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Also Known As: Walter Edward Cox Died:
Born: March 29, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rye, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, portrait painter

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Branded as Hollywood's preeminent manchild after playing misunderstood youths in Robert Altman's "Brewster McCloud" (1971) and Hal Ashby's "Harold and Maude" (1971), Bud Cort found it difficult to find steady work as an actor when the film industry homogenized mid-decade. Sidelined by traumatic injuries suffered in a 1979 automobile accident that coarsened his youthful appearance, the former mentee of Groucho Marx turned to character work at home and abroad. In addition to contributing memorable supporting roles to Amy Jones' "Love Letters" (1983), Andre Konchalovskiy's "Maria's Lovers" (1984) and Tobe Hooper's 1986 remake of the sci-fi classic "Invaders from Mars," Cort was called upon to play the occasional lead in such offbeat projects as "The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud" (1984) and "Bates Motel" (1987), a busted pilot for a proposed NBC series based on Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960). More than a decade after his film debut, one of the actor's more prominent film appearances found him shunted out of the frame entirely as the voice for a lovelorn computer pining for cellist Virginia Madsen in the CD-rom-com "Electric Dreams" (1984). Seen later in his career in diverse roles in Michael Mann's...

Branded as Hollywood's preeminent manchild after playing misunderstood youths in Robert Altman's "Brewster McCloud" (1971) and Hal Ashby's "Harold and Maude" (1971), Bud Cort found it difficult to find steady work as an actor when the film industry homogenized mid-decade. Sidelined by traumatic injuries suffered in a 1979 automobile accident that coarsened his youthful appearance, the former mentee of Groucho Marx turned to character work at home and abroad. In addition to contributing memorable supporting roles to Amy Jones' "Love Letters" (1983), Andre Konchalovskiy's "Maria's Lovers" (1984) and Tobe Hooper's 1986 remake of the sci-fi classic "Invaders from Mars," Cort was called upon to play the occasional lead in such offbeat projects as "The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud" (1984) and "Bates Motel" (1987), a busted pilot for a proposed NBC series based on Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960). More than a decade after his film debut, one of the actor's more prominent film appearances found him shunted out of the frame entirely as the voice for a lovelorn computer pining for cellist Virginia Madsen in the CD-rom-com "Electric Dreams" (1984). Seen later in his career in diverse roles in Michael Mann's "Heat" (1995), Kevin Smith's "Dogma" (1999) and Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004), Cort proved himself to be the unlikeliest of Hollywood survivors and a rare juvenile performer able to transition successfully to mature roles.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Ted & Venus (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Big Empty, The (2003) Neely
3.
 Pollock (2000) Howard Putzel
4.
 South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000) Agent Otts
5.
 Million Dollar Hotel, The (2000) Shorty
6.
 Coyote Ugly (2000) Romero
7.
 Dogma (1999) John Joe Jersey
8.
 But I'm A Cheerleader (1999) Peter Bloomfield
9.
 Sweet Jane (1997)
10.
 Jitters (1997) Michael
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As a teenager, worked as a portrait painter
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Began acting in daytime TV while attending college
1967:
Made first film appearance (as an extra) in "Up the Down Staircase"
1969:
Performed comedy at Village Gate in NY; Performed in "Free Fall" at Upstairs at the Downstairs"
1969:
Made TV debut in an episode of "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town"
1970:
Acted in five films, including Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" and "Brewster McCloud" and Roger Corman's "Gasss"
1971:
Had breakthrough role in "Harold and Maude"
1972:
Made Broadway debut in "Wise Child" at Helen Hayes Theatre
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Lived with Groucho Marx for a time in the 1970s
1979:
Was seriously injured in an automobile accident
1980:
Made TV movie debut as Bernard Marx in adaptation of "Brave New World"
1987:
Starred as Alex West in "Bates Motel" for NBC
1991:
Directed, starred in, and co-wrote, "Ted and Venus"
1999:
Acted in "Dogma", a film directed by Kevin Smith, which Starred Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
2000:
Portrayed Howard Putzel, Jackson Pollock's agent in the film "Pollock"
2003:
Acted in the comedy "The Big Empty"
2004:
Cast in "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" helmed by Wes Anderson
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Education

HB Studio: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York - 1967 - 1969

Notes

On "Harold and Maude", Cort told Scott Collins of the Los Angeles Times (August 25, 1996): "It was a blessing and a curse. It closed a lot of doors in terms of my development as an actor, but on the other hand, it gave me the cachet to walk in a lot more doors than I would have been able to had I not made it."

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father:
Joseph Parker Cox. Pianist, merchant. Suffered with multiple sclerosis.
mother:
Alma May Cox. Reporter, merchant. Worked as a publicist for MGM.

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