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Peter Jeremy William Huggins (Brett, Jeremy)

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Born: 1933 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Actors, Entertainers

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1933 - Peter Jeremy William Huggins on the 3rd of November, at Berkswell Grange in Berkswell, Warwickshire, England. Better known as Jeremy Brett, was an English actor famous for his portrayal of the classic detective Sherlock Holmes in the UK television series. 

1954 - Studied at Eton and the Central School of Speech and Drama before making his professional acting debut with the Library Theatre in Manchester, later joining the Old Vic company in London.

1964 - The most significant of his infrequent feature film roles was as Eliza Doolittle's unsuccessful suitor Freddy in the Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady, in which Bill Shirley dubbed his vocals even though Brett regularly sang in stage productions.

1966 - His first great television success was as an exuberant d'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, carrying off the role with aplomb despite being ten years too old for the part.

1977 - His second wife was the American television producer Joan Wilson and after their marriage he moved to Hollywood.

1979 - As Maxim de Winter in Rebecca, he proved much better at puncturing the character's gruff exterior than Laurence Olivier had been in the Hitchcock version.

1981 - He was superb as Edward Ashburnham, Ford Madox Ford's fatally flawed yet seemingly perfect English gentleman, in Julian Mitchell's dramatisation of The Good Soldier.

1984 - 1994 - His greatest success, however, came with playing Sherlock Holmes for Granada. His thrillingly theatrical and dynamic performance, built from the smallest gesture and verbal inflection to unexpected leaps over furniture, brilliantly brought Conan Doyle's mercurial 'consulting detective' to life.

1995 - Dogged by ill health in his final years, died in London of a heart attack on the 12th of September.


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