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Brian Cox Biography

Birth Name:
Brian Denis Cox
Birth Place:
Dundee, Scotland
Actor, writer

Fast Facts

  • At age 15, dropped out of school and took a job running errands and mopping the stage floor at the Dundee Repertory Theater
  • Won two prestigious Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his performances in the London productions of Rat in the Skull in 1984, and Titus Andronicus in 1989
  • Played Hannibal Lecter in Michael Mann's Manhunter (1986) five years before Anthony Hopkins assumed the role in The Silence of the Lambs
  • In 1990, went on tour with the Royal National Theatre and was in simultaneous stage productions of King Lear and Richard III
  • Wrote a memoir of his busy year called The Lear Diaries, which was published in 1993
  • Has voiced characters in numerous video games, including Scolar Visari in the Killzone franchise, and Lionel Starkweather in PS2's Manhunt


  • 2007Golden Satellite Award-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2001American Film Institute-Best Supporting Actor: nominated


  • Margaret Cox -- Daughter
  • Caroline Burt -- Ex-wife
  • Charles Cox -- Father
  • Mary Ann Cox -- Mother
  • Alan Cox -- Son
  • Orson Cox -- Son
  • Torin Cox -- Son