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3rd May '14 12:29:44 PM LongLiveHumour
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'''Jeremy Brett''' (1933-1995) was Series/SherlockHolmes. The Definitive Literature/Sherlock Holmes. Even now he is still remembered as the GreatDetective.

Brett was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with LaurenceOlivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s brother in an adaptation of ''WarAndPeace'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s LoveInterest in ''MyFairLady'', he played d'Artagnan in a television series of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', he played Basil Hallward in a television series of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', but it is for Series/SherlockHolmes that he will be remembered.

Between 1984 and 1994, Granada produced adaptations of Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's famous stories with Brett in the title role. They were:

* ''TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes'': where he was joined by David Burke as a capable [[TheWatson Dr Watson]] more in keeping with Doyle's depiction of him;
* ''TheReturnOfSherlockHolmes'': Edward Hardwicke replaced Burke as Watson continuing the faithful portrayal of Holmes's sidekick. Included two feature length adaptations of the novels ''The Sign of Four'' and ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'';
* ''TheCasebookOfSherlockHolmes'';
* ''TheMasterBlackmailer'': a feature-length adaptation of ''The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton'';
* ''TheLastVampyre'': a feature-length adaptation of ''The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire'';
* ''TheEligibleBachelor'': a feature-length adaptation of ''The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor'' (with bits of ''The Veiled Lodger'' thrown in);
* ''TheMemoirsOfSherlockHolmes'': Brett's last series, which was marked by his drastically failing health;

Brett and Hardwicke continued their roles on the stage for ''Theatre/TheSecretOfSherlockHolmes'', written by Granada script-writer Jeremy Paul. The play ran from '88 to '89 at the Wyndham Theatre.

Brett saw playing Sherlock Holmes as a challenge and was determined to produce the best portrayal of him that had been seen (his most prized possession was a 77-page book that he compiled himself documenting everything from Holmes's eating habits to the character's eccentric mannerisms). "Some actors fear if they play Sherlock Holmes for a very long run the character will steal their soul, leave no corner for the original inhabitant", he once said, but: "Holmes has become the dark side of the moon for me. He is moody and solitary and underneath I am really sociable and gregarious. It has all got too dangerous". David Burke originally played Dr Watson but left after the filming of ''The Final Problem'' in order to spend more time with his family. He was replaced, on Burke's own recommendation, with Edward Hardwicke who played him from ''The Empty House'' onward. In Brett's opinion, Hardwicke was the nicest man he ever knew.

Unfortunately Brett suffered from manic depression after the death of his wife not long after filming Sherlock Holmes's own faked death in ''The Final Problem''. During production of the remaining series, Brett's health declined, and he even collapsed on set and had to be admitted to hospital. When he was finally discharged, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he was picked up from the hospital by Edward Hardwicke who took him out to lunch]].

Not long after filming ''The Cardboard Box'', Jeremy Brett died at the age of sixty-one from heart failure. Edward Hardwicke spoke at his funeral where he called him his "dear friend" and said he was "greatly missed". The ''New York Times'' in their report of his death said that "Mr. Brett was regarded as the quintessential Holmes: breathtakingly analytical, given to outrageous disguises and the blackest moods and relentless in his enthusiasm for solving the most intricate crimes."

Even now, he is and will always be Sherlock Holmes.

!! Tropes relating to Jeremy Brett:

* {{Adorkable}}: As Freddy Eynsford-Hill in ''Theatre/MyFairLady''.
* AmicableExes: With his first wife, actress Anna Massey. Although they divorced after he had realised his bisexuality and fallen in love with another man, the split was entirely amicable, and they remained friends for the rest of their lives.
* BadassBaritone
* BiTheWay
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He played several villains, mostly for television - including ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''. Of course, the people who worked with him talk about him as being one of [[NiceGuy the sweetest guys]] you could ever meet.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: One of the trademarks of his Holmes, [[ShownTheirWork with a basis in the canon]].
* NonSingingVoice: As Freddy Eynsford-Hill in ''MyFairLady'', which is an especially weird example considering that Brett could actually sing.
* SignatureLaugh: He had a very distinct and infectious laugh. Seriously, listen to it. Edward Hardwicke said it was the thing he would most remember and miss about him.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* RealitySubtext / ThePowerOfFriendship: Jeremy and Edward were best friends in real life, and it really showed in their performance.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Was once considered for the part of ''Film/JamesBond''.
** Which also crosses into HilariousInHindsight when you remember that Charles Gray who played [[AloofBigBrother Mycroft]] [[BrilliantButLazy Holmes]] also played Blofeld in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''.
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''But still the game's afoot for those with ears, attuned to catch the distant view-halloo...''

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'''Jeremy Brett''' (1933-1995) was Series/SherlockHolmes. The Definitive Literature/Sherlock Holmes. Even now he is still remembered as the GreatDetective.

