Lilian Monroe Biography & Facts
Brian Denis Cox (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor who works in film, television and theatre. He has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. He currently stars as media magnate Logan Roy on HBO's Succession. Cox is also known for appearing in Super Troopers, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, X2, Braveheart, Rushmore, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Troy. He was the first actor to portray Hannibal Lecter on film, in 1986's Manhunter.
An Olivier Award, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner, Cox has also been nominated for a BAFTA and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2006, Empire readers voted him the recipient of the Empire Icon Award.
Cox was born in Dundee, the youngest of five children. He is from a working-class Roman Catholic family, of Irish and Scottish descent. His mother, Mary Ann Guillerline (née McCann), was a spinner who worked in the jute mills and suffered several nervous breakdowns during Cox's childhood. His father, Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, was a police officer and later a shopkeeper, and died when Cox was eight years old. Cox was brought up by his three elder sisters who includes Betty born in 1930 with whom Cox has remained close. He joined the Dundee Repertory Theatre at the age of 14.
Cox was educated at St Mary's Forebank Primary School, followed by St Michael's Junior Secondary School (both in Dundee), which he left at the age of 15. After working at Dundee Repertory Theatre for a few years, he went to drama school from the age of 17 to 19, at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Cox left the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1965 when he joined the Lyceum company in Edinburgh, followed in 1966 by two years with the Birmingham Rep, where his roles 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 in an episode of The Wednesday Play in 1965 and made one-off appearances in several other TV shows before taking a lead role in The Year of the Sex Olympics in 1968.
A recurring rumour that Cox had made uncredited appearances as an extra in several episodes of The Prisoner was dismissed by the actor in an interview with Bullz-Eye.com, where he said, "I would've loved to have been in The Prisoner, and I remember seeing it, and I watched it when it first came out. I'm old enough to have seen it and watched it and, yes, to have been an extra in it. But I never was." 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 said later that his performance in Titus Andronicus was "the greatest stage performance I've ever given." Later, Cox portrayed Burgundy opposite Laurence Olivier in the title role of King Lear (1983). He went on to play King Lear at the National Theatre.
In 1986, during the production of Manhunter, while Cox was playing Hannibal Lecktor, Anthony Hopkins was playing King Lear on stage at the National Theatre. Five years later, during the production of The Silence of the Lambs in which Hopkins took over as the correctly named Lecter, Cox was playing King Lear at the National Theatre. At the time, the two actors shared the same agent.
In 1984 he played the Royal Ulster Constabulary officer Inspector Nelson in the Royal Court's production of Rat in the Skull. He was subsequently awarded that year's Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a New Play.In 1991 he played the role of Owen Benjamin, the closeted father of a gay man, in the BBC "Screen 2" production of David Leavitt's novel, The Lost Language of Cranes, which is set in the 1980s. In 1993, he appeared as British spymaster Major Hogan in two episodes of the British television series Sharpe. In the same year, he was seen in an episode of Inspector Morse ("Deadly Slumber"), where he portrayed Michael Steppings, a retired bookmaker whose daughter is in a permanent coma.In 1994 he played the role of Colonel Grushko, 'a policeman who sees greed and rapacity in Russia's new mood', in Grushko, a British-made crime drama set in Russia.His most famous appearances include Rob Roy, Braveheart (both in 1995), The Ring, X2, Troy, and The Bourne Supremacy. He often plays villains, such as William Stryker in X2, Agamemnon in Troy, Pariah Dark in the Danny Phantom television series episode "Reign Storm", devious CIA official Ward Abbott in the first two Bourne films, and in Chain Reaction. In 2001, he received critical acclaim for his performance as a paedophile in Michael Cuesta's L.I.E.; he won a Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Actor and an AFI Award for Featured Actor of the Year – Male.
He has played more sympathetic characters, such as Edward Norton's father in 25th Hour. Super Troopers had him play a fatherly senior police officer.
He also played Rachel McAdams' father in Red Eye and appeared in the U.S. sitcom Frasier as the father of Daphne Moon (played by Jane Leeves). He was also the protagonist in the film The Escapist. Cox made a guest appearance in the 1997 Red Dwarf episode "Stoke Me a Clipper", as a medieval king in a virtual reality game. He won an Emmy Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award that year for his portrayal of Hermann Göring in Nuremberg, and also appeared as Jack Langrishe in the HBO series Deadwood.
In 2002 he appeared in Spike Jonze's Charlie Kaufman-scripted Adaptation as the real-life screenwriting teacher, Robert McKee, giving advice to Nicolas Cage in both his roles, as Charlie Kaufman and Charlie's fictional twin brother, Donald. In 2004, Cox played an alternate, villainous version of King Agamemnon in Troy. He appeared on a 2006 episode of the British motoring programme Top Gear (as a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car"). Cox has also been involved in the video-game industry. Some of his most prominent roles were in Killzone (2004), Killzone 2 (2009), and Killzone 3 (2011), in which he played the ruthless emperor Scolar Visari. Cox also was the voice of Lionel Starkweather, the main antagonist in the videogame for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, Manhunt (2003).His radio work includes playing the title character in the BBC Radio 4 series McLevy (1999–present), based on the real-life detective James McLevy, and his portrayal of the Dundonian comic character.... Discover the Lilian Monroe popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Lilian Monroe books.