Will Rick Fox Become Three Series Man?

Rick Fox, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg CBS photo

Rick Fox had a blast shooting tonight’s (1/20) episode of “Big Bang Theory” on which the preternaturally hot-looking former NBA star cum actor is playing a college professor who is an expert on global warming.  He’s also the former boyfriend of Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), which — of course — makes her boyfriend, Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), massively insecure.

The story is open-ended for a reappearance by the tall, dark and handsome professor, according to Fox.  And he’d love to return.  “I love the process of starting out with the table read, putting the show on its feet, trying things, making different choices, getting new pages, seeing how the humor gets sharper and tighter throughout the week, and then doing it live in front of a studio audience.  There is nothing like that energy.”

According to him, his “Big Bang” character comes with his insecurities — about being able to compete with his peers intellectually.  “The only way he can compete with them is through the women in their lives.  The one intellect that actually ‘got’ him, Bernadette, was also the one woman who got away.”

With his recurring characters on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “The Game,” an ongoing “Big Bang” relationship would make Fox a three series man.

“I’m fortunate to be on some really good shows.  I’m looking to improve and hopefully, to developing my own comedy,” says the likable performer.  “I think of Latifah, LL Cool J and Will Smith — all of whom came from different disciplines and found success on television and films.”  And that’s what he’d like to do.

MEANWHILE:  For those of us who believe that Fox was robbed on “Dancing With the Stars” (how could he have lost his slot in favor of Bristol Palin?), he admits that such sentiments are “definitely something I’ve heard more than when we’ve lost championships.  I appreciate everyone’s support and their following the show.  The sad part is, when you play professional sports, you get next season to try again.  ‘Dancing With the Stars’ doesn’t have that.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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