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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. On November 26, 2003, Chespirito and Florinda Meza received the keys to the city of Cicero, Illinois. 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. After show production was stopped both for El Chavo and El Chapulín, both started to tour Mexico and the rest of Latin America and the United States with different plays, sometimes playing the characters that made them famous. 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 married actress Florinda Meza, who starred as Doña Florinda in El Chavo and who occasionally participated in El Chapulín. Brett could sing, however, as he proved when he played Danilo in The Merry Widow on television in 1968. He also started in such Mexican movies as El Chanfle, and El Chanfle 2.

He played Freddie Eynsford-Hill in the 1964 film My Fair Lady, but his singing voice was dubbed. These two shows became hits all over Latin America, the United States and Spain, and the stars of the show found international fame. Brett's film career was never as distinguished as his stage and small-screen careers. In El Chavo Del Ocho, Chespirito played a kid who lived inside a beer barrel in a Mexican neighborhood, and in El Chapulín Colorado he played a good hearted super hero who always got involved in funny situations. He joked that he was rarely allowed into the 20th century and never into the present day. His best known roles were in the shows El Chavo Del Ocho and El Chapulín Colorado, as El Chavo and El Chapulín. Many of his appearances were in comedy roles, but usually with a classic edge (he appeared in several Noel Coward plays). His stage name of Chespirito was concocted from the dimutive form the Mexican pronunciation of the name of William Shakespeare, meaning "Little Shakepeare" or "Little Boy Shakespeare".

He played leading roles in many classic serials, notably appearing as D'Artagnan in the 1966 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. He continuously starred in shows on Mexican television from 1970 to 1995 and became well known throughout Latin America. From the early 1960s onwards, Brett was rarely off British television screens. The network quickly signed him and soon he began writing and starring in his children comedy shows. In 1976 he married Joan Wilson, but she died in 1985, and he did not remarry. Chespirito was discovered as an actor one day as he was making a line to apply for a job as a writer at Televisa. Danvers. He began studying Engineering at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and, according to one of his professors, Esteban Salinas Elorriaga, now professor emeritus, Chespirito was great in math. He wrote a number of plays, and contributed dialogue for scripts of films and television shows in Mexico, as well as some character acting work before he became famous.

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. Before becoming an actor, he was an amateur boxer. In 1958, he married the actress, Anna Massey (daughter of Raymond Massey), but they were divorced in 1962. Gómez Bolaños was born in Mexico City. He played many classical roles on stage, including a huge amount of Shakespeare, and made his first film and television appearances in 1955. Chespirito (born February 21, 1929 ) is the professional name of Mexican writer, actor, comedian, and songwriter Roberto Gómez Bolaños. He was educated at Eton College and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

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

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