Jun. 1st, 1946
Dundee, Scotland, UK
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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).
- 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.
- After graduating from LAMDA, he spent several seasons with the Royal National Theatre in London, England.
- Father died when he was 9.
- Appeared as an extra in several episodes of _"The Prisoner" (1967)_ (qv).
- Son 'Alan Cox (I)' (qv) (a professional actor) and daughter Margaret, from his 18-year marriage to Caroline Burt (they divorced in 1986.). A second son was born 31 Jan 2002 from his wife 'Nicole Ansari-Cox' (qv).
- 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.
- Rarely plays characters who are sympathetic or likable, from his egotistical take on 'Robert McKee (I)' (qv) in _Adaptation. (2002)_ (qv) to the robust evil in his portrayal of Agamemnon in _Troy (2004)_ (qv). Howver, he has gone against type and played several likable characters, such as the gruff yet honorable Uncle Argyle in _Braveheart (1995)_ (qv) and the lovable, paternal Police Chief John O'Hagan in _Super Troopers (2001)_ (qv).
- 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.