Bernard Fox
Bernard Fox


Bernard Fox


Dr. Bombay
Osgood Rightmire


May 11, 1927


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 Dr. Hubert Bombay, a witch doctor called upon to cure various witch ailments. His first role on the show was Osgood Rightmire (a mortal witch debunker) in the second season episode, "Disappearing Samantha".


Born Bernard Lawson, he was a Welsh actor. He is best remembered for his roles as Dr. Bombay in the comedy fantasy series Bewitched (1964–1972), 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 LifeEdit

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 AppearancesEdit

Tabitha AppearancesEdit


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