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.
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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.
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