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Bernard Fox
Bernard Fox
Roles Dr. Bombay
Osgood Rightmire
Biographical Information
Birth Name Bernard Lawson
Birthdate May 11, 1927
Birthplace Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom
Death Date December 14, 2016 (age 89)
Death Place Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States[1]

Bernard Fox portrayed warlock physician Dr. Bombay on Bewitched (1967-1972). His first role on the show was Osgood Rightmire (a mortal witch debunker) in the second season episode, "Disappearing Samantha" (1966). He later appeared twice as Dr. Bombay in the spinoff sequel, Tabitha (1977-1978).


Bernard Fox was a Welsh actor, born as Bernard Lawson. He is best remembered for his roles as Dr. Bombay in the comedy fantasy series Bewitched (1967-1972), Colonel Crittendon in the comedy series Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971), Malcolm Merriweather in The Andy Griffith Show (1963–1965), Colonel Redford in Barnaby Jones (1975), Max in Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo (1977), Archibald Gracie IV in the epic romance-disaster film Titanic (1997), and Captain Winston Havelock in the action-adventure fantasy horror film The Mummy (1999).

He reprised the role of Dr. Bombay twice on the 1977 sequel series Tabitha, and again in 1999 on the soap opera "Passions", and spoofed it as a genie doctor ("wish doctor") in a 1989 episode of "Pee-wee's Playhouse". Fox was the penultimate surviving adult recurring cast member of Bewitched, leaving Nancy Kovack as the only remaining adult cast member upon his death.[2]

Personal Life[]

Fox was renowned as an expert theatre historian. He was reputedly a keen gardener, a painter of landscapes and a devotee of performing magic.[3]

Fox married his wife Jacqueline in 1961. They had two daughters, Amanda and Valerie.

On the morning of 14 December 2016, Fox died of heart failure at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California. He was 89 years old.[4]


Bewitched Appearances[]

Episode Airdate
Disappearing Samantha (as Osgood Rightmire) April 7, 1966
There's Gold in Them Thar Pills May 4, 1967
No Zip in My Zap October 12, 1967
Out of Sync, Out of Mind November 2, 1967
Allergic to Macedonian Dodo Birds November 16, 1967
Weep No More My Willow December 19, 1968
Samantha the Bard January 30, 1969
Samantha's Curious Cravings October 9, 1969
Super Arthur February 5, 1970
Just a Kid Again February 26, 1970
Okay, Who's the Wise Witch? March 12, 1970
Make Love, Not Hate April 16, 1970
Samantha's Magic Potion December 17, 1970
Mixed Doubles March 4, 1971
Samantha's Psychic Pslip April 1, 1971
A Plague on Maurice and Samantha November 10, 1971
Samantha Is Earthbound January 15, 1972
Samantha's Witchcraft Blows a Fuse March 18, 1972

Tabitha Appearances[]


  1. Bernard Fox on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on November 5, 2019.
  2. Bernard Fox on Wikipedia. Retrieved on November 5, 2019. Edited on December 5, 2020.
  3. IMDB, Ibid.
  4. Wikipedia, Ibid.
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