10 Greatest Ever Portrayals of Moriarty

3. Vincent Price, The Great Mouse Detective

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All right, the character horror icon Vincent Price voices in this brilliant Disney film isn’t exactly Moriarty, but the evil rodent Professor Ratigan is a clear stand-in for the villain so he makes this list. The fiendish foe of brave mouse Basil of Baker Street, Ratigan is an effective blend of cackling Disney villain and the criminal genius of Moriaty. He even has a song or two!

 

2. Eric Porter, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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1980s TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is generally regarded as the most faithful recreation of Conan Doyle’s work to ever make it to screen. Eric Porter’s Moriaty, then, looks like he has just walked out of the original illustrations and is just as sullen and sinister as the character was in the source material. Quite the opposite of our no. 1…

 

1. Andrew Scott, Sherlock

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Who else could take the top spot? Yes, Andrew Scott’s Moriarty has to be the greatest Moriarty of them all. Completely reinventing the character, turning him into a grinning, flirtatious maniac. He is the perfect foil for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock; so good that the show just couldn’t keep him dead (or did they?). Thanks to Andrew Scott, evil is the new sexy.

 

Who is your favourite Moriarty? Vote in our poll!

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11 thoughts on “10 Greatest Ever Portrayals of Moriarty

  1. I wonder how many people who voted here have actually seen the other actors play this role. I bet if they did they would understand that Scott did not play the character at all but just played the Joker from Batman under the guise of Professor Moriarty.

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  2. “Who else could take the top spot?” Really? If we need a good Joker, Andrew Scott’s your man. But for my Moriarty, I’m looking for a better class of criminal. Oh wait. BBC Sherlock ripped that line from the Nolan films, too. All we need now is the Batman theme song and the “Deer Stalker Symbol” on the roof of Scotland Yard.

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  3. I think Scott’s version is rather impressive. The impact he had on the fandom was massive. He gave a different side to the sherlock series and gave it a much needed plot twist and villain. But that’s my opinion. I respect everyone else’s choice

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  4. Henry Daniel & George Zucco were the only two that played Professor Moriority in the Rathbone & Nigel Bruce series. Seems you didn’t know that one !!!

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