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Tony Cox (actor)

Tony Cox
Born Joseph Anthony Cox
(1958-03-31) March 31, 1958
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present

Joseph Anthony "Tony" Cox (born March 31, 1958) is an American actor known for his comedic performances in Willow, as an Ewok in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and as The Preacher in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. Cox also appeared in the music videos "Just Lose It" by Eminem , "Breakout" by Foo Fighters and "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" by Snoop Dogg.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
  • External links 4

Early life

Cox was born in College Park, Georgia. By the age of 10 he became an avid drummer. He met his future wife, Otelia, during high school. They were eventually married in 1981 when Cox was 23 years old.

After graduation from high school, Cox attended the University of Alabama and originally planned to study music. Cox said in a 2003 interview with Jet magazine, "I played by ear. It was exactly like in Drumline. I played against some of the drummers from the school, and they didn't have anything on me. I just couldn't read music."

Career

Shortly thereafter, Cox decided to pursue acting after watching Little People of America. Encouraged by relatives and friends, he moved to Los Angeles at age 18. He began taking classes at the Merrick Studio School of Acting with Actress De De Tillman and soon began working in commercials, film, and television roles. He is perhaps better known for his roles in Bad Santa where he played Marcus, the brains of a safe cracking team, and in Date Movie where he played a parody of Dr. Hitch from Hitch. As second lead to Billy Bob Thornton, Cox's role in Bad Santa in which his character gradually changed from the main character's friend to his adversary was his first and only role as a main character (as of 2015).

Cox also appeared on the TV show Martin in the first season, playing the character Bennie, in which he helps his friend Trey, played by Bushwick Bill, beat up Tommy played by Thomas Mikal Ford, over Tommy allegedly "stealing" his ex-girlfriend.

Filmography

External links

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