Brian Cox

Actor, Director, Acting teacher
A leading man on the London stage since the 1960s, Brian Cox was most often cast in character and supporting roles when his career led him to Hollywood in the 1990s. The accomplished Shakespearean actor was well-known ... Read more »
Born: 05/31/1946 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (116)

Pixels 2015 (Movie)

Admiral Porter (Actor)

The Game 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Slap 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Agent Crush 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

An Adventure in Space d Time 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Anna 2014 (Movie)

Sebastian (Actor)

Anna 2014 (Movie)

Sebastian (Actor)

Blumenthal 2014 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

The Anomaly 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Langham (Actor)

The Bonny Boys 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Revelation of the Pyramids 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Theatre of Dreams 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blood 2013 (Movie)

Lenny Fairburn (Actor)

Her 2013 (Movie)

Alan Watts (Actor)

Red 2 2013 (Movie)

Ivan (Actor)

Citizen Gangster 2012 (Movie)

Glover Boyd (Actor)

The Campaign 2012 (Movie)

Raymond Huggins (Actor)

The Take 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Blue Yonder 2012 (Movie)

Wally (Actor)

Coriolanus 2011 (Movie)

Menenius (Actor)

Ironclad 2011 (Movie)

Baron Albany (Actor)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 (Movie)

John Landon (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Veteran 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

As Good As Dead 2010 (Movie)

Reverand Kalahan (Actor)

Red 2010 (Movie)

Ivan Simonov (Actor)

The Colour of Magic 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The Day of the Triffids 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Heart 2010 (Movie)

Jacques (Actor)

Battle for Terra 2009 (Movie)

Voice of General Hemmer (Actor)

Kings 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tell Tale 2009 (Movie)

Phillip Van Doren (Actor)

The Escapist 2009 (Movie)

Frank Perry (Actor)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Action 12 Reporter (Actor)

Red 2008 (Movie)

Avery Allan Ludlow (Actor)

Shoot on Sight 2008 (Movie)

Tennant (Actor)

A Woman in Winter 2007 (Movie)

Dr Hunt (Actor)

The Water Horse 2007 (Movie)

Voice of the Narrator (Actor)

Top Gear 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trick 'r Treat 2007 (Movie)

Mr Kreeg (Actor)

Zodiac 2007 (Movie)

Melvin Belli (Actor)

Blue/Orange 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadwood 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rocket Post 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

Dr Finch (Actor)

The Flying Scotsman 2006 (Movie)

Douglas Baxter (Actor)

Danny Phantom: Reign Storm 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

Match Point 2005 (Movie)

Alec Hewett (Actor)

Red Eye 2005 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Smallpox 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Ringer 2005 (Movie)

Gary Barker (Actor)

The Bourne Supremacy 2004 (Movie)

Ward Abbott (Actor)

The Reckoning 2004 (Movie)

Tobias (Actor)

Troy 2004 (Movie)

Agamemnon (Actor)

Sin 2003 (Movie)

Capt. Oakes (Actor)

The Biographer 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

X-Pose: X2 Mutants Uncovered 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

X2: X-Men United 2003 (Movie)

William Stryker (Actor)

25th Hour 2002 (Movie)

James Brogan (Actor)

A Shot at Glory 2002 (Movie)

Martin Smith (Actor)

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

Robert McKee (Actor)

Bug 2002 (Movie)

Cyr (Actor)

Frasier 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder By Numbers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Troopers 2002 (Movie)

Captain John O'Hagan (Actor)

The Bourne Identity 2002 (Movie)

Ward Abbott (Actor)

The Ring 2002 (Movie)

Richard Morgan (Actor)

The Rookie 2002 (Movie)

Jim Morris, Sr (Actor)

The Trials of Henry Kissinger 2002 (Movie)

(Narrator)

L.I.E. 2001 (Movie)

Big John Harrigan (Actor)

Strictly Sinatra 2001 (Movie)

Chisolm (Actor)

The Affair of the Necklace 2001 (Movie)

Minister Baron de Breteuil (Actor)

Complicity 2000 (Movie)

DCI McDunn (Actor)

Mad About Mambo 2000 (Movie)

Sidney McLoughlin (Actor)

Saltwater 2000 (Movie)

George Beneventi (Actor)

For Love of the Game 1999 (Movie)

Gary Wheeler (Actor)

The Corruptor 1999 (Movie)

Sean Wallace (Actor)

The Minus Man 1999 (Movie)

Doug (Actor)

Desperate Measures 1998 (Movie)

Jeremiah Cassidy (Actor)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

Dr Guggenheim (Actor)

