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Brian Denis Cox, CBE (born 1 June, 1946) is a Scottish actor. He is known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained great recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. Cox was born in Dundee, Scotland, the youngest of five children. Cox was trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, leaving in 1965 when he joined the Lyceum company in Edinburgh, followed in 1966 by two years with the Birmingham Rep, where his parts included the title role in Peer Gynt (1967) and Orlando in As You Like It, in which he made his London debut in June 1967 at the Vaudeville Theatre.
He made his first television appearance as an extra in several episodes of The Prisoner in 1967 before taking a lead role in The Year of the Sex Olympics the next year. In 1978, he played King Henry II of England in the acclaimed BBC2 drama serial The Devil`s Crown, following which he starred in many other television dramas. His first film appearance was as Leon Trotsky in Nicholas and Alexandra in 1971. Cox is an accomplished Shakespearean actor, spending seasons with both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in the 1980s and 1990s. His work with the RSC included a critically acclaimed performance as the title character in Titus Andronicus, as well as playing Petruchio in The Taming of The Shrew. Cox portrayed Burgundy opposite Laurence Olivier`s King Lear (1983). He later went on to play King Lear at the National Theatre.
His most famous appearances include Rob Roy, Braveheart (both in 1995), The Ring, X2, Troy and The Bourne Supremacy. He usually plays villains, such as William Stryker in X2, Agamemnon in Troy, Pariah Dark in the Danny Phantom television series episode Reign Storm, and a devious CIA official in the Bourne films and in Chain Reaction. He has on occasion played more sympathetic characters, such as Edward Norton`s father in 25th Hour, a fatherly police superior in Super Troopers, and Rachel McAdams` father in Red Eye. He has also appeared in the sitcom Frasier as Daphne Moon`s father. He was also the protagonist in the film The Escapist. Cox garnered critical acclaim for his performance in 2001`s L.I.E., in which he played a pedophile who grows to genuinely (and platonically) care for a boy he had initially intended to molest. He won an Emmy Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award that year for his portrayal of Hermann Göring in the television mini-series Nuremberg. He also appeared in a supporting role as Jack Langrishe in the HBO series Deadwood.
Cox is a diabetic and has worked to promote a diabetes research facility in his home town of Dundee. The producers of Super Troopers discovered his affliction when a scene called for Cox to eat a white chocolate prop that resembled a bar of soap. Cox bit into it thinking they knew this, and promptly spat it out upon tasting it. Production was halted until a sugar-free substitute could be found. Cox is a patron for Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland`s National Theatre `for and by` young people. Scottish Youth Theatre`s building in Glasgow, The Old Sheriff Court, named their theatre the Brian Cox Studio Theatre in his honour. He is also a patron of "THE SPACE", a training facility for actors and dancers in his native Dundee, and an "ambassador" for the Screen Academy Scotland. His son, Alan Cox, is also an actor, best known for his role in Young Sherlock Holmes. He also played the young John Mortimer in the TV film of his play A Voyage Round My Father (1982) opposite Laurence Olivier.
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Brian Denis Cox, CBE (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor. He is known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. He has also appeared in many American films, such as Rushmore, Super Troopers, X2: X-Men United as William Stryker, and Troy as Agamemnon. He was the first actor to portray Hannibal Lecter on film in the 1986 movie Manhunter.
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According to our records Brian Cox is currently single.
He was married to Nicole Ansari in 2002.
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