Sherlock Holmes was played by actor Basil Rathbone in a popular series of movies from 1939-46. In the 1980s and 1990s, Holmes was portrayed on television by Jeremy Brett; Holmes was played by Robert Downey, Jr. in the 2009 action feature film Sherlock Holmes (and a 2011 sequel); and in 2010, the BBC began a modern-day version of the tales with Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes? Sherlock Holmes has an older brother, Mycroft, who appears in a few of the stories. Mycroft has powers of deduction which are supposedly even greater than Sherlock?s, but lacks the energy to pursue them? TheGuinness Book of World Records said in 2012 that Sherlock Holmes had been portrayed more times on film and television than any other literary character.
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