Michael Fox (American actor)
February 27, 1921|
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 1, 1996
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Hannah Fox (1947–1996) (his death); 2 children|
Michael Fox (February 27, 1921 – June 1, 1996) was an American character actor who was in numerous movies and television roles. Some of his most famous recurring roles were as various autopsy physicians in Perry Mason, as Coroner George McLeod in Burke's Law, as Amos Fedders in Falcon Crest, and as Saul Feinberg in The Bold and the Beautiful. He is also notable for being the reason Michael J. Fox registered his name with a middle initial when he first joined the Screen Actors Guild (to differentiate his name from "Michael Fox").
Among his earlier television work was the next-to-last episode of Adventures of Superman, as the ringleader of a criminal gang that tried to conduct a Perils of Pauline–style series of murder attempts on the show's various protagonists. He also appeared in several episodes on the 1955–1957 television series Science Fiction Theatre.
The Dr. Fox Effect
Fox also made an important contribution to the scholarly field of education, as the actor who portrayed "Dr. Myron L. Fox" in a study that would give rise to the Dr. Fox effect, and also participated in the generation of additional materials in at least one follow-up study. In the initial demonstration of this effect, Fox delivered an engaging and expressive lecture that contained no meaningful content, and yet, the audience rated Fox just as highly as a genuine professor's lecture. The Dr. Fox effect has been often cited as a critique of the validity of student evaluations of teaching.
Personal life and death
He was married to Hannah, an actress he met while acting in the stage play The Dybbuk, in a Los Angeles area theatre run by Lou Smuckler, father-in-law of Lee J. Cobb. Borrowing a car from Dorothy Gish, Fox drove Hannah to a judge and married her in between the matinee and evening performances of The Story of Mary Surratt.
Non-recurring multiple roles in television series
Singular appearances in television series
- Weaver, Tom (2004). It Came from Horrorwood: Interviews with Moviemakers in the Science Fiction and Horror Tradition. McFarland & Company. pp. 102–121. ISBN 978-0-7864-2069-8.
- Donald H. Naftulin, John E. Ware, Jr., and Frank A. Donnelly, "The Doctor Fox Lecture: A Paradigm of Educational Seduction", Journal of Medical Education 48 (1973): 630-635
- R. Williams and J. Ware, "Validity of student ratings of instruction under different incentive conditions: A further study of the Dr. Fox effect", Journal of Educational Psychology 68 (1976): 48–56.
- Michael Fox at Find a Grave