Bud Cort

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Branded as Hollywood's preeminent manchild after playing misunderstood youths in Robert Altman's "Brewster McCloud" (1971) and Hal Ashby's "Harold and Maude" (1971), Bud Cort found it difficult to find steady work as an ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1948 in Rye, New York, USA


Actor (51)

The Little Prince 2016 (Movie)

The King (Voice)

Eagleheart 2012 (Tv Show)


Funny or Die Presents... 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)


Criminal Minds 2010 (Tv Show)


Ugly Betty 2007 (Tv Show)


The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

Bill Ubell (Actor)

The Big Empty 2003 (Movie)

Neely (Actor)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

Shorty (Actor)

The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries 1995 - 2001 (TV Show)


AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


But I'm A Cheerleader 2000 (Movie)

Peter Bloomfield (Actor)

Coyote Ugly 2000 (Movie)

Romero (Actor)

Pollock 2000 (Movie)

Howard Putzel (Actor)

South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 (Movie)

Agent Otts (Actor)

Sweet Jane 2000 (Movie)


Bob 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Dogma 1999 (Movie)

John Joe Jersey (Actor)

Jack's Place 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Superman 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Jitters 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Theodore Rex 1996 (Movie)


Girl in the Cadillac 1994 (Movie)

Bud (Actor)

Tom and Jerry Kids Show 1990 - 1994 (TV Show)


Carol Leifer: Gaudy, Bawdy & Blue 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Going Under 1991 (Movie)


Ted & Venus 1991 (Movie)

Ted Whitley (Actor)

Brain Dead 1990 (Movie)

Jack Halsey (Actor)

Out of the Dark 1989 (Movie)

Stringer (Actor)

Poison 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The Chocolate War 1988 (Movie)

Brother Jacques (Actor)

Bates Motel 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Love at Stake 1987 (Movie)

Parson Babcock (Actor)

Invaders From Mars 1986 (Movie)

Mark Weinstein--Young NASA Scientist (Actor)

Maria's Lovers 1985 (Movie)

Harvey (Actor)

Electric Dreams 1984 (Movie)

Edgar (Actor)

Love Letters 1984 (Movie)

Danny Defronso (Actor)

Hysterical 1983 (Movie)

Coroner (Actor)

The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud 1983 (Movie)

Sigmund Freud (Actor)

She Dances Alone 1982 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Brave New World 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Die Laughing 1980 (Movie)

Mueller (Actor)

Why Shoot the Teacher 1975 (Movie)

Max Brown (Actor)

Harold and Maude 1971 (Movie)

Harold Chasen (Actor)

Brewster McCloud 1970 (Movie)

Brewster McCloud (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1970 (Movie)

Private Boone (Actor)

The Strawberry Statement 1970 (Movie)

Elliot (Actor)

Gas-s-s-s! 1969 (Movie)

Hooper (Actor)

The Traveling Executioner 1969 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Director (1)

Ted & Venus 1991 (Movie)



Branded as Hollywood's preeminent manchild after playing misunderstood youths in Robert Altman's "Brewster McCloud" (1971) and Hal Ashby's "Harold and Maude" (1971), Bud Cort found it difficult to find steady work as an actor when the film industry homogenized mid-decade. Sidelined by traumatic injuries suffered in a 1979 automobile accident that coarsened his youthful appearance, the former mentee of Groucho Marx turned to character work at home and abroad. In addition to contributing memorable supporting roles to Amy Jones' "Love Letters" (1983), Andre Konchalovskiy's "Maria's Lovers" (1984) and Tobe Hooper's 1986 remake of the sci-fi classic "Invaders from Mars," Cort was called upon to play the occasional lead in such offbeat projects as "The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud" (1984) and "Bates Motel" (1987), a busted pilot for a proposed NBC series based on Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960). More than a decade after his film debut, one of the actor's more prominent film appearances found him shunted out of the frame entirely as the voice for a lovelorn computer pining for cellist Virginia Madsen in the CD-rom-com "Electric Dreams" (1984). Seen later in his career in diverse roles in Michael Mann's "Heat" (1995), Kevin Smith's "Dogma" (1999) and Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004), Cort proved himself to be the unlikeliest of Hollywood survivors and a rare juvenile performer able to transition successfully to mature roles.


has three younger

Joseph Cox

suffered with multiple sclerosis

Alma Cox

worked as a publicist for MGM


HB Studio

New York , New York

studied with William Hickey, Stella Adler and Joan Darling

New York University

New York , New York 1967 - 1969
dropped out to pursue acting full-time



Cast in "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" helmed by Wes Anderson


Acted in the comedy "The Big Empty"


Portrayed Howard Putzel, Jackson Pollock's agent in the film "Pollock"


Acted in "Dogma", a film directed by Kevin Smith, which Starred Ben Affleck and Matt Damon


Directed, starred in, and co-wrote, "Ted and Venus"


Starred as Alex West in "Bates Motel" for NBC


Made TV movie debut as Bernard Marx in adaptation of "Brave New World"


Was seriously injured in an automobile accident


Made Broadway debut in "Wise Child" at Helen Hayes Theatre


Had breakthrough role in "Harold and Maude"


Acted in five films, including Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" and "Brewster McCloud" and Roger Corman's "Gasss"


Performed comedy at Village Gate in NY; Performed in "Free Fall" at Upstairs at the Downstairs"


Made TV debut in an episode of "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town"


Made first film appearance (as an extra) in "Up the Down Staircase"

Lived with Groucho Marx for a time in the 1970s

As a teenager, worked as a portrait painter

Began acting in daytime TV while attending college

Bonus Trivia


On "Harold and Maude", Cort told Scott Collins of the Los Angeles Times (August 25, 1996): "It was a blessing and a curse. It closed a lot of doors in terms of my development as an actor, but on the other hand, it gave me the cachet to walk in a lot more doors than I would have been able to had I not made it."