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Bud Cort

Since his career-defining turn as Harold in the cult classic Harold and Maude, Bud Cort has gone on to distinguish himself in film, television, and theater. Most recently, he has appeared in Dogma, But I'm a Cheerleader and Love Letters with Jamie Lee Curtis. Cort has also completed work on The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud, a comedy whose ensemble cast includes Carol Kane and Klaus Kinski. His other film credits include Heat, Million Dollar Hotel, Up the Down Staircase, Sweet Charity, The Chocolate War, Brewster McCloud, Invaders from Mars, Hotel du Paris and M*A*S*H.

Cort's television work includes a starring role in Tales of the Darkside for Laurel TV, NBC's Brave New World, Ronald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, and the Paulist Fathers' series Insight. In addition to these credits, he had roles on The Twilight Zone and The Hitchhiker, and has hosted Evening at the Improve. He also co-starred with Shelley Duvall in Joan Silver's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Bernice Bobs Her Hair on PBS.

The versatile actor made his Broadway debut in Simon Grey's Wise Child, opposite Donald Pleasence, and he has appeared in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum in Peter Nichol's Forget-Me-Not Lane and in Dory Previn's August 11, 1947. His performance in Samuel Beckett's Endgame at the Clurman Theatre in New York and the Mayfair Theatre in Los Angeles won him a Drama Logue Award. Cort was also seen in Wise Child, The Seagull, He Who Got Slapped, and Demon Wine. Cort is a member of the Director's Unit of The Actor's Studio, and his memorable reading of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye has been heard by radio audiences across the world.

Besides acting, Cort has performed in a number of one-man shows at The Roxy, The Bitter End, The Improve, The Living Room, and The Village Gate. He recently appeared in Dwight Yoakam's South of Heaven, West of Hell and Coyote Ugly. He gained, and then lost, 100 pounds for his role in Pollock.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Bud Cort Facts

Birth NameWalter Edward Cox
BirthdayMarch 29, 1950 (72)
BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Bud Cort compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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