Brian Cox

Brian Cox

Jun. 1st, 1946
Born in
Dundee, Scotland, UK
170 cm

Brian Cox's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Deadwood TV Show
The Slap TV Show
The Slap
Sharpe (UK) TV Show
Sharpe (UK)
Shetland (UK) TV Show
Shetland (UK)
The Day of the Triffids (2009) TV Show
The Day of the Triffids (2009)
The Game (UK) TV Show
The Game (UK)
The Straits (AU) TV Show
The Straits (AU)
Bob Servant, Independent (UK) TV Show
Bob Servant, Independent (UK)
The Big Battalions (UK) TV Show
The Big Battalions (UK)
The Devil's Crown (UK) TV Show
The Devil's Crown (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Pixels
2014 - X-Men: Days of Future Past
2014 - Blumenthal
2013 - Her
2013 - RED 2
2012 - The Campaign
2011 - The Veteran
2011 - Rise of the Planet of the Apes
2011 - Coriolanus
2010 - RED
2010 - The Good Heart
2010 - Ironclad
2010 - As Good as Dead
2009 - Fantastic Mr. Fox
2009 - Tell-Tale
2008 - The Escapist
2008 - Red
2007 - The Bourne Ultimatum
2007 - The Water Horse
2006 - Running with Scissors
2006 - The Flying Scotsman
2005 - The Ringer
2005 - Match Point
2005 - Red Eye
2004 - Troy
2004 - Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
2004 - The Bourne Supremacy
2003 - X2: X-Men United
2003 - Sin
2002 - Adaptation.
2002 - Super Troopers
2002 - The Bourne Identity
2002 - 25th Hour
2002 - Bug
2002 - The Trials of Henry Kissinger
2001 - The Affair of the Necklace
2000 - Mad About Mambo
1999 - The Minus Man
1999 - The Corruptor
1999 - For Love of the Game
1998 - Desperate Measures
1998 - Rushmore
1997 - Kiss the Girls
1997 - The Boxer
1997 - Kiss the Girls
1996 - Chain Reaction
1996 - The Long Kiss Goodnight
1996 - The Glimmer Man
1995 - Braveheart
1995 - Rob Roy
1994 - Iron Will
1990 - Hidden Agenda
1986 - Manhunter
1971 - Nicholas and Alexandra

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
King Vesper Abaddon
Edward McLennan
Dr. Gillespie
Harry Moon
The Mastermind (Voiced)
Ted Nuttall
Chuck Spillers
[Complete List]


Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning actor, first coming to attention in the early 1970s with performances in numerous television films. His first big break was as "Dr. Hannibal Lecter (/Lecktor)" in Manhunter (1986). The film was not overly successful at the box office, although Cox's career prospects and popularity continued to develop. Throughout the 1990s, he appeared in nearly 20 films and television shows, as well as making numerous TV guest appearances.

More recently Cox has had roles in some major films, including The Corruptor (1999), The Ring (2002) and X2 (2003).

  • He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to drama.
  • He played Hannibal Lecter in the film, _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv). In 2002, he co-starred with 'Edward Norton (I)' (qv) and 'Philip Seymour Hoffman' (qv) in the film _25th Hour (2002)_ (qv). In 2002, Norton and Hoffman also starred in _Red Dragon (2002)_ (qv), which was a remake of _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv).
  • He was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1985 (1984 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for "Rat in the Skull".
  • Although it is indicated in _X2 (2003)_ (qv) that his character (William Stryker) is at least 20 years older than 'Bruce Davison' (qv)'s character (Senator Kelly), in real life, he is only 27 days older.
  • Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, England, where he is most recognized for his performance of 'King Lear'.
  • He was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1989 (1988 season) for Best Actor in a Revival for "Titus Andronicus".
  • Backed out of his contract after filming the second of the BBC/Celtic Sharpe series of films after complaining of poor working conditions in the Ukraine as well as becoming repeatedly ill because of them. He was replaced by 'Michael Byrne (I)' (qv), who was featured in the next three Sharpe films.
  • He was awarded the 1987 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performances in The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, and Fashion.

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