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Brian Cox

Considered "the most prolific Scottish actor of his generation," Brian Cox won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for his portrayal of Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering in the TNT original film Nuremberg, for which he also received SAG and Golden Globe Award nominations. His hilarious guest-starring role as Harry Moon on NBC's hit television series Frasier earned his second Emmy nomination in 2002.

He recently wrapped filming the comedy The Ringer, produced by the Farrelly Brothers.

At the beginning of 2003, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth honored Cox with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire). He also received a 2003 SAG Award nomination (his second) as part of the ensemble cast of Spike Jonze's Adaptation, in which he has a scene-stealing cameo as Hollywood's screenwriting guru Robert McKee. He also received rave reviews for his portrayal of non-mutant villain General William Stryker in the summer blockbuster X-Men 2.

In 2002, Cox was featured in seven films, which grossed an impressive $347 million at the box office. His memorable performances include 25th Hour, The Ring, Adaptation, The Bourne Identity and The Rookie.

Cox's masterful portrayal of Big John in the critically lauded independent film L.I.E. (official selection of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival) earned an AFI Award Nomination, an Independent Spirit Award Nomination, a Golden Satellite Award and a Boston Film Critics Award for Best Actor.

An accomplished veteran of the London stage, Cox has two Olivier Awards for Best Actor to his credit for his performances in Titus Andronicus at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre and Rat in the Skull for the Royal Court in London. Recent New York theatre credits include Art on Broadway and St. Nicholas at Off Broadway's Primary Stages (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actor; Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle nominations). Other theatre credits include Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol at the Royal Court; St. Nicholas at the Bush Theatre in London and the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles; King Lear and Richard III at the National Theatre in London and Skylight at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Other film work includes The Affair of the Necklace, The Minus Man, For the Love of the Game, Rushmore; The Corrupter; The Boxer; The Long Kiss Goodnight; the Academy Award-winning Braveheart; Academy Award nominee Rob Roy; Hidden Agenda (Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival); as well as originating the celluloid Hannibal Lecter in Michael Mann's cult classic Manhunter, based on Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon.

Cox made his television directorial debut for the hit HBO prison drama Oz. He is the author of two books, Salem to Moscow: An Actor's Odyssey and The Lear Diaries.

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Brian Cox Facts

Birth Name Brian Denis Cox
BirthdayJune 1, 1946 (76)
BirthplaceDundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Awards2001 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie (for Nuremberg)

Selected Filmography

Kiss the Girls
Bridge of Spies
The Ring
The Ringer
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Red 2
Super Troopers
Rob Roy
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