Canadian Theatre Actor David Fox Dead at 80

David Fox as John Blythe in Anne of Avonlea.

By Natalia Pinzon.

Stage and screen actor David Fox died at the age of 80 in a Toronto hospice.

The Canadian Press reported on Friday that Fox had died after a long battle with cancer, but his son, Gavin Fox, affirms that in fact, his father had beaten cancer more than five years ago, and that the cause of his death was natural causes. Fox died peacefully late last week in palliative care.

Remembered for his performances in Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille and his roles in productions such as “The Farm Show” and “1837: The Farmer’s Revolt,” Fox was impeccable in his work and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2018 for his contributions to Canadian theatre.

The former high-school teacher earned many honours during his career, including a 1999 Dora Mavor Award for his performance in “The Drawer Boy,” and a Sterling Award for his role in 1989’s “The Invention of Poetry” at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre.

Fox’s appearances were not just on stage, but also on the screen. He played a variety of roles in television, such as the voice of Captain Haddock in “The Adventures of Tintin,” and his most famous: the schoolteacher Clive Bettibone in the CBC series “Road to Avonlea.”

In his later years, he stayed close to arts and even produced a one-man recitation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” at Toronto’s Red Sandcastle Theatre.

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