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Basil Rathbone

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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Basil Rathbone, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jun 13, 1892 In Johannesburg, South African Republic
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Innocent 1921-03-01
Latest Project:
Movie Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn 2015-08-18
Known For
Poster of Summer Fun
Poster of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Poster of The Hound of the Baskervilles
Poster of The Adventures of Robin Hood
Movie Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn Himself (archive footage) 2015-08-18
Movie The Adventures of Errol Flynn Himself / Various Roles (archive sound) (archive footage) 2005-04-05
Movie In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes Unknown 1996-07-01
Movie The Great Mouse Detective Sherlock Holmes (voice) 1986-07-02
Movie The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes (archive footage) 1985-01-01
Movie Autopsy of a Ghost Canuto PĂ©rez 1968-11-07
Movie Hillbillys in a Haunted House Gregor 1967-05-01
Movie Soldier in Love Duke of York 1967-04-26
Movie Queen of Blood Dr. Farraday 1966-03-01
Series Summer Fun Unknown 1966-07-22
Movie The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Reginald Ripper 1966-04-06
Movie Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet Prof. Hartman, Lunar 7 1965-08-01
Movie The Comedy of Terrors John F. Black 1964-01-22
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie Pontius Pilate Caiaphas 1962-02-15
Movie The Magic Sword Lodac 1962-04-01
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Movie Two Before Zero Unknown 1962-10-31
Movie Tales of Terror Carmichael 1962-07-04
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie A Christmas Carol Scrooge 1959-12-27
Movie Cole Porter's Aladdin Emperor 1958-02-21
Movie The Last Hurrah Norman Cass, Sr. 1958-10-23
Movie The Black Sleep Sir Joel Cadman 1956-06-15
Movie The Stingiest Man in Town Ebenezer Scrooge 1956-12-23
Movie We're No Angels Andre Trochard 1955-07-07
Movie The Court Jester Sir Ravenhurst 1955-12-24
Movie Casanova's Big Night Lucio / Narrator 1954-04-07
Movie A Christmas Carol Marley's Ghost 1954-01-01
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Series Lights Out Unknown 1949-07-19
Movie The Wind in the Willows Narrator 1949-10-05
Movie The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Narrator (segment "The Wind in the Willows") (voice) 1949-10-05
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Dressed to Kill Sherlock Holmes 1946-05-24
Movie Terror by Night Sherlock Holmes 1946-02-01
Movie Heartbeat Professor Aristide 1946-05-01
Movie The Woman in Green Sherlock Holmes 1945-06-15
Movie The House of Fear Sherlock Holmes 1945-03-16
Movie Pursuit to Algiers Sherlock Holmes 1945-10-26
Movie The Scarlet Claw Sherlock Holmes 1944-05-18
Movie Bathing Beauty George Adams 1944-06-27
Movie The Pearl of Death Sherlock Holmes 1944-08-01
Movie Frenchman's Creek Lord Rockingham 1944-09-20
Movie Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Sherlock Holmes 1943-09-17
Movie Sherlock Holmes in Washington Sherlock Holmes 1943-03-24
Movie Above Suspicion Sig von Aschenhausen 1943-05-31
Movie Crazy House Sherlock Holmes 1943-10-08
Movie The Spider Woman Sherlock Holmes 1943-12-24
Movie Fingers at the Window Cesar Ferrari / Dr. H. Santelle 1942-04-22
Movie Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Sherlock Holmes 1942-09-18
Movie Crossroads Henri Sarrou 1942-07-23
Movie Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Sherlock Holmes 1942-12-25
Movie Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood No. 6 Himself 1942-10-05
Movie The Black Cat Montague Hartley 1941-05-02
Movie Paris Calling Andre Benoit 1941-12-04
Movie International Lady Reggie Oliver 1941-10-16
Movie The Mark of Zorro Captain Esteban Pasquale 1940-11-08
Movie Rhythm on the River Oliver Courtney 1940-08-28
Movie The Mad Doctor Dr. George Sebastian / Dr. Langamann 1940-11-09
Movie The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes 1939-03-24
Movie The Sun Never Sets Clive Randolph 1939-05-31
Movie Son of Frankenstein Baron Wolf von Frankenstein 1939-01-13
Movie The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes 1939-09-01
Movie Rio Paul Reynard 1939-12-29
Movie Tower of London Richard - Duke of Gloucester 1939-11-17
Movie Breakdowns of 1938 Himself 1938-02-07
Movie The Adventures of Marco Polo Ahmed 1938-04-07
Movie If I Were King King Louis XI 1938-09-28
Movie The Adventures of Robin Hood Sir Guy of Gisbourne 1938-05-13
Movie The Dawn Patrol Major Brand 1938-12-24
Movie Love from a Stranger Gerald Lovell 1937-04-18
Movie Confession Michael Michailow 1937-08-19
Movie Make a Wish Johnny Selden 1937-09-01
Movie Tovarich Commissar Dimitri Gorotchenko 1937-12-25
Movie Private Number Wroxton 1936-06-05
Movie Romeo and Juliet Tybalt 1936-09-03
Movie The Garden of Allah Count Ferdinand Anteoni 1936-10-14
Movie Anna Karenina Alexei Alexandrovitch Karenin 1935-08-30
Movie David Copperfield Mr. Edward Murdstone 1935-01-18
Movie The Last Days of Pompeii Pontius Pilate 1935-10-18
Movie A Tale of Two Cities Marquis St. Evremonde 1935-12-25
Movie A Feather in Her Hat Captain Randolph Courtney 1935-10-25
Movie Kind Lady Henry Abbott 1935-12-06
Movie Captain Blood Levasseur 1935-12-26
Movie Loyalties Ferdinand de Levis 1933-07-02
Movie A Woman Commands Capt. Alex Pastitsch 1932-02-12
Movie After the Ball Jack Harrowby 1932-12-01
Movie Sin Takes a Holiday Reginald 'Reggie' Durant 1930-11-10
Movie The Bishop Murder Case Philo Vance 1930-01-03
Movie A Notorious Affair Paul Gherardi 1930-04-26
Movie This Mad World Paul Parisot 1930-04-11
Movie A Lady Surrenders Carl Vandry 1930-10-06
Movie The Lady of Scandal Edward 1930-05-24
Movie The Flirting Widow Col. Smith 1930-05-11
Movie The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Lord Arthur Dilling 1929-07-06
Movie The Great Deception Rizzio 1926-07-26
Movie The School for Scandal Joseph Surface 1923-09-12
Movie Innocent Amadis de Jocelyn 1921-03-01
Movie The Fruitful Vine Don Cesare Carelli 1921-09-01