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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. Burton is sometimes erroneously referred to as "Sir Richard Burton", perhaps due to the similarity of his assumed name to that of Richard Francis Burton, but unlike the 19th century scholar, he never received a knighthood. 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. Burton appears in the 2002 List of "100 Great Britons" (sponsored by the BBC and voted for by the public). 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. He was only 58 years old. Brett could sing, however, as he proved when he played Danilo in The Merry Widow on television in 1968. Burton died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at his home in Switzerland, where he is buried.

He played Freddie Eynsford-Hill in the 1964 film My Fair Lady, but his singing voice was dubbed. Burton was banned permanently from BBC productions in 1974 for questioning the sanity of Winston Churchill and others in power during World War II--Burton reported hating them "virulently" for the alleged promise to wipe out all Japanese people on the planet. Brett's film career was never as distinguished as his stage and small-screen careers. The film is reputed to have been similar to Burton and Taylor's real-life marriage. He joked that he was rarely allowed into the 20th century and never into the present day. Burton and Taylor played opposite each other in Mike Nichols's film of the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in which a bitter erudite couple spend the evening trading vicious barbs in front of their horrified and fascinated guests. Many of his appearances were in comedy roles, but usually with a classic edge (he appeared in several Noel Coward plays). An insomniac and notoriously heavy drinker, Burton was married five times - twice, consecutively, to Elizabeth Taylor.

He played leading roles in many classic serials, notably appearing as D'Artagnan in the 1966 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. In 1954, he took his most famous radio role, as the narrator in the original production of Under Milk Wood, a role he would reprise in the film version twenty years later. From the early 1960s onwards, Brett was rarely off British television screens. In 1952, Burton successfully made the transition to Hollywood star, appearing in My Cousin Rachel opposite Olivia de Havilland. In 1976 he married Joan Wilson, but she died in 1985, and he did not remarry. This was made possible only because it was wartime and he was an air force cadet. Danvers. In 1943, at the age of eighteen, Richard Burton (who had now taken his teacher's surname), was allowed into Exeter College for a term of six months study.

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. His former teacher, Philip Burton, recognising his talent, adopted him and enabled him to return to school. In 1958, he married the actress, Anna Massey (daughter of Raymond Massey), but they were divorced in 1962. The facts, as recorded by Burton himself in his own autobiography and in Richard and Philip, which he co-wrote, are as follows: At the age of sixteen, he was forced to leave school and find work as a shop assistant. He played many classical roles on stage, including a huge amount of Shakespeare, and made his first film and television appearances in 1955. There is a widespread myth (perhaps encouraged or even believed by some members of his stoutly working-class family) that Richard Burton "won a scholarship to Oxford at the age of sixteen" but left after six months. He was educated at Eton College and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. It was at this time that he began to develop the distinctive speaking voice that became his hallmark, having been encouraged by Philip (who sidelined as a BBC radio producer) to "lose his Welsh accent".

Brett was born in Berkswell Grange, Warwickshire, England. With the assistance of his inspirational schoolmaster, Philip H Burton (who legally adopted him), he excelled in school productions. Jeremy Brett (born Peter Jeremy William Huggins) (November 3, 1933 - September 12, 1995) was a British actor. He was born Richard Walter Jenkins in the village of Pontrhydyfen near Port Talbot.
Richard Burton (November 10, 1925 - August 5, 1984) was a Welsh actor from the late 1940s through the 1980s. For the 19th-century explorer, scholar, and orientalist, see Richard Francis Burton..

This article is about the 20th-century actor. 1984 (1984) - (his final screen appearance) (see also: Nineteen Eighty-Four (novel)). Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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