Bernadette Peters

Peters has appeared in 33 feature films or television films beginning in 1973, including the 1976 Mel Brooks film Silent Movie (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award), the musical Annie (1982), Pink Cadillac (1989), in which she co-starred with Clint Eastwood, and Woody Allen‘s Alice (1990).

Peters starred opposite Steve Martin in The Jerk (1979), in a role that he wrote for her, and again in Pennies from Heaven (1981), for which she won the Golden Globe Award as Best Motion Picture Actress in a Comedy or Musical.[2][10] In Pennies from Heaven, she played Eileen Everson, a schoolteacher turned prostitute. Of her performance in Pennies From Heaven, John DiLeo wrote that she “is not only poignant as you’d expect but has a surprising inner strength.”[20] Pauline Kael wrote in The New Yorker: “Peters is mysteriously right in every nuance.”[21]

Peters appeared with three generations of the Kirk Douglas family in the 2003 film It Runs in the Family, in which she played the wife of Michael Douglas‘s character. In May 2006, she appeared in the film Come le formiche (Wine and Kisses) with F. Murray Abraham, filmed in Italy, playing a rich American who becomes involved with an Italian family that owns a vineyard. The DVD was released in 2007 in Italy.[22] She starred in a 2012 film titled Coming Up Roses, playing a former musical comedy actress with two daughters.[23]

Peters was born into a Sicilian-American family in Ozone Park in the New York City borough of Queens, the youngest of three children.[3] Her mother, Marguerite (née Maltese),[4] started her in show business by putting her on the television show Juvenile Jury at the age of three and a half. Her father, Peter Lazzara, drove a bread delivery truck.[5] Her siblings are casting director Donna DeSeta[6] and Joseph Lazzara.[5] She appeared on the television shows Name That Tune and several times on The Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour at age five.[citation needed]

In January 1958, at age nine, she obtained her Actors Equity Card in the name Bernadette Peters to avoid ethnic typecasting, with the stage name taken from her father’s first name.[citation needed] She made her professional stage debut the same month in This Is Goggle, a comedy directed by Otto Preminger that closed during out-of-town tryouts before reaching New York.[7] She then appeared on NBC television as Anna Stieman in A Boy Called Ciske, a Kraft Mystery Theatre production, in May 1958, and in a vignette entitled “Miracle in the Orphanage”, part of “The Christmas Tree”, a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, in December 1958,[8] with fellow child actor Richard Thomas and veteran actors Jessica Tandy and Margaret Hamilton.[9] She first appeared on the New York stage at age 10 as Tessie in the New York City Center revival of The Most Happy Fella (1959).[10] In her teen years, she attended Quintano’s School for Young Professionals, a now-defunct private school.[7]

At age 13, Peters appeared as one of the “Hollywood Blondes” and was an understudy for “Dainty June” in the second national tour of Gypsy.[11] During this tour, Peters first met her long-time accompanist, conductor and arranger Marvin Laird, who was the assistant conductor for the tour. Laird recalled, “I heard her sing an odd phrase or two and thought, ‘God that’s a big voice out of that little girl'”.[12] The next summer, she played Dainty June in summer stock, and in 1962 she recorded her first single. In 1964, she played Liesl in The Sound of Music and Jenny in Riverwind in summer stock at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse (Pennsylvania), and Riverwind again at the Bucks County Playhouse in 1966.[13][14][15] Upon graduation from high school, she started working steadily, appearing Off-Broadway in the musicals The Penny Friend (1966) and Curley McDimple (1967)[10] and as a standby on Broadway in The Girl in the Freudian Slip (1967). She made her Broadway debut in Johnny No-Trump in 1967, and next appeared as George M. Cohan‘s sister Josie opposite Joel Grey in George M! (1968), winning the Theatre World Award.[citation needed]

Peters’s performance as “Ruby” in the 1968 Off-Broadway production of Dames at Sea, a parody of 1930s musicals, brought her critical acclaim and her first Drama Desk Award.[10] She had appeared in an earlier 1966 version of Dames at Sea at the Off-Off-Broadway performance club Caffe Cino.[16][17][18] Peters had starring roles in her next Broadway vehicles—Gelsomina in the 1969 musical version of the Italian film of the same name, La Strada (for which she won good reviews but the show closed after one performance) and Hildy in a revival of On the Town (1971), for which she received her first Tony Award nomination. She played Mabel Normand in Mack and Mabel (1974), receiving another Tony nomination. Clive Barnes wrote: “With the splashy Mack & Mabel … diminutive and contralto Bernadette Peters found herself as a major Broadway star.”[19] The Mack and Mabel cast album became popular among musical theatre fans.[10] She moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s to concentrate on television and film work.

Peter Falk

1958 Wind Across the Everglades Writer film debut
1959 The Bloody Brood Nico
1960 Pretty Boy Floyd Shorty Walters
1960 Murder Inc. Abe Reles
1960 The Secret of the Purple Reef Tom Weber
1961 Pocketful of Miracles Joy Boy
1962 Pressure Point Young Psychiatrist
1963 The Balcony Police Chief
1963 It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Third Cab Driver
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods Guy Gisborne
1964 Attack and Retreat Medic Captain
1965 The Great Race Maximilian Meen
1966 Penelope Lieutenant Horatio Bixbee
1967 Luv Milt Manville
1967 Too Many Thieves Danny
1968 Anzio Corporal Jack Rabinoff
1969 Machine Gun McCain Charlie Adamo
1969 Castle Keep Sergeant Rossi
1970 Operation Snafu Peter Pawney
1970 Husbands Archie Black
1974 A Woman Under the Influence Nick Longhetti
1976 Griffin and Phoenix Geoffrey Griffin
1976 Murder by Death Sam Diamond
1976 Mikey and Nicky Mikey
1977 Opening Night Cameo appearance Uncredited
1978 The Cheap Detective Lou Peckinpaugh
1978 The Brink’s Job Tony Pino
1978 Scared Straight! Himself – Narrator
1979 The In-Laws Vincent J. Ricardo
1981 The Great Muppet Caper Tramp
1981 …All the Marbles Harry Sears
1986 Big Trouble Steve Rickey
1987 Wings of Desire Himself
1987 Happy New Year Nick
1987 The Princess Bride Grandfather / Narrator
1988 Vibes Harry Buscafusco
1989 Cookie Dominick “Dino” Capisco
1990 In the Spirit Roger Flan
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Pedro Carmichael
1992 Faraway, So Close! Himself
1992 The Player Himself
1995 Roommates Rocky Holzcek
1995 Cops n Roberts Salvatore Santini
1998 Money Kings Vinnie Glynn
2000 Lakeboat The Pierman
2000 Enemies of Laughter Paul’s Father
2001 Hubert’s Brain Thompson Voice
2001 Made Max
2001 Corky Romano Francis A. “Pops” Romano
2002 Three Days of Rain Waldo
2002 Undisputed Mendy Ripstein
2004 Shark Tale Don Ira Feinberg Voice, cameo
2005 Checking Out Morris Applebaum
2005 The Thing About My Folks Sam Kleinman
2007 Three Days to Vegas Gus ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald
2007 Next Irv
2009 American Cowslip Father Randolph Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1958 Kraft Suspense Theatre Izzy Episode: “Night Cry”
1958 Naked City Extortionist Episode: “Lady Bug, Lady Bug”
1959 Decoy Fred Dana Episode: “The Come Back”
1960 Naked City Gimpy, a gangster (uncredited) Episode: “A Death of Princes”
1960 Have Gun – Will Travel Waller Episode: “The Poker Fiend”
1960 The Untouchables Duke Mullen Episode: “The Underworld Bank”
1961 The Twilight Zone Ramos Clemente Episode: “The Mirror
1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show Joe Episode: “The Assassin”
1961 The Law and Mr. Jones Sydney Jarmon Episode: “Cold Turkey”
1961 Naked City Lee Staunton Episode: “A Very Cautious Boy”
1961 The Untouchables Nate Selko Episode: “The Troubleshooter”
1961 Target: The Corruptors! Nick Longo Episode: “The Million Dollar Dump”
1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Meyer Fine Episode: “Gratitude”
1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Robert Evans Episode: “Bonfire”
1962 The New Breed Lopez Episode: “Cross the Little Line”
1962–63 The Dick Powell Theatre Various 3 episodes
1963 Dr. Kildare Matt Gunderson Episode: “The Balance and the Crucible”
1963 Wagon Train Gus Morgan Episode: “The Gus Morgan Story”
1964 Ben Casey Dr. Jimmy Reynolds 2 episodes
1965–66 The Trials of O’Brien Daniel O’Brien 22 episodes
1968 A Hatful of Rain Polo Pope Television movie
1968–2003 Columbo Lt. Columbo 69 episodes
1971 The Name of the Game Lewis Corbett Episode: “A Sister from Napoli”
1971 A Step Out Of Line Harry Connors Television movie
1978 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast Columbo Television Special
1992 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode: “Out of the Loop”
1996 The Sunshine Boys Willie Clark Television movie
1997 Pronto Harry Arno Television movie
2000 A Storm in Summer Abel Shaddick Television movie
2001 The Lost World Reverend Theo Kerr Television movie
2001 A Town Without Christmas Max Television movie
2003 Finding John Christmas Television movie
2003 Wilder Days James ‘Pop Up’ Morse Television movie
2004 When Angels Come to Town Max Television movie (final TV role)

Dabney Coleman

Dabney Wharton Coleman (born January 3, 1932)[1] is an American actor. Coleman’s best known films include 9 to 5 (1980), On Golden Pond (1981), Tootsie (1982), WarGames (1983), Cloak & Dagger (1984), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Inspector Gadget (1999), Recess: School’s Out (2001), Moonlight Mile (2002), and Rules Don’t Apply (2016).[2]

Coleman’s television roles include the title characters in Buffalo Bill (1983–1984) and The Slap Maxwell Story (1987-1988), as well as Burton Fallin in The Guardian (2001–2004), the voice of Principal Peter Prickly in Recess (1997–2001), and Louis “The Commodore” Kaestner in Boardwalk Empire (2010–2011). He has won one Primetime Emmy Award from six nominations and one Golden Globe Award from three nominations.


