#3. Peter Cushing
If you've never seen Peter Cushing's portrayal of Holmes, go right now to the Sherls on Film page of this blog, and watch one of the videos of the TV series he did in 1968. Actually, Cushing's first Holmes was in the Hammer Films version of The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1959 (which also starred the great Christopher Lee as Henry Baskerville). In my humble opinion, Cushing really nails the physicality and speech of the great detective, despite the cheesy horror movie atmosphere of the 1959 film, or the relatively low production values of the 1968 series.
Anther interesting thing about the TV series is that, even though they produced 16 episodes of the 1968 program, only six episodes are still available today, due to the BBC's policy at the time of taping over programs that had already aired a couple of times! (I should also mention that Cushing was the second actor to play Holmes for the BBC; Douglas Wilmer played him for the earlier black-and-white installments of the series from 1964-1965. Nigel Stock played Watson to Wilmer's and Cushing's Holmes.)
For your enjoyment, and because the full film is no longer available for free on YouTube, here is the trailer for the 1959 Hammer Films version of The Hound of the Baskervilles:
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.