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|Also Known As:||Bernard Lawson||Died:|
|Born:||May 11, 1927||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||United Kingdom||Profession:||Cast ... actor writer assistant stage manager lumberjack postal worker|
A fifth generation performer, veteran character actor Bernard Fox appeared onstage for the first time at age 18 months and by the time he was 14 was not only acting but also working as an assistant stage manager for a repertory theater. After service in the Royal Navy during World War II, he resumed his career, soon joining the prominent York Repertory company and, later, London's Whitehall Farce Players. Fox made his screen debut in "Spin a Dark Web/Soho Incident" (1956) and played the man in the crow's nest of the Titanic who spots the iceberg in 1958's "A Night to Remember." He ended up on a BBC-TV series called "Three Live Wires," whose producer Ray Saffian Allen had American TV connections and promised to help the actor if he ever went to Hollywood. Once in Los Angeles, Fox acted first in the play "Write Me A Murder" (1962) before Allen (who along with partner Harvey Bullock wrote some scripts for "The Andy Griffith Show") got him a part on "The Danny Thomas Show" (CBS) as an inept waiter named Alfie.
If the 1950s in NYC were the Golden Age of Live TV, then 1960s' Hollywood could be considered the Golden Age of the TV Sitcom, and Fox was right in the middle of it. The spot on "Danny Thomas" led to his memorable role as Malcolm Merriweather in three episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS). Over the next few years, he appeared in a wide array of the medium's best fare, including "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS), "McHale's Navy" (ABC), "The Farmer's Daughter" (ABC) and "The Monkees" (NBC). The tremendous demand for his talents resulted in his simultaneously playing the recurring roles of physician-warlock Dr. Bombay on "Bewitched" (ABC) and Colonel Crittenden on "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS). Since then, Fox has acted in such features as "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" (1977) and "Private Eyes" (1980), both with Don Knotts, and landed guest spots on "M*A*S*H" (CBS) and "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS), among other series. He debuted on Broadway in "13 Rue de L'Amour" (1978) and rode the doomed luxury liner a second time as Archibald Grace in James Cameron's Oscar-winning "Titanic" (1997).
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