Brian Cox

Lowest Rated: 0% The Anomaly (2015)
Birthday: Jun 1, 1946
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.


Highest Rated Movies



80% Strange But True Actor 2019
73% Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile) Rory MacNeil 2019
33% Super Troopers 2 Captain O'Hagan 2018
No Score Yet The Pretenders Actor 2018
49% Churchill Winston Churchill $1.3M 2017
86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe Tommy Tilden 2016
37% Morgan Jim Bryce $4M 2016
42% Forsaken James McCurdy 2016
0% The Anomaly Dr. Langham 2015
16% Pixels Adm. Porter $66.5M 2015
68% The Carer Sir Michael 2015
30% Believe Actor 2014
33% Anna Sebastian 2014
56% Blumenthal Harold 2014
94% Her Alan Watts $18M 2013
95% An Adventure in Space and Time Sydney Newman 2013
No Score Yet The Curse of Edgar (La malédiction d'Edgar) Edgar 2013
55% Blood Lenny Fairburn 2013
44% Red 2 Ivan $53.3M 2013
No Score Yet Exit Humanity Actor 2013
66% The Campaign Raymond Huggins $86.9M 2012
53% Edwin Boyd (Citizen Gangster) Glover Boyd $625 2012
60% The Veteran Gerry Langdon 2012
No Score Yet The Home Actor 2012
82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes John Landon $175.4M 2011
42% Ironclad Baron Albany 2011
92% Coriolanus Menenius $0.5M 2011
71% Red Ivan Simonov $89M 2010
No Score Yet As Good as Dead Reverend Kalahan $2K 2010
No Score Yet Don't Look Up Screenwriter Producer 2010
No Score Yet Tell-Tale (Tell Tale) Phillip Van Doren 2010
30% The Good Heart Jacques 2010
No Score Yet Wonders of the Solar System Actor Director 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 $21.1M 2009
49% Battle For Terra General Hammer $1.7M 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
66% The Escapist Frank Perry Executive Producer 2008
No Score Yet The Star of Bethlehem Actor 2008
74% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Old Angus $40.5M 2007
No Score Yet The Secret of the Nutcracker Drosselmeyer 2007
20% Shoot on Sight Daniel Tennant 2007
84% Trick 'r Treat Mr. Kreeg 2007
No Score Yet The Key Man Irving 2007
89% Zodiac Melvin Belli $33.1M 2007
50% The Flying Scotsman Douglas Baxter $78.8K 2006
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball Actor 2006
31% Running With Scissors Dr. Finch $6.8M 2006
No Score Yet Shakespeare: The Animated Tales Actor 2005
76% Match Point Alec Hewett $23.2M 2005
40% The Ringer Gary Barker $35.1M 2005
79% Red Eye Joe Reisart, Lisa's Dad $57.9M 2005
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Actor 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 $176.1M 2004
54% Troy Agamemnon $132.6M 2004
39% The Reckoning Tobias 2004
No Score Yet Japan's War in Colour Narrator 2003
85% X2: X-Men United William Stryker $214.9M 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 $22.2M 2002
71% The Ring Richard Morgan $128.6M 2002
95% The Trials of Henry Kissinger Narrator 2002
83% The Bourne Identity Ward Abbott $121.6M 2002
67% Strictly Sinatra Chisolm 2002
84% The Rookie Jim Sr. $75.5M 2002
No Score Yet Bug Cyr 2002
35% Super Troopers Capt. John O'Hagan $18.4M 2002
15% The Affair of the Necklace Baron de Breteuil 2001
83% L.I.E. Big John Harrigan 2001
67% A Shot at Glory Martin Smith 2001
No Score Yet Keepin' It Real Director 2001
No Score Yet Complicity (Retribution) Inspector McDunn 2000
57% Mad About Mambo Sidney McLoughlin 2000
No Score Yet Nuremberg Hermann Goering 2000
No Score Yet Saltwater George Beneventi 2000
45% For Love of the Game Gary Wheeler 1999
60% The Minus Man Doug 1999
89% Rushmore Dr. Guggenheim 1998
48% 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
69% The Long Kiss Goodnight Nathan 1996
No Score Yet Scorpion Spring Director 1996
12% The Glimmer Man Mr. Smith 1996
16% Chain Reaction Lyman Earl Collier 1996
77% Braveheart Argyle Wallace 1995
73% 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
No Score Yet Murder by Moonlight Voronov 1991
83% Hidden Agenda Kerrigan 1990
No Score Yet Secret Weapon Andrew Neil 1990
No Score Yet Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky Narrator 1988
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


91% Succession
Logan Roy
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
  • 2018
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • 2017
No Score Yet Shetland
  • 2015
67% The Slap
  • 2015
95% The Game
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Take
  • 2011
95% Deadwood
Jack Langrishe
  • 2011
  • 2006
55% The Big C
  • 2010
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Lewis Serrocold
  • 2009
No Score Yet Miss Marple
  • 2009
No Score Yet Top Gear
  • 2007
  • 2005
94% Frasier
Harry Moon
  • 2002
No Score Yet Mystery!
  • 1997
No Score Yet Addicted to Pleasure
No Score Yet Bob Servant Independent
No Score Yet Hammer House of Horror
Chuck Spillers
No Score Yet Inspector Morse
No Score Yet Urban Myths