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Jeremy Brett in the role of Sherlock Holmes.

Jeremy Brett (born Peter Jeremy William Huggins) (November 3, 1933 - September 12, 1995) was a British actor.

Brett was born in Berkswell Grange, Warwickshire, England. He was educated at Eton College and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He played many classical roles on stage, including a huge amount of Shakespeare, and made his first film and television appearances in 1955. In 1958, he married the actress, Anna Massey (daughter of Raymond Massey), but they were divorced in 1962. Years later, they would appear together in the BBC's dramatization of Rebecca (1978) -- Brett playing the hero, Max de Winter, and Massey playing the sinister Mrs. Danvers.

In 1976 he married Joan Wilson, but she died in 1985, and he did not remarry.

From the early 1960s onwards, Brett was rarely off British television screens. He played leading roles in many classic serials, notably appearing as D'Artagnan in the 1966 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Many of his appearances were in comedy roles, but usually with a classic edge (he appeared in several Noel Coward plays). He joked that he was rarely allowed into the 20th century and never into the present day.

Brett's film career was never as distinguished as his stage and small-screen careers. He played Freddie Eynsford-Hill in the 1964 film My Fair Lady, but his singing voice was dubbed. Brett could sing, however, as he proved when he played Danilo in The Merry Widow on television in 1968.

Although he appeared in so many films and was such a familiar face on television, Brett is now best remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes in a long series of television films (from 1984 to 1994), based on the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. After taking on the role, he made few appearances out of character and is considered the Sherlock Holmes of the 1980s and 1990s, as Basil Rathbone had been before him from his 1940s films. He died of heart failure in London.


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He died of heart failure in London. He was 89 years old when the series was filmed. After taking on the role, he made few appearances out of character and is considered the Sherlock Holmes of the 1980s and 1990s, as Basil Rathbone had been before him from his 1940s films. He does not appear in any of the actual storylines. Although he appeared in so many films and was such a familiar face on television, Brett is now best remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes in a long series of television films (from 1984 to 1994), based on the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Another short-lived series, this time a weekly comedy anthology program whose only connecting thread was George's presence as host. Brett could sing, however, as he proved when he played Danilo in The Merry Widow on television in 1968. Connie Stevens is, essentially, playing a version of Gracie's character.

He played Freddie Eynsford-Hill in the 1964 film My Fair Lady, but his singing voice was dubbed. George plays narrator in this short-lived series, just as he had in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, but with far less on-screen time, as the focus is on a young couple played by Connie Stevens and Ron Harper. Brett's film career was never as distinguished as his stage and small-screen careers. An unsuccessful attempt to continue the format of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show without Gracie, the rest of the cast intact. He joked that he was rarely allowed into the 20th century and never into the present day. There were 292 episodes created in all. Many of his appearances were in comedy roles, but usually with a classic edge (he appeared in several Noel Coward plays). Starting in the third season, all episodes were filmed and broadcast weekly, 40 episodes per year.

He played leading roles in many classic serials, notably appearing as D'Artagnan in the 1966 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Broadcast live every other week for the first two seasons, 26 episodes per year. From the early 1960s onwards, Brett was rarely off British television screens. This was George's response to a marked drop in ratings under the old "Flirtation Act" format. In 1976 he married Joan Wilson, but she died in 1985, and he did not remarry. This series featured a radical format change, in that George and Gracie played themselves as a married couple for the first time, and the show became a full-fledged domestic situation comedy. Danvers. this show featured musical numbers by jazz great Artie Shaw.

Years later, they would appear together in the BBC's dramatization of Rebecca (1978) -- Brett playing the hero, Max de Winter, and Massey playing the sinister Mrs. Advertising a brand new product called "Spam". In 1958, he married the actress, Anna Massey (daughter of Raymond Massey), but they were divorced in 1962. This series featured another wildly successful publicity stunt which had Gracie running for President of the United States. He played many classical roles on stage, including a huge amount of Shakespeare, and made his first film and television appearances in 1955. The pair launched themselves into national stardom with their first major publicity stunt, Gracie's ongoing search for her missing brother. He was educated at Eton College and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In their debut series, George and Gracie shared the bill with Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra.

