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James Fox

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

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May 19, 1939 In London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Magnet 1950-10-01
Latest Project:
Movie Goodbye Mr Snuggles 2022
Known For
Poster of Sherlock Holmes
Poster of The Lost World
Poster of Patriot Games
Poster of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Movie Goodbye Mr Snuggles Mr. Tomly 2022
Movie Alien Abduction: A True Story Himself 2018-06-01
Movie Surviving Christmas with the Relatives Uncle John 2018-11-30
Movie 20 Moments That Rocked Talent Shows Himself - Fame Academy (uncredited) 2015-07-17
Series London Spy James 2015-11-09
Movie Effie Gray Sir Charles Eastlake 2014-03-08
Movie The Double The Colonel 2014-04-03
Movie Unknown Heart Ludlow 2014-04-21
Series 1864 Lord Palmerton 2014-10-12
Series Utopia The Assistant 2013-01-15
Movie A Long Way From Home Joseph 2013-12-06
Series The Great Train Robbery Henry Brooke, Home Secretary 2013-12-18
Movie Cleanskin Scott Catesby 2012-03-08
Movie Wide Blue Yonder George 2012-05-25
Movie W.E. King George V 2011-09-01
Movie The Kid Alan 2010-04-22
Movie An Audience with Ken Dodd Himself 2010-05-09
Movie Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980 Philip Evans 2009-02-28
Movie Margaret 2009-03-26
Movie Bunny and the Bull Narrator 2009-11-27
Movie Sherlock Holmes Sir Thomas Rotheram 2009-12-23
Movie Colditz - Flucht in die Freiheit 2008-01-01
Movie Mister Lonely The Pope 2008-12-17
Series Merlin King Rodor 2008-09-20
Series Lewis Unknown 2007-02-18
Movie Celebration Richard 2007-02-26
Movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mr. Salt 2005-07-13
Series Colditz Lt. Colonel Fordham 2005-03-27
Movie The Prince & Me King Haraald 2004-03-28
Series Agatha Christie's Marple Colonel Arthur Bantry 2004-12-12
Movie Poirot: Death on the Nile Colonel Race 2004-04-12
Series New Tricks Unknown 2003-03-27
Movie Doctor Who: Shada Professor Chronotis (voice) 2003-05-02
Series Cambridge Spies Lord Halifax 2003-05-09
Series Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale Jonas Collin 2002-09-08
Movie The Falklands Play Rt Hon Peter, 6th Baron Carrington KCMG MC (Foreign Secretary) 2002-04-10
Series Fame Academy 2002-10-04
Movie The Remains of the Day: The Filmmaker's Journey 2001-01-01
Movie Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honor: England's Fatal Flaw 2001-01-01
Movie Sexy Beast Harry 2001-01-12
Movie The Lost World Prof. Summerlee 2001-12-25
Movie All Forgotten Old Vladimir (voice) 2001-09-18
Series The Lost World Professor Summerlee 2001-12-25
Movie The Mystic Masseur 2001-10-05
Movie Up at the Villa Sir Edgar Swift 2000-04-14
Series Waking the Dead Unknown 2000-09-04
Movie The Golden Bowl Colonel Bob Assingham 2000-05-14
Movie Mickey Blue Eyes Philip Cromwell 1999-08-16
Series Kings in Grass Castles Longman 1998-03-28
Movie Shadow Run Landon-Higgins 1998-01-01
Movie Jinnah Mountbatten 1998-11-07
Movie Anna Karenina Karenin 1997-04-04
Series Trial & Retribution Unknown 1997-10-19
Movie Never Ever Arthur Trevane 1997-09-17
Series Gulliver's Travels Dr. Bates 1996-02-04
Movie The Old Curiosity Shop Single Gentleman 1995-03-19
Series The Choir Hugh Cavendish 1995-03-15
Series The Dwelling Place Lord Fischel 1994-05-08
Movie Doomsday Gun Sir James Whittington 1994-07-23
Movie Fall from Grace Cpl. Henry Ridley 1994-06-02
Movie Heart of Darkness Gosse 1993-10-01
Movie The Remains of the Day Lord Darlington 1993-11-05
Movie Hostage Hugo Paynter 1992-05-10
Movie Patriot Games Lord William Holmes 1992-06-04
Movie As You Like It Jaques 1992-10-09
Movie Afraid of the Dark Frank Hardy 1991-10-10
Series A Perfect Hero Angus Meikle 1991-05-17
Movie A Question of Attribution Sir Anthony Blunt 1991-10-20
Series Chillers Unknown 1990-04-14
Movie The Russia House Ned 1990-12-21
Series Agatha Christie's Poirot Colonel Race 1989-01-08
Movie The Mighty Quinn Thomas Elgin 1989-02-17
Movie She's Been Away 1989-07-09
Movie Farewell to the King Col. Ferguson 1989-03-03
Movie Comrades William Norfolk, Governor of New South Wales 1987-08-23
Movie High Season Patrick 1987-09-01
Movie Absolute Beginners Henley of Mayfair, Dressmaker to the Queen 1986-04-04
Movie The Whistle Blower Lord 1986-11-21
Movie Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Lord Charles Esker 1984-03-30
Movie A Passage to India Richard Fielding 1984-12-14
Movie Anna Pavlova Victor d'André 1983-07-11
Movie Runners Tom Lindsay 1983-08-18
Series Nancy Astor Waldorf Astor 1982-02-10
Series Wogan Himself 1982-05-04
Movie Country 1981-10-20
Series An Audience with... Himself 1978-01-08
Movie Performance Chas 1970-08-03
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Movie Isadora Gordon Craig 1968-09-14
Movie Sympathy for the Devil Himself (uncredited) 1968-11-30
Movie Duffy Stefane Calvert 1968-09-16
Movie Thoroughly Modern Millie Jimmy Smith 1967-03-22
Movie Arabella Giorgio 1967-11-29
Movie The Chase Jason 'Jake' Rogers 1966-02-18
Movie Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes Richard Mays 1965-06-16
Movie King Rat Peter Marlowe 1965-10-27
Movie Tamahine Oliver 1963-07-30
Movie The Servant Tony 1963-11-14
Movie The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Willy Gunthorpe - Ranley School Runner 1962-09-20
Movie One Wild Oat Porter 1951-05-16
Movie The Magnet Johnny Brent 1950-10-01
Movie The Miniver Story Toby Miniver 1950-10-26