James Fox (born William Fox 19 May 1939) is a British television, stage, and movie actor, who has appeared in over 100 television programmes and over 50 movies in his 62 year career. Fox is best known for his roles in Sexy Beast, The Lost World, Patriot Games. In the U.S. he is mostly known for his role as Mr. Salt in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Fox has been married to Mary Elizabeth Piper since 1973, they have five children - the middle child is actor Laurence Fox. His son-in-law is actor and comedian Richard Ayoade. His daughter-in-law is actress Billie Piper. His sister-in-law is actress Joanna David. His niece is actress Emilia Fox. His nephew is actor Freddie Fox.