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Sir Basil Rathbone
6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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[as to how he was awarded his Military Cross] All I did, old man, was disguise myself as a tree - that's correct, a tree - and cross no man's land to gather a bit of information from the German lines. I have not since been called upon to play a tree.
His final appearance as Sherlock Holmes was in a play written by his wife Ouida Bergère
, appropriately titled "Sherlock Holmes." The production opened on Broadway on October 30, 1953, and lasted only three performances.
Best known for playing suave villains in period swashbuckler films, such as The Adventures of Robin Hood
(1938) and Captain Blood
(1935). He is credited with creating the definitive screen interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, his only rival generally conceded to be Jeremy Brett
's interpretation of the fictional detective.