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The Fox Acting Dynasty

You have your Redgraves and Douglases and Sheen/Estevez and Streep/Gummers. But does anyone follow Britain's Fox Acting Dynasty? Who is your favorite?

I like Laurence's voice, but he seems a bit nutty in real life.

And of course Freddie was fucked by Con O'Neill in Cucumber.

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by Anonymousreply 5804/08/2021

Poll fail.

You forgot Jack Fox, who is much cuter and more reasonable than Laurence.

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by Anonymousreply 103/02/2021

I liked Laurence and his Aryan BDF until he went kooky. I can never keep James and Edward straight, but one of them is my favorite. Probably James, if he's the one who did the Pinter movies.

by Anonymousreply 203/02/2021

And "Day of the Jackal."

by Anonymousreply 303/02/2021

[quote]You forgot Jack Fox, who is much cuter and more reasonable than Laurence.

I swear I had Jack in the poll. I don't know what happened to him.

by Anonymousreply 403/02/2021

James was Veruca Salt's father in Willy Wonka.

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by Anonymousreply 503/02/2021

Ahem.

by Anonymousreply 603/02/2021

Edward starred in "The Day of the Jackal" and "The Go-Between" (script by Pinter). James starred in "The Servant" (script by Pinter). I always thought Edward was the more handsome, and James the better actor. James is a full head taller than Edward.

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by Anonymousreply 703/02/2021

Thanks, R7. See how I can't keep them straight?

"The Servant" was the Pinter film I was thinking of. What a film and what performances! And I loved "The Day of the Jackal." (Great book, too.) So I gave credit to each of them for something they didn't do. :)

James always had a strangely craggy face, from his late 20s on, it seemed.

by Anonymousreply 803/02/2021

Jack has quite the body.

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by Anonymousreply 903/02/2021

Isn't Emilia married to one of Richard Harris' sons?

by Anonymousreply 1003/02/2021

[quote]Isn't Emilia married to one of Richard Harris' sons?

I think she was married to Jared but they've split up.

by Anonymousreply 1103/02/2021

I like them all. All good actors.

by Anonymousreply 1203/02/2021

Have any of them done major US work or are they mainly British actors?

by Anonymousreply 1303/03/2021

Love James doing the "Tapioca" in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" with Julie Andrews!

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by Anonymousreply 1403/03/2021

I saw Emilia Fox recently in two things. I binged the TV show Delicious (starring her, Dawn French, Tanya Reynolds, Ian Glen and Sheila Hancock) which was rather lovely and then she has a minor role in a farce comedy drama called Blithe Spirit (starring Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Leslie Mann, and Judy Dench).

I didn't realize she is part of that big Fox dynasty.

Jack Fox was in Sanditon which was cancelled after one season. A shame since it also featured sexy Theo James.

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by Anonymousreply 1503/03/2021

OP:

Dynasty? Dynasties?

Douglas? Estevez? GUMMER?

Please.

by Anonymousreply 1603/03/2021

The one from "The Chase" and "Day of the Jackal"; he won me over when he said that he came from a generation of British actors who all wanted to be the next Olivier or Gielgud, but he rejected that, instead wanting to be the next Brando or Clift.

He never seemed to take himself too seriously.

by Anonymousreply 1703/03/2021

James Fox being tormented by Dirk Bogarde in The Servant (1963). Lots of gay undertones in this film.

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by Anonymousreply 1803/03/2021

My favorite isn't on your list, OP: it's Joanna David, the mother of Emilia Fox and wife of Edward. Fox

She did superb leading work in the late 1970s for the BBC, most memorably as the 2nd Mrs. de Winter in the miniseries version of "Rebecca" (center) with Jeremy Brett as Max and Anna Massey as Mrs. Danvers. She now mostly does supporting character work, and she's always superb.

