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      Basil Rathbone

      Basil Rathbone

      Highest Rated: 100% Captain Blood (1935)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Planet of Blood (1966)

      Birthday: Jun 13, 1892

      Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

      Tall and lean, with an interesting, angular face and a remarkable authoritative voice that lent considerably gravity to the most poetic of sentiments and the vilest of evil, Basil Rathbone's ability to excel at heroism and villainy kept him in demand for much of his career. The South African native had his start on the stage and thanks to acclaim from Broadway work like "The Swan" (1923-24), he soon graduated to motion pictures. He was an excellent choice to play period villains in films like "David Copperfield" (1935), "Captain Blood" (1935), and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938), and Rathbone proved so effective, typecasting seemed inevitable. However, he staved off such a career fate with his indelible portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's master of deduction, Sherlock Holmes. From "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1939) through "Dressed to Kill" (1946) and seven seasons on radio, Rathbone did a superb job of communicating Holmes' unmatchable intelligence and sleuthing mastery. Rathbone eventually tired of the role and returned to the stage, which offered him a richer venue for his talents than acting as foils for comedians like Bob Hope and Danny Kaye and the rote villainy of low-budget horrors like "The Black Sleep" (1956). At the height of his craft, Rathbone performed with a degree of vividness and sincerity that was a hallmark of the finest classically-trained actors and his interpretation of Holmes was considered the definitive take on the literary icon.

      Highest rated movies

      The Woman in Green
      The Adventures of Robin Hood
      David Copperfield
      Captain Blood
      The Court Jester
      Son of Frankenstein
      A Tale of Two Cities
      The Mark of Zorro

      Photos

      THE WOMAN IN GREEN, (aka SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE WOMAN IN GREEN), Nigel Bruce, Basil Rathbone, 1945 THE LAST OF MRS. CHEYNEY, Basil Rathbone, Norma Shearer, 1929 THE LAST OF MRS. CHEYNEY, Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, 1929 ROMEO AND JULIET, Basil Rathbone, 1936 QUEEN OF BLOOD, Basil Rathbone, 1966 MAKE A WISH, Basil Rathbone, Bobby Breen, 1937 MAKE A WISH, Basil Rathbone, Bobby Breen, 1937 THE LAST HURRAH, Basil Rathbone, 1958 DAVID COPPERFIELD, Basil Rathbone, Jessie Ralph, Freddie Bartholomew, Elizabeth Allan, 1935 DAVID COPPERFIELD, Basil Rathbone, Elizabeth Allen, 1935 DAVID COPPERFIELD, Basil Rathbone, 1935 THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, Basil Rathbone, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, 1964 CAPTAIN BLOOD, Basil Rathbone, 1935 THE BLACK SLEEP, Basil Rathbone, 1956 THE BLACK SLEEP, (front row), Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., (back row) Akim Tamiroff, John Carradine, 1956 THE BLACK SLEEP, Louanna Gardner, Basil Rathbone, 1956 THE BLACK SLEEP, Basil Rathbone, Louanna Gardner, 1956 THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, Basil Rathbone, 1938 THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, 1964 GARDEN OF ALLAH, Basil Rathbone, Marlene Dietrich, 1936, on-set shooting pictures of each other

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Autopsy of a Ghost Unknown (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 23% Hillbillys in a Haunted House Gregor (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soldier in Love The Duke of York (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 48% The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Reginald Ripper (Character) - 1966
      17% 19% Planet of Blood Dr. Farraday (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 16% Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet Prof. Hartman (Character) - 1965
      89% 69% The Comedy of Terrors Mr. John F. Black (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Plus Two Frankenstein (Character) - 1963
      29% 27% The Magic Sword Lodac (Character) - 1962
      73% 63% Tales of Terror Carmichael (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pontius Pilate Caiaphas (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Victoria Regina Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (Character) - 1961
      86% 81% The Last Hurrah Norman Cass, Sr., Banker (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 35% The Black Sleep Sir Joel Cadman (Character) - 1956
      97% 93% The Court Jester Sir Ravenhurst (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 81% We're No Angels Andre Trochard (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 82% Casanova's Big Night Lucio/Narrator (Character) - 1954
      88% 71% The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Narrator - 1949
      83% 64% Dressed to Kill Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1946
      75% 64% Terror by Night Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 36% Heartbeat Professor Aristide (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 59% Pursuit to Algiers Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1945
      100% 58% The Woman in Green Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 72% Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 25% Frenchman's Creek Lord Rockingham (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 77% The Pearl of Death Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 74% The Scarlet Claw Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 75% Bathing Beauty George Adams (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 73% Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 52% Sherlock Holmes in Washington Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 73% Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 33% Above Suspicion Sig von Aschenhausen (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 53% Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 53% Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 14% Fingers at the Window Cesar Ferrari, alias Dr. H. Santelle (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 45% Crossroads Henri Sarrou (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 35% The Black Cat Montague Hartley (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mad Doctor Dr. George Sebastian/Dr. Frederick Langamann (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paris Calling Andre Benoit (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet International Lady Reggie Oliver (Character) - 1941
      92% 79% The Mark of Zorro Captain Esteban Pasquale (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 71% Rhythm on the River Oliver Courtney (Character) - 1940
      89% 78% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1939
      83% 59% Tower of London Richard (Character) - 1939
      95% 71% Son of Frankenstein Baron Wolf von Frankenstein (Character) - 1939
      91% 83% The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sun Never Sets Clive Randolph (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rio Paul Reynard (Character) - 1939
      60% 26% The Adventures of Marco Polo Ahmed (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 75% If I Were King King Louis XI (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 83% The Dawn Patrol Major Brand (Character) - 1938
      100% 89% The Adventures of Robin Hood Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Make a Wish Johnny Selden (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 44% Love From a Stranger Gerald Lovell (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 38% Tovarich Commissar Dimitri Gorotchenko (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Confession Michael Michailow (Character) - 1937
      78% 54% Romeo and Juliet Tybalt (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 60% Private Number Wroxton (Character) - 1936
      36% 40% The Garden of Allah Count Ferdinand Anteoni (Character) - 1936
      93% 83% A Tale of Two Cities Marquis St. Evremonde (Character) - 1935
      100% 76% David Copperfield Mr. Murdstone (Character) - 1935
      86% 70% Anna Karenina Karenin (Character) - 1935
      100% 90% Captain Blood Levasseur (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 36% The Last Days of Pompeii Pontius Pilate (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet House of Menace Henry Abbott (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Feather in Her Hat Captain Courtney (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 33% Kind Lady Henry Abbott (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 56% Sin Takes a Holiday Reginald "Reggie" Durant (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lady of Scandal Edward (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet 18% The Bishop Murder Case Philo Vance (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Notorious Affair Paul Gherardi (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flirting Widow Colonel John "Johnny" Vaughn-Smith (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Lord Arthur Dilling (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Masked Bride Antoine (Character) - 1925

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Ebenezer Scrooge (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1952 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shower of Stars Marley's Ghost (Character) 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Hazelton Crome (Character) 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1951 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lights Out Unknown (Character) 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes Guest 1951