Philip St. John Basil Rathbone MC (June 13, 1892—July 21 1967) was a South African-born English actor best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in fourteen Hollywood films and in a radio series.When he wasn't playing Sherlock Holmes, he was often playing sneering villains. He was a real-life Master Swordsman, so he got cast in a lot of swashbucklers.
Film roles with TV Tropes pages:
- Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)
- Captain Blood (1935)
- David Copperfield (1935)
- Romeo and Juliet (1936)
- The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
- The Dawn Patrol (1938)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
- Son of Frankenstein (1939)
- The Mark of Zorro (1940)
- The Sea Hawk (1940)
- The Baker Street Dozen (1942-1946)
- We're No Angels (1955)
- The Court Jester (1956)
- The Magic Sword (1962)
- Voyage To The Prehistoric Planet (1965)
Voice acting roles with TV Tropes pages:
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
- Peter and the Wolf
- The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
- The Great Mouse Detective - sort of, a sample from the 1966 reading of "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" by Rathbone was used for the voice of Sherlock Holmes
Tropes associated with this actor:
- Awesome, Dear Boy: He was a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes, so when he was offered the role of the Great Detective, he naturally jumped at the chance.
- The Cast Showoff: Rathbone was a skilled fencer in his own right, as demonstrated in his many swashbuckling roles.
- Large Ham: By his own admission, this was why he enjoyed performing in radio shows.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Many people in the 1930s thought he was just as cruel as his portrayal of Mr. Murdstone in David Copperfield, but he was very nice in real life.
- No Stunt Double: As The Cast Showoff (above), Rathbone largely did his own stunts in fight scenes.
- Sinister Schnoz: Rathbone has played a lot of villains.