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Courteney Cox

Highest Rated:   81% Scream 2 (1997)
Lowest Rated:   3% Zoom (2006)
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Birthplace:   Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Born on June 15, 1964, Courteney Cox grew up with three older siblings in Mountain Brook, an affluent Alabama town. Though Cox participated in multiple extracurricular activities during her high school years, she did not exercise her taste for acting until she dropped out of the architecture program at Mount Vernon College. Landing a contract with the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency led Cox to several commercial appearances. Her first official role arrived in 1984, when she was cast as a young debutante in one episode of the long-running soap opera As the World Turns.Her big break, however, was rooted in director Brian De Palma's decision to feature Cox as the girl pulled from the audience in Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" video. Years later, after the actress had gained a great deal more notoriety, this short music-video appearance became a key piece of celebrity trivia in a multitude of magazines and entertainment shows. In 1985, she starred alongside Dean Paul Martin in the forgettable series Misfits of Science. Cox reappeared on the television screen as Michael J. Fox's girlfriend, Psychology major Lauren Miller, in the '80s sitcom Family Ties. Though Cox landed bit parts in a handful of mediocre films (Mr. Destiny, The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them) after Family Ties wrapped in 1989, her status as an actress officially gelled in 1994, when she co-starred with Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and, most notably, won the role of Monica Geller on the hugely successful sitcom Friends. This role brought her a nomination for an American Comedy Award, as well as a prominent role in Wes Craven's Scream trilogy. Cox's role as the notoriously cutthroat reporter Gale Weathers was significant not only in terms of critical acclaim, but also because the set of Scream was where she met fellow actor David Arquette, whom she married in 1999.Although she certainly attempted to match the big screen-success of her fellow Friends castmates with such efforts as 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), and The Longest Yard (2005), Cox-Arquette fought a tortuous uphill battle, and never managed to land a part that brought her nearly as much goodwill as the high-strung Monica. She voiced Daisy the Cow in Steve Oedekerk's 2006 animated feature Barnyard, alongside an all-star cast that includes Danny Glover, Kevin James, Wanda Sykes, Sam Elliott and Andie MacDowell. The endeavor became a double-edged sword; on one hand, most critics detested the $50 million picture; on the other, it worked wonders at the box office, as one of the top grossers of its season. Cox-Arquette's decision to join the cast of the family-friendly superhero story Zoom alongside Tim Allen and Chevy Chase didn't prove nearly as capricious. The picture suffered from relentless (though arguably justifiable) critical drubbings and performed abysmally on a commercial front, grossing just over $4 million in the week that followed its premiere - from an estimated $60 million budget. It also became the latest in Allen's long line of box office stinkers that included Christmas with the Kranks, Joe Somebody, and many others; The New York Times's Jeannette Catsoulis moaned that it "bleeds boredom from every frame," while Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwartzbaum observed, "this lifeless family comedy sucks the joy from every joke it touches."That same year, the trades indicated Cox's forthcoming producer credit in longtime husband David Arquette's 2007 directorial debut, the slasher picture The Tripper, with Balthazar Getty, Paul Reubens and Lukas Haas. The Hostel-like story involved a group of potheads who travel to a Woodstock-esque concert for indulgence in sensual (and visceral) pleasures, but find themselves stalked by a psychotic. Cox and Arquette each cameo in the film. 2007 also found Cox returning to TV, producing and starring in the dramatic thriller Dirt, about the seedy s

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
19% Mothers and Daughters
  • Beth
2016
10% Just Before I Go
  • Director
  • Producer
$8.6k 2015
No Score Yet Friends: The Movie
  • Actor
2015
59% Scream 4
  • Gale Weathers-Riley
$38.2M 2011
25% Bedtime Stories
  • Wendy
$110.0M 2008
36% The Tripper
  • Cynthia
  • Producer
2007
3% Zoom
  • Marsha Holloway
$11.7M 2006
22% Barnyard
  • Daisy
$72.7M 2006
32% November
  • Sophie Jacobs
2005
31% The Longest Yard
  • Lena
$157.9M 2005
No Score Yet Get Well Soon
  • Lily Charles
2002
14% 3000 Miles to Graceland
  • Cybil Waingrow
$15.4M 2001
No Score Yet The Shrink Is In
  • Samantha
2001
36% Scream 3
  • Gale Weathers
2000
No Score Yet The Runner
  • Karina
1999
81% Scream 2
  • Gale Weathers
1997
19% Commandments
  • Rachel Luce
1997
79% Scream
  • Gale Weathers
1996
No Score Yet Sketch Artist II
  • Emmy
1995
45% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Melissa Robinson
1993
8% The Opposite Sex And How To Live With Them
  • Carrie Davenport
1993
No Score Yet Battling for Baby
  • Katherine
1992
40% Shaking the Tree
  • Kathleen
1991
No Score Yet Blue Desert
  • Lisa Roberts
1991
38% Mr. Destiny
  • Jewel Jagger
1990
No Score Yet Curiosity Kills
  • Gwen
1990
No Score Yet Down Twisted
  • Tarah
1989
No Score Yet Judith Krantz's 'Till We Meet Again'
  • Freddy
1989
No Score Yet Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer
  • Jacquie
1989
36% Cocoon: The Return
  • Sara
1988
17% Masters of the Universe
  • Julie Winston
1987
No Score Yet If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Misfits of Science
  • Gloria Dinallo
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Running Wild With Bear Grylls
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
76% Cougar Town
2009-2015
  • Director
  • Jules Cobb
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
59% Go On
2012-2013
  • Talia
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2007
  • 2003
  • 2000
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Herself/Jules Cobb
  • 2011
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Dr. Maddox
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 1995
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Meryl
  • 1994
No Score Yet Friends
2004
  • Actor

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