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William Gillette

William GilletteAKA William Hooker Gillette

Born: 24-Jul-1853
Birthplace: Hartford, CT
Died: 29-Apr-1937
Location of death: Hartford, CT
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, CT

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Playwright

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Portrayed Sherlock Holmes on the stage

After attaining popular success with his adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes character, Gillette had built a mansion in East Haddam, CT, known as Gillette's Castle. The granite edifice is situated on a 184-acre estate overlooking the Connecticut River and is now a state park.

Father: Francis Gillette (U.S. senator)
Mother: Elizabeth Daggett Hooker Gillette
Wife: (m. for six years)

Wrote plays:
Held by the Enemy (1886, drama )
Too Much Johnson (1894, comedy )
Secret Service (1895, drama )
Sherlock Holmes (1899, mystery, adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle character)

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