Bud Cort

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Walter Edward Cox

(1948-03-29) March 29, 1948 (age 71)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1967–present

Walter Edward Cox (born March 29, 1948), known professionally as Bud Cort, is an American actor and comedian, known for his portrayals of Harold in Hal Ashby's film Harold and Maude (1971) and the eponymous hero in Robert Altman's film Brewster McCloud (1970).

Hal Ashby American film director and film editor

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<i>Harold and Maude</i> 1971 American romantic black comedy directed by Hal Ashby

Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic black comedy drama directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama. The plot revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold Chasen who is intrigued with death. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother prescribes for him, and slowly develops a strong friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship, with a 79-year-old woman named Maude who teaches Harold about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all.

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Early life

Cort was born in New Rochelle, New York, and grew up in Rye, New York. His father, Joseph Parker Cox, was a bandleader and pianist, as well as a World War II veteran and merchant. His mother, Alma Mary (née Court), was a reporter and a merchant, who also worked in MGM studios. Cort has four siblings—three younger sisters and one older brother. His parents ran a clothing business in downtown Rye from the 1950s until the mid-1980s.

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Cort was discovered in a revue by director Robert Altman, who subsequently cast him in two of his movies, MASH and Brewster McCloud , in which he played the title role. Cort next went on to his best-known role as the suicide-obsessed Harold, in Harold and Maude . Though the film was not particularly successful at the time of its release, it later gained international cult status and now is acclaimed as an American film classic. [1]

<i>MASH</i> (film) 1970 American satirical black comedy war film

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<i>Brewster McCloud</i> 1970 film by Robert Altman

Brewster McCloud is a 1970 American experimental comedy film directed by Robert Altman. It concerns a young recluse who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome, where he is building a pair of wings so he can fly. He is helped by his comely and enigmatic "fairy godmother", played by Sally Kellerman, as he becomes a suspect in a series of murders. The film was shot on location in Houston, Texas. During the opening credits, shots of the downtown Houston skyline zoom toward the Houston Astrodome and Astrohall, with the emerging Texas Medical Center in the background. It was the first film shot inside the Astrodome.

In 1979, Cort nearly died in a car accident on the Hollywood Freeway where he collided with an abandoned car blocking a lane into which he was turning. He broke an arm and a leg and sustained a concussion and a fractured skull. His face was severely lacerated and his lower lip nearly severed. Years of plastic surgery, substantial hospital bills, a lost court case, and the disruption of his career ensued. [2] [3]

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Cort has since appeared in a number of film, stage and TV roles: Endgame , He Who Gets Slapped , Sledge Hammer! , The Chocolate War , The Big Empty , Theodore Rex , Dogma , But I'm A Cheerleader , Pollock , The Twilight Zone , The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou . Cort lent his voice to Edgar the computer in the movie Electric Dreams .

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Cort voiced Toyman, a Superman villain, over the course of various DCAU series including Superman: The Animated Series , Static Shock , and Justice League Unlimited , as well as the character Josiah Wormwood in an episode of the earlier DCAU production Batman: The Animated Series .

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Superman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics's flagship character, Superman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on Kids' WB from September 6, 1996 to February 12, 2000. The series was the first of several followups of the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, and was equally praised for its thematic complexity, quality animation, maturity and modernization of its title character.

On the November 8, 2007, episode of Ugly Betty , Cort made a guest appearance as the priest officiating at Wilhelmina Slater's ill-fated wedding. In 2010, he guest-starred on Criminal Minds in the episode "Mosley Lane". Cort played an elderly pedophile Roger Roycewood, who along with his wife, kidnapped and killed young children. In 2012, he appeared as the artist "Gleeko" in the episode "Exit Wound the Gift Shop" in the second season of Eagleheart .

Cort's voice can be heard as The King in the English-language version of The Little Prince (2015). The film premiered out of competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival [4] and won the César Award for Best Animated Film in February 2016. [5] It was made available to U.S. audiences through Netflix in 2016. [6]


1967 Up the Down Staircase StudentUncredited
1969 Sweet Charity HippieUncredited
1970 MASH Pvt. Lorenzo Boone
The Strawberry Statement Elliot—Coxswain
The Traveling Executioner Jimmy Croft
Brewster McCloud Brewster McCloudNominated—Laurel Award for Male Star of Tomorrow
1971 Gas-s-s-s Hooper
Harold and Maude Harold Parker ChasenNominated—BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1973 Columbo Milt (the police photographer)Episode: "Double Exposure"; uncredited
1975 Hallucination Strip Massimo Monaldi
1976 Bernice Bobs Her Hair Warren (cousin Marjorie's boyfriend who befriends Bernice)PBS TV movie short production of an F. Scott Fitzgerald story
1977 Why Shoot the Teacher? Max Brown
1977 Pumping Iron Himself
1978Son of HitlerWilli Hitler
1980 Brave New World Bernard Marx
1980 Die Laughing Mueller
1981She Dances AloneDirector
1983 Hysterical Dr. John
1984 The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud
Love Letters Danny De Fronso
Electric Dreams Edgar, the ComputerVoice
Maria's Lovers Harvey
Invaders from Mars Mark Weinstein
1987 Bates Motel Alex West
1988 Love at Stake Parson Babcock
The Chocolate War Brother Jacques
1989 Out of the Dark Doug Stringer
1990Going UnderMcNallyUncredited
Brain Dead Jack Halsey
1991 Ted & Venus Ted Whitley
1992 Batman:The Animated Series Josiah WormwoodVoice
1995 Girl in the Cadillac Bud
The Mask: The Animated Series Fritz Drizzle/The TempestVoice
Heat Solenko, Restaurant ManagerUncredited
1996 Theodore Rex Spinner
Superman: the Animated Series Toyman Voice
1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Shopkeeper(as Lord Heinrich "Binky" Alcoa III)
Sweet Jane Dr. Geiler
1999 Dogma John Doe Jersey (aka God)
But I'm a Cheerleader Peter Bloomfield
2000 South of Heaven, West of Hell Agent Otts
The Million Dollar Hotel Shorty
Coyote Ugly Romero
Pollock Howard Putzel
2001 Made Bernardo, Gay House OwnerUncredited
2003 The Big Empty Neely
Static Shock ToymanVoice
2004 The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou Bill UbellNominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2006 Justice League ToymanVoice
Arrested Development Himself
2007 The Number 23 Dr. Sirius LearyUncredited
2010 Criminal Minds Roger Roycewood
2012 Eagleheart Gleeko
2014Dream Corps LLCCarl Kwartz
2015 The Little Prince The KingVoice

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