One of the greatest actors in Canadian history has taken his final bow.
The team here at Theatre Passe Muraille are extremely saddened to hear about the passing of the beloved Canadian theatre icon David Fox. David was in the original production of the seminal Farm Show, the first of many TPM performances, among his many performances across Canada in his illustrious and wide-ranging career. He continued to be an avid supporter of TPM over the years, all while still gracing the stage.
“David was a giant. He was so humble and so kind while also holding his own work to the highest standard, always continuing to explore with rigour tinged with his legendary humour.
He taught me about ease.
He taught me about generosity.
He taught me how to take my craft seriously and also laugh at the same time.
He sought always to entertain, embrace and embody his characters with the most humanity possible.
He will be missed.”
– Marjorie Chan | Artistic Director, TPM
We are deeply honoured that David Fox named Theatre Passe Muraille as a beneficiary charity for his memorial donations. Your gift in tribute to his amazing person and artist who did so much to the theatre community would help us to continue work in his spirit.
“David Fox was a prototypical Canadian actor, emblematic of a new generation of 70’s artists who brought their lived experience and Canadian voice to the theatre. He was a consummate artist & gentleman, who continued to work on projects of all sizes. Theatre Passe Muraille will always love him”.
-Andy McKim | Former Artistic Director, TPM
“Of course Fox is not an actor in the normal sense of the word; his experience in the collective method of play-making pioneered by Paul Thompson shows in everything he does. This kind of actor is a retriever of sorts, bringing his or her own imaginative life and heart to bear on the real lives he or she retrieves. This creates a broad sense of human responsibility.”
– Carole Corbeil in This Magazine, 1988
Remembering David's time at TPM
Canadian Heroes Series #2 – John Hornby, 1976 — Collective Creation — director
The Second, 1982 — by Paul Quarrington — director
The Immigrant, 1982 — by David Fox & Jim Sheridan — playwright and cast
Fox in China, 1988 — by David Fox — playwright and performer
The Farm Show, 1972 — Collective creation
1837, 1973 — Collective creation with Rick Salutin
Them Donnellys, 1973 — Collective creation with Frank McEnaney
New Canadians (Workshop for The Adventures of an Immigrant), 1972 — by Rick Salutin
The Adventures of an Immigrant,1974 — by Rick Salutin
1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, 1974 — written by Rick Salutin (Collective creation)
The False Messiah, 1975 — by Rick Salutin
Canadian Heroes Series #1 – Gabriel Dumont, 1975 — Collective creation
The West Show, 1975 — Collective creation
The Peep Show, 1976 — Collective creation
The Horsburgh Scandal, 1975 — by Betty Jane Wylie
1837: The Farmers’ Revolt & The Farm Show Tour, 1976
The Olympics Show, 1976 — Collective creation
Shakespeare for Fun and Profit: A Canadian Dream Collective, 1977 — Collective creation
Far as the Eye Can See, 1977 — by Rudy Wiebe
He Won’t Come in from the Barn, 1978 — by Andrew McKeever
Les Maudits Anglais, 1978 — by Gary Geddes
Pumpkin (Workshop), 1979 — by Paul Quarrington
Stallers’ Farm, 1980 — by Franz Xaver Kroetz
The Death of the Donnellys, 1980 — by Ted Johns
Studhorse Man, 1981 — A Collective creation (adapted from the novel by Robert Kroetsch)
The Passe Muraille Hamlet, 1983
Urban Donnellys, 1993 — Collective creation
The Stillborn Lover, 1995 — by Timothy Findley
The Duchess AKA Wallis Simpson, 1995 — by Linda Griffiths
The Drawer Boy, 1999 — by Michael Healey
In the Wings, 2002 — by Nicky Guadagni