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Who Is The Most Famous Basil In The World?

Updated January 25, 2021 342 votes 22 voters 5.9k views41 items

List RulesVote up all of the Basils you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Basil can you think of? The famous Basils below have many different professions, including notable actors named Basil, famous musicians named Basil, and even athletes named Basil.

Basil Rathbone is certainly one of the most famous Basils on this list. One of the famous actors named Basil, he was famous for his villainous roles. He also played Sherlock Holmes in more than a dozen Hollywood films.

Another of the famous people with the first name Basil is Basil Rajapaksa. He is a Sri Lankan politician. He served as a Member of Parliament from 2010 until 2015.

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Basil? Just add them to the list!

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  • Basil Rathbone1
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    Basil Rathbone

    1892-06-13

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Philip St. John Basil Rathbone MC (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967) was an English actor. He rose...  more

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    #603 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#182 of 302 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • Basil Rajapaksa2
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    Basil Rajapaksa

    1951-04-27

    BirthplaceSri Lanka

    Basil Rohana Rajapaksa is a Sri Lankan politician and was a member of parliament from 2007 to...  more
  • Basil Dearden3
    17

    Basil Dearden

    1911-01-01

    BirthplaceWestcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom

    Basil Dearden (born Basil Clive Dear; 1 January 1911 – 23 March 1971) was an English film...  more
  • Basil Bunting4
    15

    Basil Bunting

    1900-03-01

    BirthplaceBenwell and Scotswood, United Kingdom

    Basil Cheesman Bunting (1 March 1900 – 17 April 1985) was a British modernist poet whose...  more
  • Basil Hoskins5
    15

    Basil Hoskins

    1929-06-10

    BirthplaceEdmonton, London, London, England

    Basil William Hoskins (10 June 1929 – 17 January 2005) was an English actor. Hoskins, a native...  more
  • Basil Poledouris6
    11

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Basil Konstantine Poledouris (; August 21, 1945 – November 8, 2006) was a Greek-American...  more
  • Basil Radford7
    11

    Basil Radford

    1897-06-25

    BirthplaceChester, England

    Arthur Basil Radford (25 June 1897, Chester – 20 October 1952, Westminster, London) was an...  more
  • Basil Copper8
    15

    Basil Copper

    1924-02-05

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Basil Frederick Albert Copper (5 February 1924 – 3 April 2013) was an English writer and...  more
  • Basil Banghart9
    8

    Basil Banghart

    1901-09-11

    BirthplaceBerlin Township, Michigan

    Basil Hugh "The Owl" Banghart Jr. (September 11, 1901– April 5 1982) was an American criminal,...  more
  • Basil Hoffman10
    10

    Basil Hoffman

    1938-01-18

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Basil Harry Hoffman (born January 18, 1938) is an American actor. He has had a film and TV...  more
  • Basil Dean11
    11

    Basil Dean

    1888-09-27

    BirthplaceCroydon, London, United Kingdom

    Basil Herbert Dean CBE (27 September 1888 – 22 April 1978) was an English actor, writer, film...  more
  • Basil Sydney12
    14

    Basil Sydney

    1894-04-23

    BirthplaceSt Osyth, United Kingdom

    Basil Sydney (23 April 1894 – 10 January 1968) was an English stage and screen actor....  more
  • Basil D'Oliveira13
    11

    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    Basil Lewis D'Oliveira CBE OIS (4 October 1931 – 19 November 2011) was an England...  more
  • Basil Henriques14
    11

    Basil Henriques

    1890-01-01
    Sir Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (17 October 1890 – 2 December 1961) was a British...  more
  • Basil Wallace15
    Basil Wallace (born January 15, 1951) is a Jamaica-born American actor. He was born in...  more
  • Basil of Caesarea16
    5

    Basil of Caesarea

    0330-01-01

    BirthplaceKayseri, Turkey

    Basil of Caesarea, also called Saint Basil the Great (Greek: Ἅγιος Βασίλειος ὁ Μέγας, Ágios...  more
  • Basil Spence17
    5

    Basil Spence

    1907-08-13

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Sir Basil Urwin Spence, OM, OBE, RA was a Scottish architect, most notably associated with...  more
  • Basil Davidson18
    7

    Basil Davidson

    1914-11-09

    BirthplaceBristol, United Kingdom

    Basil Risbridger Davidson MC (9 November 1914 – 9 July 2010) was a British historian, writer...  more
  • Basil W. Duke19
    7

    Basil W. Duke

    1838-05-28

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, Kentucky

    Basil Wilson Duke (May 28, 1838 – September 16, 1916) was a Confederate general officer during...  more
  • Basil Ruysdael20
    5

    Basil Ruysdael

    1888-07-24

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    Basil Ruysdael (born Basil Spaulding Millspaugh, July 24, 1878 – October 10, 1960) was an...  more
  • Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve21

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (October 23, 1831 – January 9, 1924) was an American classical...  more
  • Basil Schonland22

    BirthplaceGrahamstown, Cacadu District Municipality, Eastern Cape, Africa, South Africa

    Sir Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland OMG CBE FRS (2 February 1896 – 24 November 1972) was...  more
  • Basil Wright23
    2

    Basil Wright

    1907-06-12

    BirthplaceSutton, London, United Kingdom

    Basil Wright (12 June 1907, Sutton, Surrey – 14 October 1987, Frieth, Buckinghamshire,...  more
  • Basil Brooke, 1st Viscount Brookeborough24
    1

    Basil Brooke, 1st Viscount Brookeborough

    1888-06-09

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Brookeborough

    Basil Stanlake Brooke, 1st Viscount Brookeborough, (9 June 1888 – 18 August 1973), styled as...  more
  • Basil Hume25
    1

    Basil Hume

    1923-03-02

    BirthplaceNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

    George Basil Hume OSB OM (2 March 1923 – 17 June 1999) was an English Roman Catholic bishop....  more