Saturday, 2 April 2016

RIP Douglas Wilmer

The great Douglas Wilmer has passed away at the grand old age of 96

The veteran actor, famed for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on BBC television in the 1960s, passed away at Ipswich hospital on Thursday of pneumonia. He played Holmes once more in 1975 in the Gene Wilder comedy The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, as well as appearing in 1973's TV series The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes as Professor Van Dusen and in 2012 appeared in BBC's Sherlock in a delightful cameo as an elderly member of the Diogenes Club. Other roles included Nayland Smith opposite Christopher Lee's Fu Manchu on the big screen, as well as a role in the James Bond film Octopussy, Jason and the Argonauts, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, El Cid, Cleopatra and The Pink Panther films.



  1. Another veteran of 96 gone! I liked Douglas a lot though never saw his Sherlock Holmes series .... he impressed though in films like El Cid.

    1. He was a very good Holmes from the eps I've seen, of course his physicality - the fact he looked so much like how one expects Holmes to look - helped