Bernard Fox, Famously Known As Dr. Bombay On Bewitched, Has Passed Away At 89
This year has seen more than its fair share of celebrity deaths, from iconic musicians to stars of TV and movies. The latest to join this group is renowned actor Bernard Fox.Credit
Fox has a long and interesting history in the spotlight but is perhaps best known for his roles in Bewitched and the popular TV series Hogan’s Heroes. He passed away on Wednesday aged 89. His publicist Harlan Boll told reporters the veteran actor died of heart failure at the at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California. Most of us remember Fox as the Welshman who played the role of Dr. Bombay on Bewitched as well as the spin-off show, Tabitha.
He had an early start in show business. Fox was born in Wales in 1927 with both parents being stage actors and his nephew Wilfrid Lawson was the star of The Long Voyage Home. Acting was clearly in his blood and at the tender age of 14, he was already an assistant theater manager. World War II was to put his career on hold for a while when he signed up to join the Royal Navy.
When the war was finally over he went straight back to acting, first appearing on the British TV series Sixpenny Corner in 1955. For the next ten years he had a number of roles on British TV shows and movies prior to landing guest roles in some classic American TV shows including The Andy Griffith Show, Perry Mason, and I Dream of Jeannie and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
He started an eight-episode run playing the awkward Colonel Crittendon on Hogan’s Heroes in 1965. The very next year saw him play the much loved witch doctor on Bewitched, Dr. Bombay. He stayed on for the full run of the show and the 1977 spin-off Tabitha. He also starred in popular NBC soapie Passions in 1999. As his career devolved, he landed roles on major TV series like Murder, She Wrote and Knight Rider which ultimately lead to appearances on the big screen in classics such as Titanic and The Mummy.
Fox leaves behind Jacqueline, his wife of more than 50 years, his daughter Amanda, daughter-in-law Lisa Wilke, and two grandchildren.