Michael Fox (American actor)


Michael Fox (American actor)
Michael Fox
Born February 27, 1921
Yonkers, New York
Died June 1, 1996(1996-06-01) (aged 75)

Michael Fox (February 27, 1921 – June 1, 1996) was an American character actor who was in numerous movies and television roles. Some of his most famous recurring roles were as various autopsy physicians in Perry Mason, as Coroner George McLeod in Burke's Law, as Amos Fedders in Falcon Crest and as Saul Feinberg in The Bold and the Beautiful. He is also notable for being the reason Michael J. Fox registered his name with a middle initial when he first joined the Screen Actors Guild (to differentiate his name from "Michael Fox").

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Career

Michael Fox began acting in stage plays in southern California circa 1945. Through his stage endeavors, Fox met Harry Sauber who introduced him to Sam Katzman.[1]

Two of his regular TV roles were as the coroner in the courtroom drama Perry Mason, and as Saul Feinberg on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful from 1989-1996.

Among his earlier television work was the next-to-last episode of Adventures of Superman, as the ringleader of a criminal gang that tried to conduct a Perils of Pauline-style series of murder attempts on the show's various protagonists. He also appeared in several episodes on the 1955-1957 television series Science Fiction Theatre.

Personal life and death

He was married to Hannah, an actress he met while acting in the stage play The Dybbuk, in a Los Angeles area theatre run by Lou Smuckler, father-in-law of Lee J. Cobb. Borrowing a car from Dorothy Gish, Fox drove Hannah to a judge and married her in between the matinee and evening performances of The Story of Mary Surratt.[1]

Fox died of pneumonia June 1, 1996, in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.[1][2]

Acting roles

Non-recurring multiple roles in television series

Beyond (1955) Radar Man
The Brain of John Emerson (1955) Dr. Franklin
The Frozen Sound (1955) Dr. Gordine
The Flicker (1956) Dr. James Kincaid
The Missing Waveband (1956) Dr. Maxwell
Jupitron (1956) Dr. Norstad
Signals from the Moon (1956) Dr. Edwards
  • The Ford Television Theatre
The Payoff (1956) Lieutenant Bernard Shuman
Catch at Straws (1956) Jed Hartan
Front Page Father (1956) Malcolm Slade
Miller's Millions (1957) Judge Patterson
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive
Reunion for a Revenge (1959) The Quaker
The Hostage (1959) Bartender Tom
30 Pieces of Silver (1959) Mr. Hammeker
The Observer (1960) Father Holze
Letter of the Law (1959) Abel
The Trade (1959) Trager
Miss Millie (1960) Jim Oxford
The Hangman (1960) Joe Hannah
Marineland Mystery (1959) Paul Schofield
Coat of Arms (1960)
The Popskull (1960)
Nightmare as a Child (1960) Doctor
Mr. Dingle, the Strong (1961) Martian
Sounds and Silences (1964) Psychiatrist
The Queen of Craven Point (1961) Lab Man
The Reason (1961) Andy
The Stryker Brothers (1962) Lieutenant Miller
Death for Sale (1961) Bradley
Somebody's Waiting (1961)
The Big Day (1962) Phil
The Hook (1962)
The Legend (1962) Attorney
The Old Man and the City (1963)
The Brazen Bell (1962) Prisoner Guard
No Drums, No Trumpets (1966) General Howard
The Price of Love (1969) Coroner
Carter Caper (1963) Waiter
Wishbone (1966) Buffalo Hunter
The Raid: Part 1 (1966) Mr. Simms - Hotel Clerk
Hard Luck Henry (1967) Jed Walsh
Forty Rifles (1965) De Koven
The Iron Box (1966) MacGowan
Point and Counterpoint (1969) Jonathan Williams
A Matter of Wife and Death (1965) Lieutenant Kovacs
Come to Me, My Litigation Baby (1966) Mr. Strate
Holy Rat Race (1966) Leo Gore
Smack in the Middle (1966) Inspector Basch
Hi Diddle Riddle (1966) Inspector Basch
Cave of the Wizards (1967) Alien on Computer Screen
The Ghost Planet (1966) Cybernetic Leader/Supreme Brain
A Very Cool Hot Car (1967) Technician
Beyond a Shadow (1969) Dr. Leonard Marcus
Death by the Numbers (1972) Dr. Albert Gold
The Well (1969) Captain Ritter
It's Dynamite (1970) Berger
Get Fit or Go Fight (1970) Major Kimmel
Jury Duty (1981) Dr. Feld
Cover-Up (1980) Fire Captain

