Basil Rathbone Biography

Philip St. John Basil Rathbone, MC was a South African-born English actor. He rose to prominence in the UK 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 Mr. Murdstone in David Copperfield and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood. 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 roles on Broadway, as well as self-ironic film and television work. He received a Tony Award in 1948 as Best Actor in a Play. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Basil Rathbone
Nationality:
United Kingdom
Profession:
Actor, Soldier, Voice Actor
Date of Birth:
June 13, 1892
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Date of Death:
July 21, 1967
Age at Death:
75
Cause of Death:
Myocardial infarction
Basil Rathbone Timeline
  • 1939-03-31
    "The Hound of Baskervilles", starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson for the first time, is released
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