Ronny Cox

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Ronny Cox

Born

7/23/1938, Cloudcroft, New Mexico, USA

Birth Name

Daniel Ronald Cox

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Ron Cox, Daniel Ronald Cox, Ronald Cox
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Daniel Ronald Cox (born Saturday, July 23, 1938 in Cloudcroft, New Mexico) is an American actor, singer/songwriter, and guitarist. Cox tours regularly with a band, performing at theatres and folk music festivals. As an actor, he is probably best known for his debut performance as Drew Ballinger in…more

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  • Trivia

    • Ronny made his Broadway debut in 1969 in the play "Indians" as Jesse James.

    • Ronny had uncredited roles in the movies "Amazon Women On the Moon" and "Deep Blue Sea".

    • Ronny wrote, produced and starred in the 1984 movie "Courage".

    • Ronny made appeared on stage for the first time in 1951, when he was 13, in the play "King KoKo" in Portales, New Mexico.

    • Ronny has done voice work for the video games "Killzone" and "Freespace2".

    • Ronny had a band, "Ron's Rockouts", with two of his brothers while in college. He sung lead vocals as well as played rhythm guitar and blues harp.

    • Ronny has released four albums; "At The Sebastiani", "Ronny Cox Live", "Cowboy Savant" and "Acoustic Eclectricity".

    • Ronny's parents are Lounette and Bob P. Cox. He has 4 siblings.

    • Ronny attended Eastern New Mexico University, graduating in 1963. He majored in theater and speech correction. He also attended Georgetown University, studying drama.

    • Ronny is a good bridge player.

    • As an actor, he is probably best known for his debut performance as Drew Ballinger in the acclaimed 1972 film Deliverance in which he appears in what many consider to be one of the most memorable scenes in cinema history playing the instrumental "Dueling Banjos" on his guitar with a mentally retarded banjo-playing mountain boy named Lonny played by child actor Billy Redden.

    • The producers of Stargate SG-1 changed their schedule to accommodate him, and this rarely happens in the television industry.

    • He was married to Mary Cox since September 10, 1960, until her death December 18, 2006, she died of cancer. He met his wife Mary at the age of 14 while in high school. They had 2 children, Brian and John.

    • Ronny is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and storyteller. He and his band do about 80 shows a year at folk festivals and small theaters.

    • Ronny is 6' 2" (1.88 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Ronny Cox: My wife, Mary, was the most intelligent person I've ever known. I'm not from an intellectual family, but thanks to her, I can at least carry on a conversation about almost any subject. I think, in many ways, meeting her pointed me in the direction my life has gone.

    • Ronny Cox: I much prefer playing the bad guys. I think they are always the most interesting characters. I liken it to painting: if you're playing the good guy, you get three colors: red, white and blue. But if you're the bad guy, you get the whole palette.

    • Ronny Cox: (about his first appearance on Stargate SG-1) The producers just called and asked if I would be interested in doing a show that sort of recapped their first season. We did the show and had so much fun that they and I decided we would like to do more together. Brad Wright told me the show was so successful that every time they got a script from an outside writer, Senator Kinsey was in it.

    • Ronny Cox: The fun for me is playing characters -- not that I would ever turn down superstardom. But I would only use stardom as a way to get access to all the really great roles. I want to play everything.

    • Ronny Cox: I'm not a well-trained actor in the classical sense but what I think I have going for me is a sense of honesty about my work.

    • Ronny Cox: (about his role of on Stargate SG-1) No. I'm perfectly at home with what we've done with Kinsey, and if he's gone as far as he's going to go on Stargate, that'd be great. If they wanted to take him over to Atlantis, I'd go over there. (laughter)

    • Ronny Cox: I'm not as big a fan of Atlantis . I've got to tell you the truth, I'm not much of a television fan. I don't watch a lot of television. To me, watching television is a postman taking a walk. (laughter)

    • Ronny: I'm being very selective of the acting projects I do.

    • Ronny Cox: I spend about a third of my year playing music. I am a singer-songwriter of acoustic oriented music. I play lots of folk festivals and house concerts.

    • Ronny Cox: (speaking of his musical career) I was making records when I was in high school.

    • Ronny Cox: (about his character on Stargate SG-1 becoming a Goa'uld) I asked for that.

    • Ronny Cox: (in response to the statement "Not everyone gets to shut down the S.G.C.")(laughter) It should be shut down! They're wasting our money, good Lord!

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