Singular appearances in television series

  • The Mickey Rooney Show - Pilot (1954) Julie's Father
  • Hopalong Cassidy - Grubstake (1954) Brock Fain
  • The Lone Wolf - The Runaway Story (1954) Lt. Joe Neeley
  • Celebrity Playhouse - The Hoax (1955)
  • Warner Brothers Presents - Hand of Fate (1955) Sasha
  • The Man Behind the Badge - The Case of the Red Letter Day (1955) Stranger
  • My Little Margie - Corpus Delecti (1955) Roland Roberts
  • Cavalcade of America - Monument to a Young Man (1956) George Wooley
  • Tombstone Territory - Desert Survival (1957) Warren
  • Highway Patrol - Efficiency Secretary (1957) Dusty Dunn
  • The Thin Man - Come Back Darling Asta (1957) Police Lt. Heldon
  • Meet McGraw - The Fighter (1957) Sorrento
  • Undercurrent - Front Page Father (1957) Malcolm Slade
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Crackpot (1957) Carpenter
  • Dr. Christian - The Alien (1957) Rausch
  • The Walter Winchell File - Muggy Night on Times Square: File #39 (1958) Harris
  • The Adventures of Jim Bowie - The Puma (1958) Captain
  • Adventures of Superman - The Perils of Superman (1958) The Lead Masked Criminal
  • Harbor Command - Four to Die (1958)
  • Man with a Camera - The Bride (1959) Father Ehrlich
  • The David Niven Show - The Last Room (1959)
  • The Grand Jury - Accident by Appointment (1959)
  • Shotgun Slade - Charcoal Bullet (1960) Doctor Miller
  • Johnny Ringo - Soft Cargo (1960) Clint Logan
  • The DuPont Show with June Allyson - Slip of the Tongue (1960) Harvey
  • Dennis the Menace - Dennis and the Rare Coin (1960) Hathaway
  • 87th Precinct - Lady Killer (1961) Dr. Ben Danlela
  • Miami Undercover - The Big Frame (1961) Chandler
  • Dante - Dial D for Dante (1961) Joe Conway
  • Empire - Long Past, Long Remembered (1962) Chester Arkins
  • Target: The Corruptors! - License to Steal (1962)
  • Follow the Sun - A Choice of Weapons (1962) Ernie Glazer
  • Breaking Point - And James Was a Very Small Snail (1963)
  • Wagon Train - The Molly Kincaid Story (1963) Al the Bartender
  • I'm Dickens, He's Fenster - Is There a Doctor in the House? (1963) Dr. Levy
  • The Rogues - Hugger-Mugger, by the Sea (1964) Hogan
  • My Favorite Martian - Who Am I? (1964) Dr. Gilbert
  • The New Twilight Zone -Examination Day/A Message from Charity (1985) Tom Carter
  • Kraft Suspense Theatre - Kill No More (1965) Howard Link
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Deadly Invasion (1966) General Haines
  • Felony Squad - Prologue to Murder (1966) Dr. Kilmer
  • Mission: Impossible - Operation Heart (1967) Dr. Levya
  • Laredo - The Seventh Day (1967) Bartender
  • The Ghost & Mrs. Muir - The Ghost Hunter (1968) Prof. Maxwell
  • The Wild Wild West - The Night of the Death-Maker (1968) Gillespie
  • The Flying Nun - A Fish Story (1968) Ogden
  • The Bold Ones: The Senator - The Day the Lion Died (1970) Kellerman
  • The Governor & J.J. - Charley's Back in Town (1970) Abel Mellon
  • The Partners - New Faces (1971) Dr. Mitchell
  • The Mod Squad - And a Little Child Shall Bleed Them (1971) Doctor
  • The Doris Day Show - A Fine Romance (1971) Capt. Mallory
  • The Bold Ones: The New Doctors - An Inalienable Right to Die (1972) Carl Hedge
  • The Rookies - The Good Die Young (1972) Dr. Parkman
  • Temperatures Rising - Good Luck, Leftkowitz (1972) General
  • O'Hara, U.S. Treasury - Operation: Dorias (1972) Dr. Julian
  • Chase - The Garbage Man (1973) Franco
  • Emergency! - Inheritance Tax (1973) Marshall
  • Shaft - The Killing (1973) Judge Graves
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker - The Energy Eater (1974) Frank Wesley
  • Lucas Tanner - Cheers (1974) Dr. Wells
  • The Rockford Files - Just by Accident (1975) The Announcer
  • Gemini Man - Night Train to Dallas (1976) Conductor
  • Charlie's Angels - Angels in the Wings (1977) Austin Wells
  • Fantasy Island - Seance/Treasure (1979) Mr. McCloud
  • Concrete Cowboys - Episode #1.1 (1981) The Deacon
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - Time of the Hawk (1981) High Judge
  • Voyagers! - The Travels of Marco... and Friends (1982) Isaac Wolfstein
  • Hunter - Pen Pals (1984) Judge
  • Dallas - Fools Rush In (1984)
  • Simon & Simon - The Skull of Nostradamus (1985) Convention Official
  • St. Elsewhere - Tears of a Clown (1985)
  • Knight Rider - Custom Made Killer (1985) Phil
  • Comedy Factory - Man About Town (1986) Man in Museum
  • MacGyver - Every Time She Smiles (1986) Bulgarian Officer
  • Cagney & Lacey - Right to Remain Silent (1987) Nat Weinreich
  • TV 101 - The Last Temptation of Checker: Part 1 (1989) Jack Gregory
  • The Hogan Family - The Franklin Family (1990) Jerry Grundig
  • Bodies of Evidence - Eleven Grains of Sand (1993) Earl Stern
  • ER - Blizzard (1994) Mr. Bozinsky
  • NYPD Blue - Torah! Torah! Torah! (1995) Rabbi Rosenthal