Coleman is a character actor with roles in well over 60 films and television programs to his credit. He trained with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre[3] in New York City from 1958 to 1960.

In a 1964 episode of “Kraft Suspense Theater” titled, “The Threatening Eye”, Coleman played private investigator William Gunther. Two years later, he played Dr. Leon Bessemer with Bonnie Scott as his wife Judy, neighbors and friends of the protagonist in Season 1 of That Girl, episode 3, “Never Change a Diaper on Opening Night”. Noted for his moustache which he grew in 1973,[4] he appeared in the sitcom wearing horn-rimmed glasses and with no facial hair.[5] Other early roles in his career included a U.S. Olympic skiing team coach in the 1969 Downhill Racer,[6] a high-ranking fire chief in The Towering Inferno (1974),[7] and a wealthy Westerner in Bite the Bullet (1975). He portrayed an FBI agent in Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975).[8]

He landed the main antagonist part of Franklin Hart, Jr., a sexist boss on whom three female office employees get their revenge in the 1980 film 9 to 5.[9] It was this film that established Coleman in the character type with which he is most identified, and has frequently played since – a comic relief villain. Coleman followed 9 to 5 with the role of the arrogant, sexist, soap opera director in Tootsie (1982). He broke from this type somewhat in other film roles. He appeared in the feature film On Golden Pond (1981),[10] playing the sympathetic fiancé of Chelsea Thayer Wayne (Jane Fonda). He also played a military computer scientist in WarGames (1983), and, in 1984, he played a dual role as a loving, but busy father, as well as his son’s imaginary hero, in Cloak & Dagger.[11] He played an aging cop who thinks he is terminally ill in the 1990 comedy Short Time.[12]

Over the years, Coleman has shifted between roles in serious drama and comedies, the latter of which often cast him as a variation of his 9 to 5 character. Coleman received his first Emmy nomination for his lead role, as a skilled, but self-centered TV host, in the critically acclaimed, though short-lived, TV series Buffalo Bill. In 1987, he received an Emmy Award for his role in the television film Sworn To Silence.[13] Coleman played a con artist Broadway producer in The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984),[14] a lisping Hugh Hefner-ish magazine mogul in the comedy Dragnet (1987), Bobcat Goldthwait‘s boss in the 1988 talking-horse comedy Hot to Trot, and befuddled banker Milburn Drysdale in the feature film The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), the last of which reunited him with 9 to 5 co-stars Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. Continuing his streak of comic foils, Coleman played Charles Grodin‘s sleazy boss, Gerald Ellis, in Clifford (1994), co-starring Martin Short.[15]

From 1997 to 2001, Coleman provided the voice of Principal Prickly on the animated series Recess.[16] He also played a philandering father in You’ve Got Mail (1998). Coleman appeared as a casino owner in 2005’s Domino. He received acclaim as Burton Fallin in the TV series The Guardian (2001–2004). For two seasons, from 2010 to 2011, Coleman was a series regular on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.[15] His most recent roles were a small part in Warren Beatty‘s Howard Hughes comedy Rules Don’t Apply in 2016,[17] and a guest role as Kevin Costner‘s dying father in Yellowstone, in 2018.[18]

On November 6, 2014, Coleman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[19]

Tony Randall

1942 Saboteur Cameraman Uncredited
1957 Oh, Men! Oh, Women! Cobbler
1957 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Rockwell P. Hunter/Himself/Lover Doll
1957 No Down Payment Jerry Flagg
1959 The Mating Game Lorenzo Charlton
1959 Pillow Talk Jonathan Forbes
1960 The Man in the Moon TV movie
1960 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The King of France
1960 Let’s Make Love Alexander Coffman
1960 Hooray for Love TV movie
1960 Open Windows TV movie
1961 Lover Come Back Peter ‘Pete’ Ramsey
1962 Arsenic & Old Lace Mortimer Brewster TV movie
1962 Boys’ Night Out George Drayton
1962 Two Weeks in Another Town Ad Lib in Lounge Uncredited
1963 Island of Love Paul Ferris
1964 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Dr. Lao / Merlin / Pan / Abominable Snowman / Medusa / Giant Serpent / Apollonius of Tyana
1964 The Brass Bottle Harold Ventimore
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods Hood Uncredited
1964 Send Me No Flowers Arnold
1965 Fluffy Prof. Daniel Potter
1965 The Alphabet Murders Hercule Poirot
1966 Our Man in Marrakesh Andrew Jessel Alternate title: Bang! Bang! You’re Dead!
1969 Hello Down There Fred Miller Alternate title: Sub-A-Dub-Dub
1969 The Littlest Angel Democritus TV movie
1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) The Operator
1973 The All-American Boy Uncredited
1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid Lord Seymour Devery TV movie
1979 Scavenger Hunt Henry Motley
1980 The Gong Show Movie Himself
1980 Foolin’ Around Peddicord
1981 Sidney Shorr: A Girl’s Best Friend Sidney Shorr TV movie
1982 The King of Comedy Himself
1984 My Little Pony The Moochick (voice) TV movie
1984 Off Sides (Pigs vs. Freaks) Rambaba Organimus TV movie
1985 The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal Himself
1985 Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil Putzi TV movie
1986 My Little Pony: The Movie The Moochick (voice)
1986 Sunday Drive Uncle Bill TV movie (The Disney Sunday Movie)
1987 Lyle, Lyle Crocodile: The Musical – The House on East 88th Street Narrator / Signor Valenti (voice) TV movie
1987 The Gnomes’ Great Adventure Gnome King / Ghost of the Black Lake (voice)
1988 Save the Dog! Oliver Bishop TV movie
1988 The Man in the Brown Suit Rev. Edward Chicester Agatha Christie TV movie
1989 That’s Adequate Host Mockumentary
1989 It Had to Be You Milton
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch Brain Gremlin (voice)
1991 The Boss Narrator (voice) Short
1991 Dragon and Slippers Merlin (voice)
1993 The Odd Couple: Together Again Felix Unger TV movie
1993 Fatal Instinct Judge Skanky
1996 How the Toys Saved Christmas Mr. Grimm (voice)
2003 Down with Love Theodore Banner
2005 It’s About Time Mr. Rosenberg

Talia Shire

1968 The Wild Racers 1st Girlfriend As Talia Coppola
1970 The Dunwich Horror Nurse Cora Credited as Talia Coppola
Maxie Sandy Credited as Talia Coppola
1971 Gas-s-s-s Coralee Credited as Talia Coppola
The Christian Licorice Store Last Party Guest Credited as Talia Coppola
1972 The Godfather Connie Corleone
The Outside Man Make-Up Girl
1974 The Godfather Part II Connie Corleone
1976 Rocky Adrianna “Adrian” Pennino
1979 Old Boyfriends Dianne Cruise
Prophecy Maggie Verne
Rocky II Adrianna “Adrian” Balboa
1980 Windows Emily Hollander
1982 Rocky III Adrian Balboa
1985 Rocky IV Adrianna “Adrian” Balboa
1986 Rad Mrs. Jones
Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star Dr. Tedra Rosen
1989 New York Stories Charlotte Segment: Life Without Zoe
1990 Rocky V Adrianna “Adrian” Balboa
The Godfather Part III Connie Corleone
1991 Cold Heaven Sister Martha
1992 Bed & Breakfast Claire
1993 Deadfall Sam
1997 A River Made to Drown In Jaime’s Mother
She’s So Lovely Restaurant Owner Uncredited
1998 Divorce: A Contemporary Western Lacey
Can I Play? Robert Short film
Caminho dos Sonhos Ida Stern
The Landlady Melanie Leroy
1999 Lured Innocence Martha Chambers
Palmer’s Pick Up Mr. Price
The Black and the White Tulip Clayton
2000 The Visit Parole Board Member Marilyn
2001 The Whole Shebang Countess Bazinni
2002 Kiss the Bride Irena Sposato
2003 Family Tree Patricia Short film
Dunsmore Mildred Green
2004 I Heart Huckabees Mrs. Silver
2005 Pomegranate Aunt Sophia
2006 Rocky Balboa Adrianna “Adrian” Balboa Archival footage
2007 Homo Erectus Ishbo’s Mother
2008 Looking for Palladin Rosario
Dim Sum Funeral Viola Gruber
My Father’s Will aka My Secret Billionaire
2009 The Deported Dina
Minkow Carole Minkow
Scratching the Surface Mrs. Shifman
2011 The Return of Joe Rich Gloria Neiderman
2013 Palo Alto Mrs. Ganem
2016 Dreamland Victoria
2020 Working Man Iola Parkes

