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Jeremy Brett died at 61 years old
Birthplace: Warwickshire, England
Best known as: TV's Sherlock Holmes in the 1980s and '90s



Jeremy Brett Biography

Name at birth: Peter Jeremy William Huggins

Jeremy Brett is best known for his portrayal of master detective Sherlock Holmes in a series of episodes for British television filmed between 1984 and 1994.

Jeremy Brett began his acting career in the late 1950s, and had a long tenure on stage and screen — especially British television, and often in period pieces. His intense and acerbic Holmes was an immediate hit with audiences and remained popular in reruns for years.

Jeremy Brett’s other roles included 1964’s My Fair Lady (starring Audrey Hepburn) and, as D’Artagnan, in the 1966 television mini-series The Three Musketeers (based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas). He was only 61 when he died of heart failure in 1995.

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By coincidence, Jeremy Brett played Dr. Watson in a 1980 Los Angeles production of the play The Crucifer of Blood, with Charlton Heston as Holmes… Jeremy Brett played poet Robert Browning in the 1982 TV movie The Barretts of Wimpole Street.


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