Brett was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with LaurenceOlivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s brother in an adaptation of ''WarAndPeace'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s LoveInterest in ''MyFairLady'', he played d'Artagnan in a television series of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', he played Basil Hallward in a television series of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', but it is for Series/SherlockHolmes that he will be remembered.

Between 1984 and 1994, Granada produced adaptations of Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's famous stories with Brett in the title role. They were:

* ''TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes'': where he was joined by David Burke as a capable [[TheWatson Dr Watson]] more in keeping with Doyle's depiction of him;
* ''TheReturnOfSherlockHolmes'': Edward Hardwicke replaced Burke as Watson continuing the faithful portrayal of Holmes's sidekick. Included two feature length adaptations of the novels ''The Sign of Four'' and ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'';
* ''TheCasebookOfSherlockHolmes'';
* ''TheMasterBlackmailer'': a feature-length adaptation of ''The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton'';
* ''TheLastVampyre'': a feature-length adaptation of ''The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire'';
* ''TheEligibleBachelor'': a feature-length adaptation of ''The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor'' (with bits of ''The Veiled Lodger'' thrown in);
* ''TheMemoirsOfSherlockHolmes'': Brett's last series, which was marked by his drastically failing health;

Brett and Hardwicke continued their roles on the stage for ''Theatre/TheSecretOfSherlockHolmes'', written by Granada script-writer Jeremy Paul. The play ran from '88 to '89 at the Wyndham Theatre.

Brett saw playing Sherlock Holmes as a challenge and was determined to produce the best portrayal of him that had been seen (his most prized possession was a 77-page book that he compiled himself documenting everything from Holmes's eating habits to the character's eccentric mannerisms). "Some actors fear if they play Sherlock Holmes for a very long run the character will steal their soul, leave no corner for the original inhabitant", he once said, but: "Holmes has become the dark side of the moon for me. He is moody and solitary and underneath I am really sociable and gregarious. It has all got too dangerous". David Burke originally played Dr Watson but left after the filming of ''The Final Problem'' in order to spend more time with his family. He was replaced, on Burke's own recommendation, with Edward Hardwicke who played him from ''The Empty House'' onward. In Brett's opinion, Hardwicke was the nicest man he ever knew.

Unfortunately Brett suffered from manic depression after the death of his wife not long after filming Sherlock Holmes's own faked death in ''The Final Problem''. During production of the remaining series, Brett's health declined, and he even collapsed on set and had to be admitted to hospital. When he was finally discharged, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he was picked up from the hospital by Edward Hardwicke who took him out to lunch]].

Not long after filming ''The Cardboard Box'', Jeremy Brett died at the age of sixty-one from heart failure. Edward Hardwicke spoke at his funeral where he called him his "dear friend" and said he was "greatly missed". The ''New York Times'' in their report of his death said that "Mr. Brett was regarded as the quintessential Holmes: breathtakingly analytical, given to outrageous disguises and the blackest moods and relentless in his enthusiasm for solving the most intricate crimes."

Even now, he is and will always be Sherlock Holmes.

!! Tropes relating to Jeremy Brett:

* {{Adorkable}}: As Freddy Eynsford-Hill in ''Theatre/MyFairLady''.
* AmicableExes: With his first wife, actress Anna Massey. Although they divorced after he had realised his bisexuality and fallen in love with another man, the split was entirely amicable, and they remained friends for the rest of their lives.
* BadassBaritone
* BiTheWay
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He played several villains, mostly for television - including ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''. Of course, the people who worked with him talk about him as being one of [[NiceGuy the sweetest guys]] you could ever meet.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: One of the trademarks of his Holmes, [[ShownTheirWork with a basis in the canon]].
* NonSingingVoice: As Freddy Eynsford-Hill in ''MyFairLady'', which is an especially weird example considering that Brett could actually sing.
* SignatureLaugh: He had a very distinct and infectious laugh. Seriously, listen to it. Edward Hardwicke said it was the thing he would most remember and miss about him.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* RealitySubtext / ThePowerOfFriendship: Jeremy and Edward were best friends in real life, and it really showed in their performance.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Was once considered for the part of ''Film/JamesBond''.
** Which also crosses into HilariousInHindsight when you remember that Charles Gray who played [[AloofBigBrother Mycroft]] [[BrilliantButLazy Holmes]] also played Blofeld in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''.
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''But still the game's afoot for those with ears, attuned to catch the distant view-halloo...''
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3rd May '14 12:06:33 PM LongLiveHumour
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'''Jeremy Brett''' (1933-1995) was SherlockHolmes. The Definitive Sherlock Holmes. Even now he is still remembered as the GreatDetective.

