BRIAN COX (Dr
BRIAN COX (Dr.
Guggenheim) is of Irish descent and Celtic heritage. In 1961,
just prior to his 15th birthday, Cox joined Dundee
Repertory Theatre as an apprentice. He later enrolled in the prestigious
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). His first appearance
in London came in the highly successful production of "As
You Like It." Returning to Scotland, Cox played the title
role in "Peer Gynt," Mercutio in "Romeo & Juliet"
an Iago in "Othello" at The Royal Lyceum Theatre and
Subsequent stage work included Ibsen's "When We Dead Awaken,"
"In Celebration," "Hedda Gabler" and "Cromwell."
Cox enjoyed an extended run on London's West End in "Getting
On" at the Queen's Theatre, returning to The Nottingham Playhouse
to take the title role in Ibsen's "Brand."
Cox also played Brutus in "Julius Caesar" and starred
in "Herod" and "Macbeth." In the early 1980s
he also accumulated credits in "Summer Party," "Have
You Anything to Declare?," the title role in "Danton's
Death" and as Captain Ahab in "Moby Dick."
In 1985, Cox co-starred with Glenda Jackson in O'Neill's "Strange
Interlude" on Broadway, earning his second British Theatre
Association Drama Award for Best Actor. Later the same year, he
gave a tour de force performance in "Rat in the Skull,"
an exchange production between New York's Public Theater and London's
Royal Court Theatre.
During the past decade, Cox starred in "The Danton Affair,"
"Misalliance," (garnering his first Olivier Award),
"Fashion," "Three Sisters," "The Taming
of the Shrew" (which earned him the British Theatre Association
Drama Award for Best Actor), "Titus Andronicus" (winning
his second Olivier Award), "Frankie & Johnny in the Claire
de Lune," "King Lear" and "Richard III."
He made his musical debut in Meredith Wilson's "The Music
Man." Last year, he starred in "Skylight"
at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. He recently starred in
a one-man show in New York called "St. Nicholas," at
Primary Stages, and is currently starring on Broadway in the Tony
Award-winning play, "Art."
On television, he appeared in the BBC production of "The
Year of the Sex Olympics," "Z Cars," "Minder"
and other series. For the BBC, Cox starred as Henry II in the
miniseries "The Devil's Crown," J.S. Bach in "Bach
Cantatas," William Wallace in "Churchill's People"
and Laurent in "Therese Raquin." His more recent television
credits include "The Lost Language of Cranes," the miniseries
"Grushko" and "The Negotiator" for the BBC,
"The Big Battalions" for Channel 4, "The Cloning
of Joanna May" for A&E Network and "Six Characters
in Search of an Author" for Bravo.
Cox earned his first major film role in 1970, portraying Bolshevik
leader Leon Trotsky in "Nicholas & Alexandra." He
reprised his theatrical role as a miners son in Lindsay Anderson's
"In Celebration" and starred as a Scottish nobleman
in the BAFTA Award-winning "The Privilege." His first
American film was "Manhunter."
Cox next appeared in "Hidden Agenda," Walt Disney
Pictures live-action "Iron Will,
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