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Brian Cox

Actor Date of birth 1st June 1946
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Year of debut 1971
First feature film Nicholas And Alexandra
Biography

Raised in Dundee, Brian Cox trained at the London Theatre of Music and Dramatic Arts. He spent many seasons with The Royal Shakespeare Company. He went on to star in a number of television series. However, his big break came in 1986 for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in Michael Mann’s Manhunter. He has become well known for playing villains in movies including The Bourne Identity and Troy. In 2003, he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to film, TV and theatre.

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Brian Cox's films

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Packshot for the film X-Men 2
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
129 Mins
Released
2003

The mutants must join forces to take on an evil military scientist. With Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman.

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Packshot for the film Troy
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
157 Mins
Released
2003

An epic war starts over the Queen of Sparta. With Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana. Contains strong battle violence.

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Packshot for the film Braveheart
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
171 Mins
Released
1995

William Wallace (Mel Gibson) leads a Scottish army against the King of England and his forces. With Brian Cox. Features strong frequent violence and blood and torture.

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Packshot for the film RED
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
106 Mins
Released
2010

Retired spies, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich are framed by the CIA. Contains frequent moderate action violence and one use of strong language.

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Packshot for the film Zodiac
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
151 Mins
Released
2007

Directed by David Fincher. A San Francisco cop (Mark Ruffalo) hunts the notorious Zodiac killer. With Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. Contains strong language and violence.

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Packshot for the film RED 2
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
113 Mins
Released
2013

Retired CIA agents (Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren) team up to track down a missing nuclear weapon. Moderate action violence and moderate language.

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Did you know?

  • Brian Cox was mainly raised by his older sister and an aunt. When he was nine, his father died from cancer. His mother suffered a series of nervous breakdowns after his father's death. She supposedly never fully recovered after she received electro-shock therapy. She died in 1973.
  • He has appeared in three movies featuring assassins with amnesia: The Bourne Identity, The Long Kiss Goodnight and X2.
  • Aged 14, he got his first taste of theatre life when he was a cleaner and general helper at Dundee Repertory Company.
  • He starred as Daphne Moon's father in the US TV show Frasier.
  • In 1984, he won the Laurence Olivier award for Actor of the Year in a New Play for his performance in Rat In The Skull.