will perhaps be best remembered on TV for his consummate performance
as Edward VIII in the television drama 'Edward and Mrs Simpson' in 1980
which won him an emmy.
a major box-office attraction, Fox has matured into a dynamic character
player, busy throughout the 1980s in such films as Never Say Never Again
(1983), and Wild Geese II (both films fairly average). In 1991, Fox
could be seen by TV fans as King Richard in Robin Hood, the ‘rival’
production to Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He and
Denholm Elliott transcend the average material in ‘Return from
the river Kwai' (1988), not David Lean by any means, but watchable for
Shooting Party (1984) demands special mention a classic british film
in all senses of the word and describes the events as the sun sets on
the aristocracy and on the British Empire, set in the microcosm of an
English country estate. Fox has a field day playing the weak, tradition
bound guest who can't abide being bested and Cheryl Campbell is terrific
as his wayward wife. Note should be made of his role in Attenboroughs
Ghandi (1982) where he plays the rather notorious Gen. Reginald Dyer.
The famous scene after the massacre is simply superb as we see Fox playing
a man, subsumed by his own sense of ritheousness.
has persevered in both Cinema and TV for nearly forty years. During
that period he has won three BAFTA’s. Even in small parts he was
highly noticeable such as his his beautiful performance as Nils Krogstad
in 'A Doll's House' (1973) or the dreadful bitterness he brought to
screen as the second-rate actor in The Dresser (1983).
was married to Tracy Reed but his partner of over 30 years is Joanna
David and their daughter is Emilia Fox, both seen in TV's Pride and
Prejudice (1995). He was awarded an OBE for his services to British
Cinema in 2003. He continues to be passionate about the things that
matter to him and was in 2002 on the Countryside March in London to
'Being a gentleman is the number one priority, the chief question integral
to our national life'
films to see:
day of the jackal (1973)
Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978) TV
A Bridge too far (1977)