BERNARD FOX (Dr. Bombay)
Born in South Wales, Bernard Fox is the fifth generation of his family to pursue a career in the theater. During the war he served in the Royal Navy. Upon his release he joined the well-known York Repertory Company.
In 1952, he appeared in Reluctant Heroes, Simple Spymen, and Dry Rot for London's Whitehall Farce Players. Upon leaving the troupe, he was seen in other London productions, such as G. B. Shaw's Misalliance, Saturday Night at the Crown, and a musical version of The Bells at the Irving Theater.
In England, he appeared in films like Star of lndia (1954), Blue Murder at St. Trinians (1958), and The Safecracker (also 1958, with Ray Milland).
The 1958-59 British television season saw him starring in Three Live Wires, a sitcom somewhat similar to America's Sergeant Bilko series with Phil Silvers.
Bernard's first Hollywood stint was performed at the Civic Playhouse in a production of Write Me a Murder. Numerous televisions followed, including spots on the Danny Thomas, Dick Van Dyke, and Andy Griffith shows. Besides his recurring role as Dr. Bombay on Bewitched, Fox was Colonel Crittenden, a semiregular role on Hogan's Heroes.
After Bewitched, Fox went on to star in the 1972 TV movie, The Hound of the Baskervilles, in which he was perfectly cast as the affable Dr. Watson to Stewart Granger's Sherlock Holmes. Several small-screen movie and program shots followed.
Bernard's motion picture resume includes Strange Bedfellows (1964), Star! (1968), Big Jake (1971),Walt Disney's Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), and Private Eyes (1980). From 1973 to 1979, Bernard was the Victorian chairman (master of ceremonies) in America's only British music hall, The Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica, California, which also once housed the West Coast troupe of Chicago's Second City comedians.
The experience and knowledge Fox gained over the years has proved invaluable: his one-man show, Music Hall Memories, plays successfully around colleges, conventions, private groups, and in large gatherings, such as the British-American festival in Sante Fe Springs, California. Fox lives with his wife, Jacqueline, and their two daughters, Amanda and Valerie, in California's San Fernando Valley. He frequently makes television appearances on commercials and in shows like Murder She Wrote, and the daytime soap Passions (as Dr. Bombay). He had a more recent appearance in the blockbuster movie Titanic.
*Biography from "Bewitched Forever" by Herbie J. Pilato
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