David Fox, Canadian stage and screen actor, dies at 86

Written by Stephanie Lim, CNN

Canadian stage and screen actor David Fox has died at age 86. He played such colorful characters as Grandpa (in the film “Mighty Joe Young”) and Abe Pitre in “As Good as It Gets,” among other on-screen roles.

But Fox also was remembered by the Canadian Academy of the Arts as a champion of Canadian theatre.

His awards included the Governor General’s Award, the country’s highest honor, and the recipient of a Governor General Scholarship. His name appears on the David Fox Theatre in Toronto as a tribute to his contributions to Canadian acting.

The actor died Sunday after a brief illness, his agent, Tanya Barluka, confirmed.

An accomplished stage actor, Fox was born in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1928. He was raised by a single mother after his father abandoned the family. He appeared in the high school play at St. Francis Xavier College before moving on to study acting at the Metropolitan Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

He soon decided to concentrate on stage work, studying at Syracuse University’s auditions school and touring with the Teatro de la Fiera de Villa Maria of Guadalajara.

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