R.I.P.

foxBernard Fox, 1927-2016

“Calling Dr. Bombay, calling Dr. Bombay, emergency, come right away!”

With these words Samantha Stephens summoned her witch doctor on Bewitched and the one thing you absolutely, positively knew was that what followed would be funny.

Dr. Bombay was Bernard Fox, the wonderful British comedy actor who passed away last week at the age of 89. Whether it was his 19 appearances on Bewitched, his eight on Hogan’s Heroes, or his many one-and-done guest starring turns on programs like M*A*S*H, F Troop, I Dream of Jeannie, The Monkees, The Jeffersons, Punky Brewster, his final television appearance ever, on the late, unlamented Dharma & Greg, or any of scores of others, seeing his face would bring an instant smile to yours because you knew that whatever you were watching was about to get a whole lot better.

It’s not easy making people laugh, but Bernard Fox managed to do that consistently. The Curmudgeon, for one, will miss him.

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