Bewitched's Bernard Fox Dead at 89

Bernard Fox Dead Bewitched Dr. Bombay

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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