Basil Rathbone (1892-1967) was an actor born in South Africa. As a child his family emigrated to England.

Rathbone achieved renown for his performance as Sherlock Holmes in several films. He also played Baron Frankenstein in Universal Pictures' Son of Frankenstein (opposite Bela Lugosi).

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  • Several times during Experiment #411, Joel pronounces Mr. Rathbone's first name as "BAY-zil". The more commonly accepted pronounciation is "BAH-zil" (with "BAY-zil" being the name of a seasoning).

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