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by Anonymousreply 1903/03/2021

[quote]In The Servant, Fox stars as the handsome, carefree and hard-drinking British aristocrat Tony, who has just bought a new home in London and hires a manservant named Hugo (Dirk Bogarde) to care and cook for him. The relationship between Tony and Hugo becomes more and more tangled and intertwined as the film progresses. There are class differences between the two men as well as an underlying sexual tension that threatens to surface throughout the entire film. Their blossoming friendship is tested when Tony’s ill-mannered girlfriend Susan (Wendy Craig) seems to become annoyed as well as jealous of Hugo, while Hugo seems equally annoyed and jealous of Susan. Susan finally asks Tony to get rid of Hugo but he refuses. Soon afterward Hugo hires his “sister” Vera (Sara Miles) to help care for and clean-up after Tony. At first Tony seems extremely disinterested in Vera but Hugo finds various ways to force them together. When Tony finally decides to consummate his relationship with her the audience is forced to wonder if Tony was only attracted to Vera because he thought she was Hugo’s sister? If Vera was just any girl, would he have paid her any attention? After Tony discovers an uncomfortable truth about Vera he fires them both but soon afterward Tony can’t resist hiring Hugo again.

[quote]Together Hugo and Tony resume playing house together and act more like an old married couple than master and servant. This facade hides the fact that Hugo wants Tony’s privilege and wealth while Tony desperately wants Hugo’s acceptance and companionship. Hugo begins using his powers of persuasion over Tony and soon Tony becomes a prisoner in his own home; trapped by Hugo’s domineering personality as well as his own reliance on alcohol. As their relationship becomes more and more codependent a simple game of hide & seek between the two men suddenly turns into something much more sinister and subversive. A complex struggle for power and class hierarchy, as well as sexual domination, seems to be taking place between them when Hugo taunts Tony with veiled threats of “You’ve got a guilty secret!” while Tony hides like a petrified child terrified of incomprehensible demons he is unwilling to face.

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by Anonymousreply 2003/03/2021

I like the one who was in A Passage To India with Dr Aziz and Esmiss Esmoor.

Another subversive performance and film.

by Anonymousreply 2103/03/2021

My favorite Fox is "The Jackal."

by Anonymousreply 2203/03/2021

Le CHACAL!

by Anonymousreply 2303/03/2021

[quote]The one from "The Chase" and "Day of the Jackal"; he won me over when he said that he came from a generation of British actors who all wanted to be the next Olivier or Gielgud, but he rejected that, instead wanting to be the next Brando or Clift.

My bad..."The Chase" and "The Day of the Jackal" were two different actors! I was referring to the "Jackal" one.

by Anonymousreply 2403/03/2021

James was amazing in Cammell/Roeg's PERFORMANCE (70).

by Anonymousreply 2503/03/2021

[quote] Esmiss Esmoor

Esmiss Esmoor! Esmiss Esmoor!

by Anonymousreply 2603/03/2021

My favorite is Corin.

by Anonymousreply 2703/03/2021

Who the fuck is voting for Laurence, other than Laurence?

by Anonymousreply 2803/03/2021

I think you could’ve included Billie Piper through marriage.

by Anonymousreply 2903/03/2021

[quote]I think you could’ve included Billie Piper through marriage.

She and Laurence have split up.

by Anonymousreply 3003/03/2021

OP, you made a mistake.

[quote] You have your Redgraves and Douglases and Sheen/Estevez and Streep/Gummers...

The Redgraves are genuine professional actors.

All the others are just people who appear in movies and TV.

by Anonymousreply 3103/03/2021

Streep Gummers sounds like a senior citizen fan club.

by Anonymousreply 3203/03/2021

Fox is a kind of sexy name but Streep Gummers sounds like a dental disaster.

by Anonymousreply 3303/03/2021

Like them all, just watched Laurence in the "Victoria" mini series. He was excellent.

by Anonymousreply 3403/03/2021

Freddie Fox is hot and dreamy

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by Anonymousreply 3503/03/2021

It's a shame Laurence is such a hateful twit. I enjoyed him in Netflix's WHITE LINES.

by Anonymousreply 3603/03/2021

[quote] Laurence is such a hateful …

Who does Laurence hate, R36?

Or what does Laurence hate, R36?

by Anonymousreply 3703/03/2021

Natasha Richardson Fox Neeson, of course.

by Anonymousreply 3803/03/2021

James' illegitimate daughter Vivica A. is missing from the poll.

by Anonymousreply 3903/03/2021

I can’t tell James and Edward apart either. Especially since their looks changed between younger and older, so it’s like telling four guys apart.

Laurence, a pity because he was okay in that Morse sequel but even then he had his insufferable moments. He played a German soldier in a movie about Nazi-occupied Jersey (filmed on the Isle of Man), that was probably his true calling.

by Anonymousreply 4003/03/2021

[quote]Freddie Fox is hot and dreamy

The body is hot, but when you look at his face, it's kind of fucked up. His look is more porn actor than Hollywood heartthrob.

