Although Scottish actor Brian Cox endured a significant blow and grief during his childhood, he inhabited the reality of being parent-less and forced himself into improvisation. With his journey to search for a new meaning in his life, Brian hauled as an acknowledged actor.
He is known for his role as Argyle Wallace in the 1995 historical war film Braveheart. The Olivier Award-winning actor played as a villain and enemy of X-Men, William Stryker in 2003 American superhero film X2. In HBO series Succession, Brian is playing the central role as Logan Roy.
Two Kids From Second Wife; His Previous Married Life
The 72-year-old actor is married to German actress Nicole Ansari-Cox, 49, since 2002. Nicole, who is a second wife of the actor, is known for the films like Side Effects and Maggie Black. Together, the couple has two sons named Torin Kamran Charles Cox, 13, and Orson Cox, 16.
Brian and his wife Nicole met during 1990 at a party when he was playing the lead in King Lear. They started dating in 1998, and a year later, Nicole moved to London with him. While in London, the actor purposed her in 2002 and decided to start a family together.
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After they welcomed their two children in 2002 and 2005, Brian renewed his marriage vows with Nicole in July 2006 at Birkhill Castle in Fife. They found comfort in raising their children and later moved to the United States in New York City, New York. Even though their elder son Torin has communication and motor skills difficulties, Brian and Nicole are coping with it and has done a remarkable job fostering their two kids.
The family has settled down in the U.S. in New York City and has a rocky relationship, living and working together. The film industry couple attended the New York premiere of `Churchill` at the Whitby Hotel in Manhattan on 22 May 2017. Brian played a role of Winston Churchill in the film.
Brian Cox and his second wife, Nicole Ansari-Cox attended the premiere of 'Churchill' at the Whitby Hotel in Manhattan on 22 May 2017 (Photo: dreamstime.com)
Before his relationship with Nicole, the Scottish actor was married to actress Caroline Burt from 1968 to 1986. With his first wife, Brian shares two kids, Alan Cox and Margaret Cox. His son, Alan, 48, is an English actor whereas his daughter, Margaret is a film director.
During his interview with The Scotsman in February 2010, the actor revealed his mother was very ill and nearly died due to massive hysterectomy when she delivered him. The actor also recalled about his ex-wife's moment when she had stillborn twin-babies. He said,
My wife was obviously in a frail state afterwards, all these hormones going crazy, no baby to feed but your body still going through it all. She went to seven months. She looked at me and said 'well we've a' dropped bairns'. That was the attitude. It was fatalistic, about accepting what you're up against. That's the kind of thing you deal with. That's your history.
His first marriage ended because he was too focused on his work. His workaholic nature affected the relationship between his children. The actor who has two children with the second wife does not want to repeat the past mistakes and feels that he needs to complete the certain things with his two kids that he failed in the past.
Heartbreaking Story Of His Family
At the age of eight, the Dundee native lost both of his parents, and his four sisters raised him. His mother, Mary Ann Guillerline passed away due to suffered nervous breakdowns during his childhood. The actor's father, Charles McArdle Campbell Cox was a butcher and died due to pancreatic cancer when Brian was eight years old. He also has a brother named Charlie Cox who joined the army at the age of 16.
Brian, who has a vivid memory of his father, has a heartbreaking story to share about his family. When Charles died at the hospital, the As Good as Dead actor remembered the moment describing he met a woman on the stair who recite about his father's death. While he went to the home, his mother Mary was sitting stooped over Charles death, and it was hard for his family.
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Shortly after his father's death, Mary also died due to a lot of grief. When Brian was born, his mother was very ill. His parents also used to have financial difficulties. She could not handle it and eventually ran away from their home in Dundee and later returned after the actor, and his butcher father found her. After two years of her return, Charles died, and Brian's mother resorted to a failed suicide which resulted in nervous breakdowns.
The actor is close to his sisters and his elder sister Betty Cox, 88, dealt with his emotional problem during his childhood. Betty was married to a heating engineer and was a hard working woman during the 1950's. She had a family of five and looked after her children and her younger brother Brian.
How Much Is Brian Cox's Net Worth?
Brian Cox has gathered a net worth of $8 million from his career as a Scottish actor. His 2011 movie 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' grossed a box office of $481.8 million in a production budget of $93 million. During his acting career, he has starred over dozens of blockbuster movies and series from which he has collected some fine revenues. Brian has over four decades of experience in the entertainment industry and has won Lifetime Achievement Award during 20th Bradford International Film Festival in 2014.
In 2018, Brian became a regular cast member of the HBO series, Succession and portrayed a role of Logan Roy. His first episode Celebration was aired on 3 June 2018. On HBO series, the actor is starring alongside Palestinian Arab actress Hiam Abbass. Other cast members include Nicholas Braun, Natalie Gold, Jeremy Strong, and Sarah Snook.
Secured #30 Spot In Ranker's Popularity Poll
With his reputation, the actor listed #30 in the list of popularity poll by Ranker. In the list of famous actor and actresses from the UK, Bill Nighty secured #1 in the list, and Brian followed the long list of celebrities above him like David Bowie, Ian McKellen, and Peter Sellers who acquired #29, #28, and #27 respectively.
Brian mostly gathered fame from his movies like Braveheart, X-Men 2, and The Ring. Meanwhile, Beatle's Sir James Paul McCartney secured #100 spot in the Ranker's popularity pool. The 76-years-old Paul who was born in Walton is mostly known as an English singer-songwriter for the legendary rock band, The Beatles.
Brian Cox was born on 1 June 1946 in Dundee, Scotland. The Scottish actor is from a Roman Catholic family and holds Scottish and Irish descent. He graduated from St Michael's Junior Secondary School in 1961 and went to drama school at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1963. Brian stands at the height of 1.76 m and resides in New York City, New York.