(11/24/55) Television: Hosted the "CBS Thanksgiving Day Special".
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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 ...
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.