Brett was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with LaurenceOlivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s brother in an adaptation of ''WarAndPeace'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s LoveInterest in ''MyFairLady'', he played d'Artagnan in a television series of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', he played Basil Hallward in a television series of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', but it is for SherlockHolmes that he will be remembered.

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'''Jeremy Brett''' (1933-1995) was SherlockHolmes. Series/SherlockHolmes. The Definitive Sherlock Literature/Sherlock Holmes. Even now he is still remembered as the GreatDetective.

Brett was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with LaurenceOlivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s brother in an adaptation of ''WarAndPeace'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s LoveInterest in ''MyFairLady'', he played d'Artagnan in a television series of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', he played Basil Hallward in a television series of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', but it is for SherlockHolmes Series/SherlockHolmes that he will be remembered.



!! Tropes relating to JeremyBrett:

* {{Adorkable}}: As Freddy Eynsford-Hill in ''MyFairLady''.

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!! Tropes relating to JeremyBrett:

Jeremy Brett:

* {{Adorkable}}: As Freddy Eynsford-Hill in ''MyFairLady''.''Theatre/MyFairLady''.
4th Oct '13 3:17:32 AM DorisWildthyme
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* AmicableExes: With his first wife, actress Anna Massey. Although they divorced after he had realised his bisexuality and fallen in love with another man, the split was entirely amicable, and they remained friends for the rest of their lives.



* HappilyDivorced: From his first wife, actress Anna Massey. Although they divorced after he had realised his bisexuality and fallen in love with another man, the split was entirely amicable, and they remained friends for the rest of their lives.
2nd Oct '13 7:07:35 AM DorisWildthyme
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* HappilyDivorced: From his first wife, actress Anna Massey. Although they split after he had realised his bisexuality and fallen in love with another man, the split was entirely amicable, and they remained friends for the rest of their lives.

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* HappilyDivorced: From his first wife, actress Anna Massey. Although they split divorced after he had realised his bisexuality and fallen in love with another man, the split was entirely amicable, and they remained friends for the rest of their lives.
2nd Oct '13 6:55:09 AM DorisWildthyme
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* BiTheWay
* HappilyDivorced: From his first wife, actress Anna Massey. Although they split after he had realised his bisexuality and fallen in love with another man, the split was entirely amicable, and they remained friends for the rest of their lives.
4th Jun '13 10:58:39 AM Keuthonymos
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[[caption-width-right:278:[[SherlockHolmes Elementary, my dear Watson.]]]]

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12th Jan '13 4:41:41 PM Rissa
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Brett (1933 - 1995) was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with LaurenceOlivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s brother in an adaptation of ''WarAndPeace'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s LoveInterest in ''MyFairLady'', he played d'Artagnan in a television series of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', he played Basil Hallward in a television series of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', but it is for SherlockHolmes that he will be remembered.

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Brett (1933 - 1995) was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with LaurenceOlivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s brother in an adaptation of ''WarAndPeace'', he starred as Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s LoveInterest in ''MyFairLady'', he played d'Artagnan in a television series of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', he played Basil Hallward in a television series of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', but it is for SherlockHolmes that he will be remembered.
11th Jan '13 6:53:48 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Brett (1933 - 1995) was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with LaurenceOlivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', he starred as AudreyHepburn's brother in an adaptation of ''WarAndPeace'', he starred as AudreyHepburn's LoveInterest in ''MyFairLady'', he played d'Artagnan in a television series of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', he played Basil Hallward in a television series of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', but it is for SherlockHolmes that he will be remembered.

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Brett (1933 - 1995) was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with LaurenceOlivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', he starred as AudreyHepburn's Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s brother in an adaptation of ''WarAndPeace'', he starred as AudreyHepburn's Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s LoveInterest in ''MyFairLady'', he played d'Artagnan in a television series of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', he played Basil Hallward in a television series of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', but it is for SherlockHolmes that he will be remembered.
6th Nov '12 9:17:17 AM lu127
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* HazelEyes: His eyes could appear grey, green, amber, or brown at any given time, and remain [[WhatBeautifulEyes an object of fangirling]].
2nd Nov '12 11:00:16 AM nombretomado
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Brett (1933 - 1995) was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with LaurenceOlivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', he starred as AudreyHepburn's brother in an adaptation of ''WarAndPeace'', he starred as AudreyHepburn's LoveInterest in ''MyFairLady'', he played d'Artagnan in a television series of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', he played Basil Hallward in a television series of ''ThePictureOfDorianGray'', but it is for SherlockHolmes that he will be remembered.

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Brett (1933 - 1995) was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with LaurenceOlivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', he starred as AudreyHepburn's brother in an adaptation of ''WarAndPeace'', he starred as AudreyHepburn's LoveInterest in ''MyFairLady'', he played d'Artagnan in a television series of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', he played Basil Hallward in a television series of ''ThePictureOfDorianGray'', ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', but it is for SherlockHolmes that he will be remembered.
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