South African-born British actor Philip St. John Basil Rathbone, MC was born on this day, June 13, 1895. He rose to prominence in the UK as a Shakespearean stage actor and went on to appear in over 70 films, primarily costume dramas, swashbucklers and, occasionally, horror films.
Frequently portraying suave villains or morally ambiguous characters, such as Murdstone in David Copperfield (1935) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), his most famous role, however, was heroic — that of Sherlock Holmes in fourteen Hollywood films made between 1939 and 1946 and in a radio series.
His later career included roles on Broadway, as well as self-ironic film and television work. He received a Tony Award in 1948 as Best Actor in a Play.
1910 – Mary (Isabelle) Wickes (Wickenhauser) (actress: Little Women, Sister Act, Postcards from the Edge, How to Murder Your Wife; died Oct 22, 1995)
1913 – Ralph Edwards (actor/host: Radio Stars on Parade, Beat the Band, The Devil’s Bedroom; TV and radio host: Truth or Consequences, This is Your Life; died Nov 16, 2005)
1918 – Ben Johnson (actor: Angels in the Outfield, The Getaway, The Last Picture Show, One-Eyed Jacks, Red Dawn, Shane; died Apr 8, 1996)
1943 – Malcolm McDowell (actor: A Clockwork Orange, O Lucky Man, Blue Thunder, Caligula, Gulag, Look Back in Anger, Fantasy Island )
1953 – Tim Allen (Timothy Allen Dick) (comedian, actor: Home Improvement, Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars II, The Santa Clause, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Galaxy Quest)