Edward Fox (actor)
Edward Charles Morice Fox
13 April 1937
(m. 1958; div. 1961)
|Children||3, including Emilia and Freddie|
|Years of service||1958–1960|
|Unit||Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)|
Edward Charles Morice Fox(born 13 April 1937) is an English actor.
He played the part of the professional assassin, known only as the "Jackal", who is hired to assassinate the French president Charles de Gaulle in the summer of 1963, in the film The Day of the Jackal (1973). He is also known for his roles in Battle of Britain (1969), The Go-Between (1971), for which he won a BAFTA award, and The Bounty (1984). He also collaborated with director Richard Attenborough, appearing in his films Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Gandhi (1982).
He portrayed Edward VIII in the British television drama series Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978) and appeared in the historical series Taboo (2017). In addition to film and television work, Fox has also received acclaim as a stage actor.
Early life and education
Fox was born the first of three sons on 13 April 1937 in Chelsea, London, the son of Robin Fox, a theatrical agent, and Angela Muriel Darita Worthington, an actress and writer. He is the father of actors Emilia Fox and Freddie Fox, the elder brother of actor James Fox and film producer Robert Fox, and an uncle of actor Laurence Fox. His paternal great-grandfather was industrialist and inventor Samson Fox, and his paternal grandmother was Hilda Hanbury, sister of stage performer Lily Hanbury. His maternal grandfather was dramatist Frederick Lonsdale, and his maternal grandmother was the daughter of football player and stockbroker Charles Morice. Fox was educated at Harrow School and completed his National Service in the Loyals, having failed to gain a commission in the Coldstream Guards.
Fox made his theatrical debut in 1958[clarification needed], and his first film appearance was as an extra in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962). He also had a non-speaking part as a waiter in This Sporting Life (1963). Throughout the 1960s he worked mostly on stage, including a turn as Hamlet. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he established himself with roles in major British films, including Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Battle of Britain (1969) and The Go-Between (1971). In The Go-Between, he played the part of Lord Hugh Trimingham, for which he won a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor. His acting ability also brought him to the attention of director Fred Zinnemann, who was looking for an actor who was not well-known and could be believable as the assassin in the film The Day of the Jackal (1973). Fox won the role, beating other contenders such as Roger Moore and Michael Caine.
From then on he was much sought after, appearing in such films as A Bridge Too Far (1977) as Lieutenant General Horrocks, a role he has cited as a personal favourite, and for which he won the Best Supporting Actor award at the British Academy Film Awards. He also starred in Force 10 from Navarone (1978), with Robert Shaw and Harrison Ford.
He portrayed King Edward VIII in the television drama Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978). In the film Gandhi (1982), Fox portrayed Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, who was responsible for the Amritsar massacre in India. He then appeared as M in the unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983), a remake of Thunderball (1965). He also appeared in The Bounty (1984) and Wild Geese II (1985), both opposite Laurence Olivier, and in The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), and Stage Beauty (2004).
Later stage work
Fox has consolidated his reputation with regular appearances on stage in London's West End. He was seen in Four Quartets, a set of four poems by T. S. Eliot, accompanied by the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Christine Croshaw. In 2010, Fox performed a one-man show, An Evening with Anthony Trollope, directed by Richard Digby Day. In 2013, he replaced Robert Hardy in the role of Winston Churchill in the premiere of The Audience, after Hardy had to withdraw for health reasons. In 2018, he appeared with his son Freddie Fox in an adaption of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband.
He won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the British Academy Film Awards a second time for his role as Lieutenant General Horrocks in A Bridge Too Far (1977).
From 1958 until their 1961 divorce, Fox was married to actress Tracy Reed with whom he has a daughter, Lucy Arabella (born 1960), who became the Viscountess Gormanston upon her marriage to Nicholas Preston, Viscount Gormanston. In 1971, he began a relationship with actress Joanna David; they married in July 2004. They have two children together, actors Emilia (born 1974) and Frederick "Freddie" (born 1989).
Views and advocacy
Fox spoke at the conference for the Referendum Party ahead of the 1997 general election and was a friend of its leader James Goldsmith. He has also been a patron of the UK Independence Party.
In 2010, Fox gave his support to a local campaign to prevent a supermarket being built close to his home in Dorset, citing the impact it would have upon small and independent businesses in the area. He chronicled the events in an article for The Daily Telegraph.
