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Also Known As: Bernard Lawson Died: December 14, 2016
Born: May 11, 1927 Cause of Death: Heart Failure
Birth Place: Port Talbot, Profession: actor, writer, assistant stage manager, lumberjack, postal worker

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Bernard Fox was a prolific Welsh television and film actor, who appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, most notably "Bewitched" (ABC, 1964-1972), "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS, 1965-1971) and the movie "Titanic" (1997), over the course of his 50-plus year career as a professional screen actor. Born in Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales in 1927, Fox's acting career began when he was barely out of diapers. He came from a family of stage actors (both of his parents made their living as actors), and started working in the theater when he was still a young boy. By his early teens he was employed as a stage manager, and envisioned spending the rest of his life working in theater. The breakout of World War II changed all of that, however. Fox enlisted in the Royal Navy and spent the last two years of the war working as a minesweeper. After World War II Fox moved to London to work as a theater actor, and before long started to earn a reputation as a funny performer. By the mid-50s he was landing parts on British TV shows and movies, including "Home and Away" (1956) and "The Counterfeit Plan" (1957). His worked steadily in Britain over the next several years, but by the mid-1960s Fox was landing work on American...

Bernard Fox was a prolific Welsh television and film actor, who appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, most notably "Bewitched" (ABC, 1964-1972), "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS, 1965-1971) and the movie "Titanic" (1997), over the course of his 50-plus year career as a professional screen actor. Born in Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales in 1927, Fox's acting career began when he was barely out of diapers. He came from a family of stage actors (both of his parents made their living as actors), and started working in the theater when he was still a young boy. By his early teens he was employed as a stage manager, and envisioned spending the rest of his life working in theater. The breakout of World War II changed all of that, however. Fox enlisted in the Royal Navy and spent the last two years of the war working as a minesweeper. After World War II Fox moved to London to work as a theater actor, and before long started to earn a reputation as a funny performer. By the mid-50s he was landing parts on British TV shows and movies, including "Home and Away" (1956) and "The Counterfeit Plan" (1957). His worked steadily in Britain over the next several years, but by the mid-1960s Fox was landing work on American television shows. Throughout the 1960s he nabbed recurring roles on some of the most popular shows in the States, including "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-1968), "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (NBC, 1964-68), "Bewitched," and "Hogan's Heroes." Fox continued working steadily throughout the 70s and 80s, appearing mostly in one-off roles on TV. Then in the late 90s, when he was already in his 70s, Fox's hit a late-career upsurge with noteworthy parts in two of the biggest blockbuster films of the decade: "Titanic" and "The Mummy" (1999). Fox retired from screen acting shortly after the turn of the century, with his last credited role on the sitcom "Dharma and Greg" (ABC, 1997-2002). He died on December 16, 2016 at the age of 89. The cause of death was heart failure.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Surge of Power (2006)
2.
 Mummy, The (1999) Winston Havelock
3.
 Titanic (1997) Colonel Archibald Gracie
4.
 Rescuers Down Under, The (1990) Voice Of Chairmouse And Doctor
5.
 18 Again! (1988) Horton
6.
 Yellowbeard (1983) Tarbuck
7.
 Private Eyes, The (1980) Justin
8.
 Gauguin the Savage (1980) Captain Chablat
9.
 Rescuers, The (1977) Voice Of Chairman
10.
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:
Performed in London production of Shaw's "Misalliance", with Roger Livesey, Alan Webb and Donald Pleasance
1973:
Portrayed Constable Hooks in the feature "Arnold"
1966:
Acted in two "Man From U.N.C.L.E." episodes, including "The Mother Muffin Affair," which featured Boris Karloff in drag
1980:
Reteamed with Don Knotts for "The Private Eyes"
1972:
Played Dr Watson to Stewart Granger's Sherlock Holmes in TV-movie "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (ABC)
1980:
Portrayed Captain Chablat in TV-movie "Gaugin the Savage"
1963:
Acted in John Huston's "The List of Adrian Messenger"
1963:
American TV debut on "The Danny Thomas Show", playing an inept waiter named Alfie
1978:
Broadway debut as Duchotel in "13 Rue de L'Amour"
1962:
First Hollywood stage performance in "Write Me a Murder"
:
Had recurring role as Colonel Crittenden on "Hogan's Heroes"
1952:
Joined London's Whitehall Farce Players, performing in "Reluctant Heroes", "Simple Spymen" and "Dry Rot", among other plays
1990:
Lent his voice to Disney sequel "The Rescuers Down Under" (Chairmouse and Doctor)
1958:
Played a small role in the Titanic drama "A Night to Remember"
1977:
Provided Chairman's voice in animated feature "The Rescuers"
1977:
Appeared in "Herbie Rides Again", starring Don Knotts and Dean Jones
1956:
Film debut in "Spin a Dark Web"
1967:
Played recurring role of the eccentric warlock Dr Bombay on "Bewitched" (ABC); had previously played Osgood Wrightmeyer, a supposed "witchbuster", in a 1966 episode
1963:
Portrayed popular recurring character Malcom Merriweather in "The Andy Griffith Show"
1997:
Second time on the doomed Titanic, this time as Colonel Archibald Gracie in James Cameron's "Titanic"
1999:
Played Captain Winston Havlock in "The Mummy"
2001:
Final screen acting credit as Henry on TV series "Dharma & Greg"
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Notes

Fans of the ABC daytime drama "General Hospital" may remember Fox as Nigel Pennysmith.

About his role as Dr Bombay in "Bewitched": "So they called me in to play this doctor, and I thought it just was a one-shot, and that was it. And I thought to myself, I don't want to just be any old doctor, so I made him a very kind of--there's a man I knew in Ceylon actually, who'd been a vet, and he was the officer in charge of the camp that we were in, and it was an all male camp, and one evening, I was on duty, and we got six Women's Royal Naval Service arrived to be put up, and it was an all male camp. So I went to this officer and I said 'We got six Women's Royal Naval Services, what shall I do?' And he said 'Oh, I don't know, give 'em a hot bran mash, some clean straw, and bed 'em down for the night.' And I thought what a great way to play this doctor. And that's the way I played him, and they just kept writing him back in."

Fox treated "Andy Griffith" fans to delightful bits of his one-man show "Miniature Music Hall" during three cast events he attended in 1995 in Grand Rapids, MI, Winston-Salem, NC and Oxford, AL.

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wife:
Jacqueline Fox. Actor. Met in Rome while performing in "The Amorous Prawn" (she played a Cockney maid to his butler); married c. 1961.

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father:
Gerald Lawson. Actor. Was a steerage passenger on the Titanic.
mother:
Queenie Barrett. Actor.
uncle:
Wilfred Lawson. Actor. Specialized in comedy.
sister:
Mavis Lawson. Actor. Older; lives in Sidney, Australia.
daughter:
Amanda Fox. Manager. Works at a debt-collection agency.
daughter:
Valerie Fox. Assistant manager. Works for hospital supply firm.
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