Brian Cox

Brian Cox

Highest Rated: 100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2005)

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



No Score Yet Last Moment of Clarity Actor 2020
67% The Etruscan Smile (Rory's Way) Rory MacNeil 2019
20% Pretenders Actor 2019
54% Strange But True Actor 2019
63% The Last Right Actor 2019
No Score Yet Remember Me Shane 2019
36% Super Troopers 2 Captain O'Hagan 2018
49% Churchill Winston Churchill $1.3M 2017
87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe Tommy Tilden 2016
38% Morgan Jim Bryce $4M 2016
42% Forsaken James McCurdy 2016
0% The Anomaly Dr. Langham 2015
17% Pixels Adm. Porter $66.5M 2015
68% The Carer Sir Michael 2015
30% Believe Actor 2014
33% Anna Sebastian 2014
56% Blumenthal Harold 2014
95% 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
No Score Yet Old School New School Actor 2011
72% 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 Wide Blue Yonder Wally 2010
No Score Yet Wonders Of The Universe Actor 2010
No Score Yet Wonders of the Solar System Actor Director 2010
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox Action 12 Reporter $21.1M 2009
49% Battle For Terra General Hammer $1.7M 2009
No Score Yet Take Ozzie 2009
No Score Yet Scooby Doo & the Samurai Sword Green Dragon 2009
70% Red Avery Ludlow 2008
No Score Yet Florence Nightingale Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Colour of Magic Narrator 2008
64% 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
77% 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
82% 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
84% 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
46% For Love of the Game Gary Wheeler 1999
58% 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
78% 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
84% 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
92% 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
67% Nicholas and Alexandra Trotsky 1971
No Score Yet The Year of the Sex Olympics Lasar Opie 1968


No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2020
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
Guest 2020
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2019
92% Succession
Logan Roy 2019
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
Host 2018
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Shetland
67% The Slap
Manolis 2015
95% The Game
Daddy 2014
No Score Yet The Take
Maggie 2011
92% Deadwood
Jack Langrishe 2011
55% The Big C
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Lewis Serrocold 2009
No Score Yet Miss Marple
No Score Yet Top Gear
Appearing 2007
93% Frasier
Harry Moon 2002
89% Oz
Director 2000
No Score Yet Mystery!
Steppings 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


Ivan Simonov says: Your radiance is almost killin' me tonight.

Victoria says: *Almost*

Victoria says: Almost.

Agamemnon says: Achilles is one man!

Odysseus says: Achilles is one man!

Odysseus says: Hector is one man! Look what he did to us today!

Agamemnon says: Hector is one man! Look what he did to us today!

Agamemnon says: I don't care about the man's alliegence, I care about his ability to win battles!

Odysseus says: I don't care about the man's alliegence, I care about his ability to win battles!

Odysseus says: Hector fights for his country! Achilles fights only for himself!

Agamemnon says: Hector fights for his country! Achilles fights only for himself!

Dr. Finch says: You can't come in here, this is my mastabatorium!

Jack Flint says: Who dares play things that happen in this world?

Tobias says: It was just a question o time.

Tobias says: It was just a question of time.

Martin says: But this is the way plays will be made in times to come.

Tobias says: When I think of the respect our profession used to command.

Ivan Simonov says: I miss all this. I haven't killed anyone in years.

Agamemnon says: I have two wishes. If you grant them, no more of your people need die. First, you must give Helen back to my brother. Second, Troy must submit to my command, to fight for me whenever I call.

Prince Hector of Troy says: You want me to look upon your army and tremble? Well I see them. I see 50,000 men brought here to fight for one man's greed.

Agamemnon says: Careful boy, my mercy has limits.

Prince Hector of Troy says: And I've seen the limits of your mercy and I tell you now, no son of Troy will ever submit to a foreign ruler.

Agamemnon says: Then every son of Troy shall die.

