Basil Rathbone

Birth Name: Philip St. John Basil Rathbone

Date of Birth: 13 June, 1892

Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South African Republic

Date of Death: 21 July, 1967

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some Irish

Basil Rathbone was a British actor. He is known for starring as Sherlock Holmes in many films.

His father, Edgar Philip Rathbone, was English, from Liverpool, Lancashire. His mother, Anna Barbara (George), was born in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Basil was married to American writer Ouida Bergère, until his death. He had a son with his former wife, actress Ethel Marion Foreman; and a daughter with Ouida.

Basil’s paternal grandfather was Philip Henry Rathbone (the son of Richard Rathbone and Hannah Mary Reynolds). Philip was born in Lancaster, England. Richard was the son of William Rathbone, IV and Hannah Mary Reynolds. Basil’s great-grandmother Hannah was the daughter of Joseph Reynolds and Deborah Dearman.

Basil’s paternal grandmother was Jane Stringer Steward (the daughter of James Steward and Alice Lacell). Jane was born in Liverpool, Lancashire. James was the son of John Clark Steward and Elizabeth Walter.

Basil’s maternal grandfather was John William George (the son of John George and Mary Higgs).

Basil’s maternal grandmother was named Ann Quinn.

Source: Genealogy of Basil Rathbone (focusing on his father’s side) –

3 Responses

  1. fuzzybear44 says:

    Enjoyed his movies.Either as a good guy or bad, he played the roll well

  2. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

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