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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.
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|Sin Takes a Holiday||Reggie Durant||1930|
|David Copperfield||Mr. Murdstone||1935|
|Kind Lady||Henry Abbott||1935|
|The Adventures of Robin Hood||Sir Guy of Gisbourne||1938|
|The Adventures of Marco Polo||Ahmed||1938|
|Son of Frankenstein||Baron Wolf von Frankenstein||1939|
|The Hound of the Baskervilles||Sherlock Holmes||1939|
|Fingers at the Window||Cesar Ferrari, alias Dr. H. Santelle||1942|
|Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror||Sherlock Holmes||1942|
|Sherlock Holmes Faces Death||Sherlock Holmes||1943|
|The Spider Woman||Sherlock Holmes||1944|
|The Scarlet Claw||Sherlock Holmes||1944|
|Frenchman's Creek||Lord Rockingham||1944|
|The House of Fear||Sherlock Holmes||1945|
|The Woman in Green||Sherlock Holmes||1945|
|Dressed to Kill||Sherlock Holmes||1946|
|Terror by Night||Sherlock Holmes||1946|
|The Court Jester||Sir Ravenhurst||1955|
|The Black Sleep||Sir Joel Cadman||1956|
|The Last Hurrah||Norman Cass, Sr.||1958|
|The Great Mouse Detective||Sherlock Holmes||1986|