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Basil Rathbone

Philip St. John Basil Rathbone MC (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967) was a South African-born English actor. He rose to prominence in the United Kingdom as a Shakespearean stage actor and went on to appear in more than 70 films, primarily costume dramas, swashbucklers, and, occasionally, horror films.

Rathbone frequently portrayed suave villains or morally ambiguous characters, such as Mr. Murdstone in David Copperfield (1935), Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1936) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). His most famous role was that of Sherlock Holmes in fourteen Hollywood films made between 1939 and 1946 and in a radio series. His later career included roles on Broadway, as well as self-ironic film and television work. He received a Tony Award in 1948 as Best Actor in a Play. He was also nominated for two Academy Awards and was honoured with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 13, 1892 (Johannesburg), Died July 21, 1967 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MRC-67778 16-in. 1/11/1931 The Camberley triangle Ann Andrews ; Basil Rathbone ; Otis Skinner Radio broadcast : Dramatic scene speaker  
Victor MRC-67779 16-in. 1/11/1931 The Camberley triangle Ann Andrews ; Basil Rathbone ; Otis Skinner Radio broadcast : Dramatic scene speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rathbone, Basil," accessed May 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105044.

Rathbone, Basil. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105044.

"Rathbone, Basil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 May 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105044

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