Vera Miles

1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home Laughing Sergeant’s date Uncredited
1951 Two Tickets to Broadway Showgirl Uncredited
1952 For Men Only Kathy Hughes
The Rose Bowl Story Denny Burke
1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Trailer Commentator Uncredited
The Charge at Feather River Jennie McKeever
So Big Schoolgirl Uncredited
1954 Pride of the Blue Grass Linda a.k.a. Prince of the Blue Grass
1955 Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle Jill Hardy
Wichita Laurie McCoy
1956 The Searchers Laurie Jorgensen
23 Paces to Baker Street Jean Lennox
Autumn Leaves Virginia Hanson
The Wrong Man Rose Balestrero
1957 Beau James Betty Compton
1959 Web of Evidence Lena Anderson a.k.a. Beyond This Place
The FBI Story Lucy Ann Hardesty
A Touch of Larceny Virginia Killain
1960 Five Branded Women Daniza
Psycho Lila Crane
1961 The Lawbreakers Angela Walsh
Back Street Liz Saxon
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Hallie Stoddard
1964 A Tiger Walks Dorothy Williams
1965 Those Calloways Lydia “Liddy” Calloway
1966 One of Our Spies Is Missing Madame Raine De Sala
Follow Me, Boys! Vida Downey
1967 The Spirit Is Willing Kate Powell
Gentle Giant Ellen Wedloe
1968 Sergeant Ryker Ann Ryker
Kona Coast Melissa Hyde
The Green Berets Mrs. Lee Kirby Scenes deleted
Mission Batangas Joan Barnes
Hellfighters Madelyn Buckman
1969 It Takes All Kinds Laura Ring
1970 The Wild Country Kate Tanner
1972 Molly and Lawless John Molly Parker
1973 One Little Indian Doris McIver
1974 The Castaway Cowboy Henrietta MacAvoy
1977 Run for the Roses Clarissa Stewart a.k.a. The Thoroughbreds
1982 BrainWaves Marian Koonan
1983 Psycho II Lila Loomis
1984 The Initiation Frances Fairchild
1985 Into the Night Joan Caper
1995 Separate Lives Dr. Ruth Goldin

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy L. Smits (born July 9, 1955) is an American actor. He is best known for playing attorney Victor Sifuentes on the 1980s-1990s legal drama L.A. LawNYPD Detective Bobby Simone on the 1990s-2000s police drama NYPD BlueMatt Santos on the political drama The West Wing, and for appearing in Switch (1991), My Family (1995), The Jane Austen Book Club (2007), and In the Heights (2021). He also appeared as Bail Organa in the Star Wars franchise and as ADA Miguel Prado in Dexter. From 2012 to 2014, he joined the main cast of Sons of Anarchy as Nero Padilla. Smits also portrayed Elijah Strait in the NBC drama series Bluff City Law.

Early life and education[edit]

Smits was born in Brooklyn, New York. Smits’s father, Cornelis Leendert Smits (1929–2015), was from ParamariboSuriname, and was of Dutch descent.[1][2][3] Smits’s mother, Emilina (née Pola; 1930–2015), was Puerto Rican, born in Peñuelas.[4][5] He and his two sisters, Yvonne and Diana, grew up in a working-class neighborhood.[6][7] When he was ten years old, he moved to Puerto Rico for a couple of years. Until then he did not speak Spanish. He described attending a Spanish-only school as “jarring” and “traumatic.”[8]

Smits was raised in a strict, devout Roman Catholic family. He identifies as Puerto Rican[6][7][9] and frequently visits Puerto Rico.

Smits was an athlete in his youth. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1980 and an MFA from Cornell University in 1982.[10]


Smits at the 39th Annual Emmy Awards in 1987

One of Smits’s early roles was playing Sonny Crockett‘s original partner on the first episode of Miami Vice in 1984. In the first five minutes of the episode he falls victim to a car bomb.

Beginning in 1986, Smits played Victor Sifuentes in the first five seasons of the NBC television Steven Bochco legal drama L.A. Law,[11] for which he was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, winning in 1990.[12]

Additionally, Smits played a repairman on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and he starred in the multigenerational story of a Chicano family in the film My Family (1995), alongside Edward James Olmos and Jennifer Lopez.

One of Smits’s most acclaimed roles was that of Detective Bobby Simone on the ABC television program NYPD Blue, in which he starred from 1994 to 1998. He received several Emmy nominations for his performance on the series and was reunited with his former co-star Dennis Franz at the 2016 Emmy Awards presentation. He won the ALMA award twice.

Smits in 2000

Smits was scheduled to host the 2001 Latin Grammy Awards broadcast on September 11, 2001. It was canceled due to continuous news coverage and out of respect for the victims of the terrorist attacks earlier that day. He did host a non-televised press conference to announce the winners.

Smits appeared as Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), in which the character becomes Princess Leia‘s adoptive father. He reappeared as Bail Organa in the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008) and the spinoff movie Rogue One (2016). He later reprised the role for Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022).

Smits played the role of Congressman Matt Santos of Houston, Texas, in the final two seasons of the NBC television drama The West Wing,[13] joining fellow L.A. Law alumnus John Spencer. His character eventually ran for and won the U.S. presidency.

In Dexter season 3, Smits played the role of Miguel Prado, an assistant district attorney who befriends the title character.[14] Smits was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for the role.

Additionally, Smits portrayed the character Alex Vega in the CBS TV series Cane, which aired from September 25, 2007, to December 18, 2007, and was subsequently canceled by the network due to the 2007 Screen Writer’s Guild strike.

Smits joined the Sons of Anarchy cast in season 5 as Nero Padilla, a high-level pimp who refers to himself as a “companionator”. He builds a relationship with Gemma Teller Morrow (Katey Sagal) and forms an alliance and mentorship with Gemma’s son, the central character Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam).[15]

Smits starred in The Get Down, a musical drama television series which debuted in 2016 on Netflix.[16]

On February 25, 2019, news outlets reported that Smits was cast as Elijah Strait in NBC drama series Bluff City Law[17] and it was picked up to series on May 6, 2019.[18] Bluff City Law brings Smits back to TV courtrooms on a steady basis for the first time in over a quarter century since his role in L.A. Law.[19]

In 2021, Smits played Kevin Rosario in the musical film In the Heights.[20]

Stage performances[edit]

In the mid-1980s, Smits acted in numerous performances at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York, Cornell’s summer repertory program. In 1982 at the Hangar his roles included Max in Cabaret, Paul in Loose Ends, and the lead in Pudd’nhead Wilson. Smits has participated in the Public Theater‘s New York Shakespeare Festival, playing the role of Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night in 2002 and Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing in 2004. In 2003, Smits starred in the Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna in the Tropics, by Nilo Cruz, performed at the Royale Theatre. From November 2009 to February 2010, he appeared opposite Christine LahtiAnnie Potts, and Ken Stott in the critically lauded Broadway play God of Carnage, replacing Jeff Daniels. In December 2012 through March 2013, he appeared in Chicago in The Motherfucker with the Hat, at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Running Scared Julio Gonzales
1987 Hotshot Stars Team Member
1987 The Believers Tom Lopez
1989 Old Gringo Gen. Tomas Arroyo
1990 Vital Signs Dr. David Redding
1991 Switch Walter Stone
1991 Fires Within Nestor
1993 Gross Misconduct Justin Thorne
1995 My Family Jimmy Sanchez
1995 The Last Word Actor (Martin)
1997 Murder in Mind Peter Walker
1997 Lesser Prophets Mike
2000 Adventures in Wild California Narrator
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Geronimo
2000 Price of Glory Arturo Ortega
2000 Bless the Child Agent John Travis
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Senator Bail Organa
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Daniel Avila
2009 Backyard Mickey Santos Also known as El Traspatio
2010 Mother and Child Paco
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Senator Bail Organa
2017 Who We Are Now Carl
2020 The Tax Collector Wizard
2021 In the Heights Kevin Rosario

Brian Cox

Brian Denis Cox CBE (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor. A classically trained Shakespearean actor, he is known for leading performances on stage and television, as well as supporting roles in film. Among his numerous accolades include two Laurence Olivier Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award as well as a nomination for a British Academy Television Award. In 2003, he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire at the rank of Commander.[1] Empire Magazine awarded him the Empire Icon Award in 2006, and the UK Film Council named him one of the top 10 powerful British film stars in Hollywood in 2007.[2]

Cox trained at the Dundee Repertory Theatre before becoming a founding member of Royal Lyceum Theatre. He went on to train as a Shakespearean actor, starring in numerous productions with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. Cox received two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his roles in Rat in the Skull (1984) for the Royal Court and Titus Andronicus (1988). He received two more Olivier Award nominations for Misalliance (1986) and Fashion (1988).