Brett was born in Berkswell Grange, Warwickshire, England. He believed he would be reunited with Gracie in Heaven. Jeremy Brett (born Peter Jeremy William Huggins) (November 3, 1933 - September 12, 1995) was a British actor. Burns faced death very bravely; he often said that in a way he was looking forward to it. He died forty three days after his 100th birthday in 1996. However, in 1994, Burns was badly injured in a fall and his health steadily declined.

Burns had long planned to celebrate his 100th birthday by performing in Las Vegas. On his relationships, he said, "I'd go out with women my age, but there are no women my age.". He never re-married, and though he developed a running joke of being a sexy senior citizen (he was often seen in the company of beautiful young women), he was never crude and his devotion to his wife was unquestioned up until his death. Burns remained deeply devoted to Allen after she passed away.

Burns continued to be active well into his nineties, writing a number of books and appearing in films and television. The film inspired two sequels. In 1977, Burns made another hit film Oh, God!, playing the title role opposite John Denver. Although he had not made a film since 1939 and had never really "acted" before, Burns won wide acclaim and an Academy Award for best supporting actor.

Burns had been lifelong friends with Jack Benny and Benny was originally slated to make the film, but after being diagnosed with cancer, he requested Burns get the role instead. Matthau and Burns played feuding comics reunited for a television special. After Allen's death, many considered Burns a "has been" until he co-starred with Walter Matthau in the 1975 movie adaptation of Neil Simon's hit play The Sunshine Boys. Gracie retired due to poor health in 1958 and died in 1964.

Burns teamed with his second wife Gracie Allen as "Burns & Allen"; they built their routines and their television sitcom around situations where she said (and did) ditsy things and he made wry comments as asides to the audience, often while brandishing a cigar or golf club. He was born as Nathan Birnbaum to Louis and Dorothy Birnbaum, the ninth of twelve children, in New York City, New York. George Burns (January 20, 1896 - March 9, 1996) was a legendary American vaudeville comedian who went on to work in movies, radio, and early television. George Burns Comedy Week: (1985) CBS.

Wendy and Me: (1958 - 1959) NBC. The George Burns Show: (1958 - 1959) NBC. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: 1950 - 1958 CBS. The Amm-i-Dent Toothpaste Show: 1949 - 1950 CBS.

Maxwell House Coffee Time: 1945 - 1949 NBC. The Swan Soap Show: 1941 - 1945 NBC, CBS. The Hormel Program: 1940 - 1941 NBC. The Hinds Honey and Almond Cream Program: 1939 - 1940 CBS.

The Chesterfield Program: 1938 - 1939 CBS. The Grape Nuts Program: 1937 - 1938 NBC. The Campbell's Tomato Juice Program: 1935 - 1937 CBS. The Adventures of Gracie: 1934 - 1935 CBS.

The White Owl Program: 1933 - 1934 CBS. The Robert Burns Panatella Show: 1932 - 1933 CBS. Radioland Murders (1994). 18 Again! (1988).

Oh, God! You Devil! (1984). Oh, God! Book II (1980). Going in Style (1979). Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978).

Sgt. Oh God! (1977). The Sunshine Boys (1975) (Oscar). The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956) (narrated).

Honolulu (1939). College Swing (1938). A Damsel in Distress (1937) (1st Fred Astaire movie without Ginger Rogers & 1st in which Burns and Allen danced). Here Comes Cookie (1936).

Love in Bloom (1935). We're Not Dressing (1934). Six Of A Kind (1934). Many Happy Returns (1934) (1st leading role).

International House ([[1933). College Humor (1933). The Big Broadcast (1932) (1st feature film). Lambchops (1929) (a "short" film).

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