Deadly Slumber 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Chief Hatfield (Actor)

Merchants of Venus 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Boxer 1997 (Movie)

Joe Hamill (Actor)

Chain Reaction 1996 (Movie)

Lyman Earl Collier (Actor)

The Glimmer Man 1996 (Movie)

Mr Smith (Actor)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

Nathan (Actor)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

Argyle Wallace (Actor)

Rob Roy 1995 (Movie)

Killearn (Actor)

Iron Will 1994 (Movie)

Angus McTeague (Actor)

Royal Deceit 1994 (Movie)

Aethelwine (Actor)

Sharpe 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Macbeth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Brian Cox on Acting in Tragedy 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden Agenda 1990 (Movie)

Peter Kerrigan (Actor)

Directed By Andrei Tarkovsky 1989 (Movie)

Narration(English) (Narrator)

Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhunter 1986 (Movie)

Doctor Hannibal Lecter (Actor)

Shoot For the Sun 1985 (Movie)

Duffy (Actor)

Pope John Paul II 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Therese Raquin 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

In Celebration 1975 (Movie)

Steven Shaw (Actor)

Nicholas and Alexandra 1971 (Movie)

Trotsky (Actor)

Bronte (Movie)

(Actor)

Florence Nightingale (TV Show)

Actor

King Lear (TV Show)

Actor

Longitude (TV Show)

Actor

Murder By Moonlight (TV Show)

Actor

Nuremberg (TV Show)

Actor

Poodle Springs (TV Show)

Actor

Secret Weapon (TV Show)

Actor

The Cloning of Joanna May (TV Show)

Actor

The Key Man (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lost Language of Cranes (TV Show)

Actor

Wide Blue Yonder (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (3)

Our Lady of Jackson Heights 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Escapist 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Red 2008 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Writer (1)

El Muerto 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

El Muerto 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A leading man on the London stage since the 1960s, Brian Cox was most often cast in character and supporting roles when his career led him to Hollywood in the 1990s. The accomplished Shakespearean actor was well-known for his world tour as "King Lear" with the National Theater, and brought that same commanding delivery and strong presence to countless roles as movie bad guys, starting with his chilling portrayal of Hannibal Leckter in Michael Mann's cult thriller, "Manhunter" (1986). That film proved to be a false start in the American movie business, but Cox returned a decade later, and this time, his solid frame and mastery of accents made him a busy supporting player in blockbusters like "Rob Roy" (1995) and "The Bourne Identity" (2002), as well as acclaimed indie fare from Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, and Woody Allen. Cox's occasional leading roles did not go unnoticed, with the actor earning and Emmy for portraying infamous Nazi Hermann Goering in the TNT movie "Nuremberg" (TNT, 2000). Cox's key roles in comedies like "Super Troopers" (2001) further demonstrated his versatility across genres and nations, while his countrymen revered him as one of the finest actors ever to emerge from Scotland.

Relationships

Charles McArdle Campbell Cox

Father
Died when Cox was nine years old (c. 1955)

Nicole Ansari Actor

Wife

Irina Brook

Companion
Daughter of director Peter Brook no longer together

Caroline Burt Actor

Wife

Torin Charles

Son
Born October 26, 2004 mother, Nicole Ansari

Mary Cox

Mother
Suffered several mental breakdowns when Cox was a child

Margaret Cox

Daughter
Born c. 1977 mother, Caroline Burt

Alan Cox

Son
Born August 6, 1970 mother, Caroline Burt played Watson in "Young Sherlock Holmes" (1985)

Orson Cox

Son
Born January 31, 2002 mother, Nicole Ansari

EDUCATION

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Milestones

2012

Cast as Menenius in the feature adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," directed by Ralph Fiennes

2011

Acted in the critically acclaimed "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

2011

Joined an all star cast for the revival of Broadway's "That Championship Season"

2010

Cast as Laura Linney's father on the Showtime series "The Big C"

2009

Lent his voice to the animated film "Battle for Terra"

2008

Played an institutionalized convict in Rupert Wyatt's "The Escapist"

2007

Played Melvin Belli, a celebrity defense lawyer in David Fincher's thriller "Zodiac"

2006

Joined the cast of HBO's "Deadwood" as theater owner Jack Langrishe

2006

Played Dr. Finch, the oddly hypnotic psychotherapist in the feature adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' "Running With Scissors"

2005

Co-starred in Woody Allen's "Match Point"

2004

Cast as Agamemnon in director Wolfgang Petersen's Greek epic "Troy"

2004

Reprised role of Ward Abbott for "The Bourne Supremacy"

2003

Played the villainous anti-mutant crusader Stryker in "X2"

2002

Cast in a supporting role as CIA Deputy Director opposite Matt Damon in "The Bourne Identity"

2002

Appeared in Gore Verbinski's "The Ring"

2002

Portrayed real-life screenwriting seminar instructor Robert McKee in Kaufman's pseudo-autobiographical film "Adaptation"

2001

Received critical praise for his role as a pedophile in "L.I.E."

