Basil Rathbone

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Philip St. John Basil Rathbone MC (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967) was an Anglo-South African actor. He rose to prominence in the United Kingdom as a Shakespearean stage actor and went on to appear in more than 70 films, primarily costume dramas, swashbucklers, and, occasionally, horror films.

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Basil Rathbone

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Basil Rathbone (1935)
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
Spouses
Ethel Marian Foreman
(m. 1914; div. 1926)
(m. 1926)
Children3
RelativesSir Frank Benson (cousin)
Military career
AllegianceFlag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag_of_the_British_Army.svg British Army
Years of service1915–18
RankUK_Army_OF2-2.png Captain[1]
UnitLondon Scottish Regiment
Liverpool Scottish
Awards
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Rathbone frequently portrayed suave villains or morally ambiguous characters, such as Mr. Murdstone in David Copperfield (1935), Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1936) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). His most famous role was 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. In 1948, he shared the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play with two others. He was also nominated for two Academy Awards and was honoured with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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