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: 05/11/1927 in United Kingdom


Actor (33)

Surge of Power 2006 (Movie)

As Himself (Actor)

Dharma & Greg 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)


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


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


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)


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


The Private Eyes 1979 (Movie)

Justin (Actor)

Tabitha 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


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)


Bewitched 1964 - 1972 (TV Show)


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


Hogan's Heroes 1965 - 1971 (TV Show)


Star! 1968 (Movie)

Assistant to Lord Chamberlain (Actor)

The Andy Griffith Show 1960 - 1968 (TV Show)


The Wide Open Door 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)


Munster, Go Home 1965 (Movie)

Squire Moresby (Actor)

Make Room For Daddy 1953 - 1964 (TV Show)


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)


The Safecracker 1957 (Movie)

Shafter (Actor)

Gauguin the Savage (TV Show)



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.


Queenie Barrett


Jacqueline Fox

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

Amanda Fox

works at a debt-collection agency

Valerie Fox

works for hospital supply firm

Gerald Lawson

was a steerage passenger on the Titanic

Mavis Lawson

older lives in Sidney, Australia

Wilfred Lawson

specialized in comedy



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


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


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


Reteamed with Don Knotts for "The Private Eyes"


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


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


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


Portrayed Constable Hooks in the feature "Arnold"


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


Played recurring role of the eccentric warlock Dr Bombay on "Bewitched" (ABC); had previously played Osgood Wrightmeyer, a supposed "witchbuster", in a 1966 episode


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


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


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


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


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


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


First Hollywood stage performance, "Write Me a Murder"


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


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


Film debut in "Spin a Dark Web"


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


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


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


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


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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