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by Anonymousreply 4103/03/2021

[quote]Who does Laurence hate, [R36]?

He's borderline white supremicist. Wants to start his own political party.

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by Anonymousreply 4203/03/2021

[quote] He's borderline white supremicist.

Has he said that? Why don't you pay attention to his direct words instead of second-hand hate-mongering from the guardian newspaper which has issues of its own.

by Anonymousreply 4303/03/2021

The originator of this so called "dynasty‘‘ was an eight-year-old boy named Samson Fox who started work in a Yorkshire textile mill in the 1840s.

He later set up a engineering company building boilers for railways and engines. He progressed exporting his engines overseas.

By the 1890s he was sufficiently successful and grateful that he felt duty bound to gave back to society. He did so by donating £45,000 (a vast sum then) to build the Royal College of Music.

by Anonymousreply 4403/03/2021

R43 = Laurence, Google alerts on

by Anonymousreply 4503/03/2021

James Fox in The Servant

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by Anonymousreply 4603/05/2021

Freddie Fox is very hot. Loved his gay sex scenes in Cucumber.

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by Anonymousreply 4803/05/2021

[quote]I think you could’ve included Billie Piper through marriage.

In that case Richard Ayoade also counts, seeing as he's married to the non acting Lydia Fox, daughter of James and sister of Laurence.

It's quite funny that James Fox's wife was also a Piper.

[quote]My favorite isn't on your list, OP: it's Joanna David, the mother of Emilia Fox and wife of Edward. Fox

Joanna and Emilia have been on Celebrity Gogglebox and they're both very good. Joanna's response to the penis reveals on Naked Attraction is great. There's a huge gap between Emilia and Freddie being born.

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by Anonymousreply 4903/05/2021

Freddie is a very good actor - I've seen him on stage several times - he was in two Old Vic productions in the Kevin Spacey era. He appeared alongside his father in An Ideal Husband but came across as too young opposite the other actors.

He hasn't just played gay in Cucumber. He was one of the minor gays in Pride, he played Marilyn in Mad About The Boy and had a small but essential role in The Shadow Line.

by Anonymousreply 5003/05/2021

James Fox stopped acting for a while to join a religious sect after becoming disturbed filming 'Performance.'

by Anonymousreply 5103/05/2021

The Fantastic Mr. Fox, obviously.

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by Anonymousreply 5203/05/2021

[quote]James' illegitimate daughter Vivica A. is missing from the poll.

As was his illegitimate granddaughter Megan.

by Anonymousreply 5303/05/2021

I read an interview with Edward Fox years ago where he was very upfront about the fact that he and his wife had an open marriage and he had continued to see other people but never wanted to leave Joanna. I wonder if that had any influence on Emilia and Freddie. After Emilia and Jared Harris split, Jared heavily implied that she had been unfaithful to him with the man who later became the father of her daughter (she subsequently split with him as well). I think her family were sad about the marriage ending though. Joanna said in an interview many years afterwards that she (Joanna) had adored Jared.

by Anonymousreply 5403/05/2021

[quote] Edward Fox years ago where he was very upfront about the fact that he and his wife had an open marriage

Edward Fox is a dark horse.

His current wife is his second wife. His first wife had 4 husbands (and was more importantly step-daughter to the great Sir Carol Reed and step-cousin to Oliver Reed)

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by Anonymousreply 5503/07/2021

I found Edward Fox very suave, dashing and sexy in Day Of The Jackal. It's been a while since I saw it. Did they keep the plot point from the novel about the Jackal seducing a gay man to evade the cops?

by Anonymousreply 5603/07/2021

Freddie Fox is stunning.

by Anonymousreply 5703/07/2021

This interview with James demonstrates James' blandness.

He tells how he got early fame due to his looks, how he felt guilty, turned to religion, walked out in South America, said 'No' to Meryl Streep, played a homosexual once and continued to play generally bland Englishmen.

He displays his timidity. He doesn't mention his film with Greer Garson, nor Julie Andrews, nor fondling Jane Fonda's feet nor the supposed 'unspoken sexual tension' with George Segal.

Nor are we told about any link with the Christian interviewer.

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