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Edward Charles Morrice Fox, OBE (born 13 April 1937) is an English stage, film and television actor.
He is generally associated with portraying the role of the upper-class Englishman, such as 'Jackal' in the film The Day of the Jackal (1973) and King Edward VIII in the serial Edward and Mrs. Simpson (1978).
Early life and education
Fox was born in Chelsea, London, United Kingdom, the son of Robin Fox, a theatrical agent, and Angela Muriel Darita Worthington, an actress and writer. He is the elder brother of actor James Fox, film producer Robert Fox, and an uncle of actor Laurence Fox. His maternal grandfather was the dramatist Frederick Lonsdale and his great grandfather was industrialist and inventor Samson Fox.
He was educated at Harrow School in northwest London and served as a lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards, a regiment of the British Army.
Fox made his theatrical début in 1958, and his first film appearance was as an extra in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), he also had a non speaking part as a waiter in This Sporting Life (1963). Throughout the 1960s he worked mostly on stage, including a turn as Hamlet. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he established himself with roles in major British films including Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Battle of Britain (1969) and The Go-Between (1970). In The Go-Between, he played the part of Lord Hugh Trimingham, for which he won him BAFTA for best supporting actor. His acting ability also brought him to the attention of director Fred Zinneman who was looking for an actor who wasn't well-known and could be believable as the assassin in the film, The Day of the Jackal. Fox won the role, beating out other contenders such as Roger Moore and Michael Caine.
From then onwards, he was much sought after, appearing in such films as A Bridge Too Far (1977) as Lieutenant General Horrocks — a role he has cited as a personal favorite. and for which he won yet another Best Supporting Actor award at the British Academy Film Awards. He also starred in Force 10 From Navarone (1978), with Robert Shaw and Harrison Ford.
He portrayed King Edward VIII in the television drama, Edward and Mrs. Simpson (1978). In the film Gandhi (1982), Fox portrayed Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, responsible for the Amritsar Massacre in India. He then appeared as M in the unofficial James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983), a remake of Thunderball (1965). He also appeared in The Bounty (1984), with Laurence Olivier, and in The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), and Stage Beauty (2004).
Later stage work
He has consolidated his reputation with regular appearances on stage in London's West End. He was seen in Four Quartets, a set of four poems by T. S. Eliot, accompanied by the keyboard music by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Christine Croshaw.
In 2010 Fox was performing a one-man show, An Evening with Anthony Trollope, directed by Richard Digby Day.
For his role as Lord Hugh Trimingham in "The Go-Between" (1970), he won Best Supporting Actor award at the following year's British Academy Film Awards.
For his role as Lieutenant General Horrocks in A Bridge too Far (1977), he won the Best Supporting Actor award at the British Academy Film Awards.
In 2003, he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire, a chivalric order, for his services to theatre and British cinema.
Fox has been married twice, to actresses Tracy Reed (1958–1961) and Joanna David (from July 2004, after a long-standing relationship). He has a daughter, Lucy, Viscountess Gormanston, by Reed, and two children, actress Emilia Fox and Freddie Fox, with David.
Fox joined the Countryside March to support hunting rights in the U.K., and is a member of the Savile Club, a London gentlemen's club.
Other projects and contributions
When Love Speaks (2002, EMI Classics) - William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 140" ("Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press"), a compilation album that features interpretations of Shakespeare's sonnets and excerpts from his plays by famous actors and musicians.