James Fox

Actor, Assistant stage manager
Lanky blond British lead of the 1960s who began as a child actor in the early 50s. Fox's career showed great promise with his role as a boy whose life gets complicated once he acquires "The Magnet" (1951), but he soon ... Read more »
Born: 05/19/1939 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (78)

Effie Gray 2015 (Movie)

Sir Charles Eastlake (Actor)

Downton Abbey 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Double 2014 (Movie)

The Colonel (Actor)

A Long Way from Home 2013 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

Wild Blue Yonder 2012 (Movie)

George (Actor)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

King George V (Actor)

The Kid 2010 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

Bunny and the Bull 2009 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Sherlock Holmes 2009 (Movie)

Sir Thomas Rotheram (Actor)

Mister Lonely 2008 (Movie)

The Pope (Actor)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

Mr. Salt (Actor)

Love From Colditz 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Death on the Nile 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince & Me 2004 (Movie)

The King of Denmark (Actor)

The Lost World 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Armadillo 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mystic Masseur 2002 (Movie)

Mr Stewart (Actor)

Sexy Beast 2001 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Golden Bowl 2001 (Movie)

Colonel Bob Assingham (Actor)

The Knights of the Quest 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lover's Prayer 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Never Ever 2000 (Movie)

Arthur Trevane (Actor)

Shadow Run 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Up At the Villa 2000 (Movie)

Sir Edgar Swift (Actor)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

Philip Cromwell (Actor)

Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jinnah 1998 (Movie)

Lord Richard Mountbatten (Actor)

Anna Karenina 1997 (Movie)

Karenin (Actor)

The Choir 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Fall From Grace 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Remains of the Day 1993 (Movie)

Lord Darlington (Actor)

Afraid of the Dark 1992 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

As You Like It 1992 (Movie)

Jaques (Actor)

Boiler Room 1992 (Movie)

Scooter (Actor)

Hostage 1992 (Movie)

Hugo Paynter (Actor)

Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

Lord Holmes (Actor)

She's Been Away 1990 (Movie)

Hugh Ambrose (Actor)

The Russia House 1990 (Movie)

Ned (Actor)

Boys in the Island 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Farewell to the King 1989 (Movie)

Colonel Ferguson (Actor)

The Mighty Quinn 1989 (Movie)

Elgin (Actor)

Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

High Season 1988 (Movie)

Patrick (Actor)

The Whistle Blower 1987 (Movie)

Lord (Actor)

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

Henley Od (Actor)

New World 1985 (Movie)

William Bradford (Actor)

A Passage to India 1984 (Movie)

Richard Fielding (Actor)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 (Movie)

Lord Esker (Actor)

The Old Curiosity Shop 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pavlova 1982 (Movie)

Victor D'Andre (Actor)

Runners 1982 (Movie)

Tom Lindsay (Actor)

Country 1980 (Movie)

Philip Carlion (Actor)

No Longer Alone 1977 (Movie)

Alan Richards (Actor)

Performance 1970 (Movie)

Chas Devlin (Actor)

The Arp Statue 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Arabella 1969 (Movie)

Giorgio (Actor)

Duffy 1968 (Movie)

Stephen (Actor)

Isadora 1968 (Movie)

Gordon Craig (Actor)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

Jimmy Smith (Actor)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

Jason "Jake" Rogers (Actor)

King Rat 1965 (Movie)

Flight Lieutenant Peter Marlowe (Actor)

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 1965 (Movie)

Richard Mays (Actor)

Tamahine 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Servant 1962 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

The Lavender Hill Mob 1951 (Movie)

Gregory (Actor)

A Perfect Hero (TV Show)

Actor

A Question of Attribution (TV Show)

Actor

Cambridge Spies (TV Show)

Actor

Doomsday Gun (TV Show)

Actor

Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)

Actor

Heart of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Nancy Astor (TV Show)

Actor

Shaka Zulu -- The Citadel (TV Show)

Actor

The Old Curiosity Shop (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Lanky blond British lead of the 1960s who began as a child actor in the early 50s. Fox's career showed great promise with his role as a boy whose life gets complicated once he acquires "The Magnet" (1951), but he soon gave up acting to finish school. He did not return to acting until a decade later, but quickly enjoyed success in the role of a haughty but ultimately malleable aristocrat strangely corrupted by his butler (Dirk Bogarde) in Joseph Losey's striking drama, "The Servant" (1963). This part, one of Fox's finest, typified many of his subsequent roles: classy yet often duplicitous, prone to weakness, decadence, and bad judgment.

Relationships

Robin Fox

Father
died of lung cancer in 1971

Angela Fox

Mother
born on June 17, 1912 daughter of Lucy Glitters Worthington and Frederick Lonsdale mother was married to Dr. Henry Worthington but had three daughters by Lonsdale Noel Coward wrote his famous song "Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs. Worthington" about her died on December 1, 1999 had stormy marriage to husband punctuated with separations and infidelities on both sides

Edward Fox

Brother
born in 1937

Robert Fox

Brother
younger produced the musical "Chess" on both the Broadway and London stages formerly married to Natasha Richardson

Frederick Lonsdale

Grandfather
maternal grandfather

Mary Piper

Wife
met in 1972 married in 1973

EDUCATION

Ashford Prep School

Harrow School

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England

Milestones

2005

Played Mr. Salt in Tim Burton's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka

2004

Cast as the King of Denmark in "The Prince and Me"

2000

Co-starred in "Up at the Villa"

2000

Starred in Jonathan Glazer's "Sexy Beast"

1992

Played Angus Meikle on the "Masterpiece Theatre" miniseries, "A Perfect Hero"

1984

Played Waldorf on the PBS biographical miniseries, "Nancy Astor"

1981

Returned to acting regularly; appeared in the film, "Country"

1978

One-shot return to acting, the religious drama, "No Longer Alone"

1973

Left acting for a time to join an international Christian missionary sect, the Navigators

1965

First American film since "The Miniver Story", "King Rat"

1963

First adult leading role in film, "The Servant"

1962

Returned to feature films after a ten-year absence to act in a small role in "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

1951

Played most prominent feature role as a child in "The Magnet"

1950

Made film acting debut, billed as 'William Fox' in "The Miniver Story"

Worked in advertising

Left acting; finished schooling at Ashford Prep and Harrow

After studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama, worked for a time as an assistant stage manager with a touring theatrical company

Served in the military with the Third Battalion of the Coldstream Guard

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