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David Fox
Charles James David Fox

(1941-03-24)March 24, 1941
DiedNovember 13, 2021(2021-11-13) (aged 80)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1967–2021

Charles James David Fox CM (March 24, 1941 – November 13, 2021), known professionally as David Fox, was a Canadian actor.[1][2]


Fox was born in Swastika, Ontario in 1941.[1] He was best known for his role as schoolteacher Clive Pettibone in Road to Avonlea, and for a variety of roles on television. He was also the voice of Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin.[1]

In 1996 he was nominated for a Genie Award for the film When Night is Falling, and in 2008 he was nominated for a Gemini Award for the television miniseries Across the River to Motor City.

Fox also acted extensively on stage, including productions of 1837: The Farmer's Revolt,[1] Quiet in the Land,[1] Nothing Sacred,[1] The Drawer Boy[1] and King Lear.[3] He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2018 for his work.[4]

Fox died of cancer in Toronto on November 13, 2021, at the age of 80.[1][5][2][6]

On 21 April 2023, Canadore College honoured Fox by naming a theatre in his honour - the David Fox Stage.[7] His sons Jason Fox and Gavin Fox were in attendance at the special dedication.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Parallels Robert Dane
1981 Silence of the North Lea Goodwin
1984 Mrs. Soffel McNeil
1985 Samuel Lount David Willson
1985 Cages Jack Simpson Short
1988 Smokescreen Bob
1989 The Top of His Head Uncle Hugo
1993 Ordinary Magic Warren Moore
1994 The Circle Game Carl
1995 When Night Is Falling Rev. DeBoer
1996 Virus George Skanz
1998 Jungle Boy John Geller
1998 The Fence Everest
1998 Conquest Carl Gallagher
1999 Grey Owl Jim Wood
2000 Washed Up Mort
2001 A Man's Life Bart Habschied Short
2003 The Saddest Music in the World Fyodor Kent
2004 The Human Kazoo Elderly Anthony Short
2005 Dry Whiskey Stan Short
2006 Snow Cake Dirk Freeman
2006 Population 436 Dr. Harold James Greaver Video
2006 That Beautiful Somewhere Prof. French
2007 Fugitive Pieces Mr. Taylor
2007 Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Howard
2008 Spoliation Grandad Hoodwink Short
2009 A Hindu's Indictment of Heaven St. Peter Short
2011 The Evening News James Short
2011 The Rink Pete Short
2012 Bunny Kyle Short
2013 Mama Burnsie
2013 Pacific Rim Old Man on Beach
2013 We Are Not Here Narrator (voice) Short


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Accidental Family Brian "Halloween's on Us"
1974 Police Surgeon Tom Thorpe "Cry Murder"
1976 Ada Dr. Bloomfield TV series
1979 The Great Detective Dr. Dorland "Nightwalker of the Wards"
1981 The Littlest Hobo Dr. Janssen "The Secret of Red Hill"
1982 Joey Greg Power / Various TV film
1985 The Suicide Murders Chester Yates TV film
1987 Anne of Avonlea John Blythe TV miniseries
1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Lt. Paul Hutchinson "The Hunted: Part 2"
1989 The Campbells Alistair MacDonald "Tales of the Canadas", "Sins of the Fathers"
1991–92 The Adventures of Tintin Captain Haddock (voice) Regular role
1992 E.N.G. Det. Halliday "Public Enemy"
1992 Street Legal Mr. McAndrew "Breach of Trust", "November", "After the Fall"
1992 The Women of Windsor Major Ronald Ferguson TV film
1992 Counterstrike Arno "Cyborg"
1992 Beyond Reality Colonel Franklin "Final Flight"
1992 By Way of the Stars Mr. Passlinger TV miniseries
1992–95 X-Men: The Animated Series Sentinels / Master Mold (voice) Recurring role
1993–94 Cadillacs and Dinosaurs Kirgo (voice) Main role
1993–96 Road to Avonlea Clive Pettibone Main role
1994 Side Effects Dr. Eddleston "Superman"
1995 Black Fox: Good Men and Bad Carl Glenn TV film
1996 Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story Supt. Kerr TV film
1997 Traders Clifford Beal "Family Legacy"
1997 Poltergeist: The Legacy Dr. Praetorius "Dark Angel"
1997 Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Hamilton Darwell "The Warrior"
1997 Promise the Moon Sir Robert Butler TV film
1998 My Own Country Mr. Vines TV film
1999 Murder in a Small Town Walter Godlin TV film
1999 Little Men Lucius Potter "Blame"
1999 Due South Rev. Albert Barrow "Say Amen"
2001 For Love of Olivia Jack Martin TV film
2001 Prince Charming King Pius TV film
2001 A Taste of Shakespeare Lear "King Lear"
2002 Puppets Who Kill Skip-Along Pete "The Island of Skip-Along Pete"
2002 Mutant X Gerald Gilbert "Crossroads of the Soul"
2002 The Eleventh Hour Norton Gordon "Tree Hugger"
2003 The Pentagon Papers Judge W. Matthew Byrne TV film
2003 A Taste of Shakespeare Banquo / Narrator "Macbeth"
2004 Reversible Errors Judge Harlow TV film
2006 Puppets Who Kill Rev. Clifford Blumquist "Bill's Wedding"
2006 Northern Town Ivison TV series
2007 The Altar Boy Gang Father Brown TV series
2007 Across the River to Motor City Benjamin Ford Main role
2008 The Trojan Horse Jackson "Part One"
2008 The Border John "Nothing to Declare"
2009 Heartland Hank Adams "True Enough"
2009 Cra$h & Burn Mr. Arnold "God Protect Us"
2009 Being Erica Frank Galvin Recurring role
2012 Guidestones Harold X. Glenndenning Recurring role
2014 Remedy Col. Platt "Testing, Testing"
2014 Murdoch Mysteries Dr. Lionel Ogden "Blast of Silence", "The Death of Dr. Ogden"
2015 Orphan Black Jonah Appleyard "Newer Elements of Our Defense"
2017 Designated Survivor Barrett Kovacs "Sting of the Tail"


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h David Fox at the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b David Fox obituary, Graham A Giddy Funeral Home
  3. ^ "David Fox stars in ‘Upper Canada’ King Lear". Toronto Star, November 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Mr. David Fox: Order of Canada". Governor-General of Canada. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "Stage and screen actor David Fox remembered as champion of Canadian theatre". Archived from the original on 2021-11-14. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  6. ^ "Stage and screen actor David Fox dies at 80". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  7. ^ Coffin, Richard (2023-04-21). "Theatre Canadore honours Canadian actor". My North Bay Now. Retrieved 2023-04-23.

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