Hubert Willis

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Hubert Willis, Eille Norwood and Douglas Payne in The Blue Carbuncle (1923)

Hubert Willis (10 december 1876 - 13 december 1933) was a British actor. He played in the copyright performance of the William Gillette's play : Sherlock Holmes (1899), though his role is not known.

In 1913, he played Shelton in The House of Temperley, the adaptation of Rodney Stone, the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle dedicated to boxing.

Between 1921 an 1923, he also played Dr. Watson in several silent films (44 short films and a long one) where the role of Sherlock Holmes was held by Eille Norwood : in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1921), and 3 series of 15 episodes each in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1921), in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1922), and in The Last Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1923). However, Willis did not play in the episode The Sign of Four in 1923, he was replaced by Arthur M. Cullin as Dr. Watson.