Known as a character actor in film, he played Robert McKee in Spike Jonze‘s Adaptation (2002) and William Stryker in X2 (2003). For his starring role in L.I.E. (2001), he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. His other notable films include Manhunter (1986), Rob Roy (1995), Braveheart (1995), Rushmore (1998), Super Troopers (2001), The Bourne Identity (2002), 25th Hour (2002), Troy (2004), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Red Eye (2005), Zodiac (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), and Churchill (2017).

Cox won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for his portrayal of Hermann Göring in the television film Nuremberg (2001). The following year he guest starred on the NBC sitcom Frasier earning his second Emmy nomination in 2002. He portrayed Jack Langrishe in the HBO series Deadwood. He starred as Logan Roy on the HBO series Succession (2018–2023), for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Cox was born on 1 June 1946 in Dundee, Scotland as the youngest of five children.[4][5] He is from a working-class Roman Catholic family of Irish and Scottish descent.[6][7] His mother, Mary Ann Guillerline (née McCann), was a spinner who worked in the jute mills and suffered several nervous breakdowns during Cox’s childhood.[4] His father, Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, was a police officer and later a shopkeeper, and died of pancreatic cancer when Cox was eight years old.[4][8] Cox was brought up by his three elder sisters, including Betty, with whom Cox has remained close.[9]

In Dundee, Cox attended St Mary’s Forebank Primary School and St Michael’s Junior Secondary School, which he left at the age of 15. After working at Dundee Repertory Theatre for a few years, he began his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art at age 17, graduating in 1965.[10]

Acting career[edit]


1961–1979: Early work[edit]

Brian Cox began his acting career at age 14 at Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1961 and then as one of the founding members of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, performing in its first show, The Servant O’ Twa Maisters, in October 1965.[11] From 1966, he worked at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre for two years, where he played the title role in Peer Gynt (1967) and made his West End debut in June 1967 as Orlando in As You Like It at the Vaudeville Theatre.[12]

1980s: Royal National Theatre[edit]

Cox is an accomplished Shakespearean actor, spending seasons with both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1983, he portrayed the Duke of Burgundy opposite Laurence Olivier who played title role of King Lear. In 1984, he played the Royal Ulster Constabulary officer Inspector Nelson in the Royal Court‘s production of Rat in the Skull. He was subsequently awarded that year’s Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a New Play.[13] He made his Broadway debut in February 1985 as Edmund Darrell in Eugene O’Neill‘s Strange Interlude at the Nederlander Theatre for which he received his first British Theatre Association Drama Award for Best Actor.[2] In May that year, he made his off-Broadway debut, reprising his role as Inspector Nelson, in Rat in the Skull at the Public Theater.[14] He received two additional Laurence Olivier nominations for Misalliance (1984) and for Fashion (1988).[2]

He won his second Laurence Olivier Award, this time as Best Actor in a Revival, for his performance as the title character in Titus Andronicus (1988). Cox later said that he considers his performance in Titus Andronicus the greatest he has ever given on stage.[15] His performance as Petruchio in The Taming of The Shrew (1987) also garnered positive reviews and won him another British Theatre Association Drama Award for Best Actor.[16][2]

1990s: King Lear and St. Nicholas[edit]

Cox returned from some years teaching and directing at the Moscow Arts Theatre School to tour with the Royal National Theatre worldwide, delivering a highly acclaimed performance as the title role in King Lear (1990-1991).[11][17] His account of the emotional and physical difficulties that came with playing King Lear’s all-consuming role was detailed in The Lear Diaries (1995) which he authored. King Lear is one of Shakespeare‘s most difficult roles, and Cox’s portrayal broke new ground in the understanding of this most enigmatic figure.[18]

In 1995, he directed Open Air Theatre‘s chilling adaptation of Richard III which was well received by critics. During the same season, he also appeared in one of the theatre’s productions, The Music Man, as Professor Harold Hill.[19][20]

In 1997, he starred in Conor McPherson‘s St. Nicholas at the Bush Theatre in London, and in 1998 returned to the off-Broadway stage reprising his role for Primary Stages, where he won a Lucille Lortel Award and earned a Drama Desk and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for his New York performance.[21][2] In the same year, he played Marc in the Broadway production of Art.[14]

2000–2019: Return to Broadway[edit]

In 2000, Cox reunited with award-winning playwright Conor McPherson on The Royal Court Theatre‘s production of Dublin Carol in which he starred as grim alcoholic undertaker John Plunkett. In 2004, he played the title character in Uncle Varick for the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. In 2005, he starred in The Ride Down Mt. Morgan in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Theatre Works.[20]

From 2006 to 2007, he starred as Max at London’s West End production of Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n Roll, a role he reprised on Broadway until 2008.[2][21] In 2011, Cox appeared on Broadway opposite in a revival of Jason Miller‘s That Championship Season.[22] His portrayal of Jack in The Weir at the Donmar Theatre in April 2013 is reprised at Wyndham’s Theatre in January 2014.[23] In Fall 2015, Cox starred in a new production of Waiting for Godot, for Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh’s 50th anniversary.[2] In 2016, he became co-artistic director of the Mirror Theater Ltd.[24] Cox returned to the Broadway stage in 2019 to star as Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Shenkkan’s The Great Society at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.[14] In 2020, he directed the UK premiere of Joshua Sobol‘s Sinners — The English Professor.[25] Cox has also previously directed I Love My Life, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Philanderer, The Master Builder, The Crucible, and Julius Caesar on stage.[2][25]

Film and television[edit]

1965–1989: Early work[edit]

Cox made his first television appearance as Nelson in an episode of The Wednesday Play in 1965 and made one-off appearances in RedcapITV Playhouse, and The Gamblers before taking a lead role in The Year of the Sex Olympics in 1968. His first film appearance was as Leon Trotsky in Nicholas and Alexandra in 1971.[14] In 1978 he played King Henry II of England in the acclaimed BBC2 drama serial The Devil’s Crown, then starred in many other television dramas.

In 1986, he portrayed Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter, the character’s first appearance on film.[26]

1990–1999: Career breakthrough[edit]

In 1990, Cox portrayed Andrew Neil in Secret Weapon based on Mordechai Vanunu‘s life story. In the same year, he guest-starred as Father Amedy in the comedy series Perfect Scoundrels and starred as police investigator Kerrigan in the political thriller Hidden Agenda.[27] In 1991, he played the role of Owen Benjamin, the closeted father of a gay man, in the BBC production of David Leavitt‘s novel, The Lost Language of Cranes, which is set in the 1980s.[28] For his performance he was nominated as Best Actor at the 1993 BAFTA TV Awards.[29] He also played Geoffrey Harrison in the ITV thriller Red Fox based on Gerald Seymour‘s international best-seller.[30] In 1992, he appeared in another ITV adaptation as Carl May in The Cloning of Joanna May based on Fay Weldon‘s sci-fi novel.[31] He also appeared as Stefan Szabo in the first episode of the fifth season of Van der Valk. He played the title role in the short film The Cutter and “The Director” in BBC’s anthology series of classic and contemporary plays Performance.[32] He also starred as Carlton Heard in Deceptions and as Edward Hoyland in The Big Battalions, a series about three religious families of differing faith.[33]

In 1993, he appeared as spymaster Major Hogan in two episodes of Sharpe, and as Brother Shaw in Sean’s Show.[34] He played P.O. Garvey in BBC’s anthology series Scene featuring plays and documentaries originally broadcast for educational purposes. In the same year, he was seen in an episode of Inspector Morse, where he portrayed Michael Steppings, a retired bookmaker whose daughter is in a permanent coma.[35] In 1994, he appeared alongside Kevin Spacey as Angus Mcleague in Iron Will.[36] He portrayed Aethelwine alongside Christian Bale and Hellen Mirren in Royal Deceit, an adaptation of the Danish legend of Prince Amleth.[37] He also played the role of Colonel Grushko, ‘a policeman who sees greed and rapacity in Russia’s new mood’, in Grushko, a British-made crime drama set in Russia.[38] He then starred in The Negotiator as Charlie King, a “street copper” who had a heart attack.

