Ronny Cox, in 2006
Daniel Ronald Cox|
July 23, 1938
Cloudcroft, New Mexico, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Home town||Portales, New Mexico, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Cox (1960-2006; her death; 2 children)|
Daniel Ronald "Ronny" Cox (born July 23, 1938) is an American actor, singer-songwriter and storyteller. His best-known roles include Drew Ballinger in Deliverance (1972), George Apple in Apple's Way (1974–75), Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Richard "Dick" Jones in RoboCop (1987) and the villain Vilos Cohaagen in Total Recall (1990). Cox wrote a book about his experience filming Deliverance for the movie's 40th anniversary in 2012. He plays over 100 shows at festivals and theaters each year with his band.
Cox, the third of five children, was born in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, the son of Lounette (née Rucker) and Bob P. Cox, a carpenter who also worked at a dairy. He grew up in Portales, New Mexico. Cox met his wife, Mary, when in high school and they married in 1960. Cox graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1963 with a double major in Theater and Speech Correction. Mary died in 2006, 50 years to the day of their first date. Cox often talks about her during his music performances.
As an actor, Cox made his debut in the acclaimed 1972 film Deliverance. In one scene he plays the instrumental "Dueling Banjos" on his guitar with a banjo-playing mountain boy, played by child actor Billy Redden. He was hired for the role because he could play the guitar. Cox published a book in 2012 in which he recounted his experiences making the film.
In the period 1974-1975, Cox starred in the short-lived CBS family-oriented dramatic series entitled Apple's Way, created by Earl Hamner, creator of The Waltons. He also appeared as Mr. Webb in a television production of Our Town. In 1977, he appeared in the episode "Devil Pack" from the series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale). In 1984, 12 years after the movie Deliverance, Cox once again played a member of a small group of men who are, this time, lost in the Nevada desert and being chased by bloodthirsty locals in the low-budget film Courage.
One of Cox's roles was that of Dr. John Gideon during the final season of the television medical drama St. Elsewhere. Cox's character was famously mooned by Dr. Donald Westphall (Ed Flanders) at the end of the third episode of season six.
In 1990, Cox co-starred as Los Angeles Police Chief Roger Kendrick in the short-lived Cop Rock, presenting a striking physical resemblance to the real-world incumbent, Chief Daryl Gates. He also appeared as the antagonistic Mars Administrator Vilos Cohaagen in Total Recall the same year.
Cox made a notable appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the "efficient but impersonable" Captain Edward Jellico in the two-part episode "Chain of Command". He has also played Henry Mason, the father of Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross) on Desperate Housewives.
Cox had a role in The Starter Wife TV series. He played Pappy McCallister, the husband of Molly Kagan's best friend Joan.
Cox played Walter Kenney in Dexter season six episode three ("Smokey and the Bandit").
Cox guest starred in an episode of Diagnosis Murder entitled The Pressure to Murder, episode 9, Season 3.
Despite having a successful acting career, Cox said that music now comes first in his life. He turns down about 90% of the acting jobs he is offered in order to play over 100 shows at festivals and theaters each year. He is accompanied by his band of world-class, virtuoso musicians. Cox also leads a musical tour to Ireland each year.
- Deliverance (1972)
- The Mind Snatchers (1972)
- Bonanza - episode New Man - (1972)
- A Case of Rape (1974)
- Bound for Glory (1976)
- Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (episode "Devil Pack") (1977) (TV)
- The Car (1977)
- Gray Lady Down (1978)
- Harper Valley PTA (1978)
- The Onion Field (1979)
- Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980) (TV)
- The Courage of Kavik the Wolf Dog (1980)
- Taps (1981)
- The Beast Within (1982)
- Tangiers (1982)
- Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
- Courage (also writer and producer) (1984)
- Spencer (1984) TV Series
- The Jesse Owens Story (1984) (TV)
- Vision Quest (1985)
- RoboCop (1987)
- Steele Justice (1987)
- Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
- St. Elsewhere (1987–88) TV Series
- In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988)
- One Man Force (1989)
- Captain America (1990)
- Cop Rock (1990) TV Series
- Loose Cannons (1990)
- Total Recall (1990)
- Scissors (1991)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) TV Series
- Murder at 1600 (1997)
- Stargate SG-1 (1998–2005) TV Series (11 episodes)
- Puraido: Unmei no Toki (1998)
- FreeSpace 2 (1999) (voice) Video Game
- Forces of Nature (1999)
- The Outer Limits (1999) (Col. Lester Glade) (episode: Deja Vu)
- Deep Blue Sea (1999)
- Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (2000) television film
- The Agency (2001) TV Series
- Losing Grace (2001)
- American Outlaws (2001)
- Crazy As Hell (2002)
- Angel in the Family (2004) (TV)
- Killzone (2004) (voice) Video Game
- Desperate Housewives (2006) TV Series
- Commander in Chief (2006)
- Tell Me You Love Me (2007) TV Series
- Cold Case (2008) TV Series
- Imagine That (2009)
- Dexter (2011)
- Age of Dinasaurs (2013)
- Beyond the Reach (2014)
|2014||Ronny Cox Live In Concert – The Official Bootleg|
|2012||Ronny, Rad and Karen|
|2009||Songs... with Repercussions|
|2008||How I Love Them Old Songs...|
|2006||Ronny Cox at the Sebastiani Theatre|
|2006||Ronny Cox: Songs, Stories... and Out & Out Lies (DVD)|
|2004||Ronny Cox Live|
- Cox, Ronny. Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew. Decent Hill, 2012. ISBN 978-1-936085-58-3 (paperback); 9781936085590 (hardcover); 9781936085606 (eBook)
- Voisin, Scott Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting. BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5
- "Ronny Cox Biography (1938-)". film reference. Advameg, Inc.
- "Ronny Cox - Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Yahoo! Movies.
- Biography for Ronny Cox at the Internet Movie Database
- Granberry, Michael (7 May 2009). "Ronny Cox says songs cut to the heart even more since wife's death". The Dallas Morning News.
- Triplett, Gene (July 13, 2012). "Ronny Cox delivers on screen and concert stage". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
- Lang, Brent (June 20, 2012). "Ronny Cox on 'Deliverance's' 40th Anniversary and Why the 'Total Recall' Remake is a Bad Idea". The Wrap.
- Classic Television Archive: Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977)
- Courage at the Internet Movie Database
- The Death of Dick Jones MovieDeaths.com