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Philip St. John Basil Rathbone

Hebrew: פיליפ סנט ג'ון רת'בון
Also Known As: "בסיל"
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Death: July 21, 1967 (75)
New York, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edgar Philip Rathbone and Anna Barbara Rathbone
Husband of Ouida Bergere (Eunie Branch) Rathbone
Ex-husband of Ethel Marion Foreman
Father of Barbara Cynthia Rathbone and Basil Rodion Rathbone
Brother of Beatrice George Woodham Rathbone and Capt. John Ernest Vivian Rathbone

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About Basil Rathbone

Philip St. John Basil Rathbone, MC was a South African-born English actor. He rose to prominence in the UK as a Shakespearean stage actor and went on to appear in over 70 films, primarily costume dramas, swashbucklers and, occasionally, horror films.

He frequently portrayed suave villains or morally ambiguous characters, such as Mr. Murdstone in David Copperfield (1935) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). His most famous role, however, was heroic — that of Sherlock Holmes in fourteen Hollywood films made between 1939 and 1946 and in a radio series. His later career included roles on Broadway, as well as self-ironic film and television work. He received a Tony Award in 1948 as Best Actor in a Play.


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  • First name(s) P St J B
  • Last name Rathbone
  • Service number -
  • Rank Lieutenant
  • Corps Liverpool Regiment
  • Service record Rank: Lieutenant, Corps: Liverpool Regiment
  • Archive reference WO372/16
  • Archive reference description Campaign Medal Index Cards and Silver War Badge Cards
  • Country Great Britain
  • Image link
  • Record set World War One British Army medal index cards
  • Category Armed forces & conflict
  • Subcategory First World War

Pedigree Resource File, database, Family Search

England & Wales Census; 1911, database, Family Search. Event Place: Stoke Newington, London. Occupation: Insurance Clerk

New York Passenger Arrival Lists ( Ellis Island), 1892 - 1924. Event Place: Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States. Departure Port: Southampton, Ship Name: Olympic

New York Passenger Arrival Lists ( Ellis Island), 1892 - 1924, database, Family Search. Event date; 12 28 1921.

New York, New York Passenger & Crew Lists: 1909. 1925 - 1957, database with images. Event Date: 1933 Event Place: New York, New York, U. S. Ship Name: Europa

United States Census: 1940, database with images, Family Search

Event Place; Councilmanic District 3, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles California, United States

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards: 1942, database with images, Family Search Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

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Basil Rathbone's Timeline

June 13, 1892
Johannesburg, South Africa
March 26, 1894
Age 1
Transvaal, South Africa
July 21, 1915
England, United Kingdom
April 13, 1939
Los Angeles , California, United States
July 21, 1967
Age 75
New York, New York, United States