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Sir Basil Rathbone
6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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[from a private letter written when he was serving in WWI] Out here we step over death every day. We stand next to it while we drink our tea. It's commonplace and ordinary. People who had lives and tried to hold on to them and didn't, and now slump and stare and melt slowly to nothing. You meet their eyes, or what used to be their eyes and you feel ashamed. And now Johnny is one of them. That's ...
Rathbone campaigned in vain for the part of Lord Henry in the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde
's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (The Picture of Dorian Gray
(1945)). He believed that his typecasting as Sherlock Holmes cost him the part, and was a contributing factor in his leaving the Universal series.
His fencing skills