Putting the rabbit in the hat A memoir
Book - 2022
"From Titus Andronicus with the RSC to media magnate Logan Roy in HBO's Succession, Brian Cox has made his name as an actor of unparalleled distinction and versatility. We know him on screen, but few know of his extraordinary life story. Growing up in Dundee, Scotland, Cox lost his father when he was just eight years old and was brought up by his three elder sisters in the aftermath of his mother's nervous breakdowns and ultimate hospitalization. After joining the Dundee Repertory... Theatre at the age of fifteen, you could say the rest is history -- but that is to overlook the enormous graft that has gone into the making of the legend we know today. This is a rags-to-riches life story like no other -- a seminal autobiography that both captures Cox's distinctive voice and his very soul. Rich in emotion and meaning, with plenty of laughs along the way, it will be a classic in the vein of The Moon's a Balloon by David Niven and What's It All About by Michael Caine." --
New York :
Grand Central Publishing
- First U.S. edition
- Item Description
- "Originally published in Great Britain in 2021 by Quercus."--Title page verso.
- Physical Description
- viii, 374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
- Main Author
- Other Authors
Cox is currently blowing up the small screen as Logan Roy in Succession, HBO's award-winning series currently in its third season, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. His candid and engaging memoir takes readers from his humble beginnings in Dundee, Scotland, where at 15 he joined his first theater group in 1965 to Broadway and West End stages and sets and locations for film and television. Cox's acting resume is one of almost infinite variety. His theater roles include the title characters in Shakespeare's King Lear and Titus Andronicus, roles in Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas and Dublin Carol, Tom Stoppard's Rock ‘n' Roll, and Robert Shenkkan's The Great Society, in which he played Lyndon B. Johnson. This versatile and prolific actor's film credits include Rob Roy, The Boxer, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Escapist, and X-2: X-Men United. On television he has appeared in HBO's Deadwood series, Showtime's The Big C, and in NBC's Frasier. Theater fans and viewers of Succession will enjoy the personal stories this accomplished actor and raconteur has to tell. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
In this candid work, Scottish actor Cox (Salem to Moscow), of HBO's Succession, chronicles the triumphs and setbacks in his distinguished career. Growing up in 1950s Dundee in the shadow of his father's death (who died suddenly when Cox was eight), Cox found refuge from a fraught home life with his mentally frail mother by going to the movies. It was watching Saturday Night and Saturday Morning one day when he finally realized his calling: "It was all about working-class people.... I thought, My God, that could be me." From here, Cox runs through the most memorable moments of his acting career, from his humble beginnings at the Dundee Repertory Theatre to his film debut in the 1971 drama Nicholas and Alexandra to being awe-struck by Peter O'Toole while playing Agamemnon in The Iliad. Cox isn't one to sugarcoat his opinions; for instance, Succession, he writes, sometimes "focuses too much on the comedy at the expense of what is, essentially, a brilliant drama." Meanwhile, fellow actor Steven Seagal "suffers from that Donald Trump syndrome of thinking himself far more... talented than he actually is." At the same time, he doesn't shy away from his own flaws or his struggles with "deep-seated insecurity." While this doesn't exactly break new ground as a celebrity memoir, its prickly honesty is delightfully refreshing. (Jan.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.
Capturing both his distinctive voice and his very soul, the actor shares his troubled, working-class upbringing in Scotland to the enormous effort that has gone into the making of the legend across theater, film, and television we know today.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Capturing both his distinctive voice and his very soul, the actor shares his troubled, working-class upbringing in Scotland to the enormous effort that has gone into the making of the legend across theater, film and television we know today. 75,000 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 3
The incredible rags-to-riches story of acclaimed actor Brian Cox, best known as Succession’s Logan Roy, from a troubled, working-class upbringing in Scotland to a prolific career across theatre, film and television.From Hannibal Lecktor in Manhunter to media magnate Logan Roy in HBO's Succession, Brian Cox has made his name as an actor of unparalleled distinction and versatility. We are familiar with him on screen, but few know of his extraordinary life story. Growing up in Dundee, Scotland, Cox lost his father when he was just eight years old and was brought up by his three elder sisters in the aftermath of his mother's nervous breakdowns and ultimate hospitalization. After joining the Dundee Repertory Theatre at the age of fifteen, you could say the rest is history — but that is to overlook the enormous effort that has gone into the making of the legend we know today.Rich in emotion and meaning, with plenty of laughs along the way, this seminal autobiography captures both Cox's distinctive voice and his very soul.