Who is the best Sherlock, results show

By Dan Dunkle | Apr 17, 2014
Basil Rathbone is the iconic Sherlock Holmes

I have been a bit remiss in not providing the results sooner from my online poll to find out who you like best as Sherlock Holmes.

No idea what I'm talking about (as usual)? Click here to read my first entry.

I received an overwhelming 23 responses to this poll. Benedict Cumberbatch of the BBC "Sherlock" won easily, receiving 16 votes (70 percent of the responses).

Jonny Lee Miller of CBS received one vote, gaining 4 percent.

There were six votes for other actors. More on that in a moment.

Our Hobbit friend, Martin Freeman of the BBC show, received 17 votes. How often is Watson more popular than Sherlock, I wonder? That gives him 74 percent of the votes. Lucy Liu trailed with just one vote (4 percent). There were five votes for other Watsons.

So just for fun, let's take a look at these other contenders. Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson each received three votes for their recent, entirely forgettable movies. I think that's an interesting phenomenon in the cinema experience, when I go to a movie, have no real problem with it, but immediately forget everything about it on my way out of the theater. I will say I like Jude Law as a tough guy Watson, and it's the only role I've ever really liked him in. (That Artificial Intelligence movie kind of killed my enthusiasm for the actor).

English actor Basil Rathbone, 1892-1967, received two votes. He played the detective in more than a dozen films starting in 1939. When I looked at the picture of him, I realized he is probably the iconic Holmes. When most people born in the 20th century picture Sherlock Holmes in their heads, it's Basil Rathbone they see. He is to Holmes what Bela Lugosi is to Dracula.

Jeremy Brett, 1933-1995, got a vote for his roles as the detective in the 1980s. Edward Hardwicke, 1932-2011, received one shout-out for playing Dr. Watson in the 1994 TV series "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes."

Receiving no votes was poor Nicholas Rowe, one of my personal favorites, who played in the movie "Young Sherlock Holmes" in 1985. Check that one out when you get a chance, because it's a Gen-X thing, and that means sooner or later it will be in a Family Guy reference. You don't want to be scratching your head when that joke plays on the air.

I will include some more fun polls on this blog in the near future. I build the surveys on our site myself using google.docs. They are free and anonymous and don't be afraid to participate. I promise I am not selling your url or email or whatever you call it to Nigerian princes.

Maybe you like information in a pie chart. I have no idea, but here's one in case.
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