Brian Cox

Brian Cox

Brian Cox portrayed William Stryker in X2: X-Men United.

Significant roles

  • Trotsky in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
  • Victor Hugo in Ego Hugo (1973)
  • Burgundy in King Lear (1983)
  • Father Gòra in Pope John Paul II (1984)
  • Hannibal Lecktor in Manhunter (1986)
  • Voronov in Murder on the Moon (1989)
  • The Director in Six Characters in Search of an Author (1992)
  • Argyle Wallace in Braveheart (1995)
  • Dr. Nelson Guggenheim in Rushmore (1998)
  • Dr. Morel in The Invention of Dr. Morel (2000)
  • Captain O'Hagan in Super Troopers (2001)
  • Jim Morris Sr. in The Rookie (2002)
  • Richard Morgan in The Ring (2002)
  • Ward Abbott in The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  • James Brogan in 25th Hour (2002)
  • Agamemnon in Troy (2004)
  • Alec Hewett in Match Point (2005)
  • Melvin Belli in Zodiac (2007)


  • "The studio wanted anybody else but me, but Bryan really went to bat [for me]. In fact, he started filming before Stryker had been cast. I thought the part had gone away and then I got a call saying, "You got it." Anyway, we talked about the character and I told him I wanted Stryker to be like Mephistopheles to Wolverine's Faust. I feel Wolverine was very complicit with Stryker. That's why he daren't remember what's going on."
  • "I think everybody is being very nervous about Stryker because of what's going on, but you can't blame the film for history realizing itself. This was made before that [September 11th, the Iraq war] happened. But he happens to be Director of Homeland Security, so that - and the fact that we're dealing with these right wing hawks - makes it a little awkward, to say the least."
  • "The movie is anti ill-treatment of minorities. It's all about the marginalized elements of life and Bryan very much represents that, because that's where he is coming from. He's Jewish and gay, and therefore the film reflects on his life as much as anything else."

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