Creator / Basil Rathbone

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:

Voice acting roles with TV Tropes pages:

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.