Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Britain says "Happy Birthday" to an old actor called Edward Fox

The actor Edward Fox is 74 years old today.
What you possibly didn't know about Edward, that he :

* had a father who was a theatrical agent, a mother who was an actress and writer and an elder brother, James Fox the actor.

* was educated at Harrow School and served as a lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards Regiment of the British Army.

* made his first film appearance was as an extra in 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' in 1962 and also had a non speaking part as a waiter in 'This Sporting Life' in 1963.

* in the 1960s he worked mostly on stage, including a turn as 'Hamlet' and then established himself with roles in major British films including 'Oh! What a Lovely War' and 'Battle of Britain' in 1969 and 'The Go-Between' in 1970 and won a BAFTA for 'best supporting actor'.

* came to the attention of director Fred Zinneman who was looking for an actor who wasn't well-known and could be believable as the assassin in his 'The Day of the Jackal' and won the role, beating the other contenders, Roger Moore and Michael Caine.
The trailer :
Shooting melons :

* appeared in 'A Bridge Too Far' in 1977 as Lieutenant General Horrocks, a role he has cited as a personal favorite and for which he won the Best Supporting Actor award at the British Academy Film Awards.

* portrayed King Edward VIII in the television drama, 'Edward and Mrs. Simpson' in1978.

* In 'Gandhi' in 1982, portrayed Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, responsible for the Amritsar Massacre in India.

* has continued to work on the London stage and in 2010 performed in a one-man show, 'An Evening with Anthony Trollope' at the age of 73.

Film tribute :

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