Bernard Fox

Actor, Writer, Assistant stage manager
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/10/1927 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (33)

Surge of Power 2006 (Movie)

As Himself (Actor)

Dharma & Greg 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bewitched: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mummy 1999 (Movie)

Winston Havelock (Actor)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

Colonel Archibald Gracie (Actor)

The Rescuers Down Under 1990 (Movie)

of Chairmouse and Doctor (Voice)

18 Again 1988 (Movie)

Horton (Actor)

Yellowbeard 1983 (Movie)

Tarbuck (Actor)

Soap 1977 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Son-in-Law 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Private Eyes 1979 (Movie)

Justin (Actor)

Tabitha 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo 1977 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

The Rescuers 1977 (Movie)

of Chairman (Voice)

Arnold 1974 (Movie)

Constable Hooks (Actor)

Intertect 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Bewitched 1964 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Hogan's Heroes 1965 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Star! 1968 (Movie)

Assistant to Lord Chamberlain (Actor)

The Andy Griffith Show 1960 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wide Open Door 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Munster, Go Home 1965 (Movie)

Squire Moresby (Actor)

Make Room For Daddy 1953 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Bedfellows 1964 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Honeymoon Hotel 1963 (Movie)

Room Clerk (Actor)

Quick, Before It Melts 1963 (Movie)

Leslie Folliot (Actor)

The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 (Movie)

Lynch (Actor)

The Two-Headed Spy 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant (Actor)

Spin a Dark Web 1957 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Safecracker 1957 (Movie)

Shafter (Actor)

Gauguin the Savage (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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).

Relationships

Queenie Barrett

Mother

Jacqueline Fox

Wife
met in Rome while performing in "The Amorous Prawn" (she played a Cockney maid to his butler) married c. 1961

Amanda Fox

Daughter
works at a debt-collection agency

Valerie Fox

Daughter
works for hospital supply firm

Gerald Lawson

Father
was a steerage passenger on the Titanic

Mavis Lawson

Sister
older lives in Sidney, Australia

Wilfred Lawson

Uncle
specialized in comedy

Milestones

1997

Second time on the doomed Titanic, this time as Colonel Archibald Gracie in James Cameron's "Titanic"

1990

Lent his voice to the sequel "The Rescuers Down Under" (Chairmouse and Doctor)

1980

Portrayed Captain Chablat in TV-movie "Gaugin the Savage" (CBS)

1980

Reteamed with Don Knotts for "The Private Eyes"

1978

Broadway debut as Duchotel in "13 Rue de L'Amour"

1977

Appeared in "Herbie Rides Again", starring Don Knotts and Dean Jones

1977

Provided Chairman's voice in animated feature "The Rescuers"

1973

Portrayed Constable Hooks in the feature "Arnold"

1972

Played Dr Watson to Stewart Granger's Sherlock Holmes in TV-movie "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (ABC)

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

1966

Acted in two "Man From U.N.C.L.E." (NBC) missions, one "The Mother Muffin Affair" with Boris Karloff in drag as Mother Muffin

1965

Performed in three episdoes of "The Farmer's Daughter" (ABC) as three different characters

1964

Appeared on episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS), "McHale's Navy" (ABC) and "Twelve O'Clock High" (ABC)

1963

Acted in John Huston's "The List of Adrian Messenger"

1963

Portrayed Malcom Merriweather in "Andy's English Valet" episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS), the first of three appearances for the popular Merriweather character

1963

American TV debut on "The Danny Thomas Show" (CBS), playing an inept waiter named Alfie

1962

First Hollywood stage performance, "Write Me a Murder"

1959

Met his wife (also an actor) in Rome doing "The Amorous Prawn"

1958

Played the man in the crow's nest who spots the iceberg in "A Night to Remember"; learned at its premier that his father had been a Titanic steerage passenger who had tried to guide passengers to safety

1956

Film debut in "Spin a Dark Web"

1952

Joined London's Whitehall Farce Players, performing in "Reluctant Heroes", "Simple Spymen" and "Dry Rot", among other plays

1942

Began serving in Royal Navy; did some entertaining of his fellow servicemen, but much time spent doing serious work aboard a minesweeper

1940

By age 14 was not only acting but serving as assistant stage manager of a repertory company (date approximate)

Worked on a TV series called "Three Live Wires", meeting its producer Ray Saffian Allen who told him if he came to the states, " . . . I promise you a couple of shots"

Moved to L.A.

Cast in children's roles in productions such as "Richard III" (playing the little prince) and "Two Little Vagabonds"

Returned to acting after World War II and worked his way up to the prominent York Repertory company

Performed in London production of Shaw's "Misalliance", with Roger Livesey, Alan Webb and Donald Pleasance

Went to work with mother in Ireland, eventually returning to England

Had recurring role as Colonel Crittenden on "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS)

Acted, was master of ceremonies, directed and wrote "A Night in an English Music Hall", a recreation of a Victorian Music Hall at Santa Monica's Mayfair Theatre; later distilled portions he had written into a one-man show "Miniature Music Hall", which he

Carried onstage at 18 months

Bonus Trivia

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

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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."

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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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