Ten fun facts about Brian Cox

Fact 1
He is known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear.

Fact 2
He made his first television appearance in an episode of The Wednesday Play in 1965.

Fact 3
He got a lead role in The Year of the Sex Olympics in 1968.

Fact 4
In 1978, he played King Henry II of England in the acclaimed BBC2 drama serial The Devil's Crown.

Fact 5
His first film appearance was as Leon Trotsky in Nicholas and Alexandra in 1971.

Fact 6
Cox is an accomplished Shakespearean actor, spending seasons with both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in the 1980s and 1990s.

Fact 7
He has also appeared in many Hollywood productions playing parts such as Dr. Guggenheim in Rushmore, William Stryker in X2: X-Men United and Agamemnon in Troy.

Fact 8
He was the first actor to portray Hannibal Lecter on film in the 1986 movie Manhunter.

Fact 9
He joined the Dundee Repertory Theatre at the age of 14.

Fact 10
Cox was trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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