Bernard Fox (actor)
11 May 1927
|Died||14 December 2016 (aged 89)|
|Relatives||Wilfrid Lawson (uncle)|
Bernard Lawson (11 May 1927 – 14 December 2016), better known as Bernard Fox, was a Welsh actor. He is remembered for his roles as Dr. Bombay in the comedy fantasy series Bewitched (1964–1972), Colonel Crittendon in the comedy series Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971), Malcolm Merriweather in The Andy Griffith Show (1963–1965), Colonel Redford in Barnaby Jones (1975), Max in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), and Archibald Gracie IV in the film Titanic (1997).
Fox was a fifth-generation performer. He was born in Port Talbot, Glamorgan, the son of Queenie (née Barrett) and Gerald Lawson, both stage actors. He had an older sister, Mavis, and his uncle was British actor Wilfrid Lawson.
Fox began his film career at the age of 18 months, and by age 14 was an apprentice assistant manager of a theatre. After serving with the Royal Navy in World War II and the Korean War, he resumed his acting career and appeared in over 30 cinema films from 1956 to 2004, including two cinematic dramatizations of the sinking of the doomed passenger liner the RMS Titanic, separated by 39 years, viz, Titanic (1997) (as Colonel Archibald Gracie IV) and the earlier version of the tragedy A Night to Remember (1958) (uncredited as Frederick Fleet). In the latter, he delivered the line "Iceberg dead ahead, sir!" while playing the part of the sailor in the ship's crow's nest. His other screen roles ranged from supporting parts in broad comedies (Yellowbeard, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, and The Private Eyes, playing a homicidal butler in the last) to supplying the voice of the Chairmouse in the Disney animated features The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. He played the role of Winston Havelock, a put-out-to-grass former Royal Flying Corps airman in the 1999 adventure film The Mummy. In 2004, Fox made his final appearance in Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes.
Between 1967 and 1972, Fox portrayed the witch doctor Dr. Bombay on 18 episodes of the sitcom Bewitched. However, his first appearance on that show was not as Dr. Bombay, but as a professional witch debunker. He reprised the role of Dr. Bombay on the 1977 sequel series Tabitha, and again in 1999 on the soap opera Passions, and spoofed it as a genie doctor ("wish doctor") in a 1989 episode of Pee-wee's Playhouse. Fox was the penultimate surviving adult recurring cast member of Bewitched, leaving Nancy Kovack (who portrayed character Darrin Stephens' ex-girlfriend Sheila throughout the series) as the only remaining adult cast member upon his death; child actors Erin Murphy and David Lawrence, who portrayed Darrin and Samantha's children (Tabitha and Adam) are still alive.
Between 1965 and 1970, Fox portrayed the bumbling "Colonel" Crittendon (an RAF Group Captain when first cast in the role, who later became a Colonel following promotion) on eight episodes of Hogan's Heroes. He appeared in two episodes in the detective mystery series Columbo, "Dagger of the Mind" and "Troubled Waters". Fox also appeared as English valet Malcolm Meriweather in three episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, and in Knight Rider as Commander Smiths in season 2, episode 8.
Fox appeared as a British Major in "The Phantom Major", episode 3 of F Troop, and in "Tea and Empathy", episode 18 of season 6 of M*A*S*H. In 1964, Fox appeared in episode 117 of The Dick Van Dyke Show, titled "Girls Will Be Boys". Fox plays the father of a little girl who keeps beating up Richie Petrie. He also appeared in "Teacher's Petrie", where he played a night school creative writing teacher, and in "Never Bathe on Saturday" as the house detective. In 1965 Fox made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as murderer Peter Stange in "The Case of the Laughing Lady".
Fox also appeared in McHale's Navy; in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ("The Thor Affair" episode as munitions magnate Brutus Thor, intent on assassinating a "Gandhi-like" figure who's attempting to bring world peace (1966) as well as in the two-part episode "The Bridge of Lions Affair" in 1966, wherein he starred as THRUSH agent Jordin, whose constant response to each additional assignment is "I'll look into it"); and in the Murder, She Wrote episode "One White Rose for Death" in 1986. In addition, he co-starred with Michael Evans as Dr. Watson in Sherlock & Me in the early 1980s.
Fox and his wife had two daughters, Amanda and Valerie.
