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Overview (3)

Born in London, England, UK
Birth NameWilliam Fox
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James Fox is the second of three sons, born to the theatrical agent Robin Fox and his actress wife Angela Worthington - aka Angela Fox. His brothers are the actor Edward Fox and the producer Robert Fox. He started acting as a child actor and used his real name, until he reached his early 20s. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He left for nine years from 1970 to 1979 to pursue Christian vocational work. His niece is the actress Emilia Fox and he has a half-brother to the actor Daniel Chatto. From his marriage to Mary Piper, he has four sons: Thomas Fox, born 1975; Robin Fox, born 1976; the actors Laurence Fox, born 1978; Jack Fox, born 1985, and one daughter, Lydia Fox, born 1979. He published a book, "Comeback: An Actor's Direction", in 1983.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Huw Nathan

Family (4)

Spouse Mary Elizabeth Piper (15 September 1973 - 19 April 2020)  (her death)  (5 children)
Children Robin Fox
Thomas Fox
Jack Fox
Lydia Fox
Laurence Fox
Parents Robin Fox
Angela Fox
Relatives Robert Fox (sibling)
Emilia Fox (niece or nephew)
Edward Fox (sibling)
Laurence Fox (sibling)

Trade Mark (1)

Rich smooth voice

Trivia (12)

The second of three sons of Angela Fox and the theatrical agent Robin Fox. Middle brother of Edward Fox and Robert Fox.
Former brother-in-law of Tracy Reed, Celestia Fox and Natasha Richardson. Brother-in-law of Fiona Golfar (Robert's third wife) and Joanna David (Edward's second wife).
Father of the actors Laurence Fox and Jack Fox, Thomas Fox, Robin Fox and actress Lydia Fox.
Uncle of actress Emilia Fox and Freddie Fox.
Had a relationship with the actress Sarah Miles in the early 1960s.
Fox left the acting profession for nine years (1970-1979) after he filmed Performance (1970) with Mick Jagger. A combination of his father's recent death, the strain of filming and smoking the hallucinogen DMT with Mick Jagger led to a nervous breakdown. Fox subsequently joined a religious organisation known as "The Navigators" which is similar to the Gideons and is closely associated with the ministry of Billy Graham.
His Patriot Games (1992) cast mate, Richard Harris, was also his niece's former father-in-law.
He replaced actor John Woods in the Old Vic's early 2006 production of the Arthur Miller play "Resurrection Blues", which was directed by Robert Altman in his London theatrical debut, one month before previews began. The play was widely panned by critics, partly due to the divergent acting styles of the eclectic cast assembled by Robert Altman, which included the Austrian actor Maximilian Schell as Fox's character's cousin.
He played King George V and his son Laurence Fox played King George VI in W.E. (2011). His elder brother Edward Fox played George V's son and successor King Edward VIII (the Duke of Windsor) in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978).
Joint winner with Julie Christie of the 1963 Variety Club of Great Britain Most Promising Newcomer Award.
He was cast as Lord William Holmes in Patriot Games (1992) after his elder brother Edward Fox left the film.
Considered for the role of Dr. Armstrong in Lifeforce (1985).

Personal Quotes (3)

[on his 9-year break from acting]: People think Performance (1970) blew my mind... my mind was blown long before that.
Performance (1970) gave me doubts about my way of life. Before that I had been completely involved in the more bawdy side of the film business. But after that everything changed.
After I made "Performance", for about a year and a half I started to try and reform my life. I thought it was a mess. I did start going back to church and I started to read the New Testament.

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