Welshman actor Bernard Fox dead at 89. He played the womanizing Dr. Bombay on the hit ABC series Bewitched. He also played a role in Hogan’s Heroes, and was part of two Titanic films.
According to a publicist, Fox died of heart failure at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California. Perhaps, the veteran actor is best known for his role as a womanizing witch doctor on Bewitched and its spin-off, Tabitha.
Bernard Fox dead is a big loss to Hollywood
With the Bernard Fox dead news, Hollywood lost one of its most colorful actors. His role on the first Titanic movie, A Night To Remember (1958), became memorable because of the line “Iceberg dead ahead, Sir!” On James Cameron’s 1997 film, he played the role of Colonel Archibald Gracie IV.
His characterization of Dr. Bombay in 19 episodes of Bewitched, which starred Elizabeth Montgomery from 1966 to 1972, earned him praises. During one interview back in 1998, he explained his inspiration for playing the witch doctor. Fox said he based it from a man he met while serving at the Royal Navy during World War II.
The actor believed that if he had played the character as an ordinary doctor, the audience would not have remembered him. He wouldn’t be as memorable to them, Fox once said. The production added more to it–weird costumes, as well as having Dr. Bombay coming from all parts of the world with all sorts of stories.
Bernard Fox and his early years
Fox was born to both theater actor parents, and was exposed to acting at a very early age. Aside from appearing on TV shows, he also voiced the Chairman character in the Disney animated features The Rescuers (1977) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990). He also portrayed retired Air Force pilot Winston Havelock in The Mummy (1999).
In films, he did the following: Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), The Private Eyes (1980), and Yellowbeard (1983).
In television, the actor was once Fox English valet Malcolm Meriweather on The Andy Griffith Show and Dr. Watson in the 1972 ABC telefilm, The Hound of the Baskervilles. He was also a guest star on several series, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, Perry Mason, McHale’s Navy, F Troop, Columbo, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Knight Rider, M*A*S*H and Murder, and She Wrote.
For many in Hollywood, Bernard Fox dead is a personal loss. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline (50) and a daughter, Amanda.
Some famous celebs like Lemmy Kilmister, Natalie Cole, Alan Rickman, David Bowie and others also died this year.
Remembering veteran actor Bernard Fox as Dr. Bombay on Bewitched pic.twitter.com/o1Et608mIb
— Skip Bolden (@skipbolden) December 15, 2016