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Brian Cox

Highest Rated:   95% Her (2013)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Anomaly (2015)
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Birthplace:   Dundee, Scotland, UK
Growing up in Scotland, the descendent of Irish immigrants, Brian Cox always felt an affinity to American cinema that eventually led him to pursue his career stateside. Born on June 1, 1946, in Dundee, Scotland, Cox knew he wanted to act from an early age, but identified more with the characters portrayed in American films than in "zany British comedies," to use his phrase. While working at the local theater, where he started by mopping the stage, the 15-year-old Cox would watch the actors and study their styles to separate the wheat from the chaff. He attended drama school in London and got caught up in British theater and television during the 1970s. Cox landed on Broadway in the early '80s, but found more closed doors than open ones. It was while performing a play transplanted from the U.K. that a casting agent for Michael Mann's Manhunter (1986) noticed him. The film would become the first cinematic treatment of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter (spelled "Lecktor" at the time) character, which Anthony Hopkins would make his own in Silence of the Lambs (1991). Cox was cast in the role, paving the way for the success that had eluded him until his 40th year.Despite the breakthrough, Cox remained better identified with television than film during the late '80s and early '90s, though his roles significantly increased in number. His initiation to regular film work came through appearances in two 1995 sword epics, Braveheart and Rob Roy. Over the latter half of the 1990s he materialized in character-actor roles -- police officers, doctors, fathers -- in such films as The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), Kiss the Girls (1997), Rushmore (1998), and The Minus Man (1999). Although he appears more often in American than British cinema, Cox has also paid homage to his Scottish and Irish roots, such as playing an IRA heavy in Jim Sheridan's The Boxer (1997).In 2001, Cox secured major acclaim -- and an American Film Institute nomination for best supporting actor -- with the release of L.I.E., the debut film of director Michael Cuesta. Like Todd Solondz' critical darling Happiness (1998), the film presents a child molester (Cox) as one of its major characters without condemning him, if not actually leaving him altogether unjudged. Cox's complicated, intense portrayal enabled such shades of gray, raising the character above the bottom rung of the morality food chain.As the decade continued, so did Cox's visibility in bigger hollywood films. In 2002 alone, he took on substantial roles in The Bourne Identity, The Rookie, The Ring, The 25th Hour, and Adaptation, a film that saw him stealing scenes with an appropriately over-the-top turn as blowhard screenwriting guru Robert McKee. The following year audiences could see him in the blockbuster comic-book sequel X2: X-Men United, and in 2004 he starred alongside Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom in the epic retelling of the Iliad, Troy. He returned to the Bourne franchise for The Bourne Supremacy, and appeared in the thriller Red Eye. He was the psychiatrist in the comedy Running With Scissors, and in 2007 portrayed Melvin Belli in David Fincher's Zodiac. He was cast in the geriatric action film Red, and joined up with Wes Anderson a second time to lend his voice to a bit part in Fantastic Mr. Fox. In 2011 Ralph Finnes tapped Cox to play Menenius in his big-screen adaptation of The Bard's Coriolanus.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Pretenders
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Super Troopers 2
  • Captain O'Hagan
2017
40% Morgan
  • Jim Bryce
2016
42% Forsaken
  • James McCurdy
2016
0% The Anomaly
  • Dr. Langham
2015
16% Pixels
  • Adm. Porter
2015
72% The Carer
  • Sir Michael
2015
30% Believe
  • Actor
2014
35% Anna
  • Sebastian
2014
50% Blumenthal
  • Harold
2014
95% Her
  • Alan Watts
2013
95% An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Sydney Newman
2013
No Score Yet The Curse of Edgar (La malédiction d'Edgar)
  • Edgar
2013
50% Blood
  • Lenny Fairburn
2013
43% Red 2
  • Ivan
2013
No Score Yet Exit Humanity
  • Actor
2013
64% The Campaign
  • Raymond Huggins
2012
50% Edwin Boyd (Citizen Gangster)
