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Basil Rathbone Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Family, Biography

Basil Rathbone Quick Info
Height 6 ft 1½ in
Weight 77 kg
Date of Birth June 13, 1892
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Date of Death July 21, 1967

Basil Rathbone was a South African actor, stage artist, and writer who rose to acclaim in the United Kingdom as a Shakespearean stage actor as well as for his many portrayals of Sherlock Holmes. He then went on to appear in a variety of films such as If I Were King, The School for Scandal, A Tale of Two Cities, Trouping with EllenThe Fruitful VineThe Last of Mrs. Cheyney, A Notorious AffairThe Lady of ScandalThe Lady Surrenders, Anna Karenina, Sin Takes a Holiday, A Woman Commands, One Precious YearThe Last Days of Pompeii, Romeo and Juliet, and The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Born Name

Philip St. John Basil Rathbone

Nick Names


Basil Rathbone as seen in 1935
Basil Rathbone as seen in 1935 (Los Angeles Times / / CC BY 4.0)


He was born on June 13, 1892.


On July 21, 1967, Basil Rathbone died of a heart attack at the age of 75 in New York City, New York, United States.

Resting Place

Ferncliff Cemetery Shrine of Memories, Hartsdale, New York, United States

Sun Sign


Born Place

Johannesburg, South African Republic


South African



Basil Rathbone studied at Repton School in Derbyshire from 1906 to 1910.


Actor, Stage Artist, Writer


  • Father – Edgar Philip Rathbone (A mining engineer and scion of the Liverpool Rathbone family)
  • Mother – Anna Barbara (née George) (Violinist)
  • Siblings – Beatrice (Younger Sister), John (Younger Brother)
  • Others – Philip Henry Rathbone (Paternal Grandfather), Jane Stringer Steward (Paternal Grandmother), John William George (Maternal Grandfather), Ann Quinn (Maternal Grandmother), Harold (Older Half-Brother), Horace (Older Half-Brother), William Rathbone V (Paternal Great-Grandfather) (Merchant and politician, serving as Lord Mayor of Liverpool), William Rathbone IV (Paternal Great-Great-Grandfather) (English ship-owner and merchant involved in the organization of American trade with Liverpool, England; A founding member of the Liverpool Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade created in 1788), Hannah Mary (née Reynolds) (Paternal Great-Great-Grandmother), Stephen W. (Father-In-Law) (A merchant who later worked as a railroad timekeeper), Ida Branch (Mother-In-Law), Eleanor Rathbone (First Cousin Once-removed) (British Member of Parliament (MP)), Frank Benson (Cousin) (Actor, Manager)


Basil’s wife Ouida Rathbone served as his business manager.



Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, circa 1930s
Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, circa 1930s (Unknown Author / / Public Domain)


6 ft 1½ in or 186.5 cm


77 kg or 170 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Basil Rathbone had dated –

  1. Ethel Marion Foreman (1914-1926) – He got married to actor Ethel Marion Foreman in the year 1914 and the duo was blessed with a son named Rodion Rathbone (also known as John Rodion) (1915-1996). Basil and Ethel divorced in 1926.
  2. Eva Le Gallienne (1924-1925) – He was romantically involved with British actor, producer, director, translator, and author Eva Le Gallienne from 1924 to 1925.
  3. Ouida Bergère (1926-1967) – On April 18, 1926, Basil Rathbone married American screenwriter and actor Ouida Bergère. She subsequently gave up her film work to assist Basil in his work and in the management of his business affairs. They had a child who died as an infant in 1928. The couple then adopted a daughter named Cynthia Rathbone (1939-1969) in 1939 as well as raised Ouida’s niece named Ouida Branch. The couple remained together until his death in 1967.

Race / Ethnicity


Basil Rathbone was of English and Irish descent.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Deep smooth voice
  • Dramatic readings

Brand Endorsements

Basil Rathbone was cast in TV commercials for –

  • Swing King reclining chair
  • Shredded Wheat breakfast cereal
  • Calgonite dishwasher soap
  • Alocoa aluminum utensils
  • Colman’s Mustard
  • Calvert Reserve whiskey
  • Chesterfield cigarettes
  • Petri wine
  • Schaefer beer
  • Fatima Turkish cigarettes
  • Skippy Peanut Butter
  • Walker’s Deluxe Bourbon
  • Van Heusen shirts
  • Calox tooth powder
  • Stratford pens
  • Booth’s House of Lord’s Gin
  • Personna razor blades


He was an Episcopalian and a member of the Episcopal Actors Guild.

Basil Rathbone as seen in a still
Basil Rathbone as seen in a still (Insomnia Cured Here / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Basil Rathbone Favorite Things

  • One Of His Favorite Recreational Activities – Fencing
  • Role – Romeo


Basil Rathbone Facts

  1. He used to practice fencing 4 days a week.
  2. He has 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – one for films at 6549 Hollywood Boulevard, one for radio at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard, and one for television at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

Featured Image by Los Angeles Times / / CC BY 4.0

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