In 2019, Brian Cox will celebrate his 54th year in professional acting. The Scottish-born stage and film artist got his start in TV in the mid-1960s, but by the ’80s he began landing lead roles in Hollywood films.
His distinctive voice and grizzled appearance have made him one of the go-to actors when filmmakers cast roles for UK nationals. In 2018, audiences got an extended look at Cox in Succession on HBO.
That marked more than 200 acting credits for Cox since his debut more than a half century ago. Here are his best-known works and his estimated net worth.
From ‘Braveheart’ to ‘Adaptation’ and ‘X-Men: 2’
You can see how easy it would be to cast Cox in 1995’s Braveheart, the Mel Gibson epic that won five Oscars. However, Cox already had his breakout role the previous decade. In 1986, he played “Dr. Hannibal Lecktor” in Michael Mann’s Manhunter. (His performance would be eclipsed in the following years by Anthony Hopkins’ turn as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.)
By the early 2000s, Cox was a regular in Hollywood pictures. He stole most of his scenes as screenwriting guru Robert McKee in Adaptation (2002). Roles in X-Men: 2 and The Bourne Supremacy further established him as a reliable character actor in blockbuster films. In 2017, he played the lead in Churchill.
As a media mogul and patriarch in decline in HBO’s Succession (2018), fans got the extended look at Cox many have been wanting. The character of Logan Roy is one of his most substantial among the major projects he’s completed in recent years. Yet Cox has made quite a living by staying busy.
Cox’s net worth estimated at between $9-15 million
While it’s hard to nail down the net worth of an actor like Cox, we can make a guess based on his credits. A few years back, Celebrity Net Worth pegged the actor’s fortune at $9 million. Since then, Cox had had no shortage of work. He’s already wrapped three productions for 2019 and is currently filming two more set for release in 2020.
The renewal of Succession for a Season Two also bodes well for the actor’s finances. Taking his many roles into account, Cox’s net worth may be as high as $15 million. That not may not sound as impressive as a longtime Hollywood leading man like Nicolas Cage, but then again you don’t read of Cox buying dinosaur skulls and multiple castles. (Cage lost a $150 million fortune doing just that. It’s about the money you keep, really.)
With his impressive talent on full display in Succession and other projects, Cox appears ready to continue plying his trade and adding to his coffers. We’ll see if the exposure on HBO lands him more work on streaming channels and feature films in the coming years.
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