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    • Brian has been nominated for three SAG Awards. In 2001, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Nuremburg. In 2003, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Adaptation. In 2007, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Deadwood.

    • In 2001, Brian was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for Nuremburg.


    • Brian has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. In 2001, Brian won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Hermann Wilhelm Goering on Nuremburg.  In 2002, Brian was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series playing Harry Moon on Frasier.

    • His second son, Torin Kamran Charles, was born on October 2004.

    • Although it is hinted in X2 that Brian's character, William Stryker, is more than 20 years older than Bruce Davison's character, Senator Kelly, in real life, he is only 27 days older.

    • He appears in "Manhunter" (1986) with Joan Allen; 18 years later they work together again on the movie "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004).

    • He appeared as an extra in several episodes of "The Prisoner" (1967).

    • Trademark: Often plays characters associated with the government and/or the military.

    • Spouse:
      Nicole Ansari-Cox (2002 - present) - 1 child.
      Caroline Burt (1968 - 1986) (divorced) - 2 children.

    • Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)

    • Personal quote: "It's always different working with a different director because he brings his own thing to it. He brings his own discipline."

    • Personal quote: "In a sense I feel very much a part of the cinema now in a way where when I come back to the theater now I feel like a visitor. The cinema is really what I enjoy. I want to do more independent movies."

    • Personal quote: "I was living in London and I thought, 'there's nothing here for me anymore'. I don't want to become this actor who's going to be doing this occasional good work in the theater and then ever diminishing bad television. I thought I'd rather do bad movies than bad television because you get more money for it."

    • Has appeared in two films about legendary Scottish heroes and both in the same year. In 1995 he starred in both Braveheart and Rob Roy.

    • Has three roles in common with Anthony Hopkins. They have both played Titus Andronicus, King Lear and Hannibal Lecter.

    • Has performed in several movies playing a government official in which another actor has amnesia but later discovers they are secret government assasins: The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) where the amnesia victim is actress Geena Davis, The Bourne Identity (2002) with Matt Damon having the amnesia, and also X2 (2003) where the victim is played by Hugh Jackman.

    • It is said he does not watch or view his own work.

    • He was awarded the 1987 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performances in The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, and Fashion.

    • He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 (1988 season) for Best Actor in a Revival for Titus Andronicus.

    • He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1985 (1984 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for Rat in the Skull.

    • In 1986 he played in Manhunter as Hannibal Lecter. He later co-starred with Edward Norton in "25th Hour" (2002). the same year, Edward Norton also starred in "Red Dragon", a remake of "Manhunter".

    • He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in the 2002 New Year's Eve Honours List.

    • He is the first actor to portray Dr. Hannibal Lecter on the screen.

    • His son, Alan Cox, starred in "Young Sherlock Holmes" (1985)

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