2000

Co-starred in the A&E TV-movie "Longitude"

2000

Portrayed Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering in the TNT miniseries "Nuremberg"

1999

Cast as the crusty owner of a baseball team in "For Love of the Game"

1999

Cast as an unhappily married man who takes in a serial killer (Owen Wilson) in "The Minus Man"

1998

Co-starred in the HBO original "Poodle Springs"

1998

Played the school's headmaster in Wes Anderson's "Rushmore"; co-penned by Anderson and Owen Wilson

1998

Succeeded Alan Alda as Marc in the award-winning "Art" on Broadway

1997

Performed the one-person play "St. Nicholas"; written by Conor McPherson expressly for Cox

1997

Appeared as an IRA leader in "The Boxer"

1995

Acted opposite Mel Gibson in "Braveheart"

1993

Appeared on episodes of the British drama "Sharpe" (ITV)

1991

Played a closeted homosexual in the British TV adaptation of "The Lost Language of Cranes" (BBC)

1991

Portrayed a wealthy man who has had duplicate copies of his wife made in "The Cloning of Joanna May"

1989

Originated role of Frankie in the London premiere of Terrence McNally's "Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair-de-Lune"

1988

Played the title role in the Royal Shakespeare production of "Titus Andronicus"

1986

Originated the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecktor in "Manhunter"

1985

Reprised leading role in the off-Broadway staging of "Rat in the Skull" at the Public Theater

1985

Made Broadway debut reprising his role in "Strange Interlude"; also starred Jackson

1984

Co-starred opposite Glenda Jackson on the London stage in Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude"

1984

Garnered acclaim for starring role in the stage play "Rat in the Skull"

1983

Cast in a supporting role opposite Laurence Olivier in the TV adaptation of "King Lear" (Channel 4)

1982

Had title role in the National Theatre production of "Danton' Death"

1980

Made TV debut in "Therese Raquin" opposite Kate Nelligan (PBS)

1976

Began acting with the National Theatre in London

1975

Reprised stage role of Steven in the film version of "In Celebration"

1973

Stage directing debut, "The Man with a Flower in His Mouth" (Manchester)

1972

Appeared in "Hedda Gabler" at the Royal Court

1970

Film debut, as Trotsky in "Nicholas and Alexandra"

1968

First performance with the Royal Court Theatre, "In Celebration"

1966

Spent a season with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre; made London stage debut in "As You Like It"

1960

Joined the Dundee Repertory Theatre at the age of fourteen; debuted in "Dover Road"

Bonus Trivia

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"One of the reasons I work in this country [the USA] now is because [although] I get on with a lot of people in England, I've also pissed a lot of people off over there." – Cox quoted in Time Out New York, Sept. 17-24, 1998

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"A wonderful old friend of mine, Fulton McKay, who played the old tramp in the Bill Forsythe film 'Local Hero,' used to tell me, 'Brian, why are you worried about being a star? Just be a good actor. Say your prayers and be a good actor. It's the best advice anyone ever gave me." – Cox quoted to The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 1, 1999

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"I'm curious about evil people. I get quite emotional about them and quite fond of them. I never judge them. There's a deficiency which makes them lose any sense of right or wrong. Hannibal Lecter is frightening because he has no boundaries. We haven't found his fear and we haven't found his love." – Cox on one of his better known roles, quoted in The London Times, Jan. 2, 2000

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"It sounds vain, but I dread ever being offered a knighthood. I love gongs, I love Oscars, but I would have to turn a knighthood down because it sanctions something I don't believe in. It sanctions keeping people in their place." – Cox quoted in The London Times, Jan. 2, 2000

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"People that knew me well when I was younger always said that my career was going to take off when I was much older," said Cox. "I was a little bit resentful of that, because I felt I had a bit to offer, and I had a very good career. But I aim for the long haul. It made more sense, and certainly has given me more weight as an actor, to come on the scene like a tank, proceeding forward fully equipped and fully armored." – quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 22, 2006

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Cox was a diabetic and has worked to promote a diabetes research facility in his hometown of Dundee.

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