Basil Rathbone

Born: June 13, 1892 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: July 21, 1967 in New York City, New York, USA
~Silent Filmography~
The Great Deception (1926) .... Rizzio
The Masked Bride (1925) .... Antoine
Trouping with Ellen (1924) .... Tony Winterslip
The Loves of Mary, Queen of Scots (1923) (uncredited) .... Undetermined Subordinate Role
The School for Scandal (1923/II) .... Joseph Surface
Innocent (1921) .... Amadis de Jocelyn
The Fruitful Vine (1921) .... Don Cesare Carelli
~The Los Angeles Times, 1967~
continents and all theatrical mediums, but his greatest fame came from his motion picture portrayals of
the fictional British detective Holmes.

Rathbone was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the son of a British engineer. His mother was a
descendant of King Henry IV. Educated in England, he joined his cousin's theatrical company in 1911.

Rathbone made 16 Sherlock Holmes films between 1939 and 1946, and is widely remembered as the
tall, dignified sleuth who wore a deerstalker cap, puffed a curved pipe and solved mysteries with a
casual: "Elementary my dear Watson."

He reportedly refused lucrative offers to re-create the Holmes role after the 1953 death of his friend
and costar Nigel Bruce, whom he considered the "only man who could play Dr. Watson."

— Art Berman in the Los Angeles Times July 22, 1967