Sherlock Homes Actor Douglas Wilmer Dies

Over the years there have been many different actors portraying the role of consulting detective Sherlock Homes; one of those actors was Douglas Wilmer who died March 31 at an Ipswich hospital as a result of pneumonia at the age of 96.

One of Wilmer’s final roles was acting alongside current Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Digenes Club” as an irate old man.

While best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes with Nigel Stock as Dr. Watson, Wilmer appeared in numerous other roles beginning with his 1953 debut as Father Charles in “It is Midnight, Doctor Schweitzer”. He went on to appear in nearly 100 other productions including the television series “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, “St Ives”, “The Count of Monte Cristo”, “The Black Tulip”, “Nicholas Nickelby”, “Aladdin”, “The Diary of Samuel Pepys”, the TV movie “Macbeth”, “Marco Polo”, “Cleopatra”, “The Saint”, “The Avengers”, “The Reckoning”, “Patton”, “Antony and Cleopatra”, “Space 1999”, “Revenge of the Pink Panther”, “The Merchant to Venice”, “Octopussy”, and “Blind Justice”.

Continuing his Sherlock Holmes theme, Wilmer opened a wine bar in Woodbridge called Sherlock’s. He also recorded a series of audio books – children’s versions of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Douglas Wilmer was born on January 8, 1920 in London, England. A graduate of RADA – the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – Wilmer served in the Royal Army as an artillery man during World War II.

Wilmer made his stage debut in 1945; and performed in a variety of classical productions including “Romeo and Juliet”, “Macbeth”, “Henry V”, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, “Othello”, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; but also included the Contemporary work “One Way Rendulum”.

Wilmer is survived by his wife Anne.

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