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James Fox

In a career that spans more than 50 years, British actor James Fox has established himself as a highly distinguished actor with over 50 film and television roles to his cred­it. Most recently, he starred in Ismail Merchant's The Mystic Masseur, Kelly Makin's Mickey Blue Eyes, James Ivory's The Golden Bowl and as the corrupt aristocrat in Jonathan Glazer's Sexy Beast.

Fox made his bow as a child star in the 1950 film The Miniver Story, the Hollywood sequel to the 1942 film Mrs. Miniver. He followed up a year later with The Magnet.

By the early 1960s, the former child actor was assuming adult roles in such films as Joseph Losey's The Servant, the brooding Harold Pinter drama starring Dirk Bogarde; and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, starring Tom Courtenay.

Throughout the 1960s, Fox starred in several film classics including King Rat, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Chase. He also headlined an international all-star cast in the comedy extravaganza Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines and ended the decade by turning in a starring role in Nicolas Roeg's cult classic Performance.

Following a nine year hiatus, Fox returned to mainstream media in David Lean's A Passage to India, following up in Julien Temple's Absolute Beginners, the spy thriller The Whistle Blower, Phillip Noyce's Patriot Games, James Ivory's Remains of the Day, Nicolas Roeg's Heart Of Darkness, Charles Sturridge's Gulliver's Travels and Charles Finch's Never Ever.

No stranger to the small screen, Fox has also appeared in more than two dozen series and movies, including John Schlesinger's BAFTA Award-winning drama A Question of Attribution, for the BBC.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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James Fox Facts

Birth Name William Fox
BirthdayMay 19, 1939 (82)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

The Dressmaker
Patriot Games
I, Robot
The Land Before Time: The Complete Collection
Back to the Future
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A Bridge Too Far
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
There's Something About Mary
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