|1956||Home and Away||Johnnie Knowles|
|1956||The Counterfeit Plan||Detective Sergeant|
|1957||Blue Murder at St. Trinian's||Photographer||Uncredited|
|1958||A Night to Remember||Lookout Frederick Fleet||Uncredited|
|1958||The Two-Headed Spy||Lieutenant|
|1962||The Longest Day||Pvt. Hutchinson||Uncredited|
|1963||The List of Adrian Messenger||Lynch||Uncredited|
|1964||Honeymoon Hotel||Room Clerk|
|1964||Quick, Before It Melts||Leslie Folliott|
|1966||Munster, Go Home!||Squire Lester Moresby|
|1966||Hold On!||Dudley Hawks|
|1966||One of Our Spies Is Missing||Jordin|
|1968||Star!||Asst. to Lord Chamberlain||Uncredited|
|1968||The Bamboo Saucer||Ephram|
|1971||Big Jake||Scottish Shepherd||Uncredited|
|1971||The Million Dollar Duck||Car Salesman||Uncredited|
|1977||The Rescuers||The Chairman||Voice|
|1977||Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo||Max|
|1978||The House of the Dead||Inspector McDowal|
|1980||The Private Eyes||Justin|
|1980||Gauguin the Savage||Captain Chablat|
|1990||The Rescuers Down Under||Chairman / Doctor||voice|
|1997||Titanic||Col. Archibald Gracie|
|1999||The Mummy||Capt. Winston Havelock|
|2004||Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes||Himself||final film role|
|1955–1956||Sixpenny Corner||Tom Norton||10 episodes|
|1957||Wire Service||Naval Officer||Episode: "Atom at Spithead"|
|1959||Dixon of Dock Green||Smiler Hodges||Episode: "A Case for the Inland Revenue"|
|1959||The Golden Spur||Soldier at Inn||Episode: #1.3|
|1959||ITV Television Playhouse||Morton Leslie||Episode: "Ticket for Tomorrow"|
|1960||No Hiding Place||Insp. Brighouse||Episode: "The Golden Crown"|
|1960||The Love of Mike||Malcolm Danders||2 episodes|
|1960||ITV Play of the Week||Captain Scott||Episode: "Beyond the Horizon"|
|1961||Armchair Theatre||Barman||Episode: "Honeymoon Postponed"|
|1961||Three Live Wires||Malcolm||26 episodes|
|1963||Ensign O'Toole||Hastings||Episode: "Operation – Intrigue"|
|1963||The Great Adventure||Redcoat Lt.||Episode: "A Boy at War"|
|1962–1963||The Danny Thomas Show||Alfie Wingate||4 episodes|
|1963–1965||The Andy Griffith Show||Malcolm Merriweather||3 episodes|
|1964||McHale's Navy||Sub-Lieutenant Clivedon||Episode: "The British Also Have Ensigns"|
|1964–1965||The Dick Van Dyke Show||Various Roles||3 episodes|
|1964–1966||Twelve O'Clock High||Sgt. Major Higgins / Maj. Dutton / Colonel Charles||3 episodes|
|1965||Perry Mason||Peter Stange||Episode: "The Case of the Laughing Lady"|
|1965||F-Troop||Major Bently Royce||Episode: "The Phantom Major"|
|1965||The Flintstones||Eppy Brianstone||Voice, Episode: "No Biz Like Show Biz"|
|1965||I Spy||Harold||Episode: "Carry Me Back to Old Tsing-Tao"|
|1965–1970||Hogan's Heroes||Col. Crittendon||8 episodes|
|1966||I Dream of Jeannie||Arnie||Episode: "Is There an Extra Jeannie in the House?"|
|1966||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Jordin / Brutus Thor||3 episodes|
|1966–1972||Bewitched||Dr. Bombay||19 episodes|
|1968||The Monkees||Sir Twiggly||Episode: "Monkees Mind Their Manor"|
|1969||Here Come the Brides||Father Ned||Episode: "The Wealthiest Man in Seattle"|
|1971||Night Gallery||Mr. Canby / Ghost||Segment: "House with Ghost"|
|1971–1973||Love, American Style||Jocko / Oliver / Marshall||3 episodes|
|1972||The Hound of the Baskervilles||Dr. Watson||TV movie|
|1972||Columbo||Det. Chief William Durk||Episode: "Dagger of the Mind"|
|1975||Columbo||Purser Watkins||Episode: "Troubled Waters"|
|1975||Cannon||Allen Farrell||Episode: "The Victim"|
|1975||Emergency!||Mr. Kern||2 episodes|
|1978||Soap||Randolph Gatling||Episode: #1.5|
|1977–1978||Tabitha||Dr. Bombay||2 episodes|
|1978||M*A*S*H||Major Ross||Episode: "Tea and Empathy"|
|1978||What's Happening!!||Britisher||Episode: "Diplomatic Immunity"|
|1979||Fantasy Island||Brian Lipscomb||Episode: "Amusement Park/Rock Stars"|
|1980||The Dukes of Hazzard||Higgins the Butler||Episode: "Southern Comfurts"|
|1981||Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo||Voice|
|1980||Lou Grant||Clive Whitcomb||Episode: "Libel"|
|1981||The Love Boat||Henry Whitewood||Season 5 – Episode 10|
|1982||Hart to Hart||Nigel Hegland||Episode: "Million Dollar Harts"|
|1982||The Jeffersons||Andrew Derek||2 episodes|
|1983||Gun Shy||Sir Charles W.R.||Episode: "Western Velvet"|
|1983||Knight Rider||Comm. Smythe||Episode: "Custom K.I.T.T."|
|1984||Hotel||Adam Partridge||Episode: "Ideals"|
|1984||Simon & Simon||Rupert Ginnias||Episode: "Revolution 9 1/2"|
|1985||The Fall Guy||Santa||Episode: "Escape Claus"|
|1986||Riptide||Prof. Holcombe||Episode: "The Play's the Thing"|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Andrew Wyckham||Episode: "One White Rose for Death"|
|1988||Punky Brewster||Whitmore||Episode: "Aunt Larnese Is Coming to Town"|
|1989||Pee-wee's Playhouse||Dr. Jinga-Janga||Episode: "Sick? Did Somebody Say Sick?"|
|1990||Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers||Voice, Episode: "Gorilla My Dreams"|
|1999–2000||Passions||Dr. Bombay||3 episodes|
|2001||Dharma & Greg||Henry Cooper||Episode: "Without Reservations"|
|2003||Time Squad||Sir Henry Morton Stanley||Voice, Episode: "Out with the In Crowd"|
Awards and nominations
|1997||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||Titanic||Nominated|
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- Bernard Fox at. Hollywood.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
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- Erickson, Hal. Biography AllMovie. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
- "Obituary - Bernard Fox, actor and star of Bewitched and Titanic". The Herald. Glasgow. 16 December 2016.
- Barnes, Mike (14 December 2016). "Bernard Fox, Who Played Dr. Bombay on 'Bewitched,' Dies at 89". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
- "Bernard Fox, Film and TV Star of BEWITCHED, TITANIC, THE MUMMY and More, Passes Away". Broadway World. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016.