Five Famous Fictional Private Detectives Or Investigators

Without-A-ClueSherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective from the 19th and early 20th century. He was the creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a Scottish author and physician. Holmes was a problem solver who would solve a case using logic and astute observation. There were four novels and fifty six short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr John H Watson. The stories first appeared in magazine serialization over a period of over forty years. 221b Baker Street is the address that Holmes and Watson kept during the time of the novels. The 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street in London is now a museum dedicated to Holmes. Last year saw the 125th Anniversary of the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes in the mystery “A Study in Scarlet” and was celebrated worldwide.

Simon Templar (The Saint)

This was a long running series of books by Leslie Charteris published between 1928 and 1963. The detective is known as The Saint because of his initials ST. He often goes under different names that use ST as the initials including the most popular Sebastian Tombs and Sullivan Titwillow. He has a calling card that he sometimes leaves at the scenes of his crimes which is a drawing of a stick man with a halo. The books often allude to the suggestion that Templar started his career as a criminal and it is also suggested that he is a Robin Hood. In 1962 Roger Moore was cast as Simon Templar in a TV adaptation of The Saint and it is said that he developed his suave quipping style which he carried forward to his James Bond character.

Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files)

Jim Rockford was a television character from the series The Rockford Files. He was a former convict who had been falsely imprisoned. He lives on a trailer near the beach and has plenty of friends and a good relationship with his father Rocky. There are two books by author Stuart Kaminsky “The Green Bottle” and “The Devil on My Doorstep”. The TV show would famously start with the answer phone message by James Garner’s character “This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and number and I’ll get back to you”.

Magnum, P.I.

Magnum was an American television show that followed Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) the private investigator living in Hawaii. The show was aired for eight seasons from 1980 to 1988. He was a former Navy SEAL and Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) officer. He lives in the guest house of a posh beachfront estate called Robin’s Nest on the island of Oahu which was at the invitation of its celebrity owner. The celebrities face is never seen but he keeps Magnum busy looking into the quality control of the estates security.

Inspector Jacques Clouseau

Inspector Jacques Clouseau is a bumbling fictional French detective from the Pink Panther series of films in which Peter Sellers played him in the first. He has been played by many actors including Alan Arkin, Steve Martin and surprisingly Roger Moore.

Charlie Hodgson is a private detective who has been working alongside private detective Liverpool. Charlie is a big fan of fictional private detectives and investigators especially Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. To real more articles like this visit