- 1962 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner as Minor Role (uncredited)
- 1963 This Sporting Life as Restaurant Barman (uncredited)
- 1963 The Mind Benders as Stewart (uncredited)
- 1965 Life at the Top as Office Supervisor (uncredited)
- 1966 The Frozen Dead as Norbugh's Brother (Prisoner #3)
- 1967 The Jokers as Lieutenant Sprague
- 1967 The Naked Runner as Ritchie Jackson
- 1967 The Long Duel as Hardwicke
- 1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname as Waiter
- 1967 Man in a Suitcase (TV, Episode "Castle in the Clouds") as Ezard
- 1968 Journey to Midnight as Sir Robert Sawyer (segment "Poor Butterfly")
- 1968 The Portrait of a Lady (TV series) as Lord Warburton
- 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War as Aide to Field-Marshal Haig
- 1969 Battle of Britain as Pilot Officer Archie
- 1970 Skullduggery as Bruce Spofford
- 1970 The Breaking of Bumbo as Horwood
- 1971 The Go-Between as Hugh Trimingham
- 1973 The Day of the Jackal as The Jackal
- 1973 A Doll's House as Nils Krogstad
- 1974 Doctor Watson and the Darkwater Hall Mystery as Dr. Watson
- 1975 Galileo as Cardinal Inquisitor
- 1977 The Squeeze as Foreman
- 1977 The Duellists as Colonel
- 1977 A Bridge Too Far as Lieutenant General Brian Horrocks
- 1977 Soldaat van Oranje as Colonel Rafelli
- 1978 The Big Sleep as Joe Brody
- 1978 Force 10 from Navarone as Sergeant John Miller
- 1978 Edward & Mrs. Simpson (TV miniseries) as King Edward VIII
- 1979 The Cat and the Canary as Hendricks
- 1980 The Mirror Crack'd as Inspector Craddock
- 1981 Nighthawks as ATAC Man #2
- 1982 Gandhi as Brigadier General Reginald Dyer
- 1983 Never Say Never Again as M
- 1983 The Dresser as Oxenby
- 1984 The Bounty as Captain Greetham
- 1985 The Shooting Party as Lord Gilbert Hartlip
- 1985 Wild Geese II as Alex Faulkner
- 1986 Shaka Zulu (TV) as Lieutenant Francis Farewell
- 1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (TV) as Dr. Hauser
- 1987 A Hazard of Hearts (TV film) as Lord Harry Wrothman
- 1987 Quartermaine's Terms (TV) as St. John Quartermaine
- 1989 Return from the River Kwai as Major Benford
- 1991 Robin Hood as Prince John
- 1993 The Maitlands (TV) as Major Harry Luddington
- 1994 A Feast at Midnight as Father
- 1994 Sherwood's Travels as Donen
- 1995 A Month by the Lake as Major Wilshaw
- 1995 Wild Discovery as Narrator
- 1996 Gulliver's Travels (TV) as General Limtoc
- 1996 September (TV film) as Archie
- 1997 Prince Valiant as King Arthur
- 1997 A Dance to the Music of Time as Uncle Giles
- 1998 Lost in Space as Businessman
- 2001 All the Queen's Men as Aitken
- 2002 The Importance of Being Earnest as Lane
- 2002 Foyle's War as Assistant Commissioner Summers
- 2002 Daniel Deronda (TV) as Sir Hugo Mallinger
- 2002 Nicholas Nickleby as Sir Mulberry Hawk
- 2003 The Republic of Love as Richard
- 2004 Stage Beauty as Sir Edward Hyde
- 2004 Poirot: The Hollow (TV) as Gudgeon
- 2005 Lassie as Colonel Hulton
- 2007 Oliver Twist (TV) as Mr. Brownlow
- 2010 Marple: The Secret of Chimneys (TV) as Lord Caterham
- 2011 Midsomer Murders: "Dark Secrets" (TV) as William Bingham
- 2013 Lewis: "Intelligent Design" (TV) as Dr. Yardley
- 2013 National Theatre Live: The Audience as Winston Churchill
- 2014 Katherine of Alexandria as Emperor Constantius
- 2015 The Dresser (TV) as Thornton
- 2017 Taboo (TV) as Horace Delaney (Deceased)
- 2018 Johnny English Strikes Again as Agent Nine
Selected theatre performances
- Harry, Lord Monchensey in The Family Reunion by T S Eliot. Directed by Michael Elliott at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. 1979)
- Captain in The Dance of Death by August Strindberg. Directed by Kenneth MacMillan at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (1983)
- Crichton in The Admirable Crichton by J.M.Barrie at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London. (1989)
Other projects and contributions
- When Love Speaks (2002, EMI Classics) – William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 140" ("Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press"), a compilation album that features interpretations of Shakespeare's sonnets and excerpts from his plays by famous actors and musicians.
- "Edward Fox Biography (1937–)". www.filmreference.com.
- Barratt, Nick. "Family detective". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "Players Indez: Charles Morice". England Football Online. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "No. 40722". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 February 1956. p. 1289.
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- "No. 42226". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 December 1960. p. 8794.
- Massingberd, Hugh (2 July 2004). "The old master". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
- "Gandhi's General Dyer: Edward Fox was the quintessential Englishman onscreen". Hindustan Times. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- "A Bridge Too Far (1977)". British Film Institute. 12 March 2008. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- "BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org.
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- "No. 56797". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2002. p. 10.
- Host: Brian Matthew (10 August 1982). "Talking Hamlet". Round Midnight. 6:32 minutes in. BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- Lee-Potter, Words Adam (17 September 2014). "Joanna David talks family, career and shares her favourite things about Dorset". Great British Life. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
- "Joanna David's first time back in Chichester since 1971". www.chichester.co.uk. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
- "Actress Emilia Fox takes her cub to work". www.telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
- "Our Walks – London Walks". www.walks.com. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
- Fox, Edward (10 October 2010). "Edward Fox: how I helped save Wareham from the supermarkets". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
- Carter, Neil; Evans, Mark; Alderman, Keith; Gorham, Simon (1998). "Europe, Goldsmith and the Referendum Party". Parliamentary Affairs. 51 (3): 470–485. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.pa.a028811.
- "Edward Fox urges leave EU: "Sovereign power is absolute"". 16 May 2016.
- "UKIP sprouts as celebrities make a stand on Brussels". The Independent. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
- "Edward Fox — The Consummate Actor". BBC News. 31 December 2002. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- Fraser, David (November 1998). The Royal Exchange Theatre Company Words & Pictures 1976–1998. Royal Exchange Theatre. ISBN 978-0951201718.