Sherlock BC (Before Cumberbatch)

I just discovered that today, November 3, is the late Jeremy Brett’s birthday.

For those unaware that Sherlock Holmes had a PBS presence before Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Brett played Doyle’s super sleuth in several series which aired on Mystery! beginning in the mid-80s. Brett embodied Holmes for a generation of PBS viewers and was perhaps one of the most recognizable and more popular faces from Mystery! in that decade (along with John Thaw’s Inspector Morse and Leo McKern’s Rumpole of the Bailey).

Sadly, we lost Brett in 1995 at the age of 61. I think it’s safe to say he remains the quintessential Sherlock Holmes for many UNC-TV fans.