  • Glover Boyd
2012
60% The Veteran
  • Gerry Langdon
2012
No Score Yet The Home
  • Actor
2012
82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • John Landon
2011
43% Ironclad
  • Baron Albany
2011
93% Coriolanus
  • Menenius
2011
71% Red
  • Ivan Simonov
2010
No Score Yet As Good as Dead
  • Reverend Kalahan
2010
No Score Yet Don't Look Up
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2010
No Score Yet Tell-Tale (Tell Tale)
  • Phillip Van Doren
2010
31% The Good Heart
  • Jacques
2010
No Score Yet Wonders of the Solar System
  • Director
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Wonders Of The Universe
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Wide Blue Yonder
  • Wally
2010
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Action 12 Reporter
2009
48% Battle For Terra
  • General Hammer
2009
No Score Yet Scooby Doo & the Samurai Sword
  • Green Dragon
2009
No Score Yet Take
  • Ozzie
2009
70% Red
  • Avery Ludlow
2008
No Score Yet Florence Nightingale
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Colour of Magic
  • Narrator
2008
67% The Escapist
  • Frank Perry
2008
No Score Yet The Star of Bethlehem
  • Actor
2008
74% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
  • Old Angus
2007
No Score Yet The Secret of the Nutcracker
  • Drosselmeyer
2007
22% Shoot on Sight
  • Daniel Tennant
2007
82% Trick 'r Treat
  • Mr. Kreeg
2007
No Score Yet The Key Man
  • Irving
2007
89% Zodiac
  • Melvin Belli
2007
49% The Flying Scotsman
  • Douglas Baxter
2006
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball
  • Actor
2006
31% Running With Scissors
  • Dr. Finch
2006
No Score Yet Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
  • Actor
2005
77% Match Point
  • Alec Hewett
2005
40% The Ringer
  • Gary Barker
2005
79% Red Eye
  • Joe Reisart, Lisa's Dad
2005
No Score Yet Japan's War in Colour
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet A Woman in Winter
  • Dr. Hunt
2005
81% The Bourne Supremacy
  • Ward Abbott
2004
54% Troy
  • Agamemnon
2004
No Score Yet Japan's War in Colour
  • Narrator
2003
86% X2: X-Men United
  • William Stryker
2003
No Score Yet Keepin' It Real
  • Director
2003
78% 25th Hour
  • James Brogan
2003
No Score Yet Sin
  • Captain Oakes
2003
91% Adaptation
  • Robert McKee
2002
71% The Ring
  • Richard Morgan
2002
83% The Bourne Identity
  • Ward Abbott
2002
67% Strictly Sinatra
  • Chisolm
2002
83% The Rookie
  • Jim Sr.
2002
No Score Yet Bug
  • Cyr
2002
35% Super Troopers
  • Capt. John O'Hagan
2002
15% The Affair of the Necklace
  • Baron de Breteuil
2001
83% L.I.E.
  • Big John Harrigan
2001
No Score Yet Complicity (Retribution)
  • Actor
2000
57% Mad About Mambo
  • Sidney McLoughlin
2000
No Score Yet Saltwater
  • George Beneventi
2000
46% For Love of the Game
  • Gary Wheeler
1999
60% The Minus Man
  • Doug
1999
89% Rushmore
  • Dr. Guggenheim
1998
49% The Corruptor
  • Sean Wallace
1998
No Score Yet A Dirty Little Business
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Retribution
  • Actor
1998
80% The Boxer
  • Joe Hamill
1997
29% Kiss The Girls
  • Chief Hatfield
1997
17% Desperate Measures
  • Jeremiah Cassidy
1997
68% The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Nathan
1996
No Score Yet Scorpion Spring
  • Director
1996
13% The Glimmer Man
  • Mr. Smith
1996
16% Chain Reaction
  • Lyman Earl Collier
1996
78% Braveheart
  • Argyle Wallace
1995
72% Rob Roy
  • Killearn
1995
62% Iron Will
  • Angus McTeague
1994
No Score Yet Sharpe's Eagle
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Sharpe's Rifles
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet L'oeil De Vichy
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet The Lost Language of Cranes
  • Owen Benjamin
1992
83% Hidden Agenda
  • Kerrigan
1990
No Score Yet Secret Weapon
  • Andrew Neil
1990
No Score Yet Murder by Moonlight
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun
  • Jock Purves
1988
94% Manhunter
  • Dr. Hannibal Lecktor
1986
No Score Yet Florence Nightingale
  • Dr. McGrigor
1985
No Score Yet Pope John Paul II
  • Father Góra
1984
No Score Yet Silent Scream
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet King Lear
  • Burgundy
1983
No Score Yet Therese Raquin
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet In Celebration
  • Steven
1975
No Score Yet The Oval Portrait
  • Actor
1972
71% Nicholas and Alexandra
  • Trotsky
1971

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