Bernard Fox Dead Bewitched Dr. Bombay

Bewitched's Bernard Fox Dead at 89

Bernard Fox, who played “witch doctor” Dr. Bombay on Bewitched, has died of heart failure; he was 89 years old. The Hollywood Reporter first confirmed the news with Fox’s publicist.

In an acting career that spanned six decades, the Welsh actor with the distinctive mustache was best known for a pair of TV roles, both airing in the late 1960s. On Bewitched, he played warlock physician Dr. Bombay, who was summoned by Samantha to treat all kinds of supernatural illnesses. And on Hogan’s Heroes, he played Colonel Crittendon, a bumbling British officer whose plans for escaping the German POW camp never quite succeeded.

Fox went on to guest-star on shows like Love, American Style, Columbo, M*A*S*H and The Love Boat. But he often returned to the character of Dr. Bombay. He reprised the role in two episodes of the 1977-78 Bewitched spinoff Tabitha, and again two decades later on the NBC daytime soap Passions. He had a long film résumé as well, appearing in both the 1958 Titanic film A Night to Remember and 1997’s Titanic.

Fox is survived by his wife Jacqueline, whom he married in 1961, and their two children.

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15 Comments
  1. Fan says:

    Farewell Mr Fox. Thanks for the laughs.

  2. ToyCannon says:

    The last surviving adult actor from “Bewitched.” R.I.P., Dr. Bombay. Heaven needed you “right away.”

  3. Lori says:

    Rest In Peace. Always enjoyed Dr. Bombay.

  4. GuessWhat says:

    I remember him!!! RIP. =(

  5. keenen says:

    How sad. I just looked him up the other week. Saw an old interview he did on Howard Stern with Tabitha a few years ago. I also remember him from Hogan’s Hero’s. He talked about being in both Titantic movies . Long career.

  6. Daya says:

    Guess there still isn’t a spell for heart failure. Bummer. :(

    Goodbye, good doc!

  7. Steven says:

    I guess that Samantha and Darrin’s kids are the only cast members left.

  8. Phun says:

    RIP Dr. Bombay! :(

  9. Chloe says:

    Great actor! He was always enjoyable to watch. RIP, Mr. Fox.

  10. Emor says:

    Lets not forget his Awesome appearance in the Mummy! I absolutely adored Bernard Fox! Thank you for all the memories.

  11. BillyBobJohnson says:

    When you look at his acting credits, he was on just about every major TV show in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Long, long list of TV and movie credits. RIP, sir.

  12. Nero tTVfiddler says:

    RIP Mr. Fox . Many great childhood memories of Bewitched:

    Dr. Bombay: [Dr. Bombay has just blown a big pill into Uncle Arthur’s mouth] There we are. If he doesn’t choke he should be alright. It worked in three out of four cases.
    Samantha Stephens: What happened to the fourth?
    Dr. Bombay: If science is to advance, some sacrifices must be made.