He shot to superstardom in the mid-1990s thanks to roles in the likes of Rob Roy as Killearn and Braveheart as Argyle Wallace in 1995.[14][39] His performance in the former earned him a BAFTA Scotland Award nomination for Best Actor.[40] In 1996, he starred with Helen McRory as Judge Freisler in Witness Against Hitler which tells the true story of a Prussian intelligence officer and aristocrat who, with his fellow devout Christians, plotted to assassinate Hitler.[41] In the same year he played Lyman Earl Collier, a murderous CEO in Chain Reaction.[42] He also appeared with Steven Seagal in The Glimmer Man as the CIA superior Mr Smith, and with Samuel L. Jackson in The Long Kiss Goodnight as Nathan Waldman.[43][44]

Cox made a guest appearance in the 1997 Red Dwarf episode “Stoke Me a Clipper“, as a medieval king in a virtual reality game.[45] In the same year, he appeared alongside Morgan Freeman in the neo-noir psychological thriller Kiss the Girls based on James Patterson‘s best-selling novel.[46] He also played Nye Bevan in the drama Food for Ravens and ranking IRA member Joe Hamill in the Irish sports drama The Boxer alongside Daniel Day-Lewis.[47] In 1998, he appeared as police captain Jeremiah Cassidy in Desperate Measures, Uncle Vladimir in the romantic comedy Merchants of Venus, Clayton Blackstone in HBO’s neo-noir film Poodle Springs, and in the drama Family Brood.[48][49] In the same year he appeared alongside Bill Murray in Wes Anderson‘s Rushmore as the school headmaster Dr. Nelson Guggenheim.[50] The film is preserved by the Library of Congress in 2016 due to its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.[51] In 1999, he appeared opposite Owen Wilson as postal worker Doug Durwin in the thriller The Minus Man.[52] He also played Sean Wallace in The Corruptor alongside Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg, and appeared as Gary Wheeler in the sports drama For Love of the Game.[53][54] His New York theatre credits include St. Nicholas (1999), which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination.[2]

2000–2005: Franchise films[edit]

In 2000, Cox portrayed Lord Morton in Longitude, a dramatisation of Dava Sobel‘s book. He starred as the title character in The Invention of Dr. Morel, who invents a VR machine as a duplicate of the woman he loved. He also starred opposite Jonny Lee Miller as Inspector McDunn in Complicity, and as Sidney McLoughlin in the romantic comedy Mad About Mambo. He won an Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor for his portrayal of Hermann Göring in Nuremberg.[55][56] He appeared in the Irish drama Saltwater as George Beneventi, a chip-shop-owning father troubled by loan sharks.

In 2001, he played the fatherly police Captain O’Hagan in Super Troopers. In the same year, he received critical acclaim for his performance as the paedophile Big John Harrigan in Michael Cuesta‘s L.I.E., winning a Satellite Award for Best Actor in Motion Picture Drama, and receiving nominations for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Actor and the AFI Award for Featured Male Actor of the Year.[57][58][59][60] In Strictly Sinatra, he played mob enforcer Chisolm who helps an aspiring musician passionate on Frank Sinatra. He also portrayed Baron de Breteuil in The Affair of the Necklace based on the diamond necklace incident that fuelled dissent against the French monarchy and led to the French Revolution.

In 2002, Cox appeared in A Shot at Glory as Rangers manager Martin Smith. He starred as Cyr in Bug in which a diverse group is propelled to a common fate by a series of cause-and-effect chain reactions. He played Jim Morris, Sr. in the sports drama The Rookie, based on the true story of Jim Morris. In the same year, he guest-starred as Harry Moon in two episodes of the critically acclaimed series Frasier for which he would receive an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.[61] He then starred as corrupt CIA official Ward Abbott in the blockbuster film The Bourne Identity, opposite Matt Damon. He appeared as Michael O’Mara in The Biographer, and also starred as Richard Morgan in the supernatural horror thriller The Ring, a remake of the 1998 Japanese film. It was one of the highest grossing horror remakes, paving the way for other English-version horror remakes. He played Edward Norton‘s father James Brogan in 25th Hour, and also appeared in Spike Jonze‘s Adaptation as the real-life screenwriting teacher, Robert McKee, giving advice to Nicolas Cage in both his roles as Charlie Kaufman and Charlie’s fictional twin brother, Donald. He shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination as part of the ensemble cast of the latter.[62]

In 2003, he played Tobias in The Reckoning, a murder mystery drama set in the medieval period. He also played the villain William Stryker in X2: X-Men United and Captain Oakes in the direct-to-video crime thriller Sin. In 2004, Cox played an alternate, villainous version of King Agamemnon opposite Brad Pitt in Troy. He also reprised his role as Ward Abbott in The Bourne Supremacy, the second instalment of the Bourne franchise. In the short film Get the Picture, he played Harry Sondheim, a journalist who doubts the guilt of four suspected terrorists. He portrayed King Lear in episode 4 of season 6 of French and Saunders, BBC’s sketch comedy series as satire to popular culture. He was honoured at the 2004 BAFTA Scotland Awards with an Outstanding Achievement Award, and at the 2004 Great Scot Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.[63][64]

In 2005, Cox starred as Robert Smith in Blue/Orange, a BBC film adaptation of Joe Penhall‘s play exploring race, mental illness, and modern British life. He played Alec Hewett, patriarch of the wealthy family in Woody Allen‘s psychological thriller Match Point. He also played Rachel McAdams‘ father Joe Reisert in Red Eye. In the biographical drama The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle, he portrayed Doyle‘s mentor Dr. Joseph Bell. The television film explored how Doyle created Holmes and how he applied Bell’s techniques in his novels. In the sports comedy The Ringer, he played Gary Barker who suggests to his nephew to enter and fix a Special Olympics to solve their financial woes.


In 2006, Cox played Dr Hunt in A Woman in Winter which explores the nature of obsessive love. In The Flying Scotsman, based on the life of Scottish amateur cyclist Graeme Obree, he portrayed Douglas Baxter, a boatyard owner and minister who befriends the atheist cyclist. He appeared as Jack Langrishe in the HBO series Deadwood. In ITV‘s The Outsiders, he played Gabriel, the head of the spy agency. In the comedy drama Running with Scissors, based on Augusten Burroughs‘ best-selling memoir about his childhood, he portrayed Dr Finch, the psychiatrist of Burroughs’s mother and patriarch of an eccentric family with whom Burrough was sent to live.

In 2007, Cox portrayed prominent US lawyer Melvin Belli in David Fincher‘s mystery thriller Zodiac, based on Robert Graysmith‘s book which follows the manhunt for the Zodiac Killer. He also played old Angus in the fantasy drama The Water Horse, Mr Kreeg in the anthology horror Trick ‘r Treat, Daniel Tennant in Shoot on Sight based on Operation Kratos, and Drosselmeyer in The Secret of the Nutcracker.

In 2008 Cox starred as Avery Ludlow in Red, and also played institutionalised convict Frank Perry, the protagonist in Rupert Wyatt‘s film, The Escapist (2008), appearing alongside Joseph FiennesDominic Cooper, and Damian Lewis.[65] For the latter, he won that year’s BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Acting Performance.[66] In 2009, he appeared as Lewis Serrocold in the ITV series Marple loosely based on Agatha Christie’s books and short stories. He starred as Philip Van Doren in the Ridley Scott produced Tell-Tale, a film based on the short story The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.[67] He starred as the legendary criminal godfather Ozzy in The Take, and portrayed King Vesper Abaddon, the former king of Carmel in Kings loosely based on the biblical King David and set in a modern absolute monarchy. He also starred as the short-tempered bartender Jacques in the Icelandic film The Good Heart, and as Burt Macey in the crime drama Lost & Found. He also appeared as Dennis in The Day of the Triffids based on John Wyndham‘s best-selling post-apocalyptic novel.[68]

In 2010, he played Reverend Kalahan, cult leader and pastor whose death is the backdrop of the story in the crime thriller As Good as Dead. He portrayed former Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin in the television film On Expenses. He also starred as Wally, an old rogue who fulfills his old friend’s dying wish for a sea burial in the black comedy All at Sea. In the same year, Cox played Laura Linney‘s father in the Showtime series The Big C,[69] and appeared as Ivan Simonov in RED.[citation needed]


In 2011, he starred as Captain Rudolph Sharp in The Sinking of the LaconiaBBC Two‘s television film about the sinking of the British ocean liner RMS Laconia during World War II.[70] He co-starred with Gerald Butler and Ralph Fiennes as a quietly reasonable senator in Coriolanus, a modern British film adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy.[71] He portrayed Baron William d’Aubigny, a lordly wool merchant against King John‘s tyranny in Ironclad, a war film set after the ratification of the Magna Carta.[72] In the American thriller The Key Man, he shared the screen with Hugo Weaving as Irving, a sociopathic con man and a Shakespearian actor. He then starred in The Veteran as a British intelligence officer who recruits a war veteran to track a female contact infiltrating a group of suspected terrorists.[73] He also starred as John Landon in the science-fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes.[74] He appeared as Glover Boyd, the retired policeman father of the protagonist in the Canadian biographical drama Citizen Gangster.[75]

