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Know Your “That Guy”: Brian Cox

Brian Cox

Born: June 1, 1946

Number of Roles: 173

Best Known for Playing: Government or military bad guys, English nobles

First Appearance: Nelson in A Knight in Tarnished Armor (1965)

Most Recent Appearance: John Landon in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Can be Seen, Heard, in:

  • Ironclad
  • Killzone 3
  • Coriolanus
  • Red
  • Day of the Triffids
  • Kings
  • Trick r Treat
  • Battle for Terra
  • Deadwood
  • The Ringer
  • Match Point
  • X2: X-Men United
  • Troy
  • The Bourne Supremacy, Identity
  • 25th Hour
  • Adaptation
  • Braveheart
  • Rob Roy
  • Manhunter

Fun Facts

  • Never watches any of the movies he’s in
  • Three roles in common with Anthony Hopkins: Hannibal Lecter, Titus Andronicus and King Lear
  • First actor to portray Dr. Hannibal Lecter on film
  • Appeared in a number of movies as a government official dealing with a special agent who has amnesia.


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