Bernard Fox (1927 - 2016)

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Bernard Fox, the actor known for his role as Dr. Bombay on the sitcom “Bewitched,” died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 89.

Fox died of heart failure at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California, publicist Harlan Boll announced.

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Fox was born May 11, 1927, in Wales and was the son of two stage actors. His acting career started when he was 18 months old. His acting was interrupted when he served in the Royal Navy during World War II.

Fox appeared in an uncredited role in the 1958 movie “A Night To Remember,” which was about the Titanic tragedy of April 15, 1912. Thirty-nine years later, he played the role of Colonel Gracie in the James Cameron movie “Titanic.”

Fans probably best remember Fox for his appearances on two beloved 1960s sitcoms, “Bewitched” and “Hogan’s Heroes.”

Fox played the womanizing witch doctor Dr. Bombay in 19 episodes of “Bewitched.” He was the bumbling Colonel Crittendon on “Hogan’s Heroes.” Another memorable guest appearance was on “The Andy Griffith Show” as English valet Malcolm Meriweather.

In a 1998 interview, Fox said he based Dr. Bombay’s character on a man he served with in the Royal Navy during World War II.

"He was the officer in charge of the camp that we were in, and it was an all-male camp, and one evening, I was on duty and we got six Women's Royal Naval Service arrived to be put up," he recalled.

"So I went to this officer and said, 'What shall I do?' And he said, 'Oh, I don't know, give 'em a hot bran mash, some clean straw and bed 'em down for the night.' And I thought, 'What a great way to play (Dr. Bombay.)' And that's the way I played him, and (the 'Bewitched' writers) kept writing him back in.”

Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline; a daughter, Amanda, and grandchildren David-Mitchel and Samantha.

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