LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernard Fox, the mustachioed actor best known to TV viewers as Dr. Bombay on 60’s era sitcom “Bewitched,” has died. He was 89.
Harlan Boll, a spokesman for Fox’s family, said he died Wednesday of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital.
Fox was also known for playing Col. Crittendon on “Hogan’s Heroes,”
The Welsh-born actor’s extensive, wide-ranging film and TV credits included “The Mummy,” ”Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo,” ”The Dyke Van Dyke Show,” ”McHale’s Navy” and “Columbo.”
He appeared in both 1997’s “Titanic,” playing Col. Archibald Gracie, and in a 1958 movie about the ship tragedy, “A Night to Remember.” He had an un-credited role in the latter, playing Frederick Fleet, a sailor who delivers the line, “Icebergs, dead ahead, sir!” according to his family.
The actor spoofed his portrayal of the bombastic warlock physician Dr. Bombay on a 1989 episode of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” appearing as Dr. Jinga-Janga.
He also played Dr. Bombay on the “Bewitched” spinoff “Tabitha” as well as the NBC soap “Passions.”
On “Hogan’s Heroes,” he played the incompetent Crittendon, a Royal Air Force group captain referred to as the colonel.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; daughter Amanda; daughter-in-law Lisa, and two grandchildren. Another daughter, Valerie, died in 2006, Boll said.
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