William Gillette

1853 - 1937

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William Hooker Gillette (July 24, 1853 – April 29, 1937) was an American actor-manager, playwright, and stage-manager in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage and in a 1916 silent film. Gillette's most significant contributions to the theater were in devising realistic stage settings and special sound and lighting effects, and as an actor in putting forth what he called the "Illusion of the First Time". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Gillette has received more than 356,639 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). William Gillette is the 7,487th most popular actor (down from 5,157th in 2019), the 11,049th most popular biography from United States (down from 7,658th in 2019) and the 3,468th most popular American Actor.

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Among actors, William Gillette ranks 7,487 out of 13,578Before him are Lee Beom-soo, Alfonso Ribeiro, Wakana Yamazaki, David Denman, Indiana Evans, and Kim Wayans. After him are Valerie Bertinelli, Kang Ha-neul, Phyllis Thaxter, Janet Munro, Monty Banks, and Kim Ah-joong.

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Among people born in 1853, William Gillette ranks 103Before him are Gaston Bonnier, Henning von Holtzendorff, Leander Starr Jameson, Philander C. Knox, John Henry Twachtman, and Alva Belmont. After him is Laura Mendez. Among people deceased in 1937, William Gillette ranks 186Before him are Roberto Ferrari, Jānis Akuraters, Annie Lorrain Smith, Ellen Hansell, Magnús Guðmundsson, and John Russell Pope. After him are John T. Dillon, Ross Alexander, Ralph Lewis, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Ralph Ince, and Newton D. Baker.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Gillette ranks 11,049 out of 20,380Before him are Fitzhugh Lee (1835), Yip Harburg (1896), David Denman (1973), Martha Coolidge (1946), Kim Wayans (1961), and Tom McGrath (1964). After him are Brian Teacher (1954), Tom Scholz (1947), David Ruffin (1941), Ken Salazar (1955), Post Malone (1995), and Mike Bryan (1978).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, William Gillette ranks 3,468Before him are Allan Arbus (1918), William Schallert (1922), Chad Coleman (1974), Alfonso Ribeiro (1971), David Denman (1973), and Kim Wayans (1961). After him are Valerie Bertinelli (1960), Phyllis Thaxter (1919), April Bowlby (1980), Balthazar Getty (1975), Richard Edson (1954), and Hillary Brooke (1914).

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