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Considered "the most prolific Scottish actor of his generation,” Emmy and Olivier Award-winning actor BRIAN COX (Ward Abbott) is a veteran of more than 40 films and various stage and television performances. Most recently, in addition to filming Wolfgang Peterson's Troy in which he starred as Agamemnon, he also completed filming The Ringer, produced by the Farrelly brothers. In 2003, he received rave reviews for his portrayal of non-mutant general William Stryker in X2. Also in that year, Cox received his second SAG Award nomination as part of the ensemble cast of Spike Jonze's Adaptation, in which he has a scene-stealing cameo as screenwriting guru Robert McKee.

In 2002, Cox was featured in seven films, which grossed an impressive $347 million at the box office. His memorable performances include 25th Hour, The Ring, The Bourne Identity and The Rookie. His other film work includes The Affair of the Necklace, The Minus Man, For the Love of the Game, Rushmore, The Corrupter, The Boxer, The Long Kiss Goodnight, the Academy Award®-winning Braveheart, as well as Academy Award® nominee Rob Roy, and Hidden Agenda, which won a special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, Cox originated the celluloid Hannibal Lecter in Michael Mann's cult classic Manhunter, based on the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. Cox's masterful portrayal of Big John in the critically lauded independent LIE (which was an official selection at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed in 2001 by Lot 47) earned an AFI Award Nomination, an Independent Spirit Award Nomination, a Golden Satellite Award and a Boston Film Critics Award for Best Actor.

An accomplished veteran of the London stage, Cox has two Olivier Awards for Best Actor to his credit for his performances in Titus Andronicus at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre and Rat in the Skull for the Royal Court in London. Recent New York theater credits include Art on Broadway and St. Nicholas at Off Broadway's Primary Stages, for which he earned a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actor and nominations by the Drama Desk and the Outer Critic's Circle. Other theater credits include Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol at the Royal Court, St. Nicholas at the Bush Theatre in London and the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles, King Lear and Richard III at the National Theatre in London, and Skylight at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

For his portrayal of Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering in the TNT original film Nuremberg, Cox won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. Also for this performance he received SAG and Golden Globe Award nominations. His hilarious guest-starring role as Harry Moon on NBC's hit television series Frasier earned him his second Emmy nomination in 2002.

Cox made his television directorial debut for the hit HBO prison drama Oz. He is the author of two books, Salem to Moscow: An Actor's Odyssey and The Lear Diaries.

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