Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Basil Rathbone

Born on June 13, 1892 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Died on July 21, 1967 in New York City of a heart attack

Nigel Bruce

Born on February 4, 1895 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Died on October 8, 1953 in Santa Monica, California of a heart attack


NBC, BLUE, MBS, ABC, 1930-1960s

Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective appeared on radio for more than 25 years, with a long list of performers playing both Holmes and Dr. Watson. The early shows were written by Edith Meiser, and she continued to write for the series into the late 1940s, as did other well-known writers. For many years the programs began with an interview between the announcer and Dr. Watson in the latter's study, where the story was introduced. The first Holmes was William Gillette and the first Watson was Leigh Lovell, although Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are the best remembered in these roles. Louis Hector, who was Holmes in 1935, also played Moriarty for many years. The first announcer was Joseph Bell, followed by many others, including Knox Manning, Owen Babbe and Harry Bartell.