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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 July 1938Cloudcroft, New Mexico, USA
Birth NameDaniel Ronald Cox
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ronny Cox is a superbly talented actor, singer-songwriter and musician who has been consistently active in Hollywood for over 35 years portraying a diverse range of characters. Born in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Cox received positive reviews in his first film role for his portrayal of ill-fated businessman Drew Ballinger in the terrifying backwoods thriller Deliverance (1972) with Cox featuring in the entertaining "Duelling Banjos" sequence of the film. Following this promising start, Cox was regularly guest-starring in numerous television series, before scoring the lead in the short-lived family drama Apple's Way (1974) and grabbing the critics attention again with an excellent performance in the Emmy nominated telemovie A Case of Rape (1974).

Interestingly, Cox was often at his best playing rigorous authority figures usually in law enforcement or military roles including as a detective in the telemovie Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975), alongside Charlton Heston in the submarine drama Gray Lady Down (1978), an Los Angeles detective pursuing cop killers in The Onion Field (1979), and alongside then-rising stars Tom Cruise and Sean Penn in the powerful Taps (1981). The 1980s was a high profile decade for Cox with strong supporting roles in several blockbusters playing strong-willed figures on both sides of the law. Cox starred alongside box office sensation Eddie Murphy in the mega-hit Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and its sequel Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), as well as portraying sinister company executives in the futuristic sci-fi action films RoboCop (1987) and Total Recall (1990).

Throughout the 1990s, Cox was again prolific, appearing in many television series, feature films and high-caliber telemovies - He took control of the USS Enterprise for two episodes as Captain Edward Jellico in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), and Cox contributed entertaining performances in Murder at 1600 (1997), Early Edition (1996), Forces of Nature (1999) and the chilling tale Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000). Cox has continued to remain busy with more recent performances in Stargate SG-1 (1997), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and the highly popular Desperate Housewives (2004). However, when he's not in front of the cameras, Cox can be found touring and demonstrating his musical talents at various music festivals and theatre shows and, to-date, he has released five CDs - an eclectic mixture of jazz, folk and western tunes.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (1)

Mary Cox (10 September 1960 - 18 December 2006) (her death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently plays strong-willed, confrontational authority figures
Frequently plays antagonistic military or government officials who has many disagreements with the protagonist

Trivia (9)

Remembered best as the moral-minded and ill-fated Drew Ballinger who instigates the legendary "Dueling Banjos" sequence with a mountain boy in Deliverance (1972), Cox is a real-life singer-songwriter and guitarist as well as master storyteller. He and his band do about 80 shows a year at folk festivals, small theatres and other folk venues.
Has played two fictional Presidents of the United States: President Tom Kimball in Captain America (1990) and President Jack Neil in Murder at 1600 (1997). His character Senator/Vice President Robert Kinsey in Stargate SG-1 (1997) became President in several episodes, however, these were "alternate universe/alternative timeline" scenarios. In the episode "2010" (episode #4.16), we see Robert Kinsey as the President, in the episode "Moebius (Part 1)" (episode #8.19) he is referred to as the President.
When he guest-starred as Captain Edward Jellico in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) entitled "Chain of Command: Parts 1 and 2" (episode # 6.11) 19 December 1992, he had the distinction of being the only other actor besides Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes in "The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2" to do a "Captain's Log" entry on the entire run of the series.
Met his wife, Mary Cox, in high school when he was 14.
Has been known to enjoy a good game of bridge.
Graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1963 with a double major in theater and speech correction.
Has appeared in RoboCop (1987) alongside fellow Star Trek veterans Peter Weller, Kurtwood Smith and Miguel Ferrer.
Fronted a rock 'n' roll band called Ron's Rockouts with two of his brothers while attending college. He not only sung most of the lead vocals, but also played rhythm guitar and blues harp in the band.
Is also a folk singer.

Personal Quotes (4)

"The fun for me is still acting, though I like doing everything. I'm not really interested in being a superstar. I have a really wonderful, secure private life. The thing about becoming a 'star' is that you get offered the really good roles and that's what I want. I found out a long time ago that the hardest thing about playing Hamlet is being asked to do it. Luckily for me, now, I'm being asked." (from a 1988 interview)
I don't have much respect for what I call the 'technical' actors, who work out every little nuance of how they're going to say the words. To me, that's acting in a vacuum. It seems to me to be a tremendous act of hubris to decide ahead of time how you're going to react to the way I say something. I love playing characters. I'm not interested in playing myself, although I'm the conduit for that character.
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.
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.

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