Television and movie actor Bernard Fox has died. He was 89.
The popular television funny man died at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., of heart failure, the actor’s publicist told The Hollywood Reporter.
Bernard Fox was best known for playing Dr. Bombay, a womanizing warlock, on “Bewitched” from 1966 to 1972. He also famously appeared as Captain Winston Havlock in the 1999 flick “The Mummy” and in “Titantic” as Col. Archibald Gracie.
The Welsh actor, who retired from the spotlight in 2004, also played the bumbling Col. Crittendon on “Hogan’s Heroes” through the late ’60s, and lent his voice to the Disney movie “The Rescuers” and its sequel “The Rescuers Down Under.”
“If I’d just gone for an ordinary doctor, you wouldn’t have heard any more about it,” he continued. “But because I made him such a colorful character, that’s why they wanted him back; he was easy to write for.
They came up with the idea of him coming from different parts of the world all the time, and in different costumes; that was their idea. The puns, I came up with, and in those days, they let you do that.”
Bernard Fox played Dr. Bombay for the entire 1964-to-1972 run of “Bewitched,” as well as on the spinoff series “Tabitha.” Later in his career, he appeared in such films as “The Mummy” and “Titanic.”
Bernard Fox, the son of Queenie and Gerald Lawson, both of whom were stage actors, comes from a long line of performers.
On Hogan’s Heroes, he played the incompetent Crittendon, a Royal Air Force group captain referred to as the colonel.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; daughter Amanda; daughter-in-law Lisa, and two grandchildren. Another daughter, Valerie, died in 2006, Boll said.
He began his acting career as a young child, but put his goals on hold for a stint in the Royal Navy, resuming his career in the entertainment industry after the end of World War II. He has garnered well over 100 television and film credits over the course of his career.
He leaves behind his daughter Amanda and his wife Jacqueline, whom he married in 1961.