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Basil Rathbone

Actor Basil Rathbone

Profession: Actor


Biography: Famous for playing Sherlock Holmes in 14 Hollywood films made between 1939 and 1946.

Born: June 13, 1892
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: July 21, 1967 (aged 75)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Historical Events

  • 1939-03-31 "The Hound of Baskervilles" first of 14 films starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson is released

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