karenin
1935 David Copperfield as Mr. Murdstone
1933 Loyalties as Ferdinand de Levis
1932 After the Ball as Jack Harrowby
1932 A Woman Commands as Capt. Alex Pastitsch
1930 Sin Takes a Holiday as Reginald 'Reggie' Durant
1930 A Lady Surrenders as Carl Vandry
1930 The Lady of Scandal as Edward
1930 The Flirting Widow as Col. Smith
1930 A Notorious Affair as Paul Gherardi
1930 This Mad World as Paul Parisot
1930 The Bishop Murder Case as Philo Vance
1929 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney as Lord Arthur Dilling
1926 The Great Deception as Rizzio
1923 The School for Scandal as Joseph Surface
1921 The Fruitful Vine as Don Cesare Carelli

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