Raymond Huggins says: You look like Richard Simmons crapped out a hobbit

Raymond Huggins says: You look like Richard Simmons crapped out a Hobbit!

Capt. John O'Hagan says: I swear to God I'm going to pistol whip the next guy who says, " Shenanigans."

Capt. John O'Hagan says: I swear to God I'm going to pistol whip the next guy who says, 'Shenanigans.'

Mac says: Hey Farva what's the name of that restaurant you like with all the goofy shit on the walls and the mozzarella sticks?

Farva says: You mean Shenanigans?


Thorny says: OOOOOOOOOOOOOO. [as they hand the Captain their pistols]

David Webb/Jason Bourne says: You killed Marie.

Ward Abbott says: *You* killed Marie. The moment you got into her car. The moment you entered her life, she was dead.

Killearn says: Would you like me to take your chamberpot?

Cunningham says: ...

Killearn says: I know many a Scotsman who would be glad of this on a cold morning; it's almost pure spirit, and I'm no judge of a pint of pish.

Robert McKee says: And God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you! That's flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of the character.

Robert McKee says: Nothing happens in the world? Are you out of your fucking mind? People are murdered every day. There's genocide, war, corruption. Every fucking day, somewhere in the world, somebody sacrifices his life to save someone else. Every fucking day, someone, somewhere takes a conscious decision to destroy someone else. People find love, people lose it. For Christ's sake, a child watches her mother beaten to death on the steps of a church. Someone goes hungry. Somebody else betrays his best friend for a woman. If you can't find that stuff in life, then you, my friend, don't know crap about life! And why the FUCK are you wasting my two precious hours with your movie? I don't have any use for it! I don't have any bloody use for it!

Frank Perry says: If I had my time again, if I could start over like re-reading this book, there'd be someone I'd sit down and talk to. I'd talk some sense into him, tell him how things really are. But I can't. That man's long gone, and I'm all that's left.

John Landon says: (to Will): "They're not people, you know."

John Landon says: [to Will] They're not people, you know.

Ward Abbott says: You're in a big puddle of shit, Pamela, and you don't have the shoes for it.

Mr. Kreeg says: Who the hell is that? I've got an NRA membership in my pocket, and a shotgun over the fireplace, so get outta here before I...

Steven says: It's me, Mr. Kreeg. Steven, Steven Wilkins.

Mr. Kreeg says: What in God's name are you doing down there Wilkins? Hiding Bodies? (Boy whimpers in grave) - What did you say?

Mr. Kreeg says: What in God's name are you doing down there Wilkins? Hiding Bodies? (Boy whimpers in grave) What did you say?

Steven says: Nothing, the uh, septic tank is acting up.

Mr. Kreeg says: Is that what that smell is?

Steven says: I'm afraid so.

Mr. Kreeg says: Then fix it; it stinks like a dead whore out here.

Mr. Kreeg says: Then fix it, it stinks like a dead whore out here.

Mr. Kreeg says: And keep your kid out of my yard.

Steven says: Happy Halloween!

Mr. Kreeg says: Screw you!

Mr. Kreeg says: (sees the Goblin regenerate himself) - You gotta be fu*king kidding me.

Mr. Kreeg says: (sees the Goblin regenerate himself) You gotta be fu*king kidding me.

William Stryker says: The tricky thing about adamantium is, that if you ever manage to process its raw, liquid form, you got to keep it that way, keep it hot. Because once the metal cools, it's indestructible. But you already know that.

Will Graham says: I know I'm not smarter than you.

Dr. Hannibal Lecktor says: Then how did you catch me?

Will Graham says: You had disadvatages.

Dr. Hannibal Lecktor says: What disadvantages?

Will Graham says: You're insane.

Ward Abbott says: Go on, go on, do it.

David Webb/Jason Bourne says: She wouldn't want me to, its the only reason you're alive.

Ivan Simonov says: Your radiance almost killing me tonight.

Victoria says: *Almost*