In 2012, Cox appeared in the Australian drama The Straits as the patriarch of the Montebello family crime syndicate, Harry Montebello.[76] He appeared as Raymond Huggins, an associate of two corrupt businessmen brothers, in the political satire film The Campaign, and as Bill Ball in A Touch of Cloth, a parody of British police procedural dramas.[77] He starred in Blood as Lenny Fairburn, a retired cop and father of two fraternal detectives played by Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham. He also appeared as an old man in the short film I Missed My Mother’s Funeral.[78]

In January 2013, Cox played the title character in the British comedy series Bob Servant. He said he played Servant, the creation of Dundonian author Neil Forsyth, based on memories of his late brother Charlie.[79] He played Ivan Simanov in RED 2, reprising his role from the 2010 original film.[80] In Blumenthal, he played the title role as the legendary playwright Harold Blumenthal who made a career out of parodying his family and died laughing at his own joke.[81] He starred in Believe as the legendary Scottish football manager Sir Matt Busby who returns from retirement to coach a group of young working-class boys.[82] He also starred in the psychological thriller Mindscape (original title Anna) as Sebastian, a superior in top memory detective agency Mindscape, which employs psychics to assist in solving criminal cases.[83] He portrayed FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in The Curse of Edgar, an original docudrama based on the best-selling novel by Marc Dugain about Hoover’s battle to keep power away from the Kennedys.[84] In November 2013, he starred in the BBC television docudramaAn Adventure in Space and Time, about the creation of the British science-fiction series Doctor Who.[85] Cox portrayed Canadian television executive Sydney Newman, the driving force behind the creation of the iconic programme.[85] He appeared in Tooned, an animated cartoon about Formula One racing, as an old mechanic, and as Magnus Bain in the crime drama series Shetland (2013-2014) which was initially based on Ann Cleeves‘ novels.[86][87]

In 2014, Cox appeared in The Anomaly as Lloyd Langham, Ian Somerhalder‘s father in the sci-fi thriller, who conducted nightmarish experiments on the protagonist.[88] He also appeared in the documentary The Great War: The People’s Story as Reverend Andrew Clark, and in BBC’s Cold War spy thriller series The Game as an MI5 superior codenamed “Daddy”.[89][90] He also reprised his role in the second series of Bob Servant.[91]

In 2015, he starred in The Slap, an American adaptation of the Australian series based on Christos Tsiolka‘s novel, as Manolis Apostolou, the father of the main character played by Peter Sarsgaard.[92] He appeared in the sci-fi comedy Pixels as a military heavyweight starring alongside Adam Sandler, and in the Canadian revisionist western film Forsaken as a local gang leader.[93][94] He also starred in the short film Killing Thyme as a grumpy old man with a squandered allotment and a death wish.

In 2016, he starred in the British-Hungarian comedy The Carer as Sir Michael Gifford, an ageing Shakespearian actor, and in BBC‘s historical drama series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s novel War & Peace as General Mikhail Kutuzov.[95][96] He was nominated at the BAFTA Scotland Awards for Best Actor for his portrayal in the former.[97] He also received a Career Achievement Award at the Stony Brook Film Festival for the same role.[98] He appeared in season 3 of the horror drama series Penny Dreadful as Jared Talbot, a ruthless, powerful American rancher and the estranged father of Josh Hartnett‘s character.[99] He also appeared in the sci-fi thriller Morgan as Jim Bryce, and starred alongside Emile Hirsch in The Autopsy of Jane Doe as Tommy.[100][101] In the first series of the Italian-British historical drama series Medici, he portrayed Bernardo Guadagni, an officer of the Signoria.[102]

In 2017, he appeared as Marlon Brando in Urban Myths, a biographical comedy drama series in which each episode features a story about popular culture icons.[103] In June, Cox starred in the critically acclaimed historical war drama Churchill, playing the title role as Winston Churchill.[104]

2018–2023: Succession[edit]

In April 2018, Cox reprised his role of Captain John O’Hagen in Super Troopers 2. Early drafts of the script excluded Cox’s character from the movie, with reservations on whether Cox would want to return or not for the sequel.[105] It was later announced he would return, Cox himself joking that it was on the condition that he receive a “big action scene with rockets and explosions”.[106] In May, he starred in The Etruscan Smile as Rory MacNeil, a dying man who reunites with his estranged son.[107][108] He starred in the first season of SuccessionHBO‘s satirical drama which premiered in June to positive reviews, as Logan Roy, the patriarch of the dysfunctional Roy family and the billionaire founder of the global media and entertainment conglomerate Waystar RoyCo.[109] In November, he starred as Henry in James Franco‘s drama The Pretenders.[110]

In June 2019, he played William “Bill” Erwin in Strange But True, a thriller adaptation of John Searles‘ novel.[111] In August, he starred as Shane in the romantic comedy Remember Me.[112] In the same month, the second season of Succession premiered in which Cox reprised his role, earning him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and a nomination for the Emmy Award for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series.[113][114][115][116] The series garnered critical acclaim receiving numerous awards and nominations, winning the British Academy Television Award for Best International Programme, the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.[117][118][119][120] In the same year, he played Father Reilly in the comedy drama The Last Right.[121]

In 2020, Cox starred as Gilles in the American neo-noir thriller Last Moment of Clarity.[122] In The Bay of Silence, he played Milton Hunter, a powerful art dealer and stepfather to a celebrated artist.[123] In 2021, he played Paul Rivers in the horror film Separation.[124]

In July 2021, it was announced that Cox would join the cast of the family drama Prisoner’s Daughter which tells the story of an ex-con trying to reconnect with his daughter and grandson.[125] The film was released at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival to mixed critical reviews, with Cox’s performance praised as one of the highlights.[126]

Upcoming projects[edit]

In November 2020, it was announced that Cox is joining the cast of the “audio movie series” Unsinkable told in 11 20-minute episodes based on the oil tanker MV San Demetrio, set on fire by a German battleship in 1940; the crew was ordered to abandon ship, but reboarded the burning vessel two days later and with no charts or radio sailed her to Britain.[127] He will also appear in Wittgenstein’s Poker as Bertrand Russell, and in Skelly.[128]

In August, he signed on to executive produce Mending the Line and star as a Vietnam veteran who teaches a young injured soldier how to fly fish hoping it would help him cope with his physical and emotional trauma.[129] In September, it was announced that he will star in the political thriller The Independent which centers on a young journalist who teams up with her idol (Cox) to uncover a major conspiracy.[130]

Brian Cox will be starring in the upcoming movie The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim[131]

Audio and voice work[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Cox narrated in the short film Zulu 9 (2001), the short film The Legend of Loch Lomond (2001), the docudrama Smallpox (2002), and the short film The Martyr’s Crown (2007). He provided live-action narration for the television miniseries Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic (2008).[132] He voiced Malcolm Young in Exit Humanity (2011) which follows a man’s battle with the walking dead in post-Civil War America. In 2017, he narrated the multi award-winning short film Kubrick by Candlelight which takes place behind the scenes of Stanley Kubrick‘s film Barry Lyndon.[133] In 2018, he provided the opening narration for the horror film Dark Highlands.[134] In 2019, he was The Voice in a A Modern Magician, a supernatural black comedy short film based on William Olaf Stapledon‘s story exploring mental health, morality, perception, and desire.[135]

He was the voice of the Ood Elder in part one of the Doctor Who Christmas special, “The End of Time” (2009), the narrator in the pseudo-scientific documentary The Revelation of the Pyramids, supporting antisemitic and negationnist conspiracy theories (2010),[136][137] Bob Servant in Neil Forsyth‘s The Bob Servant Emails: Series 1 (2012),[138] The Mastermind in the action series M.I. High (2013), Alan Watts in the award-winning sci-fi romantic drama Her (2013), Chorus in Arkangel Shakespeare‘s dramatised recording of Shakespeare’s Henry V (2014),[139] and Death in Good Omens (2019).[140]

From 2020 to 2021, he voice-acted in the sci-fi series From Now as Hunter, the formerly identical brother of Richard Madden‘s character.[141] He voiced Augustus in Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman: Act II (2021), the second instalment of Audible‘s New York Times best-selling original.[142] He is set to star in Lawrence: After Arabia, a retelling of the events that led to the enigmatic death of the famed T. E. Lawrence.[143]


His radio work include roles in multiple BBC/BBC Radio 4 productions such as the title character in the series McLevy (1999–2016), based on the real-life detective James McLevy,[144] Alec Leamas in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (2009),[145] John Bernard Books in the dramatisation of The Shootist (2018),[139] and a talking head in the impressions show Dead Ringers: Series 18 (2018).[146] He also narrated in the epic full-cast drama The Stuarts (2019) and in Alexander: The Story of a Legendary Leader (2020).[139]


