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Also Known As: Died: July 21, 1967
Born: June 13, 1892 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: South Africa Profession: Cast ...
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Accepted into a touring company; began training for the stage
1939:
Cast as Richard III in "The Tower of London"
1954:
First film in eight years, "Casanova's Big Night", starring Bob Hope; played Hope's valet
1929:
First films for several years and talkie debut, "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney", as Norma Shearer's leading man
1924:
First notable feature film credit, "Trouping with Ellen"
1939:
First played Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"
1967:
Last film, "Hillbillys in a Haunted House"
1944:
Once again displayed his flair for scoundrels as the ill-fated Lord Rockingham in "Frenchman's Creek"
1940:
Again displayed his dueling abilities opposite Tyrone Power in "The Mask of Zorro"
1938:
Garnered second Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for "If I Were King"
1939:
Had title role in "Son of Frankenstein"
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Invited to appear on Broadway; moved to NYC and acted in several shows, most notably "The Swan" (1923) opposite Eva Le Gallienne
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Acted opposite Katharine Cornell on Broadway and on tour
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Briefly worked in business before embarking on acting career
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Following WWI, joined the Shakespeare company at Stratford-upon-Avon that was founded by his cousin
1958:
Gave an effective performance as Spencer Tracy's political enemy in "The Last Hurrah"
1946:
Last Sherlock Holmes films, "Dressed to Kill" and "Terror By Night"
1935:
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"
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Sent to London to receive his education
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Served in the London Scottish Regiment and later the Liverpool Scottish Regiment (achieving rank of lieutenant) during WWI
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Toured on and off in the 1950s in one-man show "An Evening with Basil Rathbone"
1986:
Voice used as Sherlock Holmes in the animated children's film, "The Great Mouse Detective"
1957:
Acted alongside Julie Harris and Boris Karloff in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "The Lark" (NBC)
1956:
Appeared as Scrooge in the NBC production "The Stingiest Man in Town"
1938:
Cast as the villain Sir Guy of Gisbourne in "The Adventures of Robin Hood", featuring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland
1921:
Film acting debut in the British-produced "The Fruitful Vine"
1936:
Had featured role in the Technicolor film "The Garden of Allah"
1947:
Returned to Broadway to play Mr. Sloper in "The Heiress"; received Tony Award
1936:
Supported Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard as Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet"; nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar

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