Jeremy Brett, the actor who brought the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes to life on television, has died at the age of 59.
Granada Television said Brett, star of the 41 episodes of its Sherlock Holmes series, died of heart failure in his sleep early Tuesday at his London home.
Brett’s portrayal of Holmes was regarded as one of the finest ever. Tall and dark, with a hawklike profile and piercing eyes, he seemed made for the part.
The last series of Sherlock Holmes airs in United States on PBS’ “Mystery!” beginning Jan. 4.