Cox narrated the abridged audiobook version of John Aubrey‘s Brief Lives (1995), Joseph Conrad‘s novellas Youth and Heart of Darkness (1996), and Sir Walter Scott‘s Ivanhoe (2001). He read the unabridged audiobook version of Bram Stoker‘s Dracula (1997), Ruth Rendell‘s To Fear a Painted Devil (2014), William McIlvanney‘s The Dark Remains book series, and his own autobiography Putting the Rabbit in the Hat (2021). He also voiced in Murder Most Foul (Vol. 1), a collection of classic crime short fiction, and in its sequel Murder Most Foul (Vol. 2) both in 2003.[139]

He has collaborated with HarperCollins on an audiobook of Tolkien’s epic poem The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún (2010),[147] and on the abridged audiobook version of Gerald Seymour‘s 2011 works including The Fighting ManThe Heart of DangerThe Journeyman TailorThe Glory BoysRed FoxKilling GroundCondition Black, and Field of Blood. In 2012, he read Penguin Classics‘ audiobook version of H.G. Wells‘ The Time Machine, and in 2014, The Human Table by Marvin Cohen in WordTheatre‘s Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (Vol. 2). He narrated The Gospel of John (2014), the first ever word for word film adaptation of all four gospels, and in religious audiobooks for The New Testament such as RSV-CE‘s Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible (2020) and The Word of God Audio Bible (2021).[139]


Cox also worked in animation, providing the voice of Macbeth in Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (1992), Earl Garver in Superman: The Animated Series (1997), Pariah Dark in Danny Phantom (2005), General Hemmer in Battle for Terra (2007), Spanners in Agent Crush (2008), the Green Dragon in the direct-to-video film Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword (2009), Action 12 Reporter in Wes Anderson‘s Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), and Conrad and Crunch in the UK and US version of Bob the Builder: Mega Machines (2017). Cox narrated the first episode of the first series of Animated Tales of the World (2000). In 2018, he voiced Mr Widdershins, a gentleman whose life is pampered by automated machines, in Widdershins. He voices the English version of Niander Wallace Sr. in the Japanese-American animated series Blade Runner: Black Lotus (2021) based on the Blade Runner franchise.

Video games[edit]

Cox has also been involved in the video game industry. He voice-acted the ruthless emperor Scolar Visari in Killzone (2004), and its two sequels, Killzone 2 (2009) and Killzone 3 (2011). He was also the voice of Lionel Starkweather, the main antagonist in Manhunt (2003), a video game for Microsoft WindowsPlayStation 2 and Xbox.[148] In Electronic Arts’ reboot of Syndicate (2012), Cox played Jack Denham, the “ruthless power behind the boardroom throne” of the malicious corporation EuroCorp. The game was released on PlayStation 3PC and Xbox 360.[149]

Television advertisements[edit]

He provided the voiceover for Virgin TV‘s cross-platform advertising campaign promoting its new streamlined service, Virgin TV Anywhere, in January 2017.[150] Cox has also voiced TV ads for McDonald’s since 2020.[151][152] In April 2021, he provided voiceovers for TV ads for the launch of the online property portal Boomin.[153][154]


Cox also performed soundtracks in a few of his projects. In the series Sharpe in the episode “Sharpe’s Rifles” (1993), he sang Here’s Adieu to all Judges and Juries. In L.I.E. (2001), he performed Danny Boy and Harrigan Song. He also sang The Butcher Boy in The Escapist.

1971 Nicholas and Alexandra Leon Trotsky
1975 In Celebration Steven Shaw
1986 Manhunter Dr. Hannibal Lecktor
1990 Hidden Agenda Peter Kerrigan
1993 The Eye of Vichy Narrator Documentary
1994 Iron Will Angus McTeague
1994 Prince of Jutland Æthelwine of Lindsey
1995 Rob Roy Killearn
1995 Braveheart Argyle Wallace
1996 Chain Reaction Lyman Earl Collier
1996 The Glimmer Man Mr. Smith
1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight Dr. Nathan Waldman
1997 Kiss the Girls Chief Hatfield
1997 The Boxer Joe Hamill
1997 Food for Ravens Aneurin Bevan Profile drama
1998 Desperate Measures Captain Jeremiah Cassidy
1998 Rushmore Dr. Nelson Guggenheim
1999 The Minus Man Doug Durwin
1999 The Corruptor Sean Wallace
1999 For Love of the Game Gary Wheeler
2000 Complicity Inspector McDunn
2000 Mad About Mambo Sidney McLoughlin
2000 A Shot at Glory Martin Smith
2000 Saltwater George Beneventi
2001 Super Troopers Captain John O’Hagen
2001 L.I.E. Big John Harrigan
2001 Strictly Sinatra Chisolm
2001 The Affair of the Necklace Minister Baron de Breteuil
2002 Bug Cyr
2002 The Rookie Jim Morris Sr.
2002 The Bourne Identity Ward Abbott
2002 The Ring Richard Morgan
2002 Adaptation. Robert McKee
2002 25th Hour James Brogan
2002 The Trials of Henry Kissinger Narrator Documentary
2003 X2 William Stryker
2003 The Reckoning Tobias
2003 Sin Captain Oakes
2004 Troy Agamemnon
2004 The Bourne Supremacy Ward Abbott
2004 Get the Picture Harry Sondheim Short film
2005 Match Point Alec Hewett
2005 Red Eye Joe Reisert
2005 The Ringer Gary Barker
2006 A Woman in Winter Dr. Hunt
2006 The Flying Scotsman Douglas Baxter
2006 Running with Scissors Dr. Finch
2007 Zodiac Melvin Belli
2007 Battle for Terra General Hemmer Voice
2007 The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Old Angus
2007 Trick ‘r Treat Mr. Kreeg
2007 Shoot on Sight Daniel Tennant
2008 Red Avery Ludlow
2008 The Escapist Frank Perry
2008 Agent Crush Spanners Voice
2009 Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword Green Dragon Voice
2009 Tell-Tale Detective Van Doren
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Dan Peabody Voice
2009 The Good Heart Jacques
2010 Wide Blue Yonder Wally
2010 Red Ivan Simanov
2010 As Good as Dead Reverend Kalahan
2011 Coriolanus Menenius Agrippa
2011 Ironclad William d’Aubigny
2011 The Veteran Gerry
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes John Landon
2011 Citizen Gangster Glover Boyd
2011 Exit Humanity Malcolm Young Voice
2011 The Revelation of the Pyramids Narrator Documentary[1]
2012 The Campaign Raymond Huggins
2012 My City The Journalist Short film
2012 Blood Lanny Fairburn
2013 Red 2 Ivan Simanov
2013 Blumenthal Harold
2013 Mindscape Sebastian
2013 Her Alan Watts Voice
2013 Believe Sir Matt Busby
2014 The Anomaly Dr. Langham
2015 Pixels Admiral Porter
2015 Forsaken James McCurdy
2015 Killing Thyme Norman Short film
2016 Morgan Jim Bryce
2016 The Carer Sir Michael Gifford
2016 The Autopsy of Jane Doe Tommy Tilden
2017 Bob the Builder: Mega Machines Conrad / Crunch Voices
2017 Churchill Winston Churchill
2017 Kubrick By Candlelight Narrator Short film
2018 Super Troopers 2 Captain John O’Hagan
2018 The Etruscan Smile Rory MacNeil Also released under the title, Rory’s Way[2]
2018 The Pretenders Henry
2019 Remember Me Shane
2019 Strange but True Bill Erwin
2019 The Last Right Father Reilly
2020 John Rebus: The Lockdown Blues John Rebus Short film
2020 Last Moment of Clarity Gilles
2020 The Bay of Silence Milton
2021 Separation Paul Rivers
2022 Prisoner’s Daughter Max
2022 The Independent Nick Booker
2022 Mending the Line Ike Fletcher

Blythe Danner

Blythe Katherine Danner (born February 3, 1943)[1] is an American actress. Accolades she has received include two Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Izzy Huffstodt on Huff (2004–2006), and a Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in Butterflies Are Free on Broadway (1969–1972). Danner was twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for portraying Marilyn Truman on Will & Grace (2001–06; 2018–20), and the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her roles in We Were the Mulvaneys (2002) and Back When We Were Grownups (2004). For the latter, she also received a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Danner played Dina Byrnes in Meet the Parents (2000) and its sequels Meet the Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010). She has collaborated on several occasions with Woody Allen, appearing in three of his films: Another Woman (1988), Alice (1990), and Husbands and Wives (1992). Her other notable film credits include 1776 (1972), Hearts of the West (1975), The Great Santini (1979), Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990), The Prince of Tides (1991), To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), The Myth of Fingerprints (1997), The X-Files (1998), Forces of Nature (1999), The Love Letter (1999), The Last Kiss (2006), Paul (2011), Hello I Must Be Going (2012), I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015), and What They Had (2018).

Danner is the sister of Harry Danner and the widow of Bruce Paltrow. She is the mother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow.


1972 To Kill a Clown Lily Frischer
1972 1776 Martha Jefferson
1974 Lovin’ Molly Molly Taylor
1975 Hearts of the West Miss Trout
1976 Futureworld Tracy Ballard Saturn Award for Best Actress
1979 The Great Santini Lillian Meechum
1983 Inside the Third Reich Margarete Speer
1983 Man, Woman and Child Sheila Beckwith
1985 Guilty Conscience Louise Jamison
1986 Brighton Beach Memoirs Kate Jerome
1988 Another Woman Lydia
1990 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Grace Barron
1990 Alice Dorothy Smith
1991 The Prince of Tides Sally Wingo
1992 Husbands and Wives Rain’s Mother
1995 Napoleon Mother Dingo
1995 Homage Katherine Samuel
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Beatrice
1997 The Myth of Fingerprints Lena
1997 Mad City Mrs. Banks
1998 The Proposition Syril Danning
1998 No Looking Back Claudia’s Mother
1998 The X-Files Jana Cassidy
1999 Forces of Nature Virginia Cahill
1999 The Love Letter Lillian MacFarquhar
1999 Things I Forgot to Remember Mrs. Bradford
2000 Meet the Parents Dina Byrnes Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress in a Comedy
2001 The Invisible Circus Gail O’Connor
2003 Three Days of Rain Woman in Cab
2003 Sylvia Aurelia Plath
2004 Howl’s Moving Castle Madam Suliman Voice role (English dub)
2004 Meet the Fockers Dina Byrnes
2006 Stolen Isabella Stewart Gardner
2006 The Last Kiss Anna Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Greta Randolph
2009 Waiting for Forever Miranda Twist
2009 The Lightkeepers Mrs. Bascom
2010 Little Fockers Dina Byrnes
2011 Paul Tara Walton
2011 What’s Your Number? Ava Darling
2011 Detachment Mrs. Perkins
2012 The Lucky One Ellie Green
2012 Hello I Must Be Going Ruth Minsky
2014 Murder of a Cat Edie Moisey
2015 I’ll See You in My Dreams Carol Petersen Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture
2015 Tumbledown Linda Jespersen
2018 What They Had Ruth O’Shea
2018 Hearts Beat Loud Marianne Fisher
2018 The Chaperone Mary O’Dell
2019 The Tomorrow Man Ronnie Meisner
2019 Strange but True Gail Erwin


Year Title Role Notes
1970 George M! Agnes Nolan Cohan Television film
1971 Dr. Cook’s Garden Janey Rausch Television film
1972 Columbo Janice Benedict Episode: “Etude in Black”
1973 Adam’s Rib Amanda Bonner 13 episodes
1974 F. Scott Fitzgerald and ‘The Last of the Belles’ Zelda Fitzgerald Television film
1974 Sidekicks Prudy Jenkins Television film
1975 Great Performances Nina Zarechnaya Episode: “The Seagull”
1976 M*A*S*H Carlye Breslin Walton Episode: “The More I See You”
1976 A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story Eleanor Twitchell Gehrig Television film
1976 Great Performances Alma Winemiller Episode: “Eccentricites of a Nightingale”
1977 The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer Mrs. Custer Television film
1978 Are You in the House Alone? Anne Osbourne Television film
1979 Too Far to Go Joan Barlow Maple Television film
1979 You Can’t Take It with You Alice Sycamore Television film
1982 Inside the Third Reich Margarete Speer Television film
1983 In Defense of Kids Ellen Wilcox Television film
1984 Guilty Conscience Louise Jamison Television film
1984 Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Anne Sullivan Television film
1988–1989 Tattingers Hillary Tattinger 13 episodes
1989 Money, Power, Murder Jeannie Television film
1990 Judgment Emmeline Guitry Television film
1992 Getting Up and Going Home Lily Television film
1992 Cruel Doubt Bonnie Van Stein Television film
1992 Tales from the Crypt Margaret Episode: “Maniac at Large”
1992 Lincoln Elizabeth Todd Edwards Television film
1993 Tracey Ullman Takes on New York Eleanor Levine Television film
1993 Great Performances Narrator Episode: “The Maestros of Philadelphia”
1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Bianca Honicut Television film
1994 Leave of Absence Elisa Television film
1997 Thomas Jefferson Martha Jefferson Television film
1997 A Call to Remember Paula Tobias Television film
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Narrator Episode: “Le voyage dans la lune”
1998 Saint Maybe Bee Bedloe Television film
1998 Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Mrs. Murphy Television film
Will & Grace Marilyn Truman 14 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2005–2006)
2002 We Were the Mulvaneys Corinne Mulvaney Television film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2002 Presidio Med Dr. Harriet Lanning 3 episodes
2003 Two and a Half Men Evelyn Harper Episode: “Most Chicks Won’t Eat Veal”
2004 Back When We Were Grownups Rebecca Holmes Davitch Television film
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2004–2006 Huff Isabelle Huffstodt 25 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2005–2006)
2009 Medium Louise Leaming Episode: “A Taste of Her Own Medicine”
2009 Nurse Jackie Maureen Cooper Episode: “Tiny Bubbles”
2011–2012 Up All Night Dr. Angie Chafin 3 episodes
2015 The Slap Virginia Latham Episode: “Anouk”
2016 Madoff Ruth Madoff 4 episodes
2016 Odd Mom Out Jill’s Mom Episode: “Fasting and Furious”
2017 Gypsy Nancy 4 episodes
2018 Patrick Melrose Nancy Valance Mini-series
2021 American Gods Demeter 2 episodes
2021 Ridley Jones Sylvia Jones 12 episodes

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan (born Harry Bratsberg; April 10, 1915 – December 7, 2011) was an American actor and director whose television and film career spanned six decades. Morgan’s major roles included Pete Porter in both December Bride (1954–1959) and Pete and Gladys (1960–1962); Officer Bill Gannon on Dragnet (1967–1970); Amos Coogan on Hec Ramsey (1972–1974); and his starring role as Colonel Sherman T. Potter in M*A*S*H (1975–1983) and AfterMASH (1983–1985). Morgan also appeared as a supporting player in more than 100 films.

Early life and career[edit]

Morgan was born Harry Bratsberg in Detroit, the son of Hannah and Henry Bratsberg.[1][2][3] His parents were of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry.[4] In his interview with the Archive of American Television, Morgan spelled his Norwegian family surname as “Brasburg”.[2] Many sources, however, including some family records, list the spelling as “Bratsburg”. According to one source, when Morgan’s father Henry registered at junior high school, “the registrar spelled it Brasburg instead of Bratsberg. Bashful Henry did not demur.”[5]

Morgan was raised in Muskegon, Michigan, and graduated from Muskegon High School in 1933, where he achieved distinction as a statewide debating champion.[6] He originally aspired to a J.D. degree, but began acting while a junior at the University of Chicago in 1935.

He began acting on stage under his birth name, in 1937, joining the Group Theatre in New York City formed by Harold ClurmanCheryl Crawford, and Lee Strasberg in 1931.[7][8] He appeared in the original production of the Clifford Odets play Golden Boy, followed by a host of successful Broadway roles alongside such other Group members as Lee J. CobbElia KazanJohn GarfieldSanford Meisner, and Karl Malden. Morgan also did summer stock at the Pine Brook Country Club located in the countryside of Nichols, Connecticut.

Film work[edit]

With Cara Williams in Pete and Gladys

Morgan made his screen debut (originally using the name “Henry Morgan”) in the 1942 movie To the Shores of Tripoli. His screen name later became “Henry ‘Harry’ Morgan” and eventually Harry Morgan, to avoid confusion with the popular humorist of the same name.

In the same year, Morgan appeared in the movie Orchestra Wives as a young man pushing his way to the front of a ballroom crowd with his date to hear Glenn Miller‘s band play. A few years later, still credited as Henry Morgan, he was cast in the role of pianist Chummy MacGregor in the 1954 biopic The Glenn Miller Story.

Morgan continued to play a number of significant roles on the big screen in such films as The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) with Henry FondaWing and a Prayer (1944), A Bell for Adano (1945), State Fair (1945), Dragonwyck (1946) with Walter HustonThe Gangster (1947), The Big Clock (1948) with Charles LaughtonThe Well (1951), High Noon (1952) with Gary Cooper and Grace KellyTorch Song (1953) with Joan Crawford, and several films in the 1950s for director Anthony Mann starring James Stewart, including Bend of the River (1952), Thunder Bay (1953), The Glenn Miller Story (1954), The Far Country (1955), and Strategic Air Command (1955). In his later film career, he appeared in Inherit the Wind (1960) with Spencer Tracy and Fredric MarchHow the West Was Won (1962) (as Ulysses S. Grant) with John WayneJohn Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965) with Peter UstinovFrankie and Johnny (1966) with Elvis Presley and Donna DouglasThe Flim-Flam Man (1967) with George C. ScottSupport Your Local Sheriff! (1969) with James GarnerSupport Your Local Gunfighter (1971) also with James Garner, Snowball Express (1972) with Keenan WynnThe Shootist (1976) with John Wayne and Lauren BacallThe Wild Wild West Revisited (1979) with Robert Conrad, and as Captain Gannon in the theatrical film version of Dragnet (1987) with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks.