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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. Lyrics include: "complete control for Cassavetes/if it's not for sale you can't buy it". 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. Fugazi, a rock music group who shared Cassavetes' independently-minded aesthetic, titled a song after the filmaker on their 1993 In On The Killtaker album. 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. Rather, Rowlands reports, the actors would improvise from Cassavetes' scripts during rehersals, then Cassavetes would rewrite scenes based on the improvisations. Brett could sing, however, as he proved when he played Danilo in The Merry Widow on television in 1968. Though Cassavetes allowed and even encouraged his actors to ad lib while filming, only very rarely, she says, were entire scenes filmed as they were being improvised.

He played Freddie Eynsford-Hill in the 1964 film My Fair Lady, but his singing voice was dubbed. Rowlands has stated that the role of improvisation in Cassavetes films has frequently been misunderstood. Brett's film career was never as distinguished as his stage and small-screen careers. His son, Nick Cassavetes, followed in his father's footsteps, and made 1997's She's So Lovely from the elder Cassavetes's screenplay, and directed 2004's The Notebook. He joked that he was rarely allowed into the 20th century and never into the present day. He was survived by Rowlands, who continued to act, and three children. Many of his appearances were in comedy roles, but usually with a classic edge (he appeared in several Noel Coward plays). The intense effort took its toll; an alcoholic, Cassavetes died from cirrhosis of the liver in 1989 at the age of only 59.

He played leading roles in many classic serials, notably appearing as D'Artagnan in the 1966 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. He lived to make film, and sacrificed his colleagues and himself to the process. From the early 1960s onwards, Brett was rarely off British television screens. Cassavetes's personality was overpowering and driven. In 1976 he married Joan Wilson, but she died in 1985, and he did not remarry. Already ill, he was heartbroken that it would be the last film he would do. Danvers. The movie, racked by incompatible studio and director edits, was, in Cassavetes's words, "a disaster".

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. Sadly, Cassavetes's last movie, Big Trouble (1986), was a last-minute project picked up as a favor when a younger director friend peremptorily quit the project. In 1958, he married the actress, Anna Massey (daughter of Raymond Massey), but they were divorced in 1962. Love Streams (1984) starred Cassavetes as an aging lothario who suffers the overbearing affection of his recently divorced sister. He played many classical roles on stage, including a huge amount of Shakespeare, and made his first film and television appearances in 1955. Cassavetes continued to work through the 1980s, although personal troubles with alcohol were beginning to take their toll. Gloria (1980) is a more conventional thriller starring Rowlands as a mob moll who runs off with a young boy orphaned by the mob and soon to be next. He was educated at Eton College and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Author Christos Tsiolkas said of Bookie that it showed "being a man means knowing gutlessness better than knowing courage, that failure stays with you long after success.".

Brett was born in Berkswell Grange, Warwickshire, England. Driven by fear and uncertainty, Vitelli deceives friend and foe alike. Jeremy Brett (born Peter Jeremy William Huggins) (November 3, 1933 - September 12, 1995) was a British actor. Ben Gazzara plays Cosmo Vitelli, a small-time strip-club owner with an out-of-control gambling habit, who is convinced by mobsters to commit a murder to pay off his debt. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) was a movie about the experience of men as much as Influence was about women. Rowlands is an expert collaborator in the story, playing Mabel with subtlety and energy; she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, while Cassavetes was nominated for Best Director.

The wife's behavior, while disturbing and disconcerting for those around her, is not obviously dangerous or unstable. The characters were nuanced, and the ethical situations were measured in shades of gray. Peter Falk played her husband, who tries to keep up a facade of normality, but ultimately makes the difficult decision of committing her to a mental institution. A Woman Under the Influence (1974) stars Rowlands as an increasingly eccentric housewife trying to keep her hold on reality.

His two masterpieces of the 1970s, however, were made independently. Another in the 1970s include Minnie and Moskovitz, about a misdirected young woman seeking love, and starring Rowlands again with a small part for Cassavetes's mother, Katherine. They play a trio of men escaping their marriages for minor peccadillos. Husbands (1970) starred Cassavetes himself, with Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara.

He had enough leverage at this point that he could make movies in the studio system, yet retain full creative control. After Faces Cassavetes could concentrate more fully on his directorial work. Faces was a critical and financial success, nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Supporting Actor and Actress). Cassavetes held an unflinching camera on the pettiness and emotional greed of the distancing husband and wife and their lovers, but in the end the pathos of their story gives them an unexpected dignity.

Starring Cassavetes's wife Rowlands, Faces depicted a contemporary suburban marriage in the process of slow disintegration, with the accompanying desperate and degrading sexual improprieties. His next independent film was Faces, which lay down new themes for later work. He didn't just clockwatch as an actor, though; he did masterly work in blockbuster hits of the late 1960s, including World War II epic The Dirty Dozen (1967) — for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor — and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968). His strategy, brought on by necessity, was to work as an actor in mainstream movies, and channel the funds he made there into his work as a director.

Cassavetes refused to go through the process again. The intervention of the studios, the lack of creative control, and the over-all dumbing down of his work was unbearable. Although the viewership of Shadows in the United States was slight, it did gain attention from the Hollywood studios. Cassavetes directed two movies for Hollywood in the early 1960s — Too Late Blues and A Child is Waiting — but the experience was exasperating. European distributors later released the movie in the United States as an import.

Cassavetes was unable to get American distributors to carry Shadows, so he took it to Europe, where it won the Critics Award at the Venice Film Festival. Cassavetes raised the funds for production from friends and family, as well as listeners to a late-night radio talk show. An improvisation exercise in one workshop inspired the idea for his writing and directorial debut, Shadows (1960). By 1956 Cassavetes had begun teaching method acting in workshops in New York City.

During this time he met and married actress Gena Rowlands, a fellow television actor. His experience working within television's budgetary and schedule limits influenced his later film production style. Cassavetes also acted on television, which was still finding its feet as a medium. By 1953, he was doing small parts in films; he continued to play a James Dean-like "juvenile delinquent" throughout the 1950s.

On graduation in 1950, he continued acting in the theater. He grew up in Long Island and attended Colgate University before moving to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. Cassavetes was born in New York City to Greek immigrants. Film critic Ray Carney called him "the father of American independent film".

John Cassavetes (December 9, 1929 - February 3, 1989) was an American actor, screenwriter, and director. Cassavetes created an American form of cinema verite with his innovative camera use, bleak outlook, and emphasis on improvisation. Love Streams (1984). Gloria (1980). The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976).

A Woman Under the Influence (1974). Minnie and Moskowitz (1971). Husbands (1970). Faces (1968).

Shadows (1959).

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