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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 15, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, editor, songwriter

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Hailed as a wunderkind on the American midnight movie circuit in 1984 for his punk rock-fueled cult hit "Repo Man," expatriate British filmmaker Alex Cox was already pushing 30 years old and a graduate of the UCLA Film School by way of Oxford University. Balancing a love of European exploitation fare with a no less passionate admiration for the cinema of Luis Bunuel, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Aldrich and John Ford, the trenchantly funny, fiercely intelligent Cox stood poised to become Hollywood's go-to guy for major studio releases with an urgently anarchic bent. He followed "Repo Man" with the punk biopic "Sid and Nancy" (1986), which made a star of Gary Oldman, but it was the unabashedly political "Walker" (1987) that got him blacklisted in the States. Unconcerned with temptations of fame and fortune, Cox turned his hand to a string of personal projects financed with funds cadged from around the globe, including the Spanish language "Highway Patrolman" (1991), "Three Businessmen" (1998), and the micro-budgeted "Searchers 2.0" (2007), a lean and mean rejoinder to John Ford's Western classic. Marginalized but never invisible or afraid to speak his mind, Cox remained a formidable presence in world...

Hailed as a wunderkind on the American midnight movie circuit in 1984 for his punk rock-fueled cult hit "Repo Man," expatriate British filmmaker Alex Cox was already pushing 30 years old and a graduate of the UCLA Film School by way of Oxford University. Balancing a love of European exploitation fare with a no less passionate admiration for the cinema of Luis Bunuel, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Aldrich and John Ford, the trenchantly funny, fiercely intelligent Cox stood poised to become Hollywood's go-to guy for major studio releases with an urgently anarchic bent. He followed "Repo Man" with the punk biopic "Sid and Nancy" (1986), which made a star of Gary Oldman, but it was the unabashedly political "Walker" (1987) that got him blacklisted in the States. Unconcerned with temptations of fame and fortune, Cox turned his hand to a string of personal projects financed with funds cadged from around the globe, including the Spanish language "Highway Patrolman" (1991), "Three Businessmen" (1998), and the micro-budgeted "Searchers 2.0" (2007), a lean and mean rejoinder to John Ford's Western classic. Marginalized but never invisible or afraid to speak his mind, Cox remained a formidable presence in world cinema, disseminating his views via the Internet and academic volumes devoted to his cinematic passions, as a film curator dedicated to the inexhaustible uses of cinema.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Repo Chick (2009)
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  Three Businessmen (1998) Director
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  Death and the Compass (1996) Director
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  Philadelphia (1993) Clip Director ("Well, Did You Evah?" From "Red Hot & Blue")
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  Highway Patrolman (1992) Director
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  Straight to Hell (1987) Director
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  Walker (1987) Director
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  Sid And Nancy (1986) Director
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  Repo Man (1984) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Rosario Tijeras (2005)
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 Herod's Law (1999) Gringo
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 Three Businessmen (1998) Frank King
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 Perdita Durango (1997) Agent Doyle
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 Floundering (1994) Photographer
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 Queen of the Night, The (1994) Klaus Eder
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Joined the Drama Society at Oxford, acting in and directing plays
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Between leaving UCLA and directing "Repo Man," wrote and sold several screenplays, none of which were produced
1984:
Feature directorial debut, "Repo Man"; also scripted
1986:
Wrote and directed the biopic "Sid and Nancy"
1987:
Edited and directed "Walker", about the 19th Century soldier of fortune William Walker
1989:
Made uncredited appearance as D H Lawrence in "Backtrack"
1990:
Directed the video of the Cole Porter song "Well, Did You Evah!" aired as part of "Red, Hot & Blue" (ABC)
1993:
Helmed Spanish-language feature "Highway Patrolman"; also had cameo
1994:
Acted small parts in three films: "Floundering", "The Queen of the Night" and "Dead Beat"
1997:
Wrote, acted and directed in "Death and the Compass"
1997:
Directed "The Winner"; filmed debuted on The Movie Channel before receiving theatrical release; Cox disowned film after studio re-edited and re-scored it
1998:
One of four writers credited with the screenplay for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"; at one time had been slated to direct film; left project in April 1997 over "creative differences"
1998:
Helmed "Three Businessmen"; premiered at the Hamptons Film Festival
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Education

University of Oxford: Oxford , England -
Bristol University: -
School of Film, University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"If I hadn't done 'Walker' and had done 'RoboCop' or 'Three Amigos' or some of the other great films that were suggested at the time, then my career could have gone a different way. I could have become Adrian Lyne. I feel more sympathetic to people like Lyne and the Scott brothers now than I did then because ultimately we're all manipulated, we're all working for one big corporation or another. But if you're spending $80 million of a studio's money you're under a lot more pressure that if you're spending $1.5 million from a Japanese trading company. It's always a hard row to hoe." --Alex Cox, quoted in SIGHT AND SOUND c. 1993

"Films that are paid for by American studios never make any money." --Alex Cox to EMPIRE, March 1998

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