Born on 13rd of April 1937
Edward Fox was born on April 13 1937 in Chelsea into a rather grand theatrical family, his father an agent his mother an actress, able to send him to Harrow and subsequently gain a commission in the Coldstream Guards.
Fox has enjoyed a distinguished career in the theatre, not afraid to venture into modern drama as well as classical roles, but it is for his cinema work that he is most celebrated. Perhaps his greatest hour was as the mysterious assassin in The Day of the Jackal , a chilling character very different from the majority of his roles most of which have a title or a military rank before the name: Lord Trimingham in The Go-Between ; The Duellists where he plays Colonel Reynard; General Horrocks in A Bridge Too Far; Brigadier-General Dyer in Gandhi ; and Lord Hartlip in The Shooting Party, a film that deserves to be far better known. In television his most memorable role was as Edward VIII in Edward and Mrs Simpson, his sympathetic performance of that noxious king fitting the drama better than the history.
Blessed with a distinctive voice, Fox adds instant gravitas to a movie, but he has also, partly because of that gravitas, had success in comic roles. His voice has made Fox the target of affectionate impressions by the likes of John Sessions.
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