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English Basil RATHBONE

born Philip St. John Basil RATHBONE

South African-born British actor

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on June 13, 1892 in Johannesburg, South African Republic
Died: on July 21, 1967 in New York City, New York, USA


Born as Philip St. John Basil Rathbone in Johannesburg to English parents, Edgar Philip Rathbone, a mining engineer and scion of the Liverpool Rathbone family, and Anna Barbara (née George), a violinist, he had two older half-brothers, Harold and Horace, as well as two younger siblings, Beatrice and John. The Rathbones fled to England when Basil was three years old after his father was accused by the Boers of being a British spy near the onset of the Second Boer War at the end of the 1890s.

Rathbone was educated at Repton School in Repton, Derbyshire and was employed by the Liverpool and Globe Insurance Companies.

At the end of 1915 he was conscripted via the Derby Scheme into the British Army as a Private with the London Scottish Regiment , thereby joining a regiment that also counted in its ranks his future professional acting contemporaries Claude Rains, Herbert Marshall and Ronald Colman at different points thru the conflict. After basic training with the London Scots in early 1916 he received a commission as a lieutenant in the Liverpool Scottish, 2nd Battalion, where he served as an intelligence officer and eventually attained the rank of captain.

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