Person Details

Birthday: 1939-05-19 20:15:13

Aliases: William Fox

Gender: Male

Place of birth: London, England, UK

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Movie Involvements: 49

TV Involvements: 17


Most Famous Work

Biography

Fox first appeared on film in The Miniver Story in 1950. His other early film appearances were made under his birth name, William Fox (the main character in The Magnet in 1950) In 1962, Fox was working in a bank when Tony Richardson offered him a minor role in the film The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Fox's father attempted to forbid this, claiming that his son had no talent for acting and that it would disrupt his life for him to give up his job in the bank, nevertheless, Fox took the part. During the 1960s, Fox gained popularity. In 1964, he won a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his role in The Servant (1963). On 16 June 1965 Ken Annakin's Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines was released. In this British period comedy film, Fox is featured among an international ensemble cast including Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley, Terry-Thomas, Red Skelton, Benny Hill, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Gert Fröbe and Alberto Sordi. The film, revolving around the craze of early aviation circa 1910, is about a pompous newspaper magnate (Morley) who is convinced by his daughter (Miles) and fiancée (Fox), a young army officer, and they organize an air race from London to Paris, where he decides to race. A large sum of money is offered to the winner, hence it attracts a variety of characters who participate. The film received positives reviews, described as funny, colourful and clever, and capturing the early enthusiasm for aviation. It was treated as a major production, one of only three full-length 70 mm Todd-AO Fox releases in 1965 with an intermission and musical interlude part of the original screenings. Because of the Todd-AO process, the film was an exclusive roadshow feature initially shown in deluxe Cinerama venues, where customers needed reserved seats purchased ahead of time. The film grossed $31,111,111 theatrically and on home video $29,950,000. Audience reaction both in the first release and even today is nearly universal in assessing the film as one of the "classic" aviation films. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Most Famous Work

Merlin
Average
8

Merlin

(2008) King Rodor
Agatha Christie's Poirot
Average
8

Agatha Christie's Poirot

(1989) Colonel Race
Sherlock Holmes
Average
7

Sherlock Holmes

(2009) Sir Thomas Rotheram
Patriot Games
Average
7

Patriot Games

(1992) Lord William Holmes
Utopia
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8

Utopia

(2013) The Assistant
London Spy
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7

London Spy

(2015) James
Sexy Beast
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7

Sexy Beast

(2001) Harry
Agatha Christie's Marple
Average
8

Agatha Christie's Marple

(2004) Colonel Arthur Bantry

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2018 Uncle John
Himself
2015 James
2014 Lord Palmerton
Ludlow
The Colonel
Sir Charles Eastlake
2013 Henry Brooke, Home Secretary
Joseph
The Assistant
2012 George
Scott Catesby
2011 King George V
2010 Himself
Alan
2009 Sir Thomas Rotheram
Narrator
N/A
Philip Evans
2008 The Pope
King Rodor
N/A
2007 Richard
N/A
2005 Mr. Salt
Lt. Colonel Fordham
2004 Colonel Arthur Bantry
Colonel Race
King Haraald
2003 Lord Halifax
Professor Chronotis (voice)
N/A
2002 Jonas Collin
Rt Hon Peter, 6th Baron Carrington KCMG MC (Foreign Secretary)
2001 Prof. Summerlee
Professor Summerlee
N/A
Old Vladimir (voice)
Harry
N/A
N/A
2000 N/A
Colonel Bob Assingham
Sir Edgar Swift
1999 Philip Cromwell
1998 Mountbatten
Longman
Landon-Higgins
1997 N/A
Arthur Trevane
Karenin
1996 Dr. Bates
1995 Single Gentleman
Hugh Cavendish
1994 Sir James Whittington
Lord Fischel
1993 Lord Darlington
Gosse
1992 Jaques
Lord William Holmes
Hugo Paynter
1991 Sir Anthony Blunt
Frank Hardy
Angus Meikle
1990 Ned
N/A
Self
1989 N/A
Col. Ferguson
Thomas Elgin
Colonel Race
1987 Patrick
William Norfolk, Governor of New South Wales
1986 Lord
Henley of Mayfair, Dressmaker to the Queen
1984 Richard Fielding
Lord Charles Esker
1983 Tom Lindsay
Victor d'André
1982 Himself
Waldorf Astor
1981 N/A
1978 Himself
1970 N/A
Chas
1968 Himself (uncredited)
Stefane Calvert
Gordon Craig
1967 Giorgio
Jimmy Smith
1966 Jason 'Jake' Rogers
1965 Peter Marlowe
Richard Mays
1963 Tony
Oliver
1962 Willy Gunthorpe - Ranley School Runner
1951 Porter
1950 Toby Miniver
Johnny Brent
Mr. Tomly
Year Character Movie/Tv

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