Basil Rathbone

Basil Rathbone

  • Born on
    • June 13th, 1892
  • Died on
    • July 21st, 1967
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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Basil Rathbone, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Starring Basil Rathbone on Plex


Acting (57 Credits)

1986The Great Mouse Detective as Sherlock Holmes (voice)
1974Madhouse as Basil (archive footage)
1967Hillbillys in a Haunted House as Gregor
1966Queen of Blood as Dr. Farraday
1966The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini as Reginald Ripper
1965Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet as Prof. Hartman, Lunar 7
1963The Comedy of Terrors as John F. Black
1962The Magic Sword as Lodac
1962Tales of Terror as Carmichael
1958The Last Hurrah as Norman Cass Sr.
1956The Black Sleep as Sir Joel Cadman
1955The Court Jester as Sir Ravenhurst
1955We're No Angels as Andre Trochard
1954Casanova's Big Night as Lucio / Narrator
1949The Wind in the Willows as Narrator (voice)
1949The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad as Narrator (segment "The Wind in the Willows") (voice)
1946Terror by Night as Sherlock Holmes
1946Dressed to Kill as Sherlock Holmes
1946Heartbeat as Professor Aristide
1945The House of Fear as Sherlock Holmes
1945The Woman in Green as Sherlock Holmes
1945Pursuit to Algiers as Sherlock Holmes
1944The Pearl of Death as Sherlock Holmes
1944The Scarlet Claw as Sherlock Holmes
1944Bathing Beauty as George Adams
1944Frenchman's Creek as Lord Rockingham
1943The Spider Woman as Sherlock Holmes
1943Sherlock Holmes in Washington as Sherlock Holmes
1943Sherlock Holmes Faces Death as Sherlock Holmes
1943Above Suspicion as Sig von Aschenhausen
1942Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon as Sherlock Holmes
1942Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror as Sherlock Holmes
1942Fingers at the Window as Cesar Ferrari / Dr. H. Santelle
1942Crossroads as Henri Sarrou
1941The Black Cat as Montague Hartley
1940The Mark of Zorro as Captain Esteban Pasquale
1939Son of Frankenstein as Baron Wolf von Frankenstein
1939The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as Sherlock Holmes
1939Tower of London as Richard - Duke of Gloucester
1939The Hound of the Baskervilles as Sherlock Holmes
1938The Dawn Patrol as Major Brand
1938If I Were King as King Louis XI
1938The Adventures of Marco Polo as Ahmed
1938The Adventures of Robin Hood as Sir Guy of Gisbourne
1937A Night of Terror as Gerald Lovell
1937Tovarich as Commissar Dimitri Gorotchenko
1937Confession as Michael Michailow
1936The Garden of Allah as Count Ferdinand Anteoni
1936Romeo and Juliet as Tybalt
1935The Last Days of Pompeii as Pontius Pilate
1935Captain Blood as Levasseur
1935A Tale of Two Cities as Marquis St. Evremonde
1935Anna Karenina as Alexei Alexandrovitch Karenin
1935David Copperfield as Mr. Edward Murdstone
1930Sin Takes a Holiday as Reginald 'Reggie' Durant
1929The Bishop Murder Case as Philo Vance
1929The Last of Mrs. Cheyney as Lord Arthur Dilling


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