William gillette americas sherlock holmes xlibris corporation 2011 this lengthy tome of nearly 600 pages about one of americas finest actors playwrights and producers is deeply researched william gillettes career spans some sixty years covering the last thirty years of the 19th century and the first three decades of the 20th century. William gillette americas sherlock holmes by henry zecher is the first full and in depth biography of william hooker gillette 1853 1937 the american actor playwright and stage manager of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who is best remembered today for portraying sherlock holmes. 1 review william gillette is best remembered today as the living personification of sherlock holmes but he was much more than that he was one of the nineteenth centurys greatest stars among its most successful actors and playwrights. William gillette played sherlock holmes on stage until 1932 in a play co created with conan doyle which was an instant success in august 1914 in london gillette was accused to be a german spy as he had the british embassy plans in his possessions
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