on April 13 1937, Edward was the eldest son of agent Robin Fox and
brother James Fox, who was also set to become an actor. After being
educated in Harrow, he served as a Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards
although this didn't last long. He then attended RADA and started
some acting in repertory theatre, making the transition to the screen
appearing uncredited as a barman in Lindsay Anderson's 'This Sporting
spent the first few years of his career in the shadow of his longer-established
younger sibling. He was heavily involved in a range of fairly forgettable
TV roles (as were many british actors) bu all this changed when he was
cast as Viscount Trimingham in the 1970 film 'The Go-Between'. It delineates
the rigid class divisions prevalent in England at that time. A story
of forbidden love between a tenant farmer, Ted Burgess (Bates), and
Marian Maudsley (Christie), the daughter of the neighbouring landowners.
Fox is brilliant playing the third man in the romance, the war veteran.
For this he won this first of three BAFTA's.
breeds success and although still not particulary well known, Fred Zimmerman
recognised his talent and offered him the part of the the charismatic
but cold-blooded international assassin, The Jackal, in ‘Day of
the Jackal’ (1973).
was one of the best films of all time, many reviewers commented that
Fox was so believable and determined to go through with his assignment
to kill De Gaulle that at times the audience believed he was actually
going to get away with it. The portrayal was superb and he had every
aspect and detail of the assassin 'down to tee' (an english colloqailism).
Fox somehow managed to keep the tension at boiling point especially
during the latter half of the movue. Film morality develops to the forefront
of the movie as he manages to transfer the character into an anti-hero
and you begin to get so fascinated by the killer that you end up hoping
they never catch him.
should be brought also to his role in ‘A Bridge too Far’
(1977) as Lt Gen Horrocks of 30 Corp. He certainly had the experience
for the part (and yes it showed) he had served as an officer in the
Coldstream Guards (one of the most prestigious regiments in the British
Army) . Playing a classic English guards officer, his speech to all
his officers (which really occurred) was highly stirring, moving and
comic – not easy to combine well into one.