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Jeremy Brett

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 is currently working on a sequel to Spaceballs. 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. Married to actress Anne Bancroft, and the father of Max, he owns homes on both coasts. 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. Brooks is one of a select group who have received an Oscar, Emmy (as both an actor and writer), Tony and Grammy. Brett could sing, however, as he proved when he played Danilo in The Merry Widow on television in 1968. Knowing that anyone seeing the poster with 'Mel Brooks presents The Elephant Man' would go along expecting a comedy he set up the company Brooksfilm to produce the film. Brooksfilm has since produced a number of non-comedy films.

He played Freddie Eynsford-Hill in the 1964 film My Fair Lady, but his singing voice was dubbed. In 1980 Brooks became interested in producing the film "The Elephant Man" directed by David Lynch. Brett's film career was never as distinguished as his stage and small-screen careers. His most recent success has been a transfer of his film, The Producers, to the Broadway stage. He joked that he was rarely allowed into the 20th century and never into the present day. Brooks developed a repertory company of sorts for his film work: performers with three or more Brooks films to their credit include Wilder, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman and, of course, Brooks himself. Many of his appearances were in comedy roles, but usually with a classic edge (he appeared in several Noel Coward plays). Among his most popular films have been Young Frankenstein (co-written with Gene Wilder) and Blazing Saddles, both of which were released in 1974.

He played leading roles in many classic serials, notably appearing as D'Artagnan in the 1966 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. He later moved into film, working as an actor, director, writer and producer. From the early 1960s onwards, Brett was rarely off British television screens. With Buck Henry, he created the successful TV series Get Smart. In 1976 he married Joan Wilson, but she died in 1985, and he did not remarry. In 1961, with Carl Reiner, he created the persona of the 2000 Year Old Man, a collection of ad libbed comedy routines made into a series of comedy records. Danvers. He started out in show business as a stand-up comic before becoming a comedy writer for television, working on Your Show of Shows.

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. Born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York, Brooks served in the US Army during World War II as an engineer. In 1958, he married the actress, Anna Massey (daughter of Raymond Massey), but they were divorced in 1962. Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an American actor, writer and director, best known as a creator of broad film farces and parodies. He played many classical roles on stage, including a huge amount of Shakespeare, and made his first film and television appearances in 1955. Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) (writer, director, actor). He was educated at Eton College and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) (writer, director, actor).

Brett was born in Berkswell Grange, Warwickshire, England. Life Stinks (1991) (writer, director, actor). Jeremy Brett (born Peter Jeremy William Huggins) (November 3, 1933 - September 12, 1995) was a British actor. Spaceballs (1987) (writer, director, actor). To Be or Not to Be (1983) (actor). History of the World, Part I (1981) (writer, director, actor).

High Anxiety (1978) (writer, director, actor). Silent Movie (1976) (writer, director, actor). Blazing Saddles (1974) (writer, director, actor). Young Frankenstein (1974) (co-writer, director).

The Twelve Chairs (1970) (writer, director, actor). The Producers (1968) (writer, director; Academy Award, best original screenplay).

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