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Two Many Cats
12-15-2016, 08:33 AM
2016 claims another victim. (http://msn.com/en-us/tv/news/bewitcheds-bernard-fox-dead-at-89/ar-AAlzUtV?li=BBnbfcL)

Bernard Fox, or Dr. Bombay on Bewitched has passed away at 89.

I wasn't a big fan of Bewitched, and I much prefer to remember Bernard Fox as Colonel Crittendon on Hogan's Heroes. He played a very proper British Colonel whose adherence to procedures and dimwittedness screwed up a lot of Hogan's plans.

I also loved him in the movie Titanic, clinging onto the bow of the ship with Rose and Jack.

I thought he was older than 89 though. :(

aceplace57
12-15-2016, 09:06 AM
Fox was a fixture in 1960's and 70's TV. He seemed to pop up at least once in most of my favorite shows.

I remember him fondly in the Andy Griffith show. Playing Malcolm Mayweather in a guest role. A tourist from Europe traveling the US on bicycle.

RIP

Just Asking Questions
12-15-2016, 09:06 AM
Dash it all!

I liked Crittendon. Annoying, but not so over the top.

aceplace57
12-15-2016, 09:17 AM
I found Fox's character, Malcolm in the Andy Griffith wiki. Fox had 3 wonderful appearances. They kept bringing him back. His last was in The Crossing Guard appearing with Ernest T Bass. Bass challenges him to a fight.

http://mayberry.wikia.com/wiki/Malcolm_Merriweather

lost4life
12-15-2016, 09:47 AM
He was a great character actor, but his best role was definitely Dr. Mumbai.

Don Draper
12-15-2016, 10:13 AM
Is anyone left from the cast of "Bewitched" now? (Aside from Tabitha and Adam)

GinoC
12-15-2016, 10:25 AM
He also had a great turn as the old RAF pilot in The Mummy.

Just Asking Questions
12-15-2016, 10:29 AM
He was a great character actor, but his best role was definitely Dr. Mumbai.

That was his name later in life, after the show.

Be glad his original name wasn't Dr. St. Petersberg.:)

Cartoonacy
12-15-2016, 10:35 AM
There's a short-circuit deep within my brain that often causes me to confuse Bernard Fox with Billy De Wolfe. No matter, I liked them both.

bibliophage
12-15-2016, 11:26 AM
Is anyone left from the cast of "Bewitched" now? (Aside from Tabitha and Adam)Jill Foster, one of the actresses who played Betty (a secretary at McMann and White) appeared in 10 episodes. I think she is still alive at the age of about 86. As far as I can tell, all the actors who appeared in more than 10 episodes are dead, excluding the children.

ftg
12-15-2016, 01:03 PM
Jill Foster, one of the actresses who played Betty (a secretary at McMann and White) appeared in 10 episodes. I think she is still alive at the age of about 86. As far as I can tell, all the actors who appeared in more than 10 episodes are dead, excluding the children.

If she has passed on, then the next in line is Bernie Kopell (http://imdb.com/name/nm0465728/) at 9 episodes who is not just alive but still working!

Erin Murphy, who put in the most time in the role of Tabitha, is also still acting.

The twin boys who played Adam have a weird bio (http://imdb.com/name/nm0492706/bio).

Looking at Fox's IMDb page (http://imdb.com/name/nm0288882/) raises a number of interesting points. E.g., is there anyone else who could have remotely had a chance to act in Pee-wee's Playhouse and Titanic? (An IMDb collaboration search turns up 5 others, all camera/visual effects, that worked on both.)

terentii
12-15-2016, 01:11 PM
I also loved him in the movie Titanic, clinging onto the bow of the ship with Rose and Jack.

Stern, not bow. The ship went down by the head.

But yeah, Col. Crittendon rocked! :cool:

Two Many Cats
12-15-2016, 03:25 PM
Stern, not bow. The ship went down by the head.

But yeah, Col. Crittendon rocked! :cool:

Stern, bow, hardly matters old boy. What is important is that Britain still rules the seas, eh wot?

dropzone
12-15-2016, 06:02 PM
Stern, not bow. The ship went down by the head.That big a ship and they concentrated the bathrooms at one end?

GuanoLad
12-15-2016, 06:29 PM
I believe he reprised his Dr Bombay role in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which unofficially fit into the Bewitched universe quite well.

alphaboi867
12-15-2016, 09:17 PM
I believe he reprised his Dr Bombay role in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which unofficially fit into the Bewitched universe quite well.

Didn't he play Dr Bombay on Passions too? Honestly I had no idea he was even still alive until now.

notfrommensa
12-15-2016, 10:19 PM
Calling Dr Mumbai, Calling Dr Mumbai
Emergency, Come and Say Hi?

Its Just not the same

RIP Malcolm Merriweather, Maybe Aunt Bee has got some her cooking sherry for you.

ftg
12-17-2016, 10:04 AM
I believe he reprised his Dr Bombay role in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which unofficially fit into the Bewitched universe quite well.

Nope. Just Passions and the Bewitched spin-off Tabitha. No Dr. Bombay, played by anyone, is listed for StTW.

Baker
12-17-2016, 10:23 AM
I found this line interesting.

He had a long film résumé as well, appearing in both the 1958 Titanic film A Night to Remember and 1997’s Titanic.

Mahaloth
12-17-2016, 02:55 PM
I remember his MASH episode, which was hilariously badly written. He portrayed the most stereotypical British person possible, but he did so in the best possible way an actor could do.

I know I've seen him in many other things as well. Always talented.

terentii
12-17-2016, 03:17 PM
I found this line interesting.

He had a long film résumé as well, appearing in both the 1958 Titanic film A Night to Remember and 1997’s Titanic.

Cameron should have gone the extra mile and given David McCallum a part too. He played Signals Operator Harold Bride in the 1958 film.

GuanoLad
12-17-2016, 04:30 PM
Nope. Just Passions and the Bewitched spin-off Tabitha. No Dr. Bombay, played by anyone, is listed for StTW.Well that's a surprise, because I have a memory of the episode. Maybe it was a dream I had.

Baker
12-17-2016, 04:56 PM
A Night To Remember was actually as good a Titanic story as Titanic. It didn't have the fancy special effects, but it did have a fine story.

Jim's Son
12-17-2016, 05:52 PM
He had a nice bit in the first "Mummy" movie as a charter air pilot. Captain Winston Havlock got them through the storm but died in the process.

terentii
12-17-2016, 07:20 PM
A Night To Remember was actually as good a Titanic story as Titanic. It didn't have the fancy special effects, but it did have a fine story.

It was a lot more of a documentary than Titanic was. Have you read Lord's book? It was updated sometime later (probably post-1985; I don't know exactly) in light of new evidence

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
12-18-2016, 01:15 PM
The two main memories of Dr. Bombay involved song lyrics. In one, he was interpreting a dream and said, "Every little breeze seems to whisper Louise." In another, he said, "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay," to which Dick Sargent snarkily responds with, "My, oh, my, what a wonderful day!"

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