Actor Jeremy Brett, 59, who immortalized the brilliant but troubled detective Sherlock Holmes on British television for 10 years, has died of heart failure.
Hailed as the definitive Holmes, he died peacefully at his London home, a spokesman for Granada Television said yesterday.
"He was an actor of immense talent who has given us the defining characterization of Sherlock Holmes for years to come," said Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of MYSTERY! and Masterpiece Theater.
His portrayal of Holmes was regarded as one of the finest. Tall and dark, with a hawk-like profile and piercing eyes, he seemed made for the part.
He was born Peter Jeremy Huggins, one of four sons of an army colonel, and was educated at Eton and the prestigious Central School of Drama in London. When he took up acting his father asked him to change his name.
His films include "Nicholas and Alexandra," and "My Fair Lady," and on television, he played Max de Winter in "Rebecca," and Robert Browning in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street."