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Brian Cox

Brian Cox

Brian Denis Cox is a Scottish actor. 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 played supporting roles in Rob Roy (1995) and Mel Gibson's Academy Award-winning Braveheart (1995). He was the first actor to portray Hannibal Lecter on film in the cult classic Manhunter (1986). A winner of two Olivier Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award, Cox has also been nominated for a British Academy Television Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Cox won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for his portrayal of Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering in Nuremberg, and received nominations at the Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Cox's performance in L.I.E. earned him an AFI Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. His guest-starring role on the hit series Frasier earned him his second Emmy nomination in 2002, in which year he also appeared in seven films grossing $347 million at the box office. In 2003, Cox was appointed a Commander of the British Empire. He received his second SAG Award nomination as part of the ensemble cast of Adaptation, in which he plays Hollywood's screenwriting guru Robert McKee. He was also praised for his portrayal of non-mutant villain General William Stryker in the blockbuster X-Men 2. He currently stars as media magnate Logan Roy on HBO's critically lauded series Succession, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. His other notable film credits include In Celebration (1975), Hidden Agenda (1990), Prince of Jutland (1994), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), The Boxer (1997), Rushmore (1998), The Minus Man (1999), Super Troopers (2001), The Bourne Identity (2002), The Ring (2002), The Reckoning (2003), Troy (2004), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Red Eye (2005), Zodiac (2007), The Escapist (2008), RED (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), RED 2 (2013), Churchill (2017), The Pretenders (2018), Remember Me (2019), The Bay of Silence (2020) and Separation (2021). Cox is a seasoned veteran of the London stage, having won two Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his performances in Titus Andronicus for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Rat in the Skull for the Royal Court, and two more Olivier Award nominations for Misalliance and Fashion. New York theatre credits include St. Nicholas which earned him the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actor, and Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle nominations.Cox is the author of three books, Salem to Moscow: An Actor's Odyssey, The Lear Diaries, and his autobiography Putting the Rabbit in the Hat. He was honored at the 2004 BAFTA Scotland Awards with an Outstanding Achievement Award, and at the 2004 Great Scot Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Empire Magazine awarded him the Empire Icon Award for his film achievements in 2006, and the UK Film Council named him one of the Top 10 powerful British film stars in Hollywood in 2007.
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