Feature-length films

  • The Tijuana Story (1957) .Reuben Galindo
  • The Girl in the Kremlin (1957) Igor Smetka
  • Top Secret Affair (1957) Reporter Lotzie
  • Machine-Gun Kelly (1958) Detective Clinton
  • A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed (1958) Detective
  • War of the Satellites (1958) Jason ibn Akad
  • Let's Make Love (1960) Actor auditioning for Clement role
  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Motorcycle cop at beach
  • The Interns (1962) Dr. Greenberg
  • The New Interns (1964) Dr. Arthur Hellman, Psychiatrist
  • The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964) Kohner, Lie Detector Operator
  • A Tiger Walks (1964) Television Interviewer
  • Billie (1965) Ray Case, Reporter
  • Angel's Flight (1965) Jake the Bartender
  • Now You See It, Now You Don't (1968) Inspector Delon
  • The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) Announcer
  • Seven in Darkness (1969) The Pilot
  • Bloody Mama (1970) Dr. Roth
  • The Dunwich Horror (1970) Dr. Raskin
  • If Tomorrow Comes (1971) Judge
  • The Judge and Jake Wyler(1972) Doctor Simon
  • Two for the Money (1972) Hospital Administrator
  • The Missiles of October (1974) Soviet Marshal
  • Young Frankenstein (1974) Helga's Father
  • The Longest Yard (1974) Announcer
  • Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur (1976) Adm. Sherman
  • Dempsey (1983) Judge Dooling
  • The Malibu Bikini Shop (1986) Uncle Dave
  • Quicksilver (1986) Broker at Lunch
  • Over the Top (1987) Jim Olson
  • She Was Marked for Murder (1988)
  • Skinheads (1989) Saul

References

  1. ^ a b c Weaver, Tom (2004). It Came from Horrorwood: Interviews with Moviemakers in the Science Fiction and Horror Tradition. McFarland & Company. pp. 102–121. ISBN 978-0786420698. 
  2. ^ Michael Fox at Find a Grave

See also

Dr. Fox effect

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