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William Gillette (I) (1853–1937)

Handsome American actor, playwright and stage director/producer William Gillette was born in Hartford, CT, in 1853. His father Francis was a former United States Senator and crusader for women's suffrage and the abolition of slavery; his mother Elisabeth Daggett Hooker is a descendant of Rev. Thomas Hooker, who either wrote or inspired the first ... See full bio »

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Known For

Too Much Johnson
(1938)
Sherlock Holmes
(1922)
Sherlock Holmes
(1916)

Filmography

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 1982 Sherlock Holmes (TV Movie) (play)
 1981 Standing Room Only (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Sherlock Holmes (1981) ... (play)
 1977 Great Performances (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Secret Service (1977) ... (play)
 1939 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (play "Sherlock Holmes")
 1938 Too Much Johnson (play)
 1932 Sherlock Holmes (play)
 1931 Secret Service (play)
 1922 Sherlock Holmes (play)
 1920 Held by the Enemy (play)
 1919 Too Much Johnson (play)
 1919 Secret Service (play)
 1916 Sherlock Holmes (play)
 1915 Esmeralda (Short) (play)
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 1986 The Stamp of Greatness (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "The Dream Maker" on Broadway. Melodrama. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

William Hooker Gillette
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Trivia:

As Holmes, he smoked a curved Meerschaum pipe, rather than the more accurate straight clay pipes that Holmes always smoked in the stories. Gillette did this because it was nearly impossible for him to do believable "business" with the clay pipes. Because of this, one of the stereotypical Holmes trademarks is a Meerschaum. See more »

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