Brian Cox (actor)

Brian Cox

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Cox in 2016
Brian Denis Cox

(1946-06-01) 1 June 1946 (age 76)
Dundee, Scotland
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active1965–present
Political partyLabour (1967–2015)
SNP (2015–present)
  • Lilian Monroe-Carr
    (m. 1966; div. 1967)
  • Caroline Burt
    (m. 1968; div. 1986)
  • Nicole Ansari
    (m. 2002)
Children4, including Alan Cox

Brian Denis Cox CBE (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor. The accomplished and classically trained Shakespearean actor is known for both his leading performances on stage and television as well as his supporting roles in film. He has received numerous accolades including two Laurence Olivier Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award as well as a nomination for a British Academy Television Award. In 2003, he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire at the rank of Commander.[1]

Cox at a young age trained at the Dundee Repertory Theatre before becoming a founding member of Royal Lyceum Theatre. He went on train as a Shakespearean actor starring in numerous productions with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. Cox received two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his performances in Rat in the Skull (1984) for the Royal Court and Titus Andronicus (1988) for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He received two more Olivier Award nominations for Misalliance and Fashion. His New York theatre credits include St. Nicholas, which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination.[2]

Known as a character actor in film he portrayed Hollywood's screenwriting guru Robert McKee in Spike Jonze's Adaptation (2002). He also played General William Stryker in X-Men 2 the same year.[3] For his performance in L.I.E. (2001) he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Cox's notable film credits include Manhunter (1986), Rob Roy (1995), Braveheart (1995), The Boxer (1997), Rushmore (1998), Super Troopers (2001), The Bourne Identity (2002), The Ring (2002), 25th Hour (2002), Troy (2004), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Red Eye (2005), Zodiac (2007), The Escapist (2008), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Coriolanus (2011), and Churchill (2017).

Cox won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for his portrayal of Hermann Göring in the television film Nuremberg (2001). The following year he guest starred on the NBC sitcom Frasier earning his second Emmy nomination in 2002. He portrayed Jack Langrishe in the HBO series Deadwood. He currently stars as Logan Roy on HBO series Succession (2018–present), for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.[4]

Cox has written three books including his autobiography Putting the Rabbit in the Hat. He was honoured at the 2004 BAFTA Scotland Awards with an Outstanding Achievement Award, and at the 2004 Great Scot Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.[5][6] Empire Magazine awarded him the Empire Icon Award in 2006, and the UK Film Council named him one of the top 10 powerful British film stars in Hollywood in 2007.[2]

  1. ^ "Brian Cox regrets becoming a CBE and says he would 'never' accept a knighthood". The Independent. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  2. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference :5 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ "Brian Cox - Filmbug". Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  4. ^ Hogan, Michael (6 January 2020). "Brian Cox's rise to power: how a penniless boy from Dundee became TV's favourite billionaire". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 10 January 2022 – via
  5. ^ "2004 Scotland Outstanding Achievement in Film | BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  6. ^ "The Great Scot 2004: Helena's The Greatest; Former nurse scoops People's Oscar for 'adopting' Chernobyl kids #We honour ordinary people who have achieved the extraordinary # THE GREAT SCOTS. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 17 September 2021.

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