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Bud Cort

Highest Rated:   100% And the Band Played On (1993)
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Birthplace:   New Rochelle, New York, USA
Inasmuch as there was already a Wally Cox, American actor Walter Edward Cox chose the stage name Bud Cort when applying for his Equity card. Straight off the stage, Cort was cast in the small role of an intern browbeaten into tears by Robert Duvall in M*A*S*H* (1970). This brief appearance was enough to encourage M*A*S*H director Robert Altman to entrust Cort with the lead in his next film, Brewster McCloud (1971), a Vonnegut-like pastiche about a flying boy. Cort was not "standard leading man" material, thus many of his roles were in the offbeat vein of Brewster McCloud, even in more down-to-earth material like The Strawberry Statement (1971). Thus Cort was in many ways perfect for the suicidal teen protagonist of Hal Ashby's Harold and Maude (1972), whose life would be turned inside out (and back on track) by septuagenarian "free spirit" Ruth Gordon. It wasn't that Cort quit acting after Harold and Maude; it's simply that many of his subsequent films tried too hard to emulate Harold and Maude's cult status, and fell so short of this goal as to be forgettable. The later Cort films in this "midnight movie wannabe" vein included Electric Dreams (1984), Invaders From Mars (1989), Love at Stake (1991), and Ted & Venus (1992), a charmingly outdated "crazy for love" opus which Cort also directed.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
93% The Little Prince
  • The King
2016
No Score Yet The Traveling Executioner
  • Actor
2012
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Bill Ubell
$24M 2004
71% The Big Empty
  • Neely
2003
14% South of Heaven, West of Hell
  • Agent Otts
2000
81% Pollock
  • Howard Putzel
$7.3M 2000
22% Coyote Ugly
  • Romero
2000
34% But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Peter
$0.2M 2000
26% The Million Dollar Hotel
  • Shorty
2000
67% Dogma
  • John Doe Jersey
1999
No Score Yet Sweet Jane
  • Therapist
1998
86% Heat
  • Solenko
1995
No Score Yet Theodore Rex
  • Splinter
1995
No Score Yet Girl In The Cadillac
  • Bud
1995
No Score Yet Crazy for a Kiss
  • Actor
1995
100% And the Band Played On
  • Antique Shop Owner
1993
No Score Yet Ted & Venus
  • Ted Whitley
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Going Under
  • Randy
1991
17% Brain Dead
  • Jack Halsey
1989
50% Out of the Dark
  • Doug Stringer
1989
82% The Chocolate War
  • Brother Jacques
1988
No Score Yet Bates Motel
  • Alex West
1987
No Score Yet Love at Stake
  • Parson Babcock
1987
36% Invaders from Mars
  • Mark Weinstein
1986
No Score Yet Maria's Lovers
  • Harvey
1984
47% Electric Dreams
  • Voice of Edgar
1984
No Score Yet Love Letters
  • Danny
1984
No Score Yet The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud
  • Sigmund Freud
1984
No Score Yet Hysterical
  • Dr. John
1983
No Score Yet She Dances Alone
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Die Laughing
  • Mueller
1980
No Score Yet Hitler's Son
  • Wilhelm Hitler
1978
No Score Yet Why Shoot the Teacher?
  • Max Brown
1977
No Score Yet Bernice Bobs Her Hair
  • Warren
1976
No Score Yet Beware! The Blob
  • Eating ice cream in Bowling Alley
1972
86% Harold and Maude
  • Harold
1971
83% Brewster McCloud
  • Brewster McCloud
1971
87% M*A*S*H
  • Pvt. Lorenzo Boone
1970
No Score Yet Gas-s-s-s
  • Hooper
1970
No Score Yet The Strawberry Statement
  • Elliot - Coxswain
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Roger
  • 2010
No Score Yet Funny Or Die Presents
2010-2011
  • Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2013
  • Himself
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor
  • 1988

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