Basil Rathbone

British actor (1892-1967)

Philip St. John Basil Rathbone MC (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967) was an English actor. He was known for playing Mr. Murdstone in David Copperfield (1935), Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1936) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).

Basil Rathbone
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Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in the 1930s
Born
Philip St. John Basil Rathbone

(1892-06-13)13 June 1892
Died21 July 1967(1967-07-21) (aged 75)
Resting placeFerncliff Cemetery Shrine of Memories, Hartsdale, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1911–1967
Spouse(s)Ethel Marian Foreman (1914–1926; divorced)
Ouida Bergère (1926–1967; his death)
Children3
RelativesSir Frank Benson (cousin)

His most famous role was that of Sherlock Holmes in fourteen Hollywood movies made between 1939 and 1946 and in a radio series.

He won a Tony Award in 1948 as Best Actor in a Play. He was also nominated for two Academy Awards and was honoured with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rathbone died suddenly of a heart attack in New York City on 21 July 1967 at the age of 75.

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