Appeared (as "Lorenzo") in "The Merchant of Venice" in Stratford-on-Avon, England.
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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.
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.
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.