More Brian Cox Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Ring)Brian Cox is an award-winning actor of the stage, screen and television. A veteran of more than 40 feature films, he most recently starred in the thriller The Bourne Identity, with Matt Damon; and the heartwarming family hit The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid. Cox also starred in the acclaimed independent film L.I.E., for which he earned AFI and Independent Spirit Award nominations. His film work also includes The Affair of the Necklace, A Shot at Glory, For Love of the Game, Rushmore, Desperate Measures, The Boxer, Kiss the Girls, Chain Reaction, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Iron Will, Hidden Agenda and Nicholas and Alexandra. He was also the first to play Dr. Hannibal Lecter on screen in Manhunter.
This year, Cox was nominated for an Emmy Award for his Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on Frasier. He had earlier won an Emmy Award and was nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his chilling portrayal of Hermann Goering in the miniseries Nuremberg. Cox has also starred in a long list of notable television projects, both in the United States and Great Britain, including Longitude, Witness Against Hitler, Grushko, Sharpe's Eagle, Sharpe's Rifles, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Cloning of Joanna May, The Lost Language of Cranes, Murder by Moonlight, The Cantor of St. Thomas's and King Lear, to name only a few.
Born in Scotland, Cox trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and has appeared in dozens of plays on the stages of London, New York and Scotland. Repeatedly honored for his work in the theatre, Cox won Olivier Awards for his performances in Rat in the Skull and Titus Andronicus; British Theatre Association Drama Awards for Best Actor for his work in The Taming of the Shrew and Strange Interlude; and the Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, for St. Nicholas.
In addition, Cox has helmed stage productions of I Love My Life, Mrs. Warren's Profession, The Philanderer, The Master Builder and Richard III. He made his television directorial debut on the critically acclaimed HBO prison drama Oz.
Also a prolific writer, Cox has authored two non-fiction books: The Lear Diaries and Salem in Moscow. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Times Arts & Leisure section, and has written articles for such publications as Esquire, UK, Tattler, Vanity Fair and The Guardian.
Bio courtesy DreamWorks for "The Ring" (01-Jan-2000)