Accepted into a touring company; began training for the stage
Cast as Richard III in "The Tower of London"
First film in eight years, "Casanova's Big Night", starring Bob Hope; played Hope's valet
First films for several years and talkie debut, "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney", as Norma Shearer's leading man
First notable feature film credit, "Trouping with Ellen"
First played Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"
Last film, "Hillbillys in a Haunted House"
Once again displayed his flair for scoundrels as the ill-fated Lord Rockingham in "Frenchman's Creek"
Again displayed his dueling abilities opposite Tyrone Power in "The Mask of Zorro"
Garnered second Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for "If I Were King"
Had title role in "Son of Frankenstein"
Invited to appear on Broadway; moved to NYC and acted in several shows, most notably "The Swan" (1923) opposite Eva Le Gallienne
Acted opposite Katharine Cornell on Broadway and on tour
Briefly worked in business before embarking on acting career
Following WWI, joined the Shakespeare company at Stratford-upon-Avon that was founded by his cousin
Gave an effective performance as Spencer Tracy's political enemy in "The Last Hurrah"
Last Sherlock Holmes films, "Dressed to Kill" and "Terror By Night"
Returned to films after several years: enjoyed landmark villain roles as Mr. Murdstone in George Cukor's "David Copperfield", as Karenin in Clarence Brown's "Anna Karenina" and as Errol Flynn's dueling adversary in Michael Curtiz's "Captain Blood"
Sent to London to receive his education
Served in the London Scottish Regiment and later the Liverpool Scottish Regiment (achieving rank of lieutenant) during WWI
Toured on and off in the 1950s in one-man show "An Evening with Basil Rathbone"
Voice used as Sherlock Holmes in the animated children's film, "The Great Mouse Detective"
Acted alongside Julie Harris and Boris Karloff in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "The Lark" (NBC)
Appeared as Scrooge in the NBC production "The Stingiest Man in Town"
Cast as the villain Sir Guy of Gisbourne in "The Adventures of Robin Hood", featuring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland
Film acting debut in the British-produced "The Fruitful Vine"
Had featured role in the Technicolor film "The Garden of Allah"
Returned to Broadway to play Mr. Sloper in "The Heiress"; received Tony Award
Supported Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard as Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet"; nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar