I couldn’t let June 1 go by without acknowledging the birthday of one of the coolest character actors around: Brian Cox!
Brian has had a remarkable career and done many roles, including but not limited to: Agamemnon in Troy, the mean mutant-hating William Stryker in X-Men 2, the sleazy spy in the Bourne Identity, and the cantankerous Captain O’Hagan in Super Troopers. Even when the movie itself isn’t great (cough, cough — Troy — cough, cough), Brian manages to make it worth watching.
One of my favorite of his roles, however, is also one of his earliest: he was the first actor to play Hannibal Lector, in the 1986 Michael Mann film Manhunter! I still prefer Cox’s subtle, almost bored Lector to Anthony Hopkins’ over-the-top performance!
Anyway, happy birthday to Brian Cox